Only 16 more days till Christmas, so this means it’s definitely time for Christmas cookies!
Over the last couple of months, I got to know so many great, supportive, and funny bloggers who love cooking just as much as I do. We talked about how cool it would be if we could all get together and have a giant vegan feast. Well, the only thing that is keeping us from doing this is that we are scattered all over the world. So until we can all meet in person one day, we decided to have an online holiday cookie party. This means we all made some delicious vegan and gluten-free cookies and share them on the same day, so its kinda like an explosion of deliciousness. Oh and we got exactly 12 cookies, so one for each of the 12 days of Christmas! How awesome is that?!
I made these vegan orange cinnamon Christmas cookies that have been one of my favorites for years! They’re extremely easy to make, packed with flavor and nutrients, and sooo delicious! Oh, and let me tell you there is a lot of cinnamon involved. ;-)
For more delicious vegan Christmas cookies, scroll down and click on the links, which are matched with the pictures above. Just to warn you, better don’t do this while you’re hungry…
For the vegan orange cinnamon Christmas cookies you only need 7 ingredients: Powdered brown sugar, almonds, hazelnuts, orange juice, cinnamon, water, and flour. Sounds easy? It really is!
Maybe you just wondered about the powdered brown sugar and where you can find it. I haven’t seen it in the store yet, but you can easily make it yourself in a blender or food processor in just one minute. Just put the brown sugar in a blender and pulse for about 30-60 seconds until the sugar is powdered.
You can either use whole wheat flour for the cookies or make them gluten-free by using oat flour. Out flour can be ridiculously expensive when you buy it in the grocery store, but you really don’t have to spend a lot of money on it, because I’m sure you already have everything you need in your pantry to make your own oat flour. It’s actually just as simple as making powdered sugar. Just place the oats in a food processor and pulse them until they have acquired a powder-like consistency. It really couldn’t be any simpler! I love using oat flour for all kinds of baked goods!
As already mentioned, here are the links to the other cookies of our vegan and gluten-free holiday cookie party. Don’t they all look so festive and delicious? :-)
Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies – Rebecca from Strength And Sunshine
Gingerbread Fig Bars – Natalie from Feasting On Fruit
No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls – Bianca from Elephantastic Vegan
Chocolate Drizzle Ginger Pecan Cookies – Laura from Chronicles Of Passion
Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies – Jenn from Veggie Inspired Journey
Cranberry Chocolate Coconut Macaroons – Linda from Veganosity
Vegan Orange Cinnamon Christmas Cookies – Sina from Vegan Heaven
Cranberry White Chocolate Ginger Cookies – Leah from Love Me Feed Me
Chocolate Tahini Cookies – Lucie from Win-Win Food
Sugar Cookie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free) – Brandi from The Vegan 8
Orange Spice Cookies – Harriet from Harriet Emily
Vegan Cranberry Crunch Dark Chocolate Truffles – Sophia from Veggies Don’t Bite
What are your favorite Christmas cookies? And do you have any special traditions for the holiday season?
If you make the vegan orange cinnamon Christmas cookies let me know how you liked them. As always, I love hearing from you guys!
Hope you all have a great week and have time to just enjoy the Christmas season!
Talk to you soon! xx
For the cookies:
- 3/4 cup powdered brown sugar
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1 3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour Use oat flour to make the cookies gluten-free!
For the icing:
- 1/2 cup powdered brown sugar
- about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons water or plant-based milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- First make the powdered brown sugar: Put the brown sugar (3/4 cup) in a blender and pulse for about 30-60 seconds until the sugar is powdered.
- If using oat flour do the same with the oats. Store-bought oat flour can be ridiculously expensive, but it's super easy to make at home and so much cheaper. Just place 3/4 cup of rolled oats in a food processor and pulse them until they have acquired a powder-like consistency.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- On a floured board or baking parchment, roll out the dough to about 0.4 inch (1 cm) thickness and cut it into star shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the star-shaped cookies on top.
- Preheat the oven to 360 °F (about 180 °C) and bake for about 6-8 minutes. Make sure not to bake them too long, so they don't get hard. They're supposed to still be a bit soft.
- In the meantime, make the icing: Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar. Let the cookies cool down and spread them evenly using a knife or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle them with some more cinnamon.
The Food Hunter
sounds like a wonderful flavor combination
I love the Orange Cinnamon combination – so perfect for the Holidays. Pinning! :)
Thanks for sharing, Ilka! :-)
Sophia @veggies dont bite
You did a great job decorating these! I love the star shapes too. Cinnamon is such an awesome flavor, and great combo with the orange! Such unique cookies, LOVE!
Thanks, Sophia! :-) I totally agree with you, cinnamon is amazing!
CINNAMON! <3 plus these are so pretty! I love the orange icing idea, such a great addition :)
So glad you like them, Lucie! I know, cinnamon is just AMAZING! Can’t get enough of it! :-)
The Vegan 8
I love these cookies sooo much Sina! I love that you did powdered brown sugar, I did powdered coconut sugar on my cookies today too, haha! I love everything about these cookies, every single ingredient and I love the orange and cinnamon combo!
Thanks, Brandi! Haha, that’s so funny! Great minds think alike, right? ;-) I haven’t tried it with coconut sugar yet, can’t wait to give this a try!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
From the title and the photo, I knew this recipe would be amazing, but I never expected make your own powdered brown sugar amazing! Wow that is so incredibly smart! The cloying sweetness of white sugar is what often turns me off glaze, but you’ve solved that. The flavors, the shape, the glaze, they are perfect <3
Thanks, Natalie! :-) I couldn’t believe how easy it was when I first tried it and I like it so much better than white powdered sugar!
Totally wowed off my feet by these delights!!! Yummy.
Thanks, Trinity! I just wanna try all of them! :-)
These cookies look perfect for Christmas parties!
Thanks, Dianne! Glad you like them! :-)
Bianca @ ElephantasticVegan
These Orange Cinnamon Christmas Cookies look soooo good. Orange and cinnamon is such a lovely combo. I’ve never made powdered brown sugar but it is such a brilliant idea!! I will try it with birch sugar too… maybe it works :)
Thanks, Bianca! :-) Yeah, I think this should work with other kinds of sugar as well. It’s so simple! Let me know if you give it a try. ;-)
Leah M @ love me, feed me
Cinnamon orange is one of my favourite combos everrrrr!! These are some seriously beautiful cookies!!
Thanks so much, Leah! :-) I totally agree with you, it just tastes like Christmas!
Orange is such a great christmas flavour, and is perfect in baked goods. These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing:)
Thanks, Laura! :-) So glad you like them!
There are so many things I want to say, I hope I remember them all. First, your pictures are amazing!!! I truly want to reach in and grab that entire stack of deliciousness! And that cute little star mug…love that too! This recipe is super creative. Love the combo of orange and cinnamon (gosh, I LOVE cinnamon. The more, the better!). And so genius about the powdered brown sugar….how super easy and why have I never though of doing this. I suppose that would work for coconut sugar too! I’m totally trying it! What else can I say…these are perfection!
Haha! Thanks so much, Jenn! :-) I absolutely LOVE cinnamon too! I just can’t get enough of it! I already got tons of mugs – I don’t even have enough room for them anymore and my boyfriend called me crazy when I came home with this star mug a couple of weeks ago, but it was just too cute! Yes, I’m sure it works for coconut sugar too. :-)
These look so good, and they’re so pretty!
Thanks, Becky! :-)
Linda @ Veganosity
Orange and cinnamon are amazing together. And your recipe is incredibly healthy for a cookie. I love how you turned brown sugar into powdered brown sugar, sooooo smart! I can’t wait to try these. Thanks, Sina!
Thanks, Linda! So glad you like them! I tried not to use too much sugar. And making powdered sugar is so simple. With a good blender it only takes about 30 seconds. :-)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
I was so excited to see your recipe! I mean….cinnamon…the best!!!! And the orange, so unique!! Plus they’re stars so that’s just bonus cute points ;) I love them Sina! Thank you so much!!! xoxoxo
Thanks so much, Rebecca! So glad you like them! :-) You and Natalie did such a great job putting everything together! <3