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Gingerbread Molasses Knots

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If you love our wildly popular Cinnamon Knots, you’ll love these Gingerbread Molasses Knots! Fluffy cinnamon gingerbread knots with crispy edges, shiny tops and gingerbread molasses glaze – completely vegan! All you need is a few basic ingredients!

During this holiday season, you’re likely thinking of baking up your favourite vegan cookie recipes, but why not add these fluffy Gingerbread Knots to the mix? 

The recipe was originally inspired by my delicious Cinnamon Sugar Knots. It’s a similar method to making twisted cardamom buns, but instead infused with the rich, molasses flavour of gingerbread! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • It’s easier than you think! ​If you’re like me, and a little intimidated by yeast, rising, bread making, etc. I am here to tell you – you can make these! It’s just as easy as my Traditional Cinnamon Rolls and these Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls!
  • Freshly baked knots are SO worth it! Once you take the trays out of the oven and the aroma of freshly baked buttery dough and gingerbread hits you, you won’t be sorry! 
  • Freezer friendly. ​If you’re baking for a small crowd and have leftover knots on hand, pop them in the freezer and defrost over the next few months whenever you’re craving a sweet treat!

Key Ingredients and Substitutions 

​There are 4 components to this recipe, but everything can be prepared with just 6 ingredients, plus a blend of holiday spices. 

  • Margarine – You’ll need your favourite vegan margarine or butter to make the dough, filling, and the gingerbread drizzle. If you are using unsalted vegan butter, you may want to add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt to each. 
  • Nondairy milk – Any unsweetened or lightly sweetened nondairy milk of choice will work. 
  • Instant yeast – These knots were developed using instant yeast because it is the easiest yeast to work with and does not require any proofing to use like active dry yeast does. 
  • Sugar – In addition to white sugar, you’ll also need powdered sugar to make the gingerbread drizzle icing. If you are out of powdered sugar, try making your own Powdered Sugar from scratch by blending together white sugar and powdered sugar. 
  • Flour – We have only tested these knots using all-purpose flour and cannot recommend an alternative flour at this time. 
  • Spices – For the best gingerbread flavour, you’ll need a simple blend of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg! 
  • Molasses – The best molasses to use for gingerbread is unsulfured molasses or dark molasses. Avoid using blackstrap molasses or light molasses. 

How to Make Gingerbread Knots 

  1. Proof the yeast. In a small pot, melt the butter. Once melted, stir in the milk and water and warm the mixture until lukewarm. Whisk in the yeast and sugar until dissolved, then add in the salt. 
  2. Add flour. Once the yeast has activated, about 10 minutes, transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. With the stand mixer on a low speed, slowly add the flour, about 1 cup at a time, until all the flour is added. 
  3. Knead for 10 minutes. ​After the flour is added and incorporated with the yeast mixture, continue to knead the dough in the stand mixer for about 10 minutes. Once ready, the dough should be smooth and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. It should not be sticky! 
  4. Rise the dough for 1 hour. ​Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and pull the dough away from the sides of the bowl so it’s not stuck to the sides. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel, then place a cookbook or sheet pan overtop. Leave in a draft-free area for 1 hour to rise. 
  5. Make the filling. While the dough rises, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, combine the margarine, white sugar, ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and molasses. 
  6. Roll the dough into a 18×14″ rectangle. After the dough has risen, punch right in the middle to deflate it. Divide the dough in half and place one half on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll it out into a large rectangle about 18 inches wide by 14 inches tall. 
  7. Spread on the filling. ​Spread the filling onto half of the dough, then fold the dough widthwise over the half with the filling to cover it. 

  1. Cut into 8 equal strips. ​Using a pizza wheel or a sharp knife, slice the dough into 8 equal strips. Then, cut each strip in half lengthwise, leaving about 1 inch of uncut dough at the top. This should create 8 strips with two “legs.”
  1. Twist the gingerbread knots. ​Twist each leg of dough, then twist them around each other. Wrap it into a knot and then place on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat this process until all the dough is used. 
  1. Preheat the oven. ​While the oven preheats, let the gingerbread knots sit on the stovetop, covered. This added warmth with help them rise a little bit more and make them nice and fluffy. 
  2. Bake. Bake the gingerbread knots for 13-15 minutes on parchment paper lined baking sheets, or until deeply golden brown. 
  3. Make the shiny glaze. ​While the knots bake, prepare the glaze. Add all of the glaze ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until all the sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved, remove the glaze from the heat and set aside. 
  4. Make the gingerbread drizzle. ​In a small bowl, whisk together the softened vegan butter, molasses, nondairy milk, powdered sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon until well combined. 
  5. Drizzle and serve. Once the gingerbread knots are baked, immediately remove from the oven and brush with the sugar glaze. Then drizzle with the gingerbread drizzle and serve immediately while warm!

Ideas for Serving

These gingerbread knots would be the perfect sweet breakfast (for Sunday coffee!) or dessert during the holiday season. Pair them with a classic Vegan Vanilla Latte or a holiday latte, such as this Gingersnap Latte or an Eggnog Latte

They’re also delicious as an afternoon pick me up when you’re craving a sweet snack. 

How to Store

Leftover gingerbread knots will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Reheat leftovers in the oven or air fryer until lightly warmed again, if desired. 

Recipe FAQs 

I don’t have a stand mixer. Can I make these by hand?

You definitely can! It will likely take a bit longer than 10 minutes to knead as stand mixers help to speed up this process, so knead until the dough is smooth and soft. If it is sticky, add flour and continue to knead until smooth! 

I don’t have instant yeast. Can I use active dry yeast?

Active dry yeast will work, but you will need to use about 5 1/2 teaspoons and fully proof the yeast in the warm milk, water, and sugar mixture. Don’t add the salt until the yeast has proofed for about 10 minutes. 

Where is the best place to rise the dough?

You want to rise yeast dough in a draft-free, room temperature place. It does not necessarily need to be a warm place, but the dough will double in size faster if it is a warmer environment. if your home is particularly cold, place the covered dough in the oven and turn on the oven light (leave the actual oven completely off!). The residual heat from the oven will be enough to help the dough rise! 

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Gingerbread Molasses Knots Recipe


  • Author: Liv B

Description

Fluffy cinnamon gingerbread knots with crispy edges, shiny tops and gingerbread molasses glaze – completely vegan!


Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp molasses

Shiny Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Gingerbread Drizzle:

  • 2 tbsp softened vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 12 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, melt the butter and then add the milk and water. Warm the mixture until it’s just warm to the touch/lukewarm. Whisk in the yeast and sugar until dissolved. Add the salt.
  2. Add the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on.
  3. Slowly add the flour with the mixer on low speed mixing continuously. I like to add it about 1 cup at a time, letting it mix in before adding more, just to stop the flour from poofing everywhere. Once all the flour has been added, continue to knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth and pulling away from the sides of the bowl, and not too sticky to the touch.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gather the dough into a ball in the center of the bowl (just pull it away from the sides of the bowl so it’s not stuck to the sides). Place a clean tea towel overtop of the bowl and then add a cookbook or sheet pan on top – I find this helps it rise better. Leave it on the countertop in a draft-free area for 1 hour to rise.
  5. Meanwhile, stir together the filling ingredients, then set aside.
  6. Line two large sheet pans with parchment paper. If you don’t have two, you can just have a piece of parchment paper ready that will fit the pan so you can transfer it once the first batch is done.
  7. Remove the pan and towel off the bowl and give the dough a punch right in the middle to deflate it. Divide the dough in half and place one half on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out into a rectangle about 18 inches wide by 14 inches tall.
  8. Spread the filling onto half of the dough (see photos above for these steps) then fold the dough widthwise over the half with filling, to cover it.
  9. Use a pizza wheel or sharp knife to divide the folded dough, widthwise, into 8 equal strips.
  10. Slice each strip in half, but don’t cut all the way, so it is attached at the top by an inch of uncut dough. It will have two “legs”.
  11. Twist each leg of dough, then twist them around each other. Finally, wrap it into a knot and place on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with remaining dough (you will get 8 knots per pan).
  12. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Cover the sheet pan of cinnamon knots with a tea towel and place on the stove as the oven heats up. This will help them rise a little bit more and make them nice and fluffy.
  13. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until they are a deep golden brown on top.
  14. Meanwhile, in a small pot on the stove, add the glaze ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring and simmering until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  15. Remove pans from the oven and brush tops of cinnamon knots immediately with the sugar glaze. This will make them nice and shiny and keep the tops from getting hard.
  16. Mix together gingerbread drizzle ingredients in a small bowl, then drizzle over knots just before serving.
  17. Serve! Store extras in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. You can also freeze and reheat in the oven as you please.

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