Oil-free Vegan Apple Butter Cookies

Oil-free Apple Butter Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan

This easy recipe for very old-fashioned-sounding cookies comes from the lone vegan cookbook on the shelves at the otherwise exhaustively stocked kitchen store, Gygi, in Salt Lake City. A typical trip there goes something like this: go to pick up only a package of parchment paper sheets and – – leave, pushing a shopping cart with aforementioned parchment (in two sizes) several small pieces of china that were “on sale,” plastic lids for half-sheet baking pans, an elf-sized spatula perfect for prying recalcitrant brownies out of pans, colorful paper muffin cups and yet another set of measuring spoons. Will it be long before I enter Gygi and a la Norm at Cheers I am greeted with a hearty shout of “Annie!!”?

Oh right, the cookbook.  It’s called The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, by Kris Holechek.  A very nice collection of recipes; we’ll be spending a lot of time together. Per my usual method, I used predominantly whole wheat flour, halved the sugar, halved the fat and added nuts.

One last very important thing: thank you again to all of you who have reached out to offer support, condolences, love and wisdom over the past weeks. Your heartfelt words have warmed and comforted me.


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Oil-free Apple Butter Cookies

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Total Time: 24
  • Yield: 24 1x


Plump and soft, these old-fashioned cookies love to cozy up to a cold glass of nut milk.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple butter*
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda,, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple butter, maple syrup, tahini and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well-combined. This is a thick, sticky batter so you may want to dip a spoon into water to form the cookies.
  4. Drop the dough by large tablespoonsful onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until firm and lightly browned on the bottoms.


  • Use my sugar-free Apple Butter recipe (link in post) or I recommend R.W. Knudsen’s organic which has no added sugar.

Get my easy, quick, and sugar-free Apple Butter recipe here.

Sugar-free Apple Butter by An Unrefined Vegan

Vegan Apple Butter Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan


43 thoughts on “Oil-free Vegan Apple Butter Cookies

  1. Somer

    There’s a reason I’ve never been in that store, I may come out completely bankrupt. It’s something I dream of doing when I have a budget….

    I’m loving those apple butter cookies, I need to hit Erika up for a homemade jar. She’s got skills.

      1. Somer

        Oh, I had forgotten all the little goodies she crammed into that basket! The girl totally underestimates herself, she’s got some serious skillz!

  2. bar

    I want to eat these cookies, like, now.

    Maybe it’s the English teacher in me, but you are such a fabulous writer! I love reading your work. Who uses the word recalcitrant to describe the stubborn brownies?! Fantastic.

      1. Robin Jean Marie

        You’re welcome! And hey–I always cut the sugar in half, too. Sometimes I’ve managed to cut it out almost completely, and the dishes are still great. In fact, I think that the fruity desserts are improved when less sugar is added.

  3. annesturetucker

    Yumlicious 🙂 I love the photo with the cookie that is missing a bite. a big bite 🙂
    I agree with Bar – you are such an incredible writer, photographer and creative soul, it is a treat visiting your blog, so glad you are back!!!

  4. Richgail Enriquez

    Aww Np Ann, we’re glad you’re back in the kitchen whipping up wonderful food like this one! As I said before, I’ll be a regular customer once you open up a bakery hehe

  5. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I love kitchen equipment stores! I always seem to leave with muffin liners as well- they are just so fun and happy! I could spend my entire paycheck and then some in those stores without even blinking an eye…

    I love apple butter, so I can only imagine cookies made from it are delicious 🙂

  6. emmycooks

    I love the sound of that store! I never make apple butter but I bet it would be worth cooking down a jar of our applesauce until it’s nice and thick for this recipe…. I’m always looking for good non-chocolate treats (I always have plenty of chocolate ones in mind!) and these look great.

  7. Sophie33

    MMMMMMMM,…these cookies look ever so delectable & lovely too! 🙂
    I have made your nectarine pancakes & that added syrup gave it an extra bonus! So good , so tasty! 🙂 xxx

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