It took 2 tries but in the end, success! Delicious vegan ginger cookies were born! This is actually an adaption of my Grandma’s famous spicy ginger cookie recipe, and I’ll admit they’re definitely not as good as hers, but they’re pretty close.

Nothing’s ever as good as cookies made by a grandma though are they?

Spicy Vegan Ginger Cookies
Spicy Vegan Ginger Cookies

I was home in Comox a few weeks ago and my Mom had a batch of my Grandma’s cookies on hand. When I returned home to Vancouver and was still craving them, I knew a vegan version had to be made!

The original recipe called for butter instead of coconut oil and an egg instead of the ground flax, but other than that the ingredients were the same. I adjusted them slightly, reducing the amount of sugar and making a few changes to the spices, but it was fairly simple to make them vegan.

If you’ve never used ground flax to replace eggs, it’s one of the handiest vegan baking tricks there is! Just mix a little ground flax with water and it makes a perfect replacement for egg.

For more tips on replacing eggs in vegan baking, check out the options listed in these two posts:

Vegan Options for Replacing Dairy in Your Diet

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spicy Vegan Ginger Cookies
Spicy Vegan Ginger Cookies
Spicy Vegan Ginger Cookies

The cayenne pepper is completely optional, it doesn’t make them too spicy but adds a nice kick. I’d recommend giving it a try! I love it! I’m almost tempted to add black pepper in there as well but I haven’t tried it yet. What do you think? Black pepper in cookies? It seems logical to me…

When these cookies come out of the oven, they’ll seem under done but they will firm up nicely as they cool. Make sure your oven has heated right up to 375 degrees, that way the 8 minutes should be perfect.

I’d let them cool completely before you enjoy them and if you can wait until the next day, the taste even better! They actually get even better as the days go by, I guess the flavours all meld together and all that’s left over is delicious!

More Vegan cookie recipes

Here are some more vegan cookie recipes you’ll love:

Vegan Spicy Ginger Cookies | Running on Real Food

Vegan Ginger Cookies

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 22 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Sweet and spicy ginger cookies that are perfect for the holiday season.




  1. Mix the flax egg and set aside.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, molasses and flax egg and use your hands to mix.
  4. Mix until all the dry ingredients have been moistened, really get in there with your hands working it all together.
  5. Roll the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Press down lightly with a fork.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
  7. Remove from over and let cool completely. They’ll seem undone when they come out but will firm up as they cool.
  8. Makes approximately 26 cookies.
  9. Store them in an air-tight container.

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