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orange cookies with glaze and orange zest layered on a white wood board

Vegan Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies

Orange and cardamom bring your average sugar cookie up a notch in these flavorful chewy vegan sugar cookies!
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Course: Vegan Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 10 cookies


Orange Cardamom Cookies

  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup+ 2 Tablespoons organic sugar ½ cup for dough, 2 Tablespoons for rolling before baking
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup+ 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt only need if unsalted butter

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest optional, to top glaze/cookies


  • First add the butter, ½ cup sugar, orange zest, and cardamom to a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Then, add in the orange juice and ground flax and gently mix together.
  • Next, add in sifted flour, baking powder, and salt to the mixing bowl. Mix until a smooth and thick cookie batter forms. Do not overmix or else you will form too much gluten and the cookies will not spread as much and be tough.
  • Then, add the bowl of dough to the fridge, cover, and let chill for 30 minutes- 1 hour.
  • Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350F. Next, remove the dough from the fridge and use a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop to form your cookie dough (40 grams per cookie of dough). Roll into balls between your palms and then roll in the 2 Tbsp of sugar that was set aside so that each dough ball is coated.
  • Place the orange sugar cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet. If you want flatter cookies, you can lightly press the dough down with your palm. Make sure that each cookie is kept about 2 inches apart since they will spread slightly while baking.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned and the cookie is cooked through but has slightly soft centers. The cookies will continue baking after they are removed from the oven so the centers should still be soft, but not glossy or raw, when they are removed from the oven.
  • Remove the cookie tray from the oven and immediately tap the tray on the counter to produce a more “wrinkly” cookie. Then, let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes. The cookies will be soft and puffy out of the oven and will naturally deflate a little while cooling.
  • While the cookies are cooling, make the orange glaze by adding orange juice to a small mixing bowl. Then, gradually add in the powdered sugar and whisk together until a thick glaze forms. Drizzle the glaze on completely cooled cookies and top with optional orange zest. Let sit 5 minutes to harden and then serve!


  • For round cookies, swirl the warm cookies between a round pastry/cookie cutter while the cookies are still warm.
  • Cookies can be stored on the counter at room temperature for 3-4 days. They can also be frozen up to 1 month and just need to defrost at room temperature before eating. Cookies can also be stored in a closed container in the fridge and will keep up to 2 weeks, but it will make them less chewy.
  • If you are making smaller cookies, please adjust the cooking time. For a 1.5 Tbsp scoop cooking time is around 10-13 minutes. For even small cookies, adjust cooking time accordingly.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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