Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies

The History Behind The Sugar

Take away all the stress that holidays can bring, and you have a magical time of the year. Where everything is bright and twinkling. The smell of fresh pine trees mixed with warm cookies fill the house. Christmas time makes me so happy because of two reasons. One I'm usually always sounded by family, and two I have the excuse to bake a lot. 

My earliest childhood memory of Christmas is baking and icing sugars cookies to put out for Santa. It was always super messy and sticky, but so much fun. It's like bringing Christmas alive. You get to make your favorite Christmas characters or shapes with the cookie cutters. Two of my favorites are Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer and mistletoe.     

Icing the sugar cookies was one of my favorite parts of making sugar cookies. Actually, it's really the only part I remember. My most adored memory of icing sugar cookies was when my little sister and I spent what seemed like all night laughing while making a mess, trying not to mess up all the awesome decorations that we were working on. We had all the classic colors white, green, and red, but as the night went on and colors started to accidently get mixed and we realized we could make other colors as well. That is when the fun really started and things got a lot more creative. That year we had some of the coolest decorated cookies ever.  

When I went vegan the sugar cookies weren't the top cookies on my must try vegan list. However, this year my boyfriend and I put up a lot of decorations and did a lot of baking. I was determined to make sure that sugar cookies were on my to do list. I thought it would be so cute for my boyfriend and I to sit down together and create some cute cookies.     

So I sat down and went to the drawing board and quickly realized sugar cookies are really easy to make from scratch. Not only that, but the recipe was one of the easiest I have turned vegan. So it didn't take me long to make super fun and easy vegan sugar cookies.   

*Don't get alarmed by how many steps and ingredients are below. This is a very simple and easy recipe, with a lot of very simple steps.   

Time To Get Baked

Sugar cookie Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar  
  • 1/4 tsp of salt 
  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) of vegan butter ( I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 egg worth of egg replacement
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp of almond milk  

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cups of powder sugar 
  • 1 tsp of almond extract
  • 2 tsp of almond milk
  • 2 tsp of light corn syrup  

Directions for Sugar cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 
  2. In a medium size bowl cream together butter, and sugar.
  3. Beat in vegan egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir in flour and salt.
  5. Chill for an hour or overnight.
  6. Lay out some flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough. 
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough. Repeating the process until all the dough is gone or there isn't enough to make more shapes.
  8. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  

Directions for the Icing:

  1. In a medium to large bowl combine powder sugar, almond extract, almond milk and corn syrup. 
  2. Separate into bowls or paper plates. (Why dirty more dishes?)
  3. Add a different color of food coloring to each plate and stir. (Feel free to make your own colors along the way.)
  4. When cookies are done cooling start icing and decorating the cookies.
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