Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies

Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other day – and I believe every day is cake day. As Valentine’s Day is coming up though, I chose my hearts cookie pan. The more important decision to me was that I wanted to try and make vegan cookies. In the end that turned out far easier than expected. Nowadays there are so many substitutes for dairy products. I easily found vegan butter and also cream. The one I used is a mix of coconut cream and almond milk.

Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies - janavar

To be honest, this is the first time that I have baked since Christmas. We had that agreement that my baking goods were possibly one of the main reasons why we put on weight. But Valentine’s cookies are surely a great reason to make an exception. These blackberry basil lemon cookies are really fruity. Because I made them in the mold, they are a little thicker than your average cookie and therefore very fluffy on the inside. They also take longer in the oven.

Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies - janavar

I think the cookies might look a little more even if I had puréed the blackberries before adding them to the dough. But this would change the cookie color to a more purple greenish shade – just that you are aware if you try it.

As I made the cookies a few days in advance, we can enjoy them sensibly until Valentine’s Day – or at least we’ll try (and possible fail).

  Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies - janavar

Yields ca. 18 cookies

Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 stick vegan butter (113g), cut into smaller cubes
  • 2/3 cup dairy free cream
  • 2 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 175°C (or 350°F).
  2. In a big bowl mix the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Add the butter and stir until the mix starts forming a dough.
  4. Stir in the dairy free cream.
  5. Mix in the dried basil.
  6. Finally add the blackberries.
  7. Put the dough on a baking sheet.
  8. Put in the oven for 12 to 20 minutes (depending on how thick they are).
  9. In a small bowl mix the lemon juice with the powdered sugar.
  10. Drizzle the icing over the cookies once they are done.


egg free
soy free
treenut free

Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies - janavar

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Vegan Blackberry Basil Lemon Cookies”

  1. Very tasty. The basil adds a distinctly different flavor from other similar lemon poppy-seed type cookies Also makes very good scones.

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