These Vegan Almond Butter Blossoms are just as good as the classic version, but are dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free and made in 1 bowl and just 8 ingredients!
I must have Christmas angels all around me this season because I'm making the absolute best cookies I've ever made. First, the Cardamom Pecan Cookies, then the Snickerdoodles and now these. When your readers nickname you Cookie Queen, I gotta keep delivering, right? I cannot even put into words how incredible these are. I like them even better than the Snickerdoodles. Another classic holiday cookie, but made vegan, gluten-free and oil-free, these Vegan Almond Butter Blossoms will blow you away!
The classic cookies are made with peanut butter, but to make these more allergy-friendly (so my hubby and daughter can eat them), I made them with almond butter.
I promise you that nobody will have one clue these are vegan! They are so buttery, so rich and just perfection.
OIL-FREE VEGAN COOKIES
These cookies are typically made with butter or oil, even the vegan versions, but nope, not my version. Are they any less delicious? Heck no! My pet peeve is when somebody thinks something isn't the "real thing" because it isn't made with butter or sugar or white flour. Um, if they taste freaking amazing and like the real deal, then it doesn't matter what the ingredients are, right? I think I've proven how amazing cookies can taste without oil or butter. To prove this, check out my tips on How to Cook and Bake Without Oil. Even these oil-free Vegan Snickerdoodles have received the highest praise from you readers. A large amount saying they are better than any butter version and the best cookies you've ever made, period. I'm sure you will love these too!
CAN VEGANS EAT HERSHEY KISSES?
Well, the short answer is no. Hershey kisses contain dairy, therefore I have zero interest in consuming them. I'm sure some may exist, but I couldn't find any. I'm all about easy recipes and sending you off to find vegan kisses is impossible. I also refuse to buy a Hershey kisses mold just for this recipe, knowing that 99% of you wouldn't want to either.
So, I made my own specifically for these Vegan Almond Butter Blossoms. They look quite a lot like poo emojis, lol, but once they are added to the cookie, they melt and adhere and taste delicious, which is most important, right? I shared me making the poo emojis a couple of weeks back on my Instagram stories and many of you got a kick out of it! Those were for this recipe, so now you know why I was making them!
You only need 8 easy ingredients:
- oat flour or white rice flour (see recipe)
- baking powder
- roasted creamy almond butter
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- non-dairy milk
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOMS
First, make the vegan chocolate kisses. Place them in the freezer to set while you make the cookies.
Secondly, to a large bowl, add the oat flour (or rice flour), baking powder and salt and whisk well.
Add the syrup, almond butter and vanilla. Stir for a couple of minutes until it all comes together into a thick dough.
Form balls 1 1/2 tablespoons worth (14 total) and roll each ball into the sugar.
Place each ball on the pan 2 inches apart. Press each cookie down between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for just 8 minutes until puffed up.
Remove from the oven and immediately press the chocolate kisses into the center of each cookie (with the cookies still on the pan). Press them down gently about 1/4 inch and this will create a slight crackle effect. The chocolate will slightly melt, making them adhere to the cookies.
Set your timer for 10 minutes to let them set. Transfer with a spatula to a cooling rack.
After the cookies have fully cooled and the chocolate has set and hardened, you can serve them! These Vegan Almond Butter Blossoms you will love!
I tested 2 versions for you! Anytime I post a cookie recipe with rice flour, somebody asks to sub with oat flour and when I post a cookie recipe with oat flour, somebody asks to sub with rice flour. Therefore, I tested both and share both versions below!
As far as other flours, I don't know. I only tested these 2 versions, therefore cannot guarantee results. I'm pretty sure white all-purpose flour or even spelt flour would work as well, just use the SAME weight, not cup measurements, as the listed amount, which would be 64g. Spelt is similar to oat flour, but will leave an earthy taste, so keep that in mind. The all-purpose white flour may make them slightly drier. DO NOT use almond flour or coconut flour. They won't work here.
You can sub the almond butter with sunbutter if you don't mind a strong sunbutter taste. I'm not a fan of it, personally, so that is at your own risk.
Other Vegan Cookies you must try:
- Vegan Coconut Butter Gingersnaps
- Vegan Chai Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
- Vegan Cardamom Pecan Cookies
- Vegan Autumn Maple Spice Cookies
- Best Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies