Vegan Christmas Cookies

Spiced Christmas Cookies - taste the season

Spiced Christmas Cookies – taste the season

This recipe is adapted from the peerless Isa Chandra’s and features in Vegan with a Vengeance. If you don’t have this book yet I would urge you to run out and grab a copy. My only real change is to up the amount of spice to my taste and to leave the sugar off the top – I already find them very sweet.

These biscuits/cookies taste of Christmas. Loaded with spice and treacle every bite fills my mouth with the smell of burning leaves, coal fires and frosty mornings. While not the healthiest of treats I think they can be part of a well-balanced diet.

Makes 30 small cookies

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 125 ml canola (rapeseed) oil
  • 3 tbsp molasses (black treacle)
  • 3 tbsp soy or oat milk
  • 200g sugar (I like golden caster)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC (160oC fan) Gas Mark 4.

Put the flour, bicarb, salt and spice into a large mixing bowl.

Put the other ingredients into another bowl and beat well. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and mix into a firm dough.

Pick up a small piece of dough and roll it into a ball (because it is oil based it shouldn’t be sticky – it is really easy to play with) and then flatten out. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat etc.

Bake for 10 minutes. The tops should crack slightly but they will still feel quite soft. Leave to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

I like these with a mug of tea. If you live in a country where you don’t drink decent tea – move 😉


5 thoughts on “Vegan Christmas Cookies

  1. Just made these today, using the above mentioned recipe. Taste is good, though, the digestion system is, gassy and bloated. The oil that is used is the RapeSeed oil. Any one having any suggestions ?

  2. Do you think it is the oil? I like Rapeseed because of its neutral taste and dose of Omega-3 but you could use any clean tasting oil. You could also try replacing half the oil with equal quantities apple sauce and your favourite nut butter.
    The digestive problems could also come from either the gluten (try a gluten free flour) or simply the high quantity of high-GI carbs due to all the sugar and white flour especially if you are use to eating healthier foods… eat fewer?

    Let me know how you get on and hopefully someone else will have some suggestions.

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