Bite into summer with these soft 1-bowl vegan lemon cookies swirled with raspberries and bits of pistachios.
This beginner recipe is very easy, has no rest time, and required minimal clean-up! Expect thin cookies that are soft in the middle and crunchy and caramelized on the edges. These vegan cookies could be in your hand in less than 20 minutes.
If you are a big fan of the lemon and pistachio combo, I also have a biscotti recipe that you might like!
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- Vegan margarine- use the soft kind from a tub so that you can mix up this recipe by hand without having to soften firm vegan butter. Vegetable shortening like Cristco will also work but it won’t be as flavorful.
- White granulated sugar- Where I live all sugars are vegan but if you are worried about bone char, try to find vegan-certified, sugar, beet sugar, or organic cane sugar.
- Plant-based milk, I use soy milk but any kind will do
- Vanilla extract - can be replaced with almond extract
- Lemon juice - The juice of your zested lemon will be more than enough.
- All-purpose flour or unbleached flour will all work. If you try this recipe with gluten-free flour, let me know!
- Cornstarch is also known as cornflour in the UK and Australia. This gives chewiness and softness to the cookies. Can be replaced with ¼ cup of flour in a pinch.
- Baking powder and baking soda - Make sure they are fresh!
- Fine sea salt to balance out the sweetness. You can use table salt.
- Zest of 1 large lemon
- Whole shelled pistachios - Make sure to test 1 to double check that they are not rancid. Feel free to add more depending on your pistachio budget and how much of a pistachio lover you are.
- Raspberry jam. I love using the raspberry more fruit, less sugar raspberry spread from Bonne Maman. I’m a big fan of the quality of their products, unfortunately, I can’t find any information on if they use bone char-free sugar.
- Pearl sugar - I used C-15 size pearl sugar but coarse sugar, chopped pistachios, or crushed freeze-dried raspberries can also be used as cookie toppers.
See recipe card for quantities.
The beauty of these cookies is that they are easily modified to fit your taste. You can:
- Switch up the raspberry jam with strawberry, cherry, or blackberry jam
- Use the zest of 2 limes instead of 1 lemon
- Replace the pistachios with coconut flakes, chopped almonds, dried cranberies, or vegan white chocolate chips
- Replace the vanilla with almond extract
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This recipe could not be easier, it comes down to mixing the wet ingredients together, adding the dry ingredients, and giving those a quick stir before incorporating them into the wet ingredients, mixing in delicately the topping, and then it’s time for baking.
This vegan lemon raspberry cookie recipe is amazing because it does not require fancy equipment. I simply mix everything up with a silicone spatula, no need for an electric mixer.
When mixing the wet ingredients together, make sure there are no sugar clumps before moving on to the next step. For the dry ingredients, the recipe asks you to give a quick stir to the dry ingredients before mixing them into the wet ingredients. This is to disperse the baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the flour so that you don’t end up with a bunch in the same bite of cookie by accident. Yuck!
Most cookies require a resting time in the refrigerator but who got time for that?!? No me! This recipe goes straight from the bowl to the baking tray. The dough will therefore be a bit softer than what you might expect.
This is why I love using an ice cream or cookie scoop to plop the batter into the parchment paper since the dough will be sticky (and also to keep that nice swirl). Use 2 spoons if you don’t have an ice cream scoop but be gentle to keep that swirl intact.
Now last little thing, it is better to undercook these cookies than overbake them as they will become dry. The moment you can slightly lift off the side of one of the cookies with a butter knife, you can pull the tray from the oven. The cookies will continue to cook for a couple of minutes even after benign removal from the oven.
- 1 large bowl
- Silicone spatula, or sturdy wooden spoon
- Small or medium ice cream or cookie scoop, or 2 large spoons
- Large baking tray, or cookie sheet
- Wire rack, or a clean cutting board in a pinch
- Digital scale, or measuring cups and spoons
The beauty of working with a scale is that you can measure all your ingredients directly in the bowl without having to dirty measuring cups. Yay for fewer dishes! It’s also much more precise and 1 scale will last you multiple years.
Approximate cup measurements are also provided in the recipe.
Store these vegan lemon raspberry cookies at room temperature in an airtight container in a dark dry place for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
One-Bowl Vegan Lemon, Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
- 115 g vegan margarine (½ cup)
- 200 g white granulated sugar (1 cup)
- 30 g plant-based milk (2 tablespoons)
- 4 g vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
- 15 g lemon juice (1 tablespoon)
- Zest of 1 large lemon
- 180 g all-purpose flour (1 ½ cup)
- 17 g cornstarch (2 tablespoons)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 60 g whole shelled pistachios (½ cup)
- 80 g raspberry jam (¼ cup)
- Pearl sugar , coarse sugar, chopped pistachios, or crushed freeze-dried raspberries
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the margarine and sugar until combined.
- Mix in the milk, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice until homogeneous.
- On one side of the bowl, add all the dry ingredients at once, quickly stir them to incorporate the baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and then slowly start mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- When the dry ingredients are almost all incorporated, add the pistachios into the cookie mixture and stir them in until all the dry ingredients are incorporated into the batter.
- Drop spoonfuls of jam randomly on top of the cookie batter, and fold the batter 2 to 4 times until the raspberry jam is swirled into the batter. Do not overfold.
- Using a small ice scream scoop, scoop flush dollops of cookie batter onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure not to overcrowd them. since they will spread.
- Garnish the top of the cookies with pearl sugar or other garnishes.
- Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the middle looks set and the side are barely starting to turn golden. Adjust cooking time depending on the size of the cookies.
- Let the cookies rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes before releasing them and leaving them to completely cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!
The acidity from the raspberry when mixed with baking powder that contains aluminum will turn the cookies a blue tint. They are still safe to eat even if they don't look as expected.
This will only happen if you decided to use fresh or frozen strawberries since the raspberry jam is not as acidic.
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