Vegan Christmas Cookies: Two Simple Recipes

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Christmas is around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for Christmas cookies. Why not try vegan Christmas cookies this year? Whether enjoyed at home or given as gifts to friends, homemade cookies are always a source of Christmas cheer.

Whip up some delicious treats in no time with these two easy vegan Christmas cookie recipes.

Vegan Christmas Cookies: Linzer Cookies

Ingredients: (makes about three cookie sheets)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 14 tablespoons vegan butter alternative
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup finely ground almonds
  • 5 tablespoons rice milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of half a lemon
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup jam or jelly for filling (homemade jam would, of course, be great here)
vegan cookie dough
In order to allow the dough for your vegan Christmas cookies to set, it is important to chill it for at least one hour. (Photo: © Utopia)

Vegan Linzer Cookies: Preparation

  • Add flour, powdered sugar, ground almonds, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Slowly add butter and milk substitutes (we used rice milk and organic vegan margarine) and work into a dough. Knead well.
  • Cover and chill for about one hour.
  • After the dough has been chilled, remove from refrigerator and knead well again.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Sprinkle flour on a cool, flat surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is about 3-4 millimeters thick.
  • Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut the dough into shape. Make sure the cookies are large enough so that there is room to cut out one or two smalls holes in the middle. In half of the cookies, cut out the small holes – this is where the jam will peek through when the cookies are finished.
Vegan Christmas Cookies: Linzer Cookies
Your vegan Linzer cookies should be cut after the dough has been rolled out to about 4mm thick. If the dough is thinner, the cookies will easily break. (Photo: © Utopia)
  • Place your vegan Christmas cookies on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and bake for about eight minutes (convection) or until golden brown.
  • After removing from the oven, allow the cookies to cool.
  • Stir the jam until it has an even consistency and spread onto the cookies without the holes.
  • Finally, place the respective halves on top to form your vegan Linzer Christmas cookies and enjoy.

Grandma’s Vegan Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: (makes about five cookie sheets)

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegan butter substitute
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • juice of half a lemon
  • flour for rolling cookies
  • cookie decorations: nuts, sprinkles, icing, etc.
Vegan Christmas Cookies: Sugar Cookies
To prevent your vegan sugar cookie dough from sticking, it is important to sprinkle enough flour on the rolling pin and surface. (Photo: © Utopia)

Vegan Sugar Cookies: Preparation

  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and work into a dough – it will get sticky very quickly.
  • Divide the dough in half, cover, and chill overnight.
  • The next day, remove from refrigerator and knead each half thoroughly. If the dough is still too sticky, add flour in small amounts until the consistency feels right (be careful not to add too much flour or your vegan Christmas cookies will be crumbly later).
  • Sprinkle flour on a cool, flat surface and roll out the dough until it is about four millimeters thick.
  • Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out fun Christmas shapes!
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place your vegan sugar cookies on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and bake for about three to five minutes. Keep a close eye on your Christmas cookies to prevent burning!
  • Finally, allow the cookies to cool completely and then decorate with nuts, sprinkles, icing, etc.
Vegan Sugar Cookies with decoration
Before decorating, allow your vegan Christmas sugar cookies to cool down completely. (Photo: © Utopia)
  • Tip: In order to avoid breakage, be sure not to roll out the cookie dough too thinly. Also, do not place the cookies too close to one another on the cookie sheet, otherwise they will stick to each other.

Have fun baking and enjoy your vegan Christmas cookies!

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This article was translated from German into English by Christie Sacco. You can view the original here: Vegane Plätzchen: zwei einfache Rezepte

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