Cut-out cookies are a lot of fun and can bring us back to childhood. But what about now that your eating preferences are more plant friendly? This recipe for vegan cut-out cookies uses flax “eggs” and vegan butter for a wholesome treat sure to please your more evolved palate. Made with almond flour and sprinkled with almonds and pistachios, they’re a grown-up dessert with a punch of protein. And with a hint of citrusy, sweet cardamom they’re perfect for dipping in coffee and tea.
Vegan Almond-Pistachio Cookies
- 1-¼ cups organic all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. Redmond Real Salt
- ¾ tsp. ground cardamom
- ½ cup vegan butter softened
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- Coconut oil melted (for brushing)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds chopped
- ¼ cup pistachios chopped
- 2 tsp. flaxseed meal
- 5 tsp. water
- Optional: ¼ tsp. grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
To make flax “eggs,” in small bowl, combine flaxseed meal and water. Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken. Set aside.
In medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and cardamom. Set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer 3 minutes, or mix manually until light and fluffy.
Beat in flax “eggs,” vanilla, almond extract and lemon zest, if using.
Add flour mixture in two batches, beating on low speed until combined, or mixing manually until well combined.
Shape dough into disk and wrap in plastic wrap or cover with kitchen towel. Chill 1 hour, or until firm.
With rolling pin, roll out half of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on floured work surface.
With 2-inch cookie cutter or shape cutters, cut out cookies and arrange about 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush cookies with coconut oil, then sprinkle with sugar. Place 1 large pinch of chopped nuts in center of each cookie, and press lightly.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.