vegan almond shortbread cookies

Vegan Shortbread Cookies // Love & Lemons

One of my most cherished childhood memories is baking Christmas cookies with my mom. She would pull over two kitchen chairs for my sister and I to stand on so we could reach the countertop and get our hands in the flour. We’d watch her line up all of the ingredients, preheat the oven, prepare the cookie sheets.

She’d flip to the back of the recipe rolodex and pull out three cards that were stained with butter splotches and a dusting of flour. It was holiday tradition that we would start with spritz cookies, a butter/sugar cookie that was made special with the magical ingredient, almond extract. Once the butter was creamed and the sugar added, my mom would open up the tiny brown bottle of almond extract, and say “it smells like Christmas now.”

Vegan Shortbread Cookies // Love & Lemons

Last weekend, I finally got around to some christmas baking. This isn’t one of our traditional family recipes, but lets just say it was “inspired by” my memory and the “Christmas” smell of almond extract.

I’m kind of in love with these cookies because of the minimal amount of ingredients. And as far as baking goes, they’re pretty foolproof. I subbed in as many “healthier” ingredients as I could but they’re still a pretty sweet and buttery indulgence.

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gifts for the kitchen

gifts for the kitchen // Love & Lemons

I’m sure most of you are well on your way to finishing up your holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, you haven’t started… Here’s a little guide of some things I would love to have (as well as a shameless plug for our our very own recipe cards that we’re selling this holiday season. Be sure to check out our shop if you haven’t already).

See these items and more foodie gift ideas on my Luvocracy page.

(image credits: Ross Lab, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Terrain, Merchant No. 4, Sur La Table)