Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti with cranberries, almonds, candied ginger. Easy Crispy Spiced Biscotti Recipe to dunk in a cup of tea. Drizzle with white or dark chocolate. Vegan Recipe. To double, use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp baking soda, double everything else. Use more flour if needed to make a soft dough.
It is the time for ginger everything. These gingerbread biscotti are crunchy, mildly sweet, well spiced and fun to dunk in your favorite cup of tea of hot chocolate. I dunk these in our evening Masala Chai. Fancify the biscotti with melted white or dark chocolate drizzle or icing of choice. Or coat the ends in melted chocolate. These crisp biscotti cookies have cranberries, almonds and candied ginger. Use finely chopped nuts, ginger etc so that the biscotti are easier to slice. For a stronger molasses flavor, use 2 tbsp molasses and 2 tbsp nut butter.
I use nut butter in these biscotti. They can be made completely oil-free. To make these without nuts, use seed butter or tahini or use 2 tbsp oil. The recipe can be easily doubled. Melt some vegan white or dark chocolate and drizzle it on the biscotti. Wrap and gift!
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Make the dough for the biscotti. Shape into a log and flatten into a somewhat rectangle. even out the edges.
Bake for 25+ minutes until the edges are set. Cool for 15 to 25 minutes. Then slice and bake again until crisp.
Cool completely and store. Drizzle with melted vegan chocolate or icing of choice. This recipe is very loosely adapted from Isa’s gingerbread biscotti.
Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti with cranberries, almonds, candied ginger
- 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup (61 ml) non dairy milk
- 2 tsp chia seed meal or 1 tbsp flax seed meal
- 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar 1 tbsp more for sweeter
- 3 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 tsp oil or use more almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (120 g) wheat or Spelt flour
- 1.5 to 2 tsp gingerbread spice or use 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, a generous dash of ground nutmeg, clove and black pepper
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) salt
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) baking powder
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) baking soda
- 1 to 2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 to 2 tbsp finely chopped candied ginger
- 1 to 2 tbsp almond slivers or chopped pistachios
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180ºc.
- In a bowl mix the molasses, milk and chia seed meal. Mix and let sit for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. The nut butter will take a minute to mix in.
- In another bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients until well combined.
- Add dry to the wet and mix. Add in the cranberries, almonds, ginger. Mix and make a soft dough. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 tsp or more flour. If too dry, sprinkle a few drops of water at a time to knead in.
- Shape into a log and press down to make a flat rectangle about 9 by 4 inches.
- Bake for 24 to 26 minutes. The edges should be crisp and the center set but should have just a bit of give. Do not let it overbrown. Bake a few minutes longer if baking double recipe (2 logs).
- Cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Slice using a serrated knife. Place the biscotti on the side and bake at 300 degrees F / 150ºc until crisp. 15 to 20 minutes.
- Cool completely. Dress with melted vegan chocolate or icing of choice. Store in a container on the counter for a bunch of weeks.
Omigosh this biscotti is amazing. I have made it twice already. Your gingerbread spice mix is perfect. I did make the following substitutions: 3/4 spelt and 1/4 oat flour; date sugar; and baked a bit longer to get extra crunch.
For a different variation next time I was thinking pumpkin spice mix with raisins or even rosemary/caraway with currants for Irish soda bread flavour.
Thank you for another awesome recipe!
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awesome, mmmmm rosemary/caraway
I just made these, still cooling. Fantastic, I’m really pleased. Thanks!
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I made these the other day. My first attempt at biscotti. Very pleased with the result and much easier than expected. I tried to use no oil and they got slightly burned on the first bake. I just scraped off the burned areas and it was fine. Lesson learned. I’ll watch them more closely the next time. Thank you for the recipe.
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thank you for your ffeedback i’m glad that you still enjoyed them anyways. not bad for a first attempt!
I made them with ginger powder this time. And they turned out excellent. Best part they are less sweet and warm flavors. Next time will try with ginger juice. Thanks for an amazing recipe.
Looks so good!!
Question- is molasses a must; what can I use instead of it. Don’t have it now in my pantry. Have all other ingredients- so was hoping to make them this weekend.
Omit it and add maple syrup or more non dairy milk. For sugar use brown sugar if possible
Sweetie, these look so good! They remind me of the ones my sister used to make for the holidays. Bringing back all the good memories…I’ll have to give these a try using GF flour.
If I were to omit the cranberries and nuts (making them as a gift for someone that cannot have these items), would I just increase the candied ginger? Thanks!
Thank you 🙂
A very nice recipe. What are the molasses substitutes. Other than maple syrup ???
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You can sub with dark brown sugar! The recipe calls for 1 Tbsp molasses – sub with ~ 3/4 Tbsp dark brown sugar!
These are currently in the oven and smell delicious! I love your recipes – thank you! Do you think the recipe would work as it is written if I made the dough into normal cookie circle shapes in the future?
yes shouldbe fine. Check earlier so that the cookies dont overbake or burn.
I’ve made 3 batches of these and very much enjoyed them. I subbed some different fruit and nut combos. I am planning on making a few kinds for holiday gifts and would love your thoughts on some variations:
> I’d like to make up a chocolate dough. I was thinking I’d add melted chocolate for one batch (from a dark chocolate bar requiring no additional sugar). Should I just count it toward the total liquid?
> I’m assuming chocolate chips would not work out due to the double bake.
> Any sub ideas for the nut butter and molasses? I like them but want to end up with some flavor variety among the doughs.
Big fan of this blog… I’ve definitely branched out from my usual culinary ruts since following it. Thanks so much for sharing!
1. Yes, also add some cocoa powder inthe dry
2. Mini chocolate chips willbe fine.
3. oil or oil+ applesauce and maple syrup
Great! Thanks so much! I love the flexibility you build into your recipes and I really REALLY love how you often point out what an ingredient’s function is. I learn so much here. Thanks again 🙂
Made these for the second time today that’s how good they are! I subbed date sugar for the regular sugar and they turned out great!!! My mom said she doesn’t like biscotti normally but thought these were delicious!! Great recipie!
I substituted the gingerbread spice, ginger, cranberries, and almonds for a Middle-Eastern-esque vibe with cardamom, dried rose petals, raisins and pistachios. It worked well though I was a little light-handed with the cardamom and rose.
I used white wheat flour but next time would try spelt – would this alter the baking time at all?
I made these yesterday to give as Christmas gifts and am wishing I made a double recipe so we could keep some!
They worked out really well, although they were quite crumbly when slicing after the first bake. Would cooling more help with this do you think? Or perhaps I overbaked slightly?
I haven’t made biscotti before and so I think I pulled them out just a touch too early, so if you’re like me don’t be fearful and remember they’re much crispier than most biscuits/cookies.
hmm, yes cool longer and use a sharp knife
Great thanks! Will try to exercise patience 🙂
Exactly the kind of cookie recipe I was looking for for the holidays. Not too decadent, but still very festive and delicious. I’m thinking about using the basic recipe with alterations so I can make different kinds of biscotti. Removing the spices and adding orange zest and chocolate chips is the first thing that jumps to mind. Thank you!
Delicious! Made these today and they are great. So happy to have a vegan biscotti recipe that doesn’t require oil. Please keep coming up with biscotti recipes! And pizzelle too, if you get a chance.
I follow sugar free, so if I substitute date paste instead of molasses will that be OK
Theres also the 1/4 cup sugar. You can use some date paste but too much would cause the biscotti to stay soft.
So excited to try these! I wonder if the dough would freeze? I’d like to bake them fresh on Christmas morning, but won’t have the time to prepare the dough. Have you ever tried freezing the dough before baking?
you should bake, cool, slice and store and then bake the slices in the morning. There is a 2 step bake. 1 to bake it to cake like state, then it is sliced andbaked to crisp. the second bake can be done anytime
Hello. We are going to make these tomorrow. Which flour works best – spelt or wheat? Or a combo? We have both. Thank you.
spelt or a combo
Hello, I made these tonight and they are so wonderful! I’ll be making them in bulk to gift to my large family for the holidays. Thank you so much for putting so much effort into your recipes. I’m never disappointed when I cook from your books or blog. <3
Instead of ginger powder can we substitute with fresh ginger?
Add ginger juice instead as that will be a stronger flavor. 1 tsp ginger juice
They turned out excellent. Thanks
These are not even 100% done baking yet (just sliced and put back in) and I can tell you they came out amazing! It’s my first time baking biscotti ever also. Thank you for a great recipe!
Hi, I would like to make these for the 4ht of July BBQ. Your recipes are always the best for everything as they come out perfect. So any suggestions for substitute? Flavor wise? I will look for Spelt flour & double it but I need something for summer. Would be very helpful.
Is it possible to sub the nut butter? I used peanut butter and the smell was overpowering. I haven’t tried them yet because they are in the oven, but I am nervous that the peanut butter flavor is going to be overpowering the other lovely spices.
I use almond butter and the flavor is not overpowering. Almond or cashew butter are less strong in terms of flavor, so try those. Also add more spices. Even with the strong PB, the biscotti should taste good.
is there any other flavor I could use instead of the ginger? My kiddos are not keen on ginger. How can I make them more amaretto styled without the liquor?
Thanks and these look amazing!
You can use amaretto extract or cherry extract for the flavor. You can also use a combination of molasses + maple/agave to reduce the molasses flavor and add whatever other flavors you like. add chopped raisins or nuts or tutti fruti(candied papaya) etc
I do not have molasses or agave, so what could be the next best substitute . Could these be avoided completely.
you can make a thick syrup with jaggery or brown sugar and use that.
Would golden syrup work? Also can they be frozen without affecting the crispness?
yes. yes they can be frozen
I made these and boy were they good. I put in candied ginger, dried cranberries, and pecans, and I dipped one whole side in melted chocolate. I wouldn’t do the chocolate *all* the time, but it was the holidays, what can I say?!
I love that they hardly use any oil. These will be a staple this winter–I’ll also be dunking in chai, mmm…
awesome! yes these go so well with masala chai. spices, ginger and cardamom!
Instead of ginger powder can we substitute with fresh ginger?
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sure – it will give a slightly different flavour . just squeeze out the moisture after grating/ chopping very finely.
These are so good and so simple! About to adapt it as I’ve run out of molasses…
try maple syrup
Hi i tried making didn’t come out that good may be it was my first attempt to make such thing.It was breaking when i tried cutting.But i must say the taste was so good.Do i need to make my dough more soft??
Hi Naina, you can bake the log a few minutes less if it is getting too crunchy. It depend son your oven. Also, use a sharp serrated knife. I tend to break the crunchy edges too. the slicing gets easier as you move towards the middle.
Made this recipe last night. The biscotti is delicious! Thank you for your consistently easy and wonderful recipes!
Thank you Elizabeth!
Made this tonight and we had them with tea. Outstanding! Thank you for this great recipe
These are so great! They remind me of the biscotti I used to eat when I was little. Thank you, I will make these for my family at Christmas!
Mine are done and dunked and eaten ( a few). So happy to have a good recipe for biscotti that doesn’t crack your teeth. Spicing was perfect.
That’s why I love your blog and book. The recipes work! No trial and error. You’ve done it all for us.
I want to work Some whole wheat flour in next time. But these are great!
I am thankful for you, your gifts, and generous spirit.
so glad they turned out great! Wheat flour should work out fine. I generally use spelt, which is ancient wheat.
Would it be possible to sub with a GF baking flour mix? I use the Pamela’s Artisan flour blend. Wondering if this would work???
you can try with a mix that has xanthan gum. You might need some more chia seeds so the dough doesnt crack or crumble.
High five for biscotti! I made some this weekend too – eggnog-flavored biscotti (so good). Except it’s easy to cross the threshold of being just crunchy enough, and too crunchy – so I’ll probably need to make another batch to perfect my skills. 🙂
Yep. totally. its all the factors with the oven, how much the biscotti got baked in the first cycle etc.
Very nice Post….
Thank u for sharing…
I have these on their second bake…Wow, does my home smell heavenly, and the nibbles I’ve had are devine! Thank you!!!
Wow, these look good.
Another great receipe. Thank you Richa for your creativity!