It’s the perfect time of year for some special holiday cookies, and these resemble the Norwegian ‘Pepperkaker’, which is an absolute “must” at Christmas. Some of my fondest childhood memories are making christmas cookies with my family. Today I invited two special friends to help me decorate my cookies, and we had a lot of fun.
1/2 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup smooth apple sauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I use Ceylon Cinnamon)
1/8 teaspoon all-spice
In a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar. Add the apple sauce, vanilla, and molasses, and mix till well combined. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice. While the mixer is running on low-medium speed, slowly add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly flour a silicon baking mat or a piece of parchment paper. Roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown on the edges. Then decorate as you wish.
For the icing I recommend organic powdered sugar mixed with a little water to make an appropriate icing.