Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Cookie

Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

Looking for a better-for-you dessert for this festive season? This dessert pairs two classics—cookies and cheesecake—into a bite-size vegan sweet that’s perfect for a party or just a cozy holiday at home.

Makes 14 cookies

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (70 g) cashews
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest or the zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) vegan butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 14 fresh raspberries

Prep It!

  1. Soak the cashews in just-boiled water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse them well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a blender, blend the soaked cashews together with the lemon juice, lemon zest, water and maple syrup until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. You might need to scrape the mixture down from the edges when blending to get everything smooth.
  4. To make the cookies, in a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the vegan butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract and combine either with a wooden spoon, a spatula or with your hands into a smooth dough.
  5. Take 1 tablespoon (16 g) of the dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten it on the parchment paper and shape the cookie dough into a mini pie with edges. Fill the cookie with cashew cream, about 2 teaspoons (10 ml) per cookie.
  6. Repeat until you have all the cookies on the parchment paper. Bake the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cashew cream is solid.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the parchment paper for 10 minutes before moving them onto a cooling rack.
  8. Place a fresh raspberry on each cookie. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reprinted from Fantastic Vegan Cookies by Tiina Strandberg,

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