Vegan Almond Cookies

Am I the only one secretly wishing that their parents put up the Christmas tree and all the decorations? Mum says she won’t, because it’s only November, but I want my tree now. N-O-W. It’s already Christmas for me. I’ve started cookie baking, I have Christmas dinner (and New Year’s!) planned and I’m already singing carrols in my head (and dancing to them, I look kinda weird, actually). That being said, now’s the time to put up the decorations. Obviously.

Oh, hey, I’ve got an idea. A brilliant one, to be exact:

I’m not baking any more cookies for my family until they give up and finally put up the tree in November. Take that, guys, storebought cookies are all you’ll be getting from now on HA.

 


 

I don’t see myself as a cruel person, actually (oh well, except for those times when I’m hungry and stuff. But you know how everyone’s cruel because of hunger, yeah), though lack of Christmas spirit around here will make me an evil girl. The kind who forces her family to eat tasteless storebought cookies due to lack of Christmas tree… Those are the worst.

They’re going to miss these almond cookies, because they’re pretty much the best ones they’ve ever had. I know they might look simple and quite dull, but trust me, these pack a ton of flavor. And texture, oh gosh, you’ve never seen anything like these.

Unless you’re Spanish, that’s it, as these are the most popular Spanish Christmas Cookies. This time of the year (because unlike my family, the dudes at the supermarket have already put up their decorations AND Christmas candy, cookies and stuff!), the shelves of most stores are full of them. They’re so so good.

 

 

These cookies are different from everything you’ve tried before: lightly lemon and cinnamon scented, with a lovely almond touch. Some of the best ones you’ll ever put in your mouth!

Now, listen to me: these need to be part if your Christmas cookie tray, no joke here. Your family and friends will be amazed at their flavor, because they likely haven’t tasted anything like it before.

These might be Spain’s best known cookies, but if you live abroad, they turn into really special, original cookies. Heck, you can even brag about them, as you’ll be serving your guests typical Spanish food, and that’s quite cool.

Moreover, if you’re actually Spanish, you can make them and amaze people as well, because these taste just like storebought, so no one will believe you’ve made them yourself, although x10000 times better.

 

 

The cookies are vegan if you leave out the ganache (or sub vegan ingredients, I listed some ideas on the bottom of the post!), which is not needed at all. I actually do like them better without it, as the lack of it enhances the almond-cinnamon flavor, but that might just be me, all my tasters say they liked the chocolate. Anyway, I only frosted them because mum said they would look prettier, and you know I’m a sucker for pretty food so I had to make the ganache, it wasn’t optional for me! And of course they look cuter that way, I gotta admit that mum sometimes has cool ideas, unlike the one of not putting up our Christmas tree, you know.

 

 

So make the cookies, eat them with a hot mug of coffee and put up your Christmas tree. Then, think of me. I’ll probably be somewhere in Spain whining because ours isn’t still up… you get the picture.

Vegan Almond Cookies

Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Occasion Christmas

Ingredients

  • 230 Grams all purpose flour
  • 150 Grams almond flour
  • 140 Grams powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp. cinnamon
  • zest From half a lemon
  • 165 Gr. safflower oil

ganache

  • 4 Oz. dark chocolate
  • 80 Ml. heavy cream (vegans use coconut cream)
  • a Small dab of butter (vegans use coconut oil or dairy-free butter)

Directions

1.
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
2.
Add oil and mix until you can form a ball.
3.
Let it rest for 5-10 minutes until you handle it.
4.
Roll out dough in a lightly floured surface and cut cookies with a cookie cutter or glass rim.
5.
Arrange cookies on two baking trays and bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven at 375F (180ºC)
6.
Let them cool before you frost them if you want to do so.
7.
For the glaze, melt chocolate and cream together until mixture looks smooth and glossy.
8.
While still warm, add butter and stir to dissolve.

Note

Ganache can be omitted, but if you're vegan and still want to frost it, you can use coconut cream and oil instead of the heavy cream and butter.

These keep well for 5 days (that I know of, they don't last much longer!) in a metal tin. I guess they could last up to two weeks, but I haven't tried.

One more thing, guys. I think I told you that mum left this blog (she’s still doing the dishes, thank God!) and got one of her own. This is the link. Now that you have it you can head over there and tell her to let me put up the tree (please). Blog’s in in Spanish, but she’ll understand you anyway… as far as I know, she does know what the words “Christmas tree” mean. Hopefully she’ll get the idea and we’ll all be merry and able to celebrate Christmas properly. Awh yeah.

Do you guys have a favorite kind of cookie? What’s going on your Christmas Baking Bucket Lists this year?

Happy Monday,

Consuelo

 

75 Comments

  • Reply Amy Alt November 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    oooh I love lemony biscuits sounds like the cinnamon will give a lovely christmas-y feel too. I started on at my mum about the tree over lunch the other day- we are downgrading to just 1 christmas tree this year (we once had 3) so its just going to have 3 times as many decorations on it!

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      So jelly about your Christmas tree!! I’m sure it’ll look amazing!
      Thanks, Amy! x

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens November 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    These are going straight to the top of my Christmas cookie must-bake list this year! I beyond-love almond-anything! I bet I’m going to side with you on the ganache debate, though – I’m gonna want all that awesome almond flavor to shine through! (Although, yeah – the chocolate is super-pretty!). Mmmmmm … one more reason to be excited for Christmas (like I needed another reason!?!?!)! 😀

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      It’s so lovely, right?? But I definitely like them better plain!
      They’re great anyway and I hope you love them if you make them! Thank you, Shelley! x

  • Reply Kellly November 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Hehe, I’m with you and don’t think it’s too early to put up the tree – my hubby is already in full holiday mode and has already said he plans to decorate the tree sometime this week. He’s actually been dying to put it up since Halloween hehe. These almond cookies sound delicious and perfect for enjoying while putting up the tree :) I love that they have a hint of lemon and cinnamon in here and the chocoate ganache looks super pretty :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      It’s never to early to ut it up, right? I’m with your husband here!
      Thanks, Kelly! I’m so glad you like them :)

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com November 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Ouch – no cookies would be torture indeed! If these cookies were being held back, I would have put the tree up in July!
    These look fantastic Consuelo – the ganache on top is so tempting!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      It would, right? 😉 Thank you so much, Shashi! x

  • Reply Ashley November 12, 2013 at 2:23 am

    A few of these cookies, some coffee and a Christmas movie while putting up the tree sounds like a perfect night! I’m still on Thanksgiving over here but am so excited for Christmas too! These cookies sound delicious Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      That sounds like an awesome plan indeed! I can’t wait for it!
      Thank you so much, Ashley! x

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron November 12, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Yummy these cookies sound delicious and I love that ganache on top! I hope your family doesn’t have to suffer too long without your cookies and hurry it up! LOL I love your Christmas spirit! I can’t wait to put up the tree either!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I wish they hurried up as well! lol. Thank you so much, Ruby! x

  • Reply Monica November 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I love anything with almonds! And chocolate ganache puts it over the top – I’d never complain about that. I’m also thinking of putting up the tree this weekend or next. It’s never too early. (I hope mom is listening… : )

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      It’s never too early indeed! I wish mum knew that 😉
      Thank you!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Hahahahaha! Consuelo, I am dying laughing at this post. There is NO WAY you can hold out and deny your family homemade cookies. Its just not the way you do things. I’m betting on the family guilt factor winning, my sistah. Just my prediction. Hahaha! These cookies look divine BTW. Can’t wait to read the next post when you give in and have made them something wonderful. But hey girl – if you want Christmas decorations now, you should TOTALLY have them. Tell your mom I said so. 😉

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Oh well, I’m able to be that cruel if they don’t let me put up the tree now. I can be evil, I tell you lol.
      Thank you so much, Kristi! I told mum you said so 😉

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen November 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Haha I think blackmailing your parents into putting up decorations is entirely fair enough! These looks so yummy – bet the lemon and almond word so well with the ganache. Will defo have to start getting on with my Christmas baking.

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      IT SURELY IS hahaha. Yeah, they work nicely! Thanks 😀

  • Reply Dolega November 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Tienen una pinta espectacular, en la imagen me recuerdan a los mantecados, por la textura no sé si al paladar serán así de los que se desmoronan en la boca…
    Besazo

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Sí, son como los mantecados. Como las pastas Reglero de toda la vida, se deshacen en la boca mmmmm.
      Besos <3

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon November 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You made them sound so good I can’t wait to try them now! (I’ve already started planning all my baking for Christmas Day too). Yum!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you, dear! I hope you like them ;D

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} November 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    How fun to read a little about what you eat for Christmas in Spain. I’d love to hear what you made for “Christmas-dinner” :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I’ll write about it, for sure! Thanks, I’m glad you liked it :)

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl November 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    hahah I love the idea of holding the Christmas cookies hostage – it sounds like a great idea for a Christmas film. I also secretly want all the decorations up now but there is a part of me that likes to savour the build up to Christmas as much as possible (because it always seems to fly by too quick) so I will remain patient up til the end of this month… Then I’m demanding the Christmas tree to be put up!
    Beautiful cookies too, I love the use of safflower oil – I’ve actually got some of that at home so could make some of these! :-)

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Yeah, times fly by so quick, but I really want my tree hahaha.
      Let me know if you try them, and I hope you love them as much as we did at home! xx

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen November 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Love the flavor combo of lemon, almond, and cinnamon. Will have to try these! I hope by the next time I check in you have your Christmas tree up! I’m personally not ready to accept that the year is almost over. Where did it go?

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Yeah, times flies by so quickly is scary :O
      I too hope that my tree is up by the time I write my next post haha.
      Thank you, let me know what you think of them! x

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven November 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    hahaha you’re too funny! We don’t have a tree in my house but if we did I would put it up in November…but the cookies would also be much appreciated 😉

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      These would indeed 😉 Thanks! x

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour November 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I am with you, I started my holiday baking this past weekend. There are so many recipes I want to try and so little time! I think I need to add these almond cookies to the list!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I can’t wait to see all of your recipes, Meghan! I’m sure they’re all wonderful :)

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal November 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    My kind of cookie… plus that chocolate on top.. Oh my!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Kammie 😉

  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate November 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Any cookie smothered in chocolate has to be good!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      It does indeed! 😉

  • Reply Christine @ Gotta Eat Green November 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    These look so yummy!! Can’t wait to add them to my Christmas baking list!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you, Christine! I hope you’ll like them 😉

  • Reply Laurel y Menta November 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Seguiremos tus indicaciones al pie de la letra y pondremos YA el árbol. Aunque aquí es pronto todavía no??
    Las galletas tienen una pinta fantástica, y con la ganache de chocolate rozan la perfección, ja, ja…
    Fíjate que estas mismas pueden ser nuestras favoritas para esta época, con su aroma a almendra, canela, limón….mmmmmmm, qué buenasssss!!!
    Besitos guapa.

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      ¡Qué va a ser muy pronto, chicas! Cualquier época es buena para poner el árbol 😉
      Muchas gracias, me alegro de que os gusten.
      Un beso c:

  • Reply .MIS. Manhattan Image & Style November 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    OMG!! They look amazing!! I need to try them ASAP! 😉

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    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you! I will :)

  • Reply Shannon November 13, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Holding the cookies hostage is always a good trick! And missing out tasty almond cookies will have them reconsidering pretty quick.

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I hope so 😉 x

  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats November 13, 2013 at 2:09 am

    You should come work at my office…they put up their christmas tree in the lobby today…i couldn’t believe it! Haha, maybe giving your family cookies will give them the hint to put up the tree? These look delicious :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Did they??? Oh, how awesome is that! Thanks, Amy :)

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe November 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Me encantan las galletas de almendras y yo hago unas muy parecidas. Espero pongáis pronto el árbol de navidad en tu casa. Como llamas estas galletas en España?

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Aquí se llaman Pastas Reglero. Quizá las que tú haces son las mismas, la verdad es que la receta es muy famosa 😉
      Muchas gracias xx

      • Reply Vicky and Ruth November 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        La verdad es que nunca habia oido hablar de ellas. Habia visto cajas de galletas similares, pero sin duda las que estan hechas en casa estaran muchisimo mas buenas. Las nuestras las llamamos moroccan cinnamon cookies y son de origen sefardi.

        • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          ¡Claro que sí! Jajaja. Esas moroccan cinnamon cookies también suenan de miedo, ¡qué ricas!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Aww…Consuelo, this is such a sweet post. Why doesn’t your family understand how imperative it is to get that Christmas tree up for you now? I mean…you bake scrumptious treats for them, right? 😉 I’m with you…I start listening to Christmas music in November. I love to bake listening to it…jolly, jolly…happy, happy. Yes, ma’am! I’m listening. And, standing at attention. Okay, okay…I’ll add these wonderful vegan lemon almond cookies, with a whisper of cinnamon (they sound incredible!), to my Christmas cookie tray. Haha…I feel like I need to salute you! Thank you for sharing, m’lady. I always enjoy reading your posts! xo P.S. I wonder how these would taste being made with coconut oil? Yummy idea?

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      How can they not understand that if feels like Cjristmas now? I mean, cookies mean Christmas, right??
      Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Stacy! They always make my day!
      I think it’d work, but I don’t think they taste like the Spanish version! Let me know how they turn out if you try it 😀

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth November 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I bet keeping these cookies from your family will cause them to rush and put up those Christmas decorations! They look amazing! I’ve never had a cookie with lemon and almond together but it sounds like heaven. Especially with that big glob of chocolate on top. I suppose you’re convincing me to put them on my Christmas tray…;)

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I hope so!
      The combo is so good… you must try that one 😉 Thank you!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments November 13, 2013 at 6:36 am

    These look delicious AND healthy! The chocolate on top doesn’t hurt at all either. :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      It doesn’t, indeed. Thanks 😀

  • Reply Julia | JuliasAlbum.com November 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Such pretty cookies! Love the ganache on top!

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks, Julia 😀

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen November 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    i absolutely love almond flavoured ANYTHING, especially with a chocolate ganache! totally with you on the christmas excitement as well – my head says november, but my heart says christmas!
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      I love almonds too, and chocolate, so these are some of my favourite cookies ever! 😉

  • Reply Johlene November 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love the flavour of almond and when paired with chocolate it´s always delicious.. Love the fact that these ae vegan.. I 100% agree with you, Xmas can never be too early.. I´m totally in love with the Xmas season and I´m already planning what to make/bake for that day!! lol! Xx

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      It is a nice combo indeed! Thanks, dear, I’m so happy you like them! :-*

  • Reply miryapodo November 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    These cookies look superb. I wish I could have a huge batch of them with me right about now :-) By the way I am trying to find you on FB to follow you but I can’t find you :-(

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Myriam!
      I think the page is not working, but I have no idea on how to sort it out. I’ll try to, though :(( x

  • Reply Joanne November 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I like your methods of coercion. I would definitely exercise those if I were you! But as it is, I can barely think about Thanksgiving dinner so Christmas seems very very far away. what are you making?!

    Also – YUM to these!

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      For Christmas or Thanksgiving, you mean? We Spanish don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (unfortunately!), and for Christmas I’ve got lots of ideas, but I haven’t quite decided yet what to put on the menu. Everything sounds good to me!
      Thanks, Joanne :)

  • Reply danguole November 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Ooh, I’ve made these before! I took a paella class, and this was the dessert we made to go with it. Good to know! These look particularly delicious.

    • Reply Consuelo November 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Did you like them? Awh, thanks! :)

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic November 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We usually put up our Christmas decorations during Thanksgiving weekend, but Thanksgiving comes late this year so my husband and I were actually thinking about going to get our tree the weekend before Thanksgiving. I love having the decorations up early…it really gets me in the mood. :)
    I love baking cookies and handing them out to friends and family. I do it every Christmas. But you’re good…I haven’t gotten my list together yet!
    I’ve never heard of these cookies before but they sound amazing and look delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo November 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      It gets me in the mood as well, it feels so nice! Awh, thank you Tina! I hope you love them :)

  • Reply Melanie @ Carmel Moments November 15, 2013 at 3:16 am

    That ganache look heavenly. Yum.

    • Reply Consuelo November 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you! :)

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Perfect cookies with heavenly ganache!!!

    • Reply Consuelo November 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Kiran ;D

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