I would be lying if I said these salted strawberry cookies weren’t inspired by my first child, the viral blueberry cookies. As soon as those blueberry cookies hit the internet, people were inundating me with questions on if it would work with other berries. And my first thought was, “sure? Why not?” Buuuuuut the reality was a different story.
This strawberry version of my most-famous-cookies took a few weeks of trial and error – plus a lot of time figuring out how to get the perfect strawberry flavor and cookie texture. So after a few months of trials and testing, the Salted Strawberry Cookie was born. And now she’s finally here!
This cookie is heavily inspired by the blueberry cookie – the process is simple, it’s still naturally vegan, it’s quick to whip up and it has a beautiful color – but this cookie has its own unique texture, flavor and flair.
And why salted, do you ask? Great question. These cookies are packed with nearly three times the berries as the blueberry cookies, and they lean towards the sweeter side. Sweet loves salty, and pink loves pink, so that’s why these sweet cookies got a salt pink Himalayan sea salt topping. It’s the perfect contrast, it’s fun, and it makes these berry cookies all the more special.
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Kitchen tools I recommend for these vegan strawberry cookies
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the recipe, here are all the things you’ll need:
- A stand mixer or an electric mixer – this is super important for this particular recipe. This is because you need the high speed of an electric mixer to break up the berries and essentially “mash” them into the wet ingredients. This recipe won’t fully emulsify, but having a blender helps combine the wet ingredients during the process, making the berries yield their perfect pink color. Plus an electric mixer is the absolute best for aerating the butter in a cookie recipe. “Aerating” is where you cream together the butter and sugar and essentially whip in air, creating more lift in a cookie. If you are looking to get serious about baking, I highly recommend investing in an electric mixer! You can find my stand mixer and hand mixer recommendations linked here!
- Parchment paper – If you watch my TikToks (which you should, they are so fun!) you know I am a huge fan of parchment paper. It keeps your pans clean, it is the perfect way to create a non-stick surface, plus it is the best for cookie baking! A lot of times when you don’t have a nonstick pan, you need to spray or grease a cookie sheet to make sure nothing sticks, but even that greasing can mess with the cookies. To play it safe, I recommend stocking up on some parchment paper in the kitchen. You can even get it pre-cut to match the size of your baking sheet. Too easy!
- Cooling rack – A cooling rack is an essential piece of baking equipment if you ask me, and not just for this recipe! The reason is, when you take a hot pan out of the oven, the cookies on the pan continue to cook even when they are out of the oven’s heat. This is because of the residual heat from the pan. So when you move them to a cooling rack, you minimize this aspect of the baking process and have more control over how the cookie bakes. You can find my favorite cooling rack here.
- Kitchen scale – Ok, ok, I’m not going to rant about this any longer, but you know I love grams! For the best results in any cookie recipe, you gotta switch to measuring ingredients by weight (or at least try to!) I’ve listed out cups and grams in the recipe, but here’s a great (and affordable) kitchen scale if you think you are ready to invest.
Ingredients you need for these strawberry cookies
My one goal with this recipe is to make the ratios make sense – not just for the recipe, but for how you buy your ingredients. So I’m proud to say this recipe uses 1 cup of plant-based butter (which is usually the amount they sell in the store), and almost a whole carton of strawberries. You might have a few to snack on while you bake, but I really wanted to make sure the recipe used up all your ingredients in a smart and efficient way. Here is everything you’ll need for this salted strawberry cookie recipe:
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, 360 grams – In this recipe I opted for fresh berries. This is because they are more accessible to most shoppers, and I really wanted to take advantage of how sweet and tart fresh strawberries are in the summer! They are easy to mash up, retain their pinkness perfectly and really meld well into this recipe.
- 1 cup & 2 tbsp granulated sugar, 250 grams – I only use white sugar in this recipe because I find brown sugar tends to get in the way of the pink color and the light strawberry flavor. Plus white sugar mixes better with the butter and berries and tends to clump less due to the lower moisture content. A win in my books!
- 2 sticks plant-based butter, 228 grams – Now I know some people will ask, and yes, you can definitely use normal butter in this recipe. Just note that plant-based butters tend to have a lighter color and yield a more vibrant result, so if you use regular butter, your color might be a little different!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, 390 grams – Here we are again with the grams! Now when I measure flour, I find that a 1/4 cup scoop ranges between 30 grams and 50 grams (it can really be all over the place!) So if you are using cups, I’d say that a lightly packed cup is about 130 grams of flour. Lightly packed means you scoop out the flour, shake off the excess and then carefully level off the top with a knife, no packing down in the cup needed! Of course, it will be more accurate if you measure with grams, so just keep that in mind as you make this recipe!
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder – I need to make a whole post about the difference between baking powder and soda, I have so much to say! But for now, all you need to know is that this recipe NEEDS baking powder. Baking powder only needs liquid to form a reaction, whereas baking soda needs an acid. This recipe doesn’t have the acid needed for a reaction, so in order to get any lift in your cookie, you gotta go for the baking powder!
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt – this is a larger amount of salt than my normal recommendation of “just a pinch” – but don’t worry, this isn’t a salty recipe! In fact, this recipe is so sweet that it needs the extra touch of salt to offset the sweetness.
- 1 cup white chocolate chips – 180 grams, chopped – Not only does white chocolate look the best in these cookies, I think it tastes amazing. But I know not everyone is a white chocolate person, so you can always sub this with slivered almonds, pistachio bits, dried blueberries, flaxseeds or butterscotch chips, really anything!
- 1 tbsp flakey Himalayan pink salt, for topping – but this part, this part is necessary. Just trust me, a slight saltiness will totally change the cookie’s flavor profile!
Tips on mixing these salted strawberry cookies
These cookies start out like any other cookie recipe, but there is one big difference with the wet ingredients: we start with mixing in the macerated strawberries. Now, strawberries have a lot of moisture, so they don’t love the idea of emulsifying with the butter and sugar. And they most likely won’t, but that’s ok! That’s where the electric mixer comes in.
The most important thing to do is beat the wet ingredients for a prolonged time on medium speed, and make sure they are fully combined.
Mixing the wet ingredients for 4-5 minutes is doing three things:
- It is mashing up the strawberries further, creating the color and the texture we want in the cookie.
- The mixing is essentially forcing the berries to combine with the butter and sugar, making a cohesive mixture. Even though they will not fully emulsify, you will see that the berries get almost lodged in as the butter and sugar aerates together.
- The prolonged mixing will beat in a bit more aeration to the butter+sugar+berry mixture, which is integral to a fluffy cookie!
So as you mix, you might think “is this too much, is this too aggressive?” and the answer is nah! Beat those wet ingredients as you see fit.
After mixing the wet ingredients, the hard part is over, and all you need to do is add in the dry ingredients!
WHY THIS COOKIE DOUGH LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER COOKIE DOUGHS
This cookie dough will be very soft and slack compared to other doughs, and that’s totally normal! Don’t panic, this is just because of the higher moisture content from the strawberries. Now the reason this dough can be a little more flexible than a normal cookie dough is because fruits and veg behave differently in baking. Fruits tend to hold structure more, so even though the dough feels too soft, it won’t act like a dough with too much moisture.
But a loose dough can be tricky to handle, so I definitely recommend chilling the dough for about 30 minutes before scooping it into cookie dough balls. I prefer to chill my dough in the fridge while the oven preheats to 375°F. You want it scoopable, but not rock hard.
Baking these salted strawberry cookies
When you get these cookies in the oven, know that they will puff up more than you anticipate. This is where the “oven smack” comes in.
After you bake the cookies at 375°F for 12-14 minutes or until they are golden brown on the bottoms, remove them from the oven and give the tray a few good smacks on the counter. This will help the cookies flatten, spread, and turn into the perfect cookie shape without losing any of their strawberry-shortcake texture!
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ALLERGENS/SPECIAL DIETS
And I would never forget my allergen babes. If you are gluten intolerant, a 1:1 GF blend from the store is the perfect sub for this cookie. And to make sure that the recipe is fully vegan, be sure to use a vegan white chocolate chip substitution. I get my favorite brand from Pascha.
Looking for other cookie recipes?
Here are a few of my favorites – you just can’t miss with any of these:
And that’s it for these salted strawberry cookies!
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Salted Strawberry Cookies (from scratch & naturally pink!)
- 1 chef's knife
- 1 Stand mixer or electric mixer
- 1 Spatula
- 1 Baking sheet
- Parchment paper as needed
- 3 cups fresh strawberries 360 grams
- 1 cup & 2 tbsp granulated sugar 250 grams
- 2 sticks plant-based butter* 228 grams *see author's notes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour 390 grams
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips 180 grams, chopped
- 1 tbsp flakey Himalayan pink salt for topping
- Using a chef's knife, finely chop the strawberries until they are almost macerated. Chop to get them as fine as possible. If you are open to it, you can also use a blender to turn them into a purée, just be sure not to add any extra liquid.
- Add the strawberries and any excess juice to the bowl of your stand mixer. Add in the plant-based butter and sugar. Put on the paddle attachment, and turn your mixer on low speed to break everything apart. Later move it up to medium speed to beat everything together. Let this beat for about 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is noticeably lighter and fluffier.
- ***Note, this mixture will not fully emulsify, and don't worry! The hunks of strawberries and the liquid from the strawberries make it impossible to get a smooth result. What you are looking for is that the butter and sugar have creamed together, creating aeration that holds the strawberries together and makes a light, fluffy (if not kind of chunky) mixture of wet ingredients.
- While the mixer is going, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In two rounds, add the dry ingredients into the wet. Use a spatula to fold in the dry ingredients. Do this gently to make sure the dough is as light as possible.
- Add in the chocolate chips and mix again. The dough will be wet, but that's a good thing!
- Preheat the oven to 375°F, store the cookie dough in the fridge while the oven preheats.
- When it is time to bake, portion the cookie dough out into 12 equal sized balls, each weighing about 4 oz. Sprinkle each ball with a liberal amount of flakey pink salt.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375°F, or until the bottoms are golden.
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven and give them a smack on the countertop to help the cookies depuff and spread out. This is a critical step unless you want puffy cookies!
- Use a large cup to swirl around the edges of the cookies to create a perfect circle. Let them cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
Justine, these are so pretty! Might make them for my floor since I’m moving into my new dorm tomorrow! Do you think coconut oil would work instead of vegan butter? I’m thinking it might make them spread too much.
Couple of notes – I would definitely recommend stating in this post whether the butter should be room temp or chilled, salted or unsalted, etc. I went ahead and used chilled unsalted, because in your TikTok video the vegan butter looked rather solid, but I’m not vegan and am unsure if that’s the normal consistency or it was chilled. But they’re truly amazing. I can’t wait to make the blueberry cookies!
Hi Justine, these look great! What are your thoughts on using almond flour in this recipe?
I’d recommend a 1:1 gf flour blend if you are gluten free! Almond flour tends to absorb more moisture so it can’t be substituted 1:1 in this.
Suzie RIcard says
Hi Justine! Not sure what went wrong because I followed the recipe to a T but for some reason, I ended up with about 22 cookies and they didn’t rise that much. The inside of the cookie is still a little raw so I’m trying to bake them longer so they cook all the way thru. It almost seems that there’s too much moisture inside. Maybe the measuring utensils are not as accurate and I thought. They taste great though just under cooked inside. Any suggestions?
This could be a lot of issues but my first thought is opt for a scale to measure next time, and the cookies should be a bit bigger, with the recipe yielding about half of what you got. This helps regulate the temp a bit as they cook – but again, it could also be factors like the oven, the berries not being ultra macerated or even being at a different stage of ripeness. I wish I could fully diagnose but please take these as my best guesses for not being there during the process!
Hi Justine, I have super ripe blackberries I just picked and wanted to try in a cookie – would you recommend the same weight as the strawberries or any modification?
All berries are different and I haven’t personally tested it with blackberries, but I’m a little nervous at the potential of the seeds impacting the result of the recipe. But if you try it, start with the same weight measurement and please report back!
Hiya, as a vegan and vegan white chocolate chips not being great, could you replace with chopped peeled almonds to get a similar flavour?
I made these with fresh raspberries (same weight) and they were AMAZING!!!
Omg I’m thrilled! I’m so glad it worked!
I measured out 4 oz of refrigerated cookie dough, and they turned out HUGE, bigger than any glass I own to circle them lol
Flattened like a regular cookie in the oven- nothing changed when I counter smacked since they were already flat.
I think I did not macerate the strawberries enough, or something else maybe?
I was intimidated by how much salt was added on top, but they turned out great despite the few little obstacles!
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These were so different and delicious! Made them for a work party and everyone loved them!
Omg I’m so thrilled you made them! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and comment <3
My Peppermint Kitchen says
These look so pretty and delicious 😋
Hi! Love the vegan berry cookie recipes!
I just tested mine out and my recipe is making about 3-4 dozen cookies using a cookie scooper! I’m not mad :). Two quick notes. I roughly chopped my berries then let the stand mixer destroy them a little more on a low setting (for us non pro choppers – this works for m). Second I used half confectioners sugar half organic coarse (because it’s all I had). Turned out really delish.
Final thing. I added a heaping tablespoon of strawberry preserves at the end. I wish I added more. It gave it some fun caramelization is some places.
My parents are vegan and I love bringing them these cookies! Thank you.
Oooo this sounds delicious! Thank you for taking the time to leave a thorough review, I know other readers really appreciate it! (And so do I!)
Just made this with a friend for her first batch of homemade cookies– it was a success, so delicious! They are on the softer side but still pillowy and yummy. Thanks!
I’m honored to be part of her first! So glad this was a success 🙂