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Vegan ginger cookies

Vegan Ginger Cookies

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These delicious ginger cookies are soft and chewy with just the right amount of spice! They’re easy to make in one bowl and perfect for the holidays!


Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or other neutral oil like vegetable oil, melted coconut oil, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed, dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar for rolling


  1. In a large bowl, combine molasses, applesauce, oil, and brown sugar.
  2. Stir in the ginger and cinnamon until combined.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking soda until completely incorporated. The mixture should be thick, but still soft.
  4. Cover and allow to chill for at least 15 minutes to prevent spreading.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment, if desired.
  6. Place raw sugar in a small bowl.
  7. Scoop slightly heaping rounded tablespoons. Roll into one-inch balls, then roll in the raw sugar. Place on lined baking sheets with 2-3” between them.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes until firm and slightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven and tap the tray once to force the cookies to settle.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack.