Delicious Vegan Zesty Orange Cookies to Welcome Fall 2023

Vegan Zesty Orange Cookies: As August gently ushers in the approaching autumn, our taste buds start to anticipate the warm and comforting flavors of the season. While we bid farewell to the bright and sunny tastes of summer, it’s time to embrace the cozy and aromatic delights of fall. In this culinary transition, we’re adding a touch of zest to our baking repertoire with these delightful vegan zesty orange cookies. These cookies, adorned with a luscious red-orange curd, capture the essence of a fall sunset. Just as nature prepares itself for transformation, so do our recipes.


Vegan Zesty Orange Cookies

Ingredients for Orange Curd:

2 cups soy milk
½ cup sugar
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup of fresh blood orange juice
Ingredients for Cookie Dough:

2 cups white flour
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup sifted icing sugar
A pinch of pink salt
3/4 cup vegan butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Orange Curd Magic:

Begin by pouring freshly squeezed and strained orange juice into a small saucepan.

Add the remaining orange curd ingredients to the saucepan, ensuring thorough mixing until the cornstarch dissolves.

Place the saucepan over medium heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously until it thickens.

Turn off the heat and continue stirring the mixture for an additional minute.

Transfer the orange curd into a bowl, covering it with cling film.

Chill it in the refrigerator until you’re prepared to use it.

Creating the cookies:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper for preparation.

In a stand mixer, beat together the vegan butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth, creamy, and fluffy (about 1 minute).

Add the vanilla extract and pink salt. Continue beating the batter at low speed until the salt is fully incorporated.

Sift and mix the dry ingredients before adding them to the cookie batter.

Beat the batter at medium speed in the mixer, ensuring thorough mixing.

Wrap the dough in cling film and chill it in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.

Dust a clean, flat surface with flour and roll out the dough to a 1/6-inch thickness.

Use a round cookie cutter to create circles from the dough.

Next, employ a triangle-shaped cookie cutter to craft seven triangles from each round cookie.

Gently cut each cutout in half.

Gently move the cookies to the parchment paper-covered baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10–15 minutes or until they achieve a lovely golden brown hue.

Once the cookies have cooled, use a piping bag to elegantly pipe the orange curd onto the center of each flower-shaped cookie.

These vegan zesty orange cookies not only usher in the flavors of fall but also bring a burst of citrusy brightness to your autumn festivities. Enjoy the delightful contrast of the warm, buttery cookie and the zesty orange curd, making each bite a truly enchanting experience. As you savor these homemade treats, you’ll find that they perfectly capture the essence of this beautiful seasonal transition.

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