Vegan Spice Cookies (and many more holiday cookie recipes)

vegan spice cookies recipeThere are so many things I love about baking cookies. I love eating the cookie dough. I love peeping ever so often through the oven window to see if the cookies are doing what they are supposed to do. I love eating the cookies, of course. But more than any of those, I love that fresh-baked-cookie smell that perfumes the whole house.

Cookies are so closely tied with the holidays, and you can just imagine why. Cookies are happy, and they are fun.  They are festive, anyone can make them, and who doesn’t like to pop one– or two–in their mouth? A no-brainer, really.

If you are busy baking cookies in your kitchen– which I somehow just know you are– here’s a fun recipe to add to the mix: my very vegan Spice Cookies.  Flavored with chai spices, they are warm and fuzzy and I can’t think of anything that goes better with a cup of green tea. Or almond milk.

chai spice cookies, veganI lowered the fat in these cookies by half by adding applesauce, because as amazing as cookies are, can you think of anything more amazing than a healthier cookie? The applesauce makes them slightly chewy, which I love. It also makes the dough easier to handle and shape.

I also have for you today a photo gallery of more cookie recipes that have appeared on Holy Cow! over the past many years. It follows the Spice Cookie recipe, so stay tuned. Happy baking, all!

chai spice cookies

Spice Cookies
 
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A chai-spiced vegan cookie that's perfect for the holidays
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour (can substitute half with whole-wheat pastry flour)
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp powdered cardamom
  • ½ tsp powdered cloves
  • ½ tsp powdered nutmeg
  • ½ tsp powdered allspice
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cornflour or egg replacer
  • 1 cup powdered or confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix together the flour, spices, cornflour, baking powder and salt.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the oil, applesauce, vanilla and sugar until smooth and fluffy, for one minute.
  3. Add the flour, a third at a time, and mix well after each addition with a spatula. Make sure you scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
  5. Using a small ice-cream scoop or with your fingers, scoop out about ¼-inch balls of the dough and place them on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Press down slightly with your fingertips or a spatula to flatten. If the dough is a little sticky, moisten your fingers and palms with some water to make it easier to handle.
  6. Bake the cookies in a preheated 375-degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-14 minutes until the sides are lightly browned. Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through baking.
  7. Remove the baked cookies to a rack and cool thoroughly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 74 Fat: 3.1 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 10.5 g Sugar: 3.7 g Sodium: 16 mg Protein: 0.9 g Cholesterol: 0

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And here are the cookies from holidays past, including a foolproof recipe for Sugar Cookies, cookie bars, and many kinds of  shortbreads, brownies and scones. Click on the photo to get the recipe.

Comments

  1. Jocelyn says

    Unfortunately, these did not work out for me :( I followed the recipe exactly as written and they were dense and a little tough, not at all as light and fluffy as in the pics. I think there’s too much flour in the recipe and the added cornstarch wasn’t helping. I also don’t think it’s necessary to use powdered sugar (again, extra cornstarch) regular organic sugar should be fine. That said, the spice combo was dead on and I will try them again but with 1/4 cup less flour, more baking powder and rolling them in sugar with allspice, cinnamon and cardamom will definitely enhance their spicy chai goodness :). Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Bronwyn says

    I agree this recipe definitely calls for WAY too much flour, I’m almost wondering if it was a typo or something? I made this recipe with a lot less flour and they turned out great! :)

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