Christmas Cinnamon Orange Cookies | Vegan, GF

Hi guys, today’s post is a Christmas Bake Off collab with Evie! Now, I’m just putting it out there, if this was Bake Off, I would totally be eliminated this week. My cute festive plans didn’t exactly work out. I made Christmas cinnamon orange cookies, it was all going well. Until I used my cookie cutters.  

I used these ones*. They look cute but I don’t think the edges are defined enough and once they baked, they lost their shape a little. I hoped once I’d decorated them they might look better, but no. It also didn’t help that I used whole oats so they weren’t totally smooth to shape. If I’d made round regular cookies, I think they would be great. But for more intricate cutters, I’d use oat flour rather than oats if I made them again.  

If I’m totally honest, I thought about making another batch. Then I changed my mind. This is supposed to be a cute festive bake, something you could do with your kids, not the best looking dessert centrepiece. I don’t think it’s worth stressing over some badly shaped but still delicious cookies. I’ll save the stress for the next time I need to roll my yule log 

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan and soy free.

4.78 from 9 votes

Christmas Cinnamon Orange Cookies

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan and soy free.
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword Christmas, Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 Cookies


  • 1 and ½ cups 144g GF oats (or oat flour)
  • 40 g ground hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Vegan Butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp orange oil
  • 1 tbsp almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Add the rolled oats, ground hazelnuts, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. Cream the vegan butter and brown sugar together in a separate bowl and then add the syrup and orange oil.
  4. Then mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by hand. Stirring until the mixture is very crumbly.
  5. Add the almond milk and mix in. Check if you can roll some of it into a ball – it should be sticky enough to do so. It will still be crumbly and look almost as if it’s still too dry, but be fairly sticky to the touch.
  6. Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin and roll out dough. Then use cookie cutters to make your desired shapes.
  7. Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. The edges should be firm and the tops lightly browned. They will be soft but will firm up while cooling.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely and decorating.

Serve and enjoy!

I’m not going to ask you how you think they look because I don’t want you to have to lie to me. So what do you guys think of the recipe? Cinnamon and orange cookies sound good to you? What are your favourite festive flavours?

Don’t forget to check out Evie’s post too!

Until next time,  


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  1. Lupe Hernandez
    11th December 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Sophie these look good, even if they are a bit out of shape.

  2. 11th December 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Our Christmas tradition includes Terrys Chocolate Oranges and Pfeffernusse so the idea of these two flavours combined is inspired. I actually love your shapes, they look fun and friendly as well as delicious. This is something Flora would love to make too, I’ll just need to check what cookie cutters we have. Great recipe, thank you, Sophie! X

    Lisa |

  3. 11th December 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Cinnamon and orange sounds like the perfect Christmas combination! I love that these are like festive flapjacks, I’m sure they taste delicious! This sounds like such a fun baking session and seems straightforward too, I’d love to give it a go myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe Sophie <3 xx

    Bexa |

  4. 11th December 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Cookies at Christmas are the best and these look amazing! Love cinnamon and orange but never tried them together before will need to now! Xx

  5. Michelle Blackadar
    11th December 2018 / 8:17 pm

    genuinely not lying i don’t think your cookies look as bad as you think they do! they’re adorable and how they look doesn’t take away from how they taste! i love cinnamon especially this time of year! great post xx
    mich /

  6. 11th December 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Recipe looks yummy! Some of my ugliest bakes have been the tastiest so who cares how they look

  7. 12th December 2018 / 12:54 am

    These look so tasty I love that you’ve combined cinnamon and orange!

  8. 12th December 2018 / 5:06 am

    Whenever my Nana bakes a creation that comes out looking slightly less appealing, but tastes yummy regardless, she says that “it’s an ugly but good ___,” & it’s true! These look like they could fit in the same category :’) They’re really adorable, & I totally want to try this out!

  9. 12th December 2018 / 11:16 am

    These sound absolutely amazing. Orange is my favourite flavour and mixed with some cinnamon? I am sitting here at 11:16 am on Wednesday, having not eaten any breakfast and I see this recipe. *drools in Homer Simpson style*

    Love that there isn’t a huge long list of ingredients, that they sound easy enough to make and that they bake in a short time also.


  10. 12th December 2018 / 1:51 pm

    These cookies sound delicious! Thanks for sharing! Abbs xo

  11. 12th December 2018 / 4:52 pm

    these look delicious! Anything that has cinnamon is a yes from me! Only problem is I know I wouldn’t be able to control myself to one a day aha! x


  12. 12th December 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Oooh these look amazing! I’ve never considered pairing cinnamon and orange together, but I’m so intrigued!!

  13. 12th December 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Now although I don’t like cinnamon, I think I still might try these, as with the orange it might change my opinion. I like you recipe posts, always give me inspiration and ideas for meals and snacks. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

  14. 12th December 2018 / 8:21 pm

    They sound delicious, and even though they may not be the perfect shape – you can still tell what you were going for!

  15. 12th December 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Hehe I love your cute, weird looking cookies! Some of the weirdest looking foods are actually the BEST tasting so you’re definitely fine. Also cinnamon orange?! SIGN. ME. UP. Two of my absolutely favourite flavours combined!! I’ve got the task of making the Christmas day dessert this year so these could be a contender…
    Alice Xx

  16. 12th December 2018 / 9:10 pm

    As soon as I read the title my brain was like ‘yes you’re hungry’ – definitely need to grab some snacks. These look so tasty – you always have recipes that are a little different to traditional ones and its so good to see.

    Maybe ill give these a go when im off work, sit down with a nice cup of tea and a cookie – i cannot wait!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  17. Ashley Marie
    12th December 2018 / 9:25 pm

    They look amazing! Would you have a suggestion on a substitution for the hazelnuts? (Sadly I have a nut allergy). I can swap out the almond milk easily enough, but I would love to try these because the flavor profile looks really delicious.

    • Sophie
      12th December 2018 / 10:13 pm

      My first thought was dessicated coconut then I read nut allergy ‍♀️. Can you eat seeds? If so I’d recommend grinding up some pumpkin or sunflower seeds and trying those instead. It should work because they have the same fatty texture as nuts. If you try it please let me know how it goes!

  18. 12th December 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I absolutely love cinnamon at this time of year! I’m so glad that you didn’t redo this recipe- these still look cute and I’d much rather an honest portrayal than trying them at home and wondering what on earth I’ve done wrong compared to the recipe I’ve followed. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

    Soph – x

  19. 13th December 2018 / 1:45 am

    Your cinnamon and orange cookies are making my mouth water. They sound so good. I wonder how cinnamon and cranberry would taste. For some reason, that is the first flavor combination that came to my mind.

  20. 13th December 2018 / 9:41 am

    Haha! Okay arguably not the most shapely of reindeer’s but cinnamon and orange sounds like a gorgeous combo! I like orange flavour in sweet treats so I’d love to try these 🙂 xxx

  21. 13th December 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Still better than anything I would be able to do! Regarding the recipe, I think it sounds amazing! I love Cinnamon and orange and cookies so I know for a fact I would LOVE these. I bet the hazelnuts give them such a fab taste, another recipe of yours I will be showing my mum! xx

  22. 14th December 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Aww it’s a shame they didn’t take to the shape so well, but like you say, it is a bit of fun and it doesn’t have to be perfect! I love the sound of the cinnamon, such a festive flavour, I’m not a big fan of orange flavoured things, so perhaps if I did something like this I could take that out or replace it with something else maybe. Lovely though, thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Chloe xx

  23. 14th December 2018 / 8:11 pm

    The flavour combination sounds delicious and perfectly themed for this time of year. They look more like flapjack than cookies to me but I love flapjacks so it’s a win-win.

  24. 15th December 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I would still eat these!! I think they look fine. The mix of cinnamon and orange sounds delicious!!

  25. 16th December 2018 / 9:29 am

    They look really nice. I like a hint of orange in my sweets.

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