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Spicy Gingerbread People

Fresh ginger gives these dark, molasses-laced cookies a spicy kick.


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2 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
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1 tsp. baking soda
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1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
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1 tsp. ground cinnamon
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1 tsp. ground allspice
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½ tsp. salt
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3 oz. Earth Balance margarine
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⅔ cup dark brown sugar
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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1 Tbs. egg replacer, such as Ener-G
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⅓ cup molasses

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¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
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¼ tsp. arrowroot powder


1. To make Cookies: Whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt in bowl. Set aside.

2. Cream margarine, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer 3 minutes, or until smooth.

3. Combine egg replacer and 2 Tbs. water in bowl, and add to sugar mixture. Add molasses, and beat until smooth. Beat in flour mixture until soft dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray.

5. Place dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper, and roll out to 1/4-inch thick.

6. Cut with 3-inch gingerbread-man cutter, and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges of Cookies begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets.

7. To make Frosting: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, arrowroot, and 2 Tbs. water in small bowl. Transfer to pastry bag fitted with small round tip, and decorate Cookies with Frosting. Allow to set 30 minutes, then transfer to airtight container.

Nutrition Information: 

1 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
21 g
0 mg
135 mg
2 g
10 g
Makes 24 cookies

Comments on this Recipe

Recipe is a bust - dough comes out crumbly and will not cut. Had to add water.