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Super Easy Dairy Free Bakewell Cookies Recipe

These cherry and almond bakewell cookies are so soft, light and fresh. The flavors of sweet nutty almonds are balanced with the freshness of the cherries and the texture is crisp on the outside and soft and cake-like in the center.

Best of all, to make these vegan cherry bakewell cookies you just need to follow this super simple 10 minute recipe.

cherry bakewell cookies

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Vegan cherry bakewell recipe

To make these soft vegan gluten free cookies begin by, 

Roll the vegan almond cookie dough into medium sized balls and bake for 15 mins until slightly crisp around the sides and soft in the center.

cherry bakewell cookies

Let the cookies cool down for 5-10mins before devouring.

How to make vegan cookies without eggs

Eggs traditionally help bind the cookie batter and give cookies that soft chewy consistency. But as this is a vegan recipe, It’ll need an ingredient that works in the same way to create these features in our cookies.

cherry bakewell cookies

I’ve found that applesauce and molasses are the perfect substitutes.

The applesauce helps to add moisture and freshness to the cookies which is what also helps to create that soft texture.

And the molasses helps to bind and create the chewiness.

Non-vegan option

If you don’t follow a vegan or celiac lifestyle but still want to make this recipe? Then follow these simple ingredient substitutes and it’ll work just as well.

  • Vegan butter TO Normal dairy butter/margarine
  • Gluten free flour TO Plain flour
  • Xanthan gum TO Not needed – as the gluten in the plain flour is enough to give the cake stability.
cherry bakewell cookie ingredients
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword gluten free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • Whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Bowl


  • 260 g Gluten free plain flour
  • 2 tsp Xanthun gum
  • 120 g Caster sugar
  • 80 g Soft brown sugar
  • 100 g Vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • 1 tbsp Plant based milk
  • 60 g Frozen cherries
  • 50 g Flaked almonds (and a handful to go on top)


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and set aside.
  • Start by creaming together the soft brown sugar, caster sugar and dairy free butter until pale and fluffy
    120 g Caster sugar, 80 g Soft brown sugar, 100 g Vegan butter
  • Then add the molasses and milk, beat for 2 mins.
    1 tbsp Molasses, 1 tbsp Plant based milk
  • Once combined add the gluten free flour,  xanthan gum frozen cherries and flaked almonds, until combined – DON’T over mix.
    260 g Gluten free plain flour, 2 tsp Xanthun gum, 60 g Frozen cherries, 50 g Flaked almonds
  • Refrigerate the gluten free cookie dough for at least 1/2hr or preferably overnight. This will allow the dough to enhance its flavors and stiffen and set making it easier to roll and spread more evenly in the oven.
  • Roll into medium sized balls, placing 4/5 on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (as they spread) and top with flaked almonds then bake for 10-15 mins. 
    50 g Flaked almonds
  • When done these gluten free cookies should be golden brown and slightly soft – it will gain its shape when cooled. Enjoy! 


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See above on tips on how to make my vegan cherry almond cookies

Let me know what you thought of these easy soft vegan cookies. Did you make any amendments to this gluten free bakewell cookies recipe?

Let me know in the comments.

These are by far the best soft vegan cookies.

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  1. Hello Leena, first let me tell you, what a beautiful blog! These cookies sound delicious and healthy with so many options too! I will let you know if I make them!

  2. 5 stars
    Love these! I am always looking for more gluten free cookies to make as several of my friends are gluten free and I want everyone to enjoy them! These look so fun and I love the color! Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us!

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