Growing Chefs! Ontario Buckwheat Ginger Cookies

Buckwheat Ginger Cookies

These vegan and gluten free cookies are perfect for the holidays!
A dozen cookies
6 tablespoons refined coconut oil, room temperature1/4 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup brown sugar1/2 flax egg (1/2 tablespoon ground flax: 1 1/2 tablespoons water)1 tablespoon clementine juice2 tablespoons molasses1 cup buckwheat flour2 tablespoons potato or tapioca starch1 teaspoon ginger1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon cloves1/8 teaspoon salt Extra flour for rolling or parchment paper


1 cup (240 grams) icing sugar2 tablespoons clementine juice Zest of clementine1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground Water as needed Pinch of salt
Wooden spoonStand mixer or hand mixer2 medium bowls1 small bowlMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsSpatulaRaspBaking sheetParchment paperCutting boardParing knifeRolling pinCookie cutters or a glassFlipper spatulaCooling rackSpoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Make your flax egg by mixing 12 tablespoon ground flax: 1 12 tablespoons water and leave to thicken for 5 – 10 minutes.

Measure out oil, sugars, molasses citrus juice, buckwheat, potato starch, spices baking soda and salt.

Get Cooking!

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or hand blender, beat the coconut oil with the sugars and the molasses until fluffy. Stir in the flax egg and citrus juice.

In a second bowl, whisk together buckwheat flour, potato starch, spices, baking soda, and salt.

Slowly mix in the dry ingredients with the wet and blend until combined. When mixture is well mixed and no longer dry, use your hands to mash it into a ball and wrap in plastic. Press it flat and refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Take your dough from the fridge and place it on some parchment paper. The parchment paper will help you roll it out without sticking. Dust the top of the dough with a bit of flour if necessary and roll out to ¼” thick. Don’t worry if it crumbles – just mash it back together. As it is worked, the dough will warm up and become more manageable. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet.

Bake cookies for about 5 – 7 minutes. They should just start to brown on the edges. Using a flipper, immediately transfer to a cooling rack.

While cookies are cooling, make the icing. Combine spices, icing sugar, and salt. Add citrus zest and juice, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. If more liquid is needed, add water. It should be a little stiff, but loose enough that it will gently spread on the cookie.

To ice the cookies, scoop a small amount (about ½‑1 teaspoon) of the icing on to the middle of the cookie. Use a spoon to gently guide it in a larger circle. Wrap any leftover icing well. Allow icing to set before storing.