The first step in making Vegan Cookies is trying to substitute regular cookie ingredients with vegan alternatives. In my case, I just needed to replace the butter. I considered using canola oil, but I was not sure if its great for cookies, so I searched for other options in the market. I found Earth Balance Organic Butter to be the preferred choice. It tastes pretty normal, and is spreadable, just like regular butter. It is a little expensive though, but considering that its a healthier alternative to other options, I went for using this in my recipe. I found that the cookies were a little hard in texture than normal butter cookies, but the taste was great! These cookies go to Suganya’s Vegan Ventures – Round 2!
Makes about 18-20 cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground walnuts
4 oz Earth Balance Vegan Butter – at room temperature
*** you can use regular butter for a non-vegan recipe
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup mixed-fruit jam (or any other of your choice)
Preheat your oven to 350 deg F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy, about 7-8 mins.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour and ground walnuts and add to the creamed butter mixture. Mix until well combined to form a soft dough. Do not knead a lot as this can get pretty sticky. Use some all-purpose flour for dusting.
Now refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. This makes is easier to shape the cookies.
Take a teaspoonful of dough in your hand, form a small ball, and press lightly in the center with your finger to make a shallow hole (use light pressure with your thumb or index finger)
Arrange the cookies on the baking trays, 2 inches apart. Leave enough space as they will spread a bit as they bake. Bake for 15 minutes, until the edges are slightly colored and the cookies look firm.
Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack, then fill the holes with your favorite jam.
These Thumbprint Jam Cookies are pretty to look at, easy to make and delicious to eat, and indeed a perfect vegan treat!