Grandma’s Gingersnaps- Vegan Cookie Recipe

October 6, 2017

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We have a lot of allergies at our house.  It is a pain, but over the last 18 years I have become quite good at adapting recipes to make them suitable for my family while still retaining the yuminess of the recipe.

Vegan Gingersnap Cookies
I have adapted this recipe to account for my kids who are dairy free (one of them at least) and egg free (two kids).  We are vegans who eat meat.  I know it isn’t really Vegan but it makes me laugh.

Gingersnaps are some of my favorite cookies!  I love fall and Christmas and this recipe is perfect for either occasion…..or let’s be honest, any time you have a hankering for something delicious.


My favorite things about this recipe.
#1.  It makes a TON of cookies.  This is nice when you have to bring cookies to a party or cookie exchange because you get a lot of bang for your buck (or more importantly your time).
#2.  These cookies always come out really soft….and stay soft!
#3.  Everyone in my family can eat these cookies and everyone loves them!
#4.  You don’t have to refrigerate the dough.  Ain’t noboby got time for that.

So here you go….from my Grandma (with some LiLo tweaking) to you.

Vegan Gingersnap Cookies


Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies
1 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter (or butter substitute)
1/3 cup molasses
1 2/3 cup sugar (plus some to roll the cookies in)
1/4 cup applesauce—one of those little cups (or 2 eggs if you are not vegan)
4 cups flour
3 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt shortening and butter over low heat.  Cool 15 minutes (or if you are impatient like me, just let it cool while you are assembling the rest of the ingredients and then have at it).  Mix shortening/butter mixture with molasses, sugar and applesauce until blended.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  It will be pretty dry.  That is okay.  Grab little bits of the dough and roll into a ball.  Roll the balls in granulated sugar until coated.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

I like to form a bunch of balls and then roll them all at once.  I feel like it is faster, more efficient and makes your hands less messy.  But do as you will!

Vegan Gingersnap Cookies



Bake 7-9 minutes until they start to crack open.  Don’t wait for them to get brown.  They are already brown and if you wait for them to get browner (it is a word….at least in my world) then they will be over cooked and crunchy and not good.  Better to err on the side of underdone than over done.

Vegan Gingersnap Cookies
Vegan Gingersnap Cookies


Vegan Gingersnap Cookies


If you REALLY want to be a rock star, then take the cooled cookies and dip it half way into a bowl of melted white chocolate and watch this recipe go from amazing, to out of this world!  I opt not to do this very often because I have yet to have found a dairy free white chocolate and I don’t want my dairy free boy to feel left out.

Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container to keep them soft and fresh.  Makes about 3-3 1/2 dozen depending on how big you form the balls.


Vegan Gingersnap Cookies


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I'm Lisa (aka LiLo), your new favorite branding strategist and brand photographer.

There is nothing better than fresh images and knowing your brand inside and out to help you start showing up with consistency and confidence. Need to create social media posts? No problem! Updating your website? Easy!  I am here to help you create a vision, teach you to use your voice, help you craft eye-catching visuals and walk you through how to show up confidently and consistently in your marketing without feeling overwhelmed. Which means you will have more time and will be making more money without second guessing yourself! I can't wait to help you unlock the power of your brand.

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