If I had to pick a favorite cookie, vegan spritz cookies would be at the top of the list—a light, buttery cookie perfect for any season.
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Vegan spritz cookies are festive cookies that are very similar in taste to a sugar cookie. These Danish butter cookies are a holiday classic and are most often considered traditional Christmas cookies.
Spritz cookies are commonly made during the Christmas season but I like to make them all year round. So instead of shaping these press cookies into Christmas trees, I will make flowers, hearts, and all kinds of different shapes.
Did you know the word spritz is derived from the German word spritzen meaning “to squirt”? This makes sense when you think of how a spritz cookie is made. Spritz cookies are most often shaped through a pastry or piping bag, or with the help of grandma’s cookie press!
Cookie Lover At Heart
As a busy caregiver, caring for my guy with Parkinson’s, I don’t always have the time to bake just for fun. But these vegan buttery cookies are very quick and simple to make. And I always have a smile on my face when I am baking them.
Sometimes I will make a double batch just to ensure I have plenty around for me and Doug but, if I’m not careful, I can eat a whole plate before you know it!
Because I am such a cookie monster, I think it is best to make a double batch of these vegan cookies, and then make cookie plates to send out on a fun cookie exchange with friends and family instead.
I am not going to say these cookies are healthy but when I decide I am going to make a little treat, something that isn’t exactly considered a health food, then at the very least I make sure I am using the best quality ingredients. For example, I make sure to use certified organic sugar when I use sugar.
Sugar cane is a highly pesticide-sprayed crop so if I am going to use sugar, then at least I am getting less toxic chemicals into my food, and thus my body, by choosing organic.
There are many examples of this kind but my point is if you choose to make something that isn’t the most healthy for you, at least buy the best quality ingredients you can find.
5 Vegan Spritz Cookies Recipe Tips
- I use ground flax to make a flax egg for this recipe however, instead of using flax, you can also use a commercial brand egg replacer. THIS is the one I use when I am not using ground flax.
- Use regular butter if you are not concerned with these cookies being vegan. The measurement of 1 cup will be the same.
- If you do not have a cookie press, you can make these delicious vegan spritz cookies just as easily using a pastry bag or a piping bag. Just make sure to use a large enough tip so that the cookie dough will come out easier. Personally, I like using the star-shaped nozzle. You can make all kinds of cookie designs using these bags.
- Get creative by making vegan spritz sandwich cookies. First, melt chocolate chips, and then using the ribbon plate from your cookie press, spread the cookie dough into strips. Gently spread the melted chocolate onto the strips and then place another cookie layer strip on top of the chocolate. Oh, these taste so yummy and feel like such a decadent treat!
- If you want to get EXTRA creative, you can take ground almonds or pecans and place them in a small container with a few drops of food coloring. Shake it all up and then sprinkle over the beautiful spritz cookies.
Vegan Spritz Cookies Recipe Notes
- When it comes to vegan butter, I like to use Earth Balance sticks, but you can also use coconut oil or any other plant-based butter you prefer. Just make sure you use solid butter versus liquid vegetable oils.
- I like to use organic all-purpose flour for these delicate cookies. This flour gives the cookie a light texture and a mild flavor.
- That said, I have made these vegan spritz cookies using wheat flour, and also almond flour if you are trying to stay gluten-free, and want to make gluten-free spritz cookies.
- If you do end up using almond flour, or any other gluten-free flour blend, just make sure to add 1 tsp of Xanthan gum to the flour mixture for the best results.
Handy Kitchen Tools To Consider
electric hand mixer – this is my favorite way to make cookies. I use my mom’s old 70’s mixer, which I love! If you want to jump into the 21st century, you can use a more modern electric mixer or a free stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
silicone baking sheet – or parchment paper
Vegan Spritz Cookies Ingredients
- 1 cup – organic vegan butter
- 1/2 cup – organic light brown sugar (packed tightly)
- 1Tb ground flax (to make your flax egg)
- 1 ½ tsp – pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp – pure almond extract
- 2 ½ – 2 ¾ cups – organic all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp – baking powder
Optional ingredients you may want to consider
- Ground almonds or pecans to sprinkle on top
- chocolate chips (or even vegan chocolate chips)
- crushed candied cherries, or pineapple.
Vegan Spritz Cookies Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
Measure out the ground flax and 3Tb of filtered water into a small dish. Combine and set aside to thicken.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set flour mixture aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add flax egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Fill your cookie press with half of the cookie dough, and press into desired shapes onto the ungreased cookie sheet.
Place cookies in a preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown.
When your vegan spritz cookies are ready, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.
Once they are cooled completely, you may store them in an airtight container. ENJOY!
How To Store
These sweet cookies will last on your kitchen counter for several days if stored in an airtight container.
They also freeze very well. Place cookies in a tightly sealed glass container, or a freezer bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Printable recipe for you to enjoy
The Best Buttery Vegan Spritz Cookies
- silicone baking sheet or parchment paper
- 1 cup organic vegan butter
- 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed to make your flax egg
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
- In a small dish, measure out the ground flax and 3Tb of filtered water. Combine and set aside to thicken.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set flour mixture aside.
- In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffly.
- Add flax egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fill your cookie press with half of the cookie dough, and press into desired shapes onto the ungreased cookie sheet.
- Place cookies in a preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown.
- When your vegan spritz cookies are ready, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.
- Once they are cooled completely, you may store them in an airtight container. ENJOY!