Vegan Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Vegan Shortbread; A plant-based twist on a Christmas cookie classic

Christmas for me always included baking cookies from scratch. I grew up in a home where we always baked, so there were goodies at the ready for ourselves and guests to enjoy, or to be distributed as gifts to our loved ones.

As my friends have always received boxes of baked goodies from me over the years, I have sort of become their go-to average joe baking guru and the most common question I get asked is what can I bake that’s easy and fast. I always give them the most classic of Christmas cookies… shortbread. This year, though, that this time of year should be cruelty-free so I decided “I’m making it vegan”.

Below is my easy to follow Vegan Shortbread recipe and bonus from start to finish, and in under an hour, you’ll have approximately 18 cookies.

 

Vegan Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Vegan Shortbread Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 1 Hour
Cook Time
10-12 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 1 Hour
Cook Time
10-12 Minutes
Vegan Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Vegan Shortbread Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 1 Hour
Cook Time
10-12 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 1 Hour
Cook Time
10-12 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300° F
  2. Soften butter and slowly add the flour and sugar to the bowl. (Personally, I used a mixer but if you can easily mix by hand).
  3. Once all mixed together, it should have a velvet texture. Scoop a manageable amount from the bowl and roll it into a ball, placing it on a lightly floured surface for rolling out.
    Vegan Shortbread Cookies
  4. Roll out to desired thickness. My tip is for any shape cookie cutter other than a round shape is .25”. This seems to be the best thickness for holding shapes of your cookie cutter.
    Vegan Shortbread Cookies
  5. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper, approximately 1” to 1.5” apart and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for approximately 10-12 mins or until you see the edges going a golden brown. Everyone’s oven is different so keep an eye out.
Recipe Notes

I use Earth Balance Vegan Butter but for those die-hards shortbread traditionalists, you can use regular butter.

Also, I’ve swapped white sugar out with brown sugar before, and it gives it a caramel taste to the shortbread.

 

Shortbread is, in my opinion, the little black dress of Christmas cookies. Everyone loves them and they are always a sure hit.

For anyone who’s questioning if the vegan version of this cookie is just as good as the traditional way, I taste tested them with others and they could not tell the difference. Happy Baking!

Recipe by: Cat Haynes, Vitalize Magazine

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