This recipe is adapted from the peerless Isa Chandra’s and features in Vegan with a Vengeance. If you don’t have this book yet I would urge you to run out and grab a copy. My only real change is to up the amount of spice to my taste and to leave the sugar off the top – I already find them very sweet.
These biscuits/cookies taste of Christmas. Loaded with spice and treacle every bite fills my mouth with the smell of burning leaves, coal fires and frosty mornings. While not the healthiest of treats I think they can be part of a well-balanced diet.
Makes 30 small cookies
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 125 ml canola (rapeseed) oil
- 3 tbsp molasses (black treacle)
- 3 tbsp soy or oat milk
- 200g sugar (I like golden caster)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat the oven to 180oC (160oC fan) Gas Mark 4.
Put the flour, bicarb, salt and spice into a large mixing bowl.
Put the other ingredients into another bowl and beat well. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and mix into a firm dough.
Pick up a small piece of dough and roll it into a ball (because it is oil based it shouldn’t be sticky – it is really easy to play with) and then flatten out. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat etc.
Bake for 10 minutes. The tops should crack slightly but they will still feel quite soft. Leave to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
I like these with a mug of tea. If you live in a country where you don’t drink decent tea – move 😉