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These Protein-Packed Gingerbread Cookies Will Be A Hit At Your Holiday Party

by LINDSAY ZACHARIA, @THESIMPLEBITE - December 15, 2021

This time of year, we head straight to the kitchen to whip up treats that fill our homes with warmth and sweet scents. These Gingerbread Cookies are a must-have on this year’s holiday agenda. Plus, they’re guaranteed to make your house smell like cinnamon heaven! 

The recipe includes a ton of good-for you ingredients and Vital Performance™ Vanilla Protein ($29.99; shop now) for a boost of protein! Don’t let the healthy ingredients fool you though—these cookies have that classic gingerbread taste and that crisp, crunchy texture you dream of.

Simply grab a bowl and the minimal ingredients listed below to get started! Since this recipe is a holiday classic, you could even prep the dough in advance to pop in the oven and impress any unexpected guests with fresh cookies. Let’s be real though- we could always go for a fresh batch of homemade Gingerbread Cookies, whether we are hosting or just hanging out at home!

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Gingerbread Cookies

Yields a dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg, coconut oil and coconut sugar.
    Lively tip: If your coconut oil is solid, microwave for 5–10 seconds, ensuring it’s not hot when combining.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, mixing until smooth.
  3. Roll the dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment paper over the dough, pressing down to flatten into an oval no higher than ~1 inch thick.
  4. Wrap dough in parchment paper and refrigerate overnight (or for a minimum of one hour).
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  6. Let the dough sit out for ~5 minutes, then roll it out to ~½ inch thick in between two pieces of parchment paper.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into gingerbread people, placing them onto a lightly greased parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes and decorate once cool.

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