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Gingerbread Village

recipe for the gingerbread cookies and royal icing


Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1/2 c brown sugar light or dark will result in lighter or darker cookies
  • 8 tbsp shortening you can use coconut oil if you'd like or vegan butter - but for construction, I prefer shortening, easy on the $ : Half batch I used coconut oil, the other half I used shortening)
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c molasses divide
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder 1/2 tsp allspice powder 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp BSoda
  • A pinch of salt The spices is depending how strong of flavor you'd like your cookies to be. You may add clove and nutmeg too

Royal Icing

  • 60 g aquafaba
  • Mix about 300 g icing sugar with 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


Gingerbread Cookies

  • Mix dry
  • Cream coconut oil and brown sugar
  • Beat in 1/4 c molasses
  • Add in dry mix a little at a time
  • Beat in the other 1/4 c molasses
  • Roll flat and cut as you like (either with cookie cutter or template)
  • Bake on preheated 350 F for 12-14 mins (10 for softer)
  • Cool on rack completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

  • Beat aquafaba until frothy then beat in icing sugar mixture a little at a time, until it reaches the consistency that you like, it should hold its shape. (more icing sugar to make it stiffer if need be, or add a drop or two non dairy milk/apple cider vinegar to loosen it)
  • Start decorating your house! (cover royal icing with damp cloth/paper towel/in air tight container, when not being used)