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Easy Baking: Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

I love baking in early spring. It welcomes the new season. It brings a sort of freshness to my recipe creating. I start using ingredients like lemons, berries, and rhubarb instead of pumpkin, cinnamon, and molasses. I’m over those flavors by the time spring comes and ready for something bright.

That’s where these easy vegan lemon poppy seed cookies come in to play.

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

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The cookie dough comes together in minutes, using just 1 bowl, and if you can believe it they’re gluten-free and vegan. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but I assure you these cookies are going to be your new spring favorite.

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The flour combination might have you wondering, what is the texture like? I've used almond flour and corn flour to create a tender but thick cookie. It ends up like a soft-batch shortbread cookie, if you can imagine. They hold together perfectly, have a nice soft chew, and finish with a burst of lemon. The poppy seeds are studded throughout and provide a slight crunch with each bite.

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

While I still love all things chocolate, lemon desserts are an all-time favorite of mine. In the past few years lemons have become one of my most used kitchen ingredients. I can remember a time when I rarely bought lemons at the grocery store. Now, if I don't have a half dozen lemons in my fridge something is majorly wrong.

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Moral of the story. Use lemons in baking.

And definitely start with these picnic-snack time-I forgot to make dessert-anytime, cookies.

Enjoy!

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Yields: approx. 18 cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/4 cup natural plain almond butter, stirred well if oily
  • 3 tablespoons softened unrefined coconut oil (not melted)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon lemon zest, loosely packed
  • 2/3 cup corn flour
  • 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • coconut sugar for dusting, or other sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Whisk flax and water together in a large mixing bowl. Let set for 5 minutes until gelatinous.
  3. Whisk in the almond butter, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, and lemon zest until fully combined and smooth. Use a spoon if it gets too thick.
  4. Add the flours, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt on top of the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir well until a large ball of dough starts to form.
  6. Knead about 10 times until smooth and fully held together. The dough will be a bit oily but if rolled into small dough balls it should hold it's shape. If the dough is too wet add a bit more almond flour and corn flour (start with 1 tablespoon of each). Or, wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to stiffen a bit.
  7. Roll the dough into about 1-inch balls and place with 2 inches of space in between each on a large baking sheet.
  8. Tear a small square of parchment or wax paper (about 3x3 in size) and place on top of one dough ball. Gently flatten to 1/4-inch thickness with a flat-bottomed glass or bowl.
  9. Bake for 8-12 minutes. The bottom edges should be golden brown. Remove and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to fully cool for the best texture. Cookies should hold together very well.
  11. Once fully cooled, store in a sealed container for 4-5 days.
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8 Comments

Pam

What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can I just gring my medium grind corn meal into flour?

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Ashley

Yes! Corn flour is just very finely ground corn meal. It should feel as soft as flour.

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Marsha

Would the corn flour be masa? I have some I make tortillas with and it would be great if I could use that.

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Ashley

I don’t recommend subbing masa harina for corn flour. They are quite different, even though they both are a type of corn flour. They come from different types of corn and go through different processing. You should be able to find cornbread, tamale, and corn tortilla recipes that call for masa!

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Lisa

Could you use Chia in place of the flax as the egg substitute?

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Ashley McLaughlin

I bet that would work well here! I haven’t tested it but would give it a go!

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Michelle

Can you suggest a substitute for the almond flour? I always look to vegan baking, as my daughter is allergic to dairy and egg, but she’s also allergic to wheat and anaphylactic to nuts, so we need vegan/gluten/nut free! I’ve tried coconut flour but it always ends up dense and dry. Any suggestions you have for an almond flour/meal substitute would be fantastic as many vegan recipes call for it.

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Ashley

You could try using a seed flour, like from sunflower seeds. Although, it will impact the flavor a bit. Coconut flour is not easy to work with. I recommend never subbing it in in place of another flour. It’s extremely dry, requiring a lot more liquid, and has zero binding power. I don’t have any other subs to offer, as the nut meal/flour is crucial in gf/vegan baking if you don’t want to use starches, gums, etc. Sorry about that! I wish I could offer more help.

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