The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to bake vegan Christmas cookies! But of course, these cookies are always great to make and eat.
And this spiced Christmas cookies recipe is not only tasty, but it is also a lot of fun. Perfect if you want to do something fun with children or if you want to impress your visitors with your baking skills.
Decorating the Christmas cookies is perhaps the best part of the recipe. We’ll get started with simple icing and vegan chocolate beans (=optional)! We also provide an option for vegan royal icing!
Have fun baking spiced Christmas cookies!
Vegan Christmas Cookies Recipe
What do you need for this vegan Christmas cookie recipe? Self-raising flour, dark brown sugar, vegetable milk, vegan butter, pumpkin pie spice or gingerbread spice, and a pinch of salt.
It is also possible to use flour and baking powder instead of self-raising flour. Do what’s most convenient for you!
And what is a Christmas cookie without decoration? In the next paragraph, we’ll tell you how to decorate Christmas cookies.
You need powdered sugar and vegetable milk/water or aquafaba (chickpea liquid) for the decoration. And optional: vegan chocolate beans, and cocoa powder.
You also need cookie cutters for this spiced Christmas cookies recipe. We use a Christmas tree, snowman, Rudolf the reindeer, gingerbread man (or better: person), house, star, and a circle as cutters. But you can also choose other shapes such as a Christmas bell, mittens, Santa Claus, heart, and candy cane. Whatever you like!
Do you want to buy cookie cutters (online)? See cute Christmas cutters here.
How to Make Spiced Christmas Cookies
When you have got all the ingredients at home, it is time to bake!
Knead all ingredients together with your hands (or with a mixer with dough hooks). It is a fairly dry dough, but you will notice that the dough mixes better with the kneading. Once you can form a ball, the dough is ready.
Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. You can skip this step, but it will make your cookies grittier and less crispy. So we recommend putting the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
After having been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, the dough can be rolled out. Make sure the dough is about 0.2 inches/0.5 cm thick and then you can cut the shapes!
The cookies are done in 15-20 minutes baking. They are still a bit soft when they come out of the oven, so let them cool and harden well.
Decorating Christmas Cookies
I think decorating Christmas cookies is the most fun thing to do! You can unleash your creativity. And you can make it as difficult or as easy as you want.
We use white and brown icing to decorate the cookies. In addition, we have colored chocolates to make the cookies even more festive. We use a drop of icing to glue the vegan chocolates. Or use sprinkles!
See below some examples of how to decorate the vegan cookies! But be sure to let your own creativity run wild.
How to Make Vegan Royal Icing
Making icing is very easy! You can make a simple icing by mixing powdered sugar with vegetable milk or water. The rule of thumb is to mix ⅞ cup/100 grams of icing sugar with 1 tablespoon of liquid.
You can also make firmer royal icing by whipping 2 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea liquid) with 1 ¾ cup/200 grams of icing sugar and a drop of lemon juice to a nice thick icing. This works much better for detailed decoration.
Do you want to make brown icing? Add some cocoa powder!
Pour your icing into a piping bag (or a plastic bag and cut off the tip, or make one from baking paper) and decorate!
Make sure the tip of the piping bag is small. If it is too big, it will be difficult to decorate the cookies in detail.
Enjoy baking (and eating) these spiced Christmas cookies!
- 2 cups self-raising flour or half a packet of baking powder + 2 cups flour (250 gr)
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar (125 gram)
- 4 tbsp vegetable milk
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp vegan butter (100 gram)
- 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice or gingerbread spice
- pinch of salt
- Powdered sugar
- Vegetable milk/water or aquafaba
- Vegan chocolate beans (optional)
- Cacao powder (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a bowl.
- Knead all ingredients together by hand (or with a mixer with dough hooks). It is a fairly dry dough, but you will notice that the dough mixes better with the kneading. Once you can form a ball, the dough is ready.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. You can also skip this step, but it will make your cookies grittier and less crispy.
- Preheat the oven to 340 °F/ 170 °C.
- Roll out the dough to about 0.2 inches / 0.5 cm thick and cut the cookies out of the dough.
- Divide the shapes on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Don't put them too close together, because the cookies will expand slightly.
- Roll up the leftover dough and roll it out again, so that you can cut out more shapes.
- Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes. They are still a bit soft when they come out of the oven, so let them cool and harden well first.
- You can make a simple icing by mixing powdered sugar with vegetable milk or water. The rule of thumb is ⅞ cup (100 grams) of powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of liquid *.
- Do you want to make brown icing? Add some cocoa powder!
- Pour your icing into a piping bag (or plastic bag and cut off the tip, or make one of parchment paper) and decorate! We use a drop of icing to glue the chocolate beans.
- Check out the photos in our article above for all the decorating options.
* You can also make firmer royal icing by whipping 2 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea liquid) with 1 ¾ cup (200 grams) of powdered sugar and a drop of lemon juice to a nice thick icing. This works much better for detailed decoration.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 73Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 3mgSodium 101mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 2g
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