Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Happy (snowy) Monday! Did it snow where you are? I woke up to a snowy/slushy mess this morning, which meant…

Time for puggle snow boots! And maybe time to plan a vacation somewhere warm. Suggestions?

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

When I was brainstorming a recipe to share today, I immediately settled on candy cane cookies. You see, I happen to be married to a cookie monster, and each Christmas, Aaron always returns from visiting his family with a giant tin of candy cane cookies. He loves these cookies, and while I’ve considered veganizing them in the past, I always get too intimidated. His mom has been making this same recipe for more than thirty years—that’s a lot of history (and pressure)!

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Turns out, these candy cane cookies are surprisingly simple. They’re essentially crisp sugar cookies, dressed up with almond extract and crushed peppermint candies, and easily veganized with a little egg replacer and vegan buttery spread.

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

I’m actually not big on most cookies (ice cream is more my jam), but there is something about the subtle almond flavor that totally has me hooked on these. Almond extract is intoxicating in that warm and cozy sort of way, and every time I use it, I consider dabbing just a little on my pulse points as a delicious perfume. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

I had a good feeling about these cookies when I took them out of the oven, and an even better feeling when I proudly presented a plate of them to Aaron and found only crumbs remaining a few minutes later. I quartered the original recipe, thinking “who needs four dozen cookies?”, but perhaps we all could use an extra dozen (or three) of these in our lives.

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

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Vegan Candy Cane Cookies

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies

Vegan,

Serves: 12 cookies


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 9 mins

Total Time: 24 mins

Old-fashioned candy cane cookies just like mom used to bake! You'd never know these addictive and simple little holiday cookies are vegan.

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies // picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Candy Cane Cookies

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Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons vegan shortening, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread
  • 3/8 teaspoon ener-g egg replacer mixed with 1/2 tablespoon warm water
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon beet juice (or natural vegan red food coloring)

For the coating:

  • 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 tablespoon organic powdered sugar, sifted

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 12 cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 9 mins Total Time: 24 mins

Old-fashioned candy cane cookies just like mom used to bake! You'd never know these addictive and simple little holiday cookies are vegan.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the 1/4 cup powdered sugar, shortening, buttery spread, egg replacer, and almond and vanilla extracts.
  • Once well-combined, mix in the flour and salt.
  • Divide the dough in half and blend the beet juice (or food coloring) into half of the dough.
  • Using one teaspoon of dough, roll a 4 inch "rope" strip from each color. Place the strips side by side, pressing together lightly, and twist like rope. Place on a baking sheet (no need to grease it) and curve the top down to form the handle of the candy cane. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the cookies are just beginning to lightly brown around the edges.
  • Mix together the crushed peppermint candies and remaining tablespoon of powdered sugar in a shallow dish. While still warm, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and dip the top side into the crushed peppermint coating. Place the cookies on a cooling rack until completely cool.

Notes [2]

An easy way to make sure your sugar is vegan (i.e. no bone char) is to buy organic.

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks, if they last that long!

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  1. Oh cool! I love the cookie swap! I wish it snowed up here in AK 🙁 just freezing rain. Poo.

    1. Amanda says

      It’s been raining all day here, so now it’s a wet, slushy mess. Gross! Even the dogs hate it.

  2. Claire says

    I haven’t thought about these in years but they used to be my favorite cookie to make! Such a classic cookie 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      I somehow missed out on these cookies as a kid, but I am making up for that now! Maybe you can make a batch this year? 🙂

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