- 2 cups all purpose flour (sub gluten-free AP flour)
- ¼ cup coco or cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- a dash of salt
- ½ cup vegan buttery spread, room temperature
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ⅓ cup coconut nectar (sub honey)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients.
- Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, mix together all wet ingredients on medium speed until smooth and well combined.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in dry ingredients slowly until the batter is thick and sticks together.
- Transfer the batter to a piece of parchment paper or a greased surface. Roll into a ½ inch thick round.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men shapes and carefully transfer to a parchment paper (or greased) lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes on a middle rack.
- Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before serving.
- EAT UP.
I spent last week away from my phone at an experiential therapy “camp” searching for pieces of myself that I’m not even sure I knew were missing. You see, I’ve spent the last year of my life living alone, putting myself back together, and building a life that I am proud of. A year ago I moved from LA to Atlanta at a time when I was struggling with broken relationships, disordered eating, and about zero sense of self worth. I was exhausted and bitter and at the end of my ability to take care of myself. So I asked for help.
I saw many therapists, went to self-help retreats, therapy camp, and cried (to myself and others.) I let it all out. I became soft. I became vulnerable. I started to really feel. And holy hell did I feel it all. Because, as Brene Brown taught me, you can’t exclusively numb. So in order to feel the good things again, I had to open myself up to really feeling the bad. It sucked. But I am so thankful.
In some strange way, I feel like one of these Mint Chocolate Gingerbread Men. Creating a life I now love and am proud of is really similar to the way I developed this recipe. I looked at all of the things I’d done in the past and decided I wanted to “make a different recipe” this time. So I considered all of the things (or flavors) I love, and I stitched them together. I had some trials and “failures” along the way. Some versions came out too hard, or dry, or “ugly”, or “chubby.” I got frustrated. I thought I might not finish them in time. And yet, I did it. I created a delicious, soft gingerbread man. Just like I created a cool and compassionate life.
I am not yet done “baking.” I know that. Next year there will be another cookie party, and I will want to develop a new recipe – a new me. And that is okay. In fact, that’s exactly as it should be. But for now, I’m going to eat some cookies and enjoy their soft complexity. I am going to enjoy every single bite. I am going to live.
Checkout more cookies from the #calmandbrightcookienight hosted by The Modern Proper!
The Modern Proper – Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel – https://themodernproper.com/posts/coconut-thumbprint-cookies-with-salted-caramel
Wood and Spoon – Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies – http://thewoodandspoon.com/candied-walnut-chocolate-chip-cookies/
Floating Kitchen – Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies http://www.floatingkitchen.net/peppermint-chocolate-thumbprint-cookies/
Brewing Happiness – Mint Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies http://www.brewinghappiness.com/mint-chocolate-gingerbread-cookies-calmandbrightcookienight/
The Vintage Mixer – Ginger Creams with Browned butter Icing http://www.thevintagemixer.com/2016/12/christmas-cookies-ginger-creams/
Wu Haus – Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Sandwiches http://www.wuhaus.com/blog/2016/12/12/raw-vegan-gingerbread-cookie-sandwiches
The Almond Eater – Homemade Almond Biscotti http://thealmondeater.com/2016/12/homemade-almond-biscotti/
Chocolate + Marrow – Brown Butter Gingerbread Madeleines http://chocolateandmarrow.com/2016/12/12/brown-butter-gingerbread-madeleines-recipe
Hungry Girl Por Vida – Lemon Pistachio Linzer Cookies https://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2016/12/12/lemon-pistachio-linzer-cookies/
Honestly YUM – Ricciarelli (Italian Almond Cookies) http://honestlyyum.com/18212/ricciarelli-italian-almond-cookies/
Husbands That Cook – Chocolate Sugar Cookies http://www.husbandsthatcook.com/2016/12/chocolate-sugar-cookies/
The Judy Lab – Sea Salt Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.thejudylab.com/recipes-blog/sea-salt-chocolate-chocolate-chip-cookies
Gather and Dine – Chocolate Almond Spelt Cookies http://www.gatheranddine.com/chocolate-almond-spelt-cookies/
Betty S Liu– Cardamom Persimmon Cookies with Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Ganache http://bettysliu.com/2016/12/12/cardamom-persimmon-cookies-olive-oil-dark-chocolate-ganache/
Harvest and Honey – Milk & Cookies https://harvestandhoney.com/2016/12/12/milk-cookies/
Bakerita – Chocolate Rugelach (gluten free + refined sugar free) http://www.bakerita.com/chocolate-rugelach-gluten-free/
The Fauxmartha – Snowball cookies http://www.thefauxmartha.com/2016/12/12/snowball-cookies/
The Kitchen Paper – Soft Toffee Cookies http://thekitchenpaper.com/soft-toffee-cookies/
Life Is But A Dish – Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cookies http://www.lifeisbutadish.com/chocolate-peppermint-cream-cookies/
Oh Honey Bakes Pomegranate Pistachio and Almond Biscotti http://ohhoneybakes.com/pomegranate-pistachio-and-lemon-biscotti/
The Brick Kitchen – Coconut Raspberry Wagon Wheels http://www.thebrickkitchen.com/2016/12/coconut-raspberry-wagon-wheels/
Alexandra Cooks – Classic Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies http://www.alexandracooks.com/2016/12/11/classic-cream-cheese-cutout-cookies/
Hello My Dumpling – Ginger Viennese Whirl Cookies with Matcha Passion Fruit Filling http://www.hellomydumpling.com/ginger-viennese-whirl-cookies-matcha-passion-fruit-filling
Snixy Kitchen – Peppermint Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies http://www.snixykitchen.com/2016/12/12/peppermint-chocolate-marshmallow-cookies/
Tending the Table – Almond Macaroons with Satsuma Marmalade https://tendingthetable.com/2016/12/12/almond-macaroons-with-satsuma-marmalade/
Milly’s Kitchen – Grapefruit Fennel Shortbread Cookies http://www.millys-kitchen.com/millys-kitchen/2016/12/12/grapefruit-fennel-shortbread-cookies
PDX Food Love – Chocolate Bourbon Swirl Meringues http://pdxfoodlove.com/chocolate-bourbon-swirl-meringues-for-calmandbrightcookienight/
Lasting Ingredient – Lemon Lime Shortbread http://www.lastingredient.com/2016/12/12/lemon-lime-shortbread/
Heart Beet Kitchen Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies http://heartbeetkitchen.com/2016/recipes/type/dessert/chocolate-peppermint-crinkle-cookies/
Carly Diaz Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread Cookie https://www.carlydiaz.com/blog/2016/12/12/dark-chocolate-pistachio-shortbread-cookies
Cloudy Kitchen – Early Grey Shortbread http://www.cloudykitchen.com/blog/2016/12/11/earl-grey-shortbread
Lena’s Kitchen Blog Shortbread Cookies Three Ways http://www.lenaskitchenblog.com/shortbread-cookies-three-ways/