Deliciously buttery reindeer biscuits, with edible sweetie stained glass ‘noses’. These Vegan Stained Glass Cookies make the perfect gift and are ideal for hanging on the Christmas tree. Great for getting the kids involved!
Vegan Stained Glass Cookies
Christmas is right around the corner, and I am THRILLED to be back in the kitchen festive baking. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had an absolute blast making spooky, Halloween recipes but there’s just something so magical about putting up the tree, hanging the lights, smelling gingerbread and drinking hot cocoa whilst something warming bakes in the oven.
Cookies are a must-make during the Holidays, and what better way to combine decorating for Christmas AND cookies. These cookies have a gorgeous stained glass effect using boiled sweets (or hard candies for my US friends) which means when you hang them on the tree, the fairy lights shine through, it’s magical!
Reasons why you’ll love these stained glass cookies:
- They’re VEGAN : This recipe doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients!
- Gluten-free option : Can be made gluten-free if you use a gluten-free / wheat-free flour blend.
- Simple but effective design.
- Fantastic edible decorations for Christmas / hanging on the tree!
- Can be made in all different colours : Depending what boiled sweet flavour you go for, Rudolph could have a yellow, green, purple or red nose, haha!
- Amazing for kids to make and decorate!
- Great fun festive baking activity.
- They make fantastic gifts!
What are the ingredients for vegan stained glass cookies?
- Dairy-free butter : Make sure to use vegan blocked butter for these cookies. If you use margarine, the cookies will be very soft and are likely to spread out when baking. I like to use either Naturli Vegan Block or Flora Plant Butter. Other brands include Violife and Vegan Gold butter.
- Plain / all purpose flour: As we don’t want the cookies to rise unlike cakes and cupcakes, you’ll want to use a plain flour. You can also switch this to a gluten-free blend, just be sure to use a good / high quality branded flour like Doves Farm for best results.
- Sugar: You want to use a fine, white sugar for this recipe. As an alternative you could use granulated sugar, but it might result in a slightly grainy cookie as opposed to a soft, buttery cookie.
- Ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon : The slight spice in the cookie dough makes the cookies not only taste of christmas, but your house SMELL like christmas too. It is completely optional though. If you leave it out, the’ll taste like regular (but VERY delicious) sugar cookies.
- Ice-water: A bowl with ice and some water. Adding a a teaspoon of ice-water will help bring the dough together. Mix up the ice-water just before starting to make the dough.
- Sweets / candies : Here in the UK we call them ‘boiled sweets’ but I know in the US and other countries you call them ‘hard candies’. I use the ASDA Fruit Drops as they’re vegan friendly.
- Dark Chocolate: You can use whatever dairy-free / vegan friendly chocolate to decorate the reindeer. I opt for a 70% dark chocolate as it pairs really nice with the warming spices and also gives a nice contract in colour.
How to make stained Glass Cookies?
These stained glass cookies are pretty simple to make. You can find the fill written recipe including method and ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Cookie dough
We start by making the sugar cookie dough, which is simply beating the dairy-free butter, sugar, flour and spices together with ice-water to bring it all together until smooth dough forms. This will be refrigerated until firm.
- Shaping the dough
Next, roll it out into a rectangle, then using a gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter or reindeer cutter, chomp out the shapes and place on a lined baking tray. Using a smaller round cookie cutter OR the end of a piping tip, chomp out a circle where the reindeer nose will be (refer to images for reference).
- Sweets / candies
Crush the sweets / candies then spoon into the the centre of the cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until sweets / candies have melted and the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Melt the chocolate, transfer into a piping bag and once the cookies have cooled, pipe on two dots for the eyes and antlers.
Serve on a plate or make a hole in the cookie using a cocktail stick or skewer, tie on some string and hang on your Christmas tree.
Looking for more Christmas recipes to try, check these out:
- Gluten-free Vegan Yule Log
- Vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Reindeer Cherry Bakewell Bars
- No-Bake Gingerbread Man Truffles
- Vegan Polar Bear Cupcakes
- Gluten-free Vegan Mini Yule Logs