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Easiest Vegan Lemon Cookies

Easiest Vegan Lemon Cookies

Special thanks to my special secret and magical lemon fairy who always keeps me stocked with lemons (and somehow always senses when I’ve run out – a fresh basket magically appears). You know who you are and Drugsy is always thankful as these are his favourite cookies.

I originally found this recipe posted by subaruthie but now I have a thermomix I’ve created one friendly for that too – so here it goes, the old school version first then the Thermomix version…

Ingredients
  • 2 1⁄2 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (300g) sugar… I use raw sugar as it makes the cookies chewy, white sugar will make them more crunchy if that’s your thing
  • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup mild extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure organic vanilla essence
Instructions for non-Therma users
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, soda and zest.
  3. Make a well in the center and fill with liquid ingredients.
  4. Stir together until well blended into a sticky dough.
  5. Roll tablespoonful size balls and flatten slightly on baking paper about 5 cms apart.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Instructions for Therma users
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan.
  2. Add flour, sugar, soda and zest to thermomix bowl and stir on reverse speed 4 for 10 seconds to combine. *note you can make the lemon zest beforehand by peeling the rind of 1 big lemon and milling it in the thermomix until it becomes fine.
  3. Add all liquid ingredients and process on speed 5 for 20 seconds, scrape down the sides with the spatula, then repeat speed 5 for 20 seconds or until mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky dough ball.
  4. Continue steps 5-6 above.

Makes about 30 large cookies.

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