Vegan Gingerbread Hearts with Jam Filling

Today we are making vegan gingerbread hearts with jam filling. If you so desire, you can also make them vegan, you only need to swap out the butter for vegan butter as the dough naturally does not contain any eggs. You may find this gingerbread surprising as it contains jam and chocolate. I can assure you, this is a very German recipe. In fact, every year these gingerbread hearts are sold as of October. I always thought it was impossible to make them at home. But one time when I was eating a store-bought heart, I thought, let’s see how they are actually made and consulted the Internet. To my surprise they are much easier to make than originally thought. You make gingerbread dough (check), you cut out hearts with a cookie cutter, then you place a bit of jam on one heart and seal it with another heart on top. You bake them and dunk them in chocolate. That’s it!

I somehow thought that this was a special gingerbread dough, which would need to be baked and then filled with jam. However, once I discovered that you actually simply cut out hearts and sandwich jam in between two, I was sold. Obiously these require more work than a simple gingerbead cookie, a gingerbread house, Christmas tree decorations or similar. But I promise you, once you bite into the first one, you will be rewarded. They definitely taste better than store-bought!

Jam-filled Gingerbread Hearts (Vegan)

Serves: 15-20, depending on size
Prep Time: 45min Cooking Time: 10min Total Time: 1hr

These are some special cookies from German, you will place a bit of jam on one cut-out gingerbread, place the second on top and after baking dunk them in chocolate. So good! They can be made vegan.


  • Gingerbread Dough
  • 100 grams of molasses
  • 25 grams of water
  • 25 grams of brown sugar
  • 15 grams of (vegan) butter
  • 150 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  • Filling
  • 300 grams of tart jam, traditionally raspberry or apricot

  • Glaze
  • 300 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of neutral oil



For the gingerbread dough melt molasses, water, sugar and (vegan) butter in a large pot until the butter has melted. Add all remaining ingredients and combine with a mixer. Chill dough in an airtight container for at least half an hour. Since this dough does not contain eggs, you can keep in the fridge up to a week if covered. You may also freeze.


Roll out dough thinnly on a lightly floured surface. Since you will place two cut-out cookies on top of each other, try to roll out thinnly. Cut out hearts or an other shape. Repeat until all dough was used. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place about one small teaspoon of jam on half of the hearts. Use your fingertip to wet the edges of these hearts with water. Now place one heart on top of the filled heart, seal the edges. Repeat with all. Bake for about ten minutes.


For the glaze melt the chocolate with the oil on low heat. Dunk all hearts in it, I dunked them fully inside the chocolate. Let cool on parchment paper. These cookies also freeze beautifully.

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    Saturday November 18th, 2023 at 09:45 PM

    Meega, da hab ich auch immer Lust drauf und habe es noch nie probiert. Aber mir kommt die Menge sehr wenig vor. Wie viele Herzen gibt es denn etwa? Danke für das Rezept!!

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      Saturday November 18th, 2023 at 09:49 PM

      Liebe Anne,
      das kommt sehr auf die Größe der Herzen an und wie dick du den Teig ausrollst. Bei mir waren es 15 Herzen, also 30 insgesamt, siehe auch ganz oben über dem Rezept die Mengenangaben. Aber wenn du das Rezept verdoppelst, kannst du viele tolle andere Sachen machen, z.B. kleine Lebkuchenhäuschen etc. Dann gib einfach “Lebkuchen” in der Suchfunktion ein. Natürlich kannst du auch simple Lebkuchen-Plätzchen backen. Mir haben die gefüllten Herzen sehr gut geschmeckt, besser als gekauft.

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    Wednesday November 22nd, 2023 at 12:29 AM

    ui wie prima ist das denn?!
    da gehöre ich genau so wie du zu der Kategorie schon im hüstel Herbst kaufen wenn auffindbar.
    und das die Herzen so einfach zu kreieren sind ist tatsächlich erstaunend wunderbar!
    kann ich den Rübensirup gegen Honig tauschen? den find ich hier in Portugal eher schwierig.
    da muss ich glatt dreifache Menge backen sonst kriegt meine Familie nichts ab. hüstel hüstel.

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      Wednesday November 22nd, 2023 at 08:30 AM

      Hi, ja, definitiv kannst du den Sirup mit Honig ersetzen. Es hängt ein bisschen davon ab wie groß deine Herzen werden und wie dünn du den Teig ausrollst, es ist aber tatsächlich eher ein kleines Rezept. Aber mehr geht auf jeden Fall 🙂 Berichte gerne, ob sie schmecken oder wenn du Fragen hast.

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    Thursday December 14th, 2023 at 06:31 PM

    Hi Jenny, do you have any idea if this would possibly work with a gluten-free flour blend? 🙂

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      Thursday December 14th, 2023 at 08:39 PM

      Hi Camelia, I haven’t tried it yet, but the dough is pretty forgiving, I believe it should work. Let me know if you managed! Best, Jenny

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