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A partially eaten vegan lemon cookie on top of a whole vegan lemon cookie.

Soft-Baked Vegan Lemon Cookies (Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 13 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Enjoy bright lemon flavor for a refreshing sunny day treat with these delicious vegan lemon cookies! Topped with an optional (but highly recommended) vegan cream cheese frosting, these soft-baked cookies provide so much flavor and texture that it's impossible to eat just one. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free as well!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 cups super fine almond flour from blanched almonds*
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or sub melted vegan butter)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 small lemons, zested
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from one small lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Serve with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting and lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a half sheet baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Mix the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, oat flour, arrowroot powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. Add the wet ingredients. Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir well until combined and no clumps remain. You can use a hand mixer if desired.  
  4. Form the cookies. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop and place the cookie dough balls on the parchment paper (making about 13 cookies). The cookies will expand slightly while they bake so be sure to space them out as much as possible.  
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack.
  6. Allow cookies to cool. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool to room temperature before handling. I like to stick the entire cookie sheet in the freezer to speed up this process.
  7. Frost the cookies if desired (highly recommended). Once the cookies are fully cooled and have firmed up you can frost them. Top each cookie with my vegan cream cheese frosting. Use another lemon to add lemon zest overtop all the cookies. 
  8. Enjoy! The frosting will start to soften at room temperature, so store frosted cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven