Do you think that eggless gingerbread cookies without butter can’t be delicious? Of course, they can! These spice cookies are fantastic!
I once heard that each of us has a twin somewhere in the world… even more, scientists claim that each of us has at least six twins! Just imagine, we live and don’t even know that somewhere in Australia, or Portugal, or maybe on the distant Fær Øer Islands, there is a person who resembles us like two drops of water! … and I considered myself the one and only … well… the more of me, the better… ha-ha!
The runaway sweet buns and eggless gingerbread cookies (or maybe classic spice cookies… who knows)
Even fairy tale characters have twins. I have recently discovered the shocking truth – Kolobok (a sweet bun) from my beloved Ukrainian or Russian folk tale, as it turns out, had a twin brother in a faraway America! No, visually they were not very similar, or rather, they were not alike at all: Kolobok was a round bun without arms and legs, and his twin brother Gingerbread man was a ginger man with a head, arms and legs. But they were identical in character and behavior.
In Ukrainian/Russian fairy tale an old man and his wife baked a round bun, and in America, they made gingerbread cookies in the shape of a man. I guess the American old couple made eggless gingerbread cookies (this little detail is not specified in the fairy tale) but since they baked only one cookie, most likely they were poor and saved on food. Eggs and butter cost money, which is why I assume they used exactly the eggless gingerbread recipe… ha-ha… but who knows… well. It’s not so important…
Then the story of both characters is more or less the same …
… the bun and the gingerbread decided that they would not be interested in living with the old couple, and therefore they ran away from them as quickly as possible:
- Kolobok rolled along a forest road, met a rabbit, a wolf, a bear and a fox. The latter was cunning and ate the sweet bun.
- The gingerbread man probably lived in Texas, because while running away from the old couple, he saw many farms on his way and met various farm animals (a cat, a dog, a cockerel, a pig, a cow, a horse and finally a fox.) The fox, apparently, had a terrible sweet tooth, because after feasting on Ukrainian or Russian Kolobok, this cunning animal ate the gingerbread cookie man as well.
The moral of the fairy tale is that you shouldn’t roll (in the case of Kolobok) or run (like a gingerbread man) through forests and farms, talk to strangers and trust any passerby.
I just thought to myself, Kolobok and the gingerbread man probably ran away from the old man and his wife because their house was sad and not cozy …
… young people love entertainment and fun… you know…
Therefore, if you decide to bake these eggless gingerbread cookies for Christmas, by all means, fill your kitchen (and the whole house) with a positive mood, a festive atmosphere and cheerful conversations. Turn on the “Jingle Bells” so that the bells from this Christmas song can be heard all the way to the neighboring house, you can open the window in the kitchen as well, so that the aroma of your spice cookies fills the street – this will make your neighbors happy too. Believe me, no gingerbread man will ever want to escape from such a warm holiday house!
How is this possible ?! Haven’t found your eggless gingerbread recipe yet? Quickly take a pen, a notebook and write it down
Today I’ll tell you in secret how to bake the most delicious eggless gingerbread cookies without butter. Don’t think that eggless cookies without butter are not crunchy and not tasty. They are amazing! Amazing in everything: taste, aroma, texture and ease of preparation.
It’s these eggless gingerbread cookies that we traditionally leave (along with a glass of milk) for St. Nicholas and the Italian Babbo Natale on the night when they bring gifts and, believe me, they like these spice cookies so much that in the morning we find only an empty glass and crumbs in the plate!
As with any shortbread cookies, the key is not to overbake these gingerbread biscuits. The finished still hot cookies will be soft and light brown only from the bottom, don’t wait until the top of the gingerbread cookies turns brown. Remember:
- properly baked eggless gingerbread cookies harden after cooling and acquire an ideal consistency
- overbaked gingerbread cookies, after cooling, will be so hard that even if they don’t want to run away from your house, you will open the door and kick them out … haha
Therefore, don’t overdo it, follow the recipe instructions carefully and you will have the most delicious, most fragrant, most festive eggless ginger cookies in the world!
Flour (use plain all – purpose flour for these cookies)
Potato starch (it can be substituted for the cornstarch)
Brown sugar (you can use regular powdered sugar instead)
Oil (I prefer sunflower or corn oil in this recipe – they don’t have a strong taste and aroma as the olive oil)
Spices: ground cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground black pepper and cloves
Salt (just a pinch – it will balance the taste)
Eggless gingerbread recipe
Grind brown sugar in a coffee grinder into a powder. Mix the flour, starch, baking powder and powdered brown sugar
Add honey and milk. Mix
Add oil, spices and salt. Knead the dough (it will be quite sticky), if necessary, add more flour to keep the dough together (but not too much, otherwise the cookies will be too hard)
Roll out to ¼ inch (0.7 cm) thick and cut out cookies
Place the gingerbread cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Heat the oven to 350F (180C) and bake the gingerbread for exactly 11 minutes. The finished spice cookies should be browned only from the bottom. They shouldn’t change color on top. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave to cool completely (hot ginger cookies will be very soft, but do not worry that they are raw – as soon as they cool down, they will become firmer and will hold their shape perfectly)
These eggless gingerbread cookies will last longer if stored in an airtight container.
If you like spiced sweets, be sure to try these Christmas cookies . You will definitely love them
Eggless gingerbread cookies without butter
- 1 ¼ cup (200g) flour
- ¼ cup + 3Tbsp (50g) potato starch
- ¼ cup + 2Tbsp (70g) brown sugar (can be substituted with regular powdered sugar)
- 3 ½ Tbsp (50ml) Runny honey
- 3 ½ Tbsp (50ml) milk
- 3 ½ Tbsp (50ml) sunflower oil
- ½ tsp ground cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
- 2 pinches of ground black pepper
- ½ tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- Grind brown sugar in a coffee grinder into a powder. Mix the flour, starch, baking powder and powdered brown sugar
- Add honey and milk. Mix
- Add oil, spices and salt. Knead the dough (it will be quite sticky), if necessary, add more flour to keep the dough together (but not too much, otherwise the cookies will be too hard)
- Roll out to ¼ inch (0.7 cm) thick and cut out cookies
- Place the gingerbread cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Heat the oven to 350F (180C) and bake the gingerbread for exactly 11 minutes. The finished spice cookies should be browned only from the bottom. They shouldn’t change color on top. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave to cool completely (hot ginger cookies will be very soft, but do not worry that they are raw – as soon as they cool down, they will become firmer and will hold their shape perfectly)
- These eggless gingerbread cookies will last longer if stored in an airtight container.