Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gingerbread Persons

I loveeeeee gingerbread!! 

I’m not going to lie… while making my gingerbread house, I ate the characters that were supposed to go with it!!


Then I decided I needed to make my own… BUT the catch was, I wanted them dairy free (obviously) and no lard or margarine.

I found it!  Tweaked it and made it my own!!

DAIRY FREE SPICY Gingerbread Cookies


inspired by this recipe

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger (I said spicy)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (maybe even more)
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 cups flour – with lots extra for dusting

Preheat oven @ 300,  spray/grease baking pan – these are really sticky!!

Mix together sugar, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.


Add in molasses, milk and flour.

Continue to mix in extra flour until dough is firm and not sticky.

Place dough in fridge for awhile (I only did about 1/2 hour)

Roll out very thin,  cook out your little people

Bake about 10 min, or until bottoms are lightly browned

LET SIT for 10 minutes before trying to get them off the baking pan.

Let cool and then decorate like all your friends!!  (or a few, as it’s hard business!)


I also made a few different icings. Icing is something I have never made overly good.

Sugar and Spice Icing


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Mix all together until smooth, may have to add extra milk or sugar to get desired consistency.

Dye-able icing


When I decided to make gingerbread people friends, I needed fun colors!

  • 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • Plastic baggies for each color
  • Food coloring

Mix together everything until the baggies!(duh)

Make sure mixture is pretty stiff, because once you add the food coloring, it gets pretty watery.

Add icing to baggies,  right in a bottom corner… then add food coloring and SQUISH like crazy until it is all mixed in. 

Snip of a TINY corner or the baggie, and you have your very own piping bag!

If the icing gets too running, put in fridge for a bit!!



Veg News just posted an AWESOME substitution guide for cooking vegan/dairy free!  Check it out here, it has suggestions for most of the common baking allergies!


Have a great day!!!   Enjoy the cookies!

xo Jess


  1. mmm they look great Jess! I really love to add some black pepper to my spice blend for gingerbread cookies, too. It totally kicks the spice up to a whole other level, and no on knows that the secret is pepper (and I usually don't tell)!

  2. I'm totally using this recipe. Love the gingerman with the black speedo. :)

  3. My 3 year old nephew also ate the little characters that were supposed to go along with his gingerbread house :-) Sillies!


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