Christmas Cookies: Linzer Cookies (Vegan)

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A novelty twice over for me – not only are they the first Linzer Cookies I have ever made, they are also my first vegan Christmas cookies – and I am absolutely delighted with the results!

I must give all the credit for the recipe to a wonderful vegan cook and baker, Stina Spiegelberg. Her blog Vegan Passion is also written partly in English, so please do go and visit her. Even better, if you know some German then buy one of her books. I bought her Vegan Xmas cookbook recently and have tried her delicious non-cheese “cheescake” (Zupfkuchen) already too.

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Stina, you have made my first vegan Christmas a delight!

Linzer Cookies

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  • 4-5cm round cookie cutter and small cookie cutters for the centres
  •  460g (3 and 3/4 cups) wholemeal (spelt) flour
  • 80g (1/2 cup) ground hazelnuts
  • 100g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 250g (about 2 sticks and 2 tbsps) vegan butter
  • 4 tbsps soya milk
  • 200g (7 oz) raspberry jam/jelly (I prefer the seedless jelly 😉 )

Mix all the ingredients together except for the jam. Add the soya milk at the end as you bring the dough together to form a smooth ball. Then chill it for at least 30 minutes, wrapped in clingfilm.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F and line large baking trays with greaseproof paper. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut out circles using a 4-5cm cookie cutter. In half of the circles cut out tiny hearts, stars etc from the centre. You are aiming to make about 50 cookies.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Don’t let them get too brown! Let them cool on a rack and then spread the jam over the bottom halves and gently press the top halves onto them. You need about a third to a half a teaspoon per cookie.

The jam filling does mean that they go a little soft after a day or two, but they still taste wonderful and can be kept for a couple of weeks in an airtight tin.

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Have you done any Christmas baking yet?

 

 

33 thoughts on “Christmas Cookies: Linzer Cookies (Vegan)

  1. Are you Vegan Cathy? or just wanting to eat less animal products? I’ve made mincemeat and the Christmas pudding, but I have just made a different walnut bread recipe which is much better than any I have ever made before.

    • We are practically vegan now Christina. Walnut bread sounds good. I am planning on a sweet bread with nuts in for Christmas Eve. If it works out well I shall have to post it for new year!

  2. Sounds tasty! We did already Schwarz-Weiß Gebäck, Yeast-Butter-Kringel, which didn´t come out the right way ;), and Austrian cookies, called Marillenringe (filled with apricot). For a long time I wanted to try Linzer cookies. May be it´s time now.

    • Still plenty of time for baking Marian! The German cookie tradition is for Advent rather than Christmas itself – a ‘Stollen’ is the traditional Christmas Eve fruit cake but I have never attempted one of those. 😉

    • Aah, nice role! But the baker gets to eat them when they are warm out the oven, and of course any broken ones or ones that have got too brown, or not brown enough….. 😉

  3. We have been cutting down on any consumed animal products here for a number of reasons but especially as its not sustainable for our planet. However, its a whole new mind set for me and I’m glad to see your recipe this lunch time as they do look inspiring.

    • We have gradually changed to an almost vegan diet this year. It took some courage to start using ‘vegan’ butter for baking, but the results have all been good so far, and these cookies really surprised me as they are the best Linzer cookies I have ever eaten! Eggs are a little harder to replace in baking, but I’m working on that…

  4. These look and sound rather delicious Cathy. My niece is a vegan. Unfortunately I will not see her before Christmas now but I’m sure a gift of these would go down well in the new year 🙂 What sort of sugar did you use?

  5. I still haven’t attempted Linzer cookies, although I say every year that I’m going to. Maybe this year I ought to finally give them a go…I do love eating them, that’s for sure! 😉 This vegan recipe looks delicious.

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