Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies

No rolling pins, no cookie cutters. This is a shortbread recipe for lazy bakers.
Yesterday I decided that I was going to try my hand at vegan shortbread cookies and to my surprise when I looked up a traditional shortbread recipe, it was already relatively vegan friendly. That being said, I’m not a super fan of using a lot of margarine or vegan butters (they’re good, just still not the healthiest choice) so I tweaked the recipe.

Despite what I was told in BOCES Food Service classes, that baking is a science, I’ve found that if you know your measurements you can still go rogue when you want to. So here we have it, Almond Butter Shortbread.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter.
1/2 cup almond butter.
1 tablespoon vanilla.
3/4 cup powdered sugar.
2 cups unbleached flour.
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed.
3 tablespoons water.
Dark chocolate (optional).

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together almond butter, vegan butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until mixture is smooth.
  3. Slowly add in flour (1/3 cup at a time).
  4. Add flaxseed.
  5. Add one tablespoon of water at a time until you have added all three.
  6. Scoop out uniform sized dough balls (I used a 2″ cookie scoop).
  7. Press cookies flat until they are roughly 1/2″ thick.
  8. Use a fork to poke holes in the center of the cookies, this step is completely unnecessary so feel free to dodge it if you’d like.
  9. Bake cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

If you feel like going one step further you can melt down some dark chocolate (I used Lindt 85% cocoa) in a double boiler and roll the edges of the cookies in the chocolate.

All thats left to do is take a bite and enjoy!

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