Recipe Review

These Maple-Sweetened Gingerbread People Take Less Than 20 Minutes to Make and Even Less Time to Eat

published Dec 13, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

‘Tis the season for baking and if you are looking for a giftable dessert, Jade of Panaceas Pantry has an innovative take on a tried-and-true traditional holiday treat. Delivering her recipe for maple-sweetened Gingerbread People, these vegan and Paleo-friendly cookies are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice making them the perfect gift for yourself or a friend! 

“Honestly, I keep Christmas cookies simple. Gingerbread is all I’ll ever need. Ya feel?” Jade captioned the tutorial video for these easy-to-make treats. And as gingerbread can be very versatile, this is a quick, low-effort, crowd-pleasing dessert that will be great for any holiday gathering.

These gingerbread people are made with a few simple ingredients and take a total of less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Begin by gathering arrowroot or tapioca flour, ground spices, coconut oil, both molasses and maple syrup, and almond meal or superfine almond flour. 

Then, as Jade shows in the festive Instagram video, combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, before adding in the coconut oil, molasses, maple syrup, and optional orange zest. Mix it all together and roll the dough out on plastic wrap. Next, using the cutters of your choice, cut out the gingerbread people, decorate with chocolate chips, and bake for 10 minutes on the bottom rack, checking every minute after the 8-minute mark. Once you remove, let cool, decorate more if you’d like, and enjoy!

You can find the recipe for these perfectly spiced, light cookies here and if you’re really looking to get in the holiday spirit, you can even make vegan eggnog to go with them. Happy holidays!