These vegan cinnamon raisin cookies are soft, moist and chewy with lovely flavour of cinnamon, spices and sweet raisins. They are easy to bake yet super delicious, make a lovely gift for any occasion.
I used to eat store bought cookies. Like a lot. Like EVERY DAY.
When it comes to cookies, I so understand how the cookie monster can eat so much of it all the time!
There is something about that sweet smell of butter and sugar that cookies have. It’s just irresistible.
And I find looking at a jar filled with delicious cookies kind of therapeutic.
Now I don’t have any butter or dairy in my diet and love baking at home, today I’m sharing with you my ultimate vegan cinnamon raisin cookies!
I baked them the other day and it turned out as so soft, sweet and chewy deliciousness. Yum yum.
But the truth is, I used to NOT like baking cookies at all..
You can find my story on another delicious cookie recipe post of mine here “Vegan walnut cookies”, which is another one of my great cookie recipes!
Well here is another story that should explain why I didn’t like baking cookies and why baking is science…
Another one of my cookie story – baking my vegan cinnamon cookies for someone I fancy
So about a month ago, I had this opportunity to bake my cookies for people at my old work because I was leaving my job there and it was my last day. (Ok I know this has started so random but hear me out!)
One of my friends there had tried my cookies and loved them, so everyone else was asking me to bake more.
I got back home the day before around 23o’ at night, totally worn out.
But decided anyway that I’d bake my cookies for them, including someone I secretly fancied for over the past months! You see how important this was?
I dragged myself to the kitchen, start mixing all the ingredients, and noticed that something felt a bit odd in the mixing bowl..
But I was so tired so kept making the dough and put them in the oven.
The fail… and a lesson I leaned so you won’t make the same mistake when you are baking these vegan cinnamon raisin cookies!
And that odd feeling was right…
I got the mixing ratio of oil and flour totally wrong!
What happened was, I mixed more oil than I needed. I measured 1 cup instead of 3/4! And the cookies were basically being FRIED in oil while in the oven for sheer 12 mins!
As a result, the edge of my vegan cinnamon raisin cookeis was way too crispy and the centre was not soft, not crispy, just argh.. ;/ Not right at all. And the worst part was that I had to give them to everyone AND that someone I fancy! (Well I didn’t exactly have to but hey girl needs an excuse to talk to that guy)
I anyway took the cookies with me and despite my worries everyone loved the taste! A HUGE reassurance..
No one said the texture was bad or anything, but this is how easy baking cookies can go wrong. You can accidentally mess up with the ratio and it won’t turn out the way you want it.
I think baking really is a science and if you have any type of cookies you want to bake in mind, you want to follow the recipe very carefully.
How to make these vegan cinnamon raisin cookies
Having said that, this recipe is very simple to follow and there is no way you can fail on this(unless you are making them at 11o’ at night when you are super tired after work like I was!).
It only requires basic ingredients and can be made in one bowl! Here are some tips for you to make them.
Use vegan butter
I used vegan butter for this recipe, it gives the same taste and texture as dairy butter and the only difference is that it does not involve any cruelty!
I have used some of the vegan buttery spread from Earth Balance, they so many kinds of vegan butter now and I haven’t even got to use them all! They have vegan buttery sticks now too, it’s so exciting to use them when I see it in the supermarket.
No over mixing
Over mixing is a no-no in baking, and it applies to this recipe too. Simply over mixing the dough for cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. develops too much gluten which makes the texture of the final products tough and not soft.
So we want to avoid this! When mixing the dough, mix gently with a large wooden spoon so that you are not developing too much gluten in it. However, if you have accidentally mixed to much, there is a way to relax the gluten which is explained in the next section!
Chill the cookie dough before baking
Chilling the cookie dough is key to good cookies! I rest my cookie dough for at least 30 mins in the fridge before baking. This allows the dough to cool down and it prevents cookies from spreading too thin in the oven.
Resting your cookie dough also relaxes the gluten developed in the dough which results in a soft and chewy texture that we are aiming to get! Patience is all worth good cookies.
Baking time is quite important when it comes to baking cookies. For this recipe, I baked them for about 12 mins to get that chewy and soft texture.
The cookies are still quite soft and not quite solid when then come out of the oven, they may even look like they are undercooked but don’t worry! They will firm up once cooled down to room temperature and will be the best chewy and soft texture.
Can I make them gluten-free?
Yes you can! If you want to make these vegan cinnamon raisin cookies gluten-free, simply replace the flour with gluten-free flour. I usually go for rice flour when I make gluten-free cookies. I haven’t tried any other gluten-free flours for this recipe so if you try let me know how it went!
How to store them
You can store them in an airtight container or a tightly sealed cookie jar for up to 4-5 days at room temperature. You can enjoy as it is or warms up slightly in a microwave for 10 seconds and enjoy softer and gooeier cookie too.
To store longer, put them in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To serve defrost them at room temperature and warm up in a microwave for about 10 seconds to get that fresh out of the oven texture.
You will LOVE these vegan cinnamon raisin cookies because they are:
– a great gift
Want more recipes like this?
Try my other delicious cookie/dessert recipes!
- Walnut cookies – vegan
- Double chocolate chip cookies – vegan
- Cinnamon rolls – vegan
- Chewy funfetti cookies – vegan
- Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies – vegan
- Banana tahini muffins – vegan and oil-free
Please leave a comment and rate this recipe in the comment section below if you like these vegan cinnamon raisin cookies! Let me know and tag me @thechestnutbakery on Instagram too. Thank you for making my recipe friends!