7 Must-Bake Vegan Christmas Cookies

7  Must-Bake Vegan Christmas Cookies

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to get on the baking train. Whether you’re entertaining friends and family or simply want to spread a little cheer with some homemade goodies, then these recipes are for you!

Plus, they’re all simple, delicious AND vegan! And your friends and family will never know the difference!

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Vegan Almond Snowballs

Just in time for Christmas!  Looking for a simple, vegan & gluten-free cookie recipe for all those holiday gatherings?  Well look no further!

These  Vegan Almond Snowballs are just the thing!

I had come across this recipe for Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies that sounded awesome AND super simple.  Plus, it looked like an easy enough recipe to veganize!  I didn't quite have all the ingredients either, so I came up with my own version inspired by these classic treats.  Hope you enjoy them, we sure did! And my non-vegan, non-gluten-free family and friends had no idea they weren't made with butter, eggs or wheat. 

Score!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Earth Balance shortening
  • 2 cup  GF flour - I used 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup spelt flour & 1/2 GF All Purpose Flour blend (you can also use regular flour if you're not GF)
  • 3/4 - 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum (omit if your flour blend already has it)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (you can use maple syrup or honey if desired)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto (optional) or use more almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 c. almonds chopped
  • Powdered sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Cream shortening.
  2. Add all the other ingredients.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls and roll into powdered sugar.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 300 degree oven.
  5. Roll in powdered sugar while hot and again when cold.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  These cookies are light and crunchy and oh so Almond-y! They would be lovely made with coconut or other nuts as well.  Keep them  in an airtight container and they freeze well too... if they last that long!

Festive Gluten-free & Vegan Cookies

Well, it's that time of year...time for baking and icing and filling your face (and your family & friends faces) with all matter of cookie goodness!  But now that I'm staying away from dairy and eggs, I've had to adjust my baking repertoire accordingly.  So I've rounded up a few super yummy gluten-free and vegan Christmas cookies that you can add to your recipe box. Enjoy!

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Chai Spice Snowball Cookies from Cafe Johnsonia

What are you baking this year?  Got an awesome recipe?  How about sharing a link?!  I'm always on the look out for great cookies!

Foodie Friday: Gluten-Free & Vegan Holiday Treats

Better late than never I say.  After construction workers cut our phone and Internet yesterday I've been scrambling to try and get some work done.  So I guess this is more like Sweet Saturday.  Here's a few fantastic holiday treats to put a smile on your face.  You don't need to go without just because you don't eat wheat or animal products.  Check out some of these festive favourites:

 5 Gluten-free Vegan Holiday Treats

1. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Men courtesy of Inhabitots
 2.  Frosted Chocolate Peppermint Cookies


Sarah Bakes shares this delicious recipe!



3.  Sugar Cookies with Vegan Buttercream Icing

Goodies from Our Good Food Life!



 4.  Cardamom Christmas Cookies

Courtesy of the Community Food Co-op

5.  Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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These beauties from The Sweet Life

 What's your favourite Christmas cookie? I LOVE the classic Sugar cookies and Shortbread.  Mmmm....

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Foodie Friday: Gluten-Free Cookies for the Birthday Girl

So it's your kid's birthday; and you want to send your little Sally or Johnny to school with treats for all their classroom friends.  But wait....no nuts allowed at school....and your child is gluten-free....and another kid can't have eggs or milk....what do you do?  Spend hours searching online for a wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free & dairy-free recipe and then hope there's a late night grocery store you can hit up to find all the ingredients you need.  And then stay up late baking like a machine and praying your kids and all the others will eat your concoction?  Or you could try something much easier and stress free....King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cookie Mix!

At least that's what I did.  You may already know that our household is gluten-free, but now with Stella (our birthday girl) in school we can't send her with any nuts.  I'm used to baking with various nut flours, but that's a big no-no.  And add into the mix I've recently learned I'm allergic to dairy and eggs.  Needless to say, my fridge and cupboards are lacking the usual baking ingredients.  But I really wanted to send something special to school for Stella's birthday and I wanted to be able to enjoy a treat too.
Luckily for me I had a box of King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cookie Mix in the cupboard.  It's a great mix for your cookies and then you can design them however you want by adding your own special ingredients.  I was going to add raisins (my healthier choice) but Stella insisted on chocolate chips.  The next trick was to modify this mix to be dairy & egg-free.  Luckily it only calls for 1/2 cup of butter or shortening and 1 egg. I used a 1/2 cup of Earth's Balance Vegan Butter which I already had in the fridge.  But then I needed an egg substitute.  I would have used a banana as I've heard that works well, but wouldn't you know I'm also allergic to bananas!  So I found a great resource online that lists the various egg substitutes and what they are best used for.  Turns out the egg in a cookie recipe is just really for binding.  And a easy substitute is 2 tbsp of corn starch mixed with 1 tbsp of water.  So that's what I did and hoped for the best.

The mix was so easy to use and the instructions were fool-proof.  Once the dough was mixed up it looked just like cookie dough should.  Now the box recommended dropping it by heaping tablespoons to create about 2 dozen cookies.  But Stella's class is pretty big, so I used a teaspoon instead and ended up with about 33 cookies.  Pretty good for one box.

I baked them at the instructed temperature and found in my oven they took exactly 12 minutes to bake.  That was a long 12 minutes having to wait for those sweet smelling morsels to come out of the oven.  In the past I have found some gluten-free recipes to be a little more delicate than their traditional wheat counter-parts.  But these cookies weren't any more delicate than a wheat-based one.  (read: I didn't break them all getting them off the cookie sheet)
Once cooled, Stella and I decorated her special birthday cookies. 

 What 4 year old doesn't love hearts with star sprinkles?

We ended up with just enough cookies for us to have a sample before sending them off to school to be devoured.  And they received the seal of approval from Stella, Dad and myself.  And nobody would even guess they were gluten-free, dairy-free & egg-free.  So kudos to King Arthur Flour for making baking a fun family experience.  And now I can make the cookies AND eat them too!  Can't wait to try some of their other gluten-free products!
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 Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from King Arthur Flour for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.