Vegan Sugar Cookies

We’ve got a challenge for you: Bake these vegan sugar cookies, set them out on a tray for a holiday party and see if anyone can guess that these are made with absolutely nothing sourced from animals. These were carefully developed to contain vegan ingredients only, but to also deliver on flavor and texture. After all, no one wants a so-so cookie, and that applies to vegans as much as it does everyone else. These are beautiful cut into simple rounds (for the minimalists out there) but they can just as easily be turned into a fantastical and festive array of shapes, colors and decors to make the maximalists happy. No matter who you’re feeding, it’s a virtual sure bet that they love this cookie.

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vegan margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Icing

  • 4 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla soymilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Steps

  • 1 In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the margarine, 1/4 cup soymilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract with electric mixer on medium speed to combine. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and cream of tartar until blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. Divide dough in half. Roll each dough half to1/4 inch thickness on generously floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters. On cookie sheet, place cutouts about 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
  • 4 In large mixing bowl, beat icing ingredients with fork or whisk until smooth. If icing is too thick, beat in 1 additional teaspoon soymilk. Frost cookies. Sprinkle with vegan colored sugar if desired.

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