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Vegan Sugar Cookies

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies are perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day! They’re soft, perfectly sweet, and super easy to make. And it’s so much fun to decorate them! 

a hand holding a vegan sugar cookie covered in chocolate and sprinkles with more cookies on a white plate in the background

Oh how I love Christmas baking! I made these vegan sugar cookies together with my mom and it was so much fun. I can’t wait until our twin boys are older and they can help with Christmas baking as well!

However, when I first became vegan, I thought baking Christmas cookies without butter, milk, and eggs would be super complicated if not impossible. But it’s definitely not. On the contrary, it’s so easy! 

I’ve already got a huge roundup of vegan Christmas cookies on the blog. And I’ve also got a recipe for vegan gingerbread cookies that I will post next week. So stay tuned! 

vegan sugar cookies on a mint green plate on a marble countertop

vegan sugar cookies on a mint green plate on a marble countertop

What You Need For These Vegan Sugar Cookies

  • all-purpose flour
  • vegan butter
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • natural vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • soy or almond milk

As always, you can find the full ingredient list and the recipe instructions in a separate, printable recipe box at the end of this post. 

How To Make Vegan Sugar Cookies 

The preparation of these vegan sugar cookies is pretty easy and quick! However, they need 30 minutes of cooling time in the fridge, so make sure you have enough time. 

a collage of four photos that show the preparation of vegan sugar cookies

a collage of four photos that show the preparation of vegan sugar cookies

STEP 1: In a mixing bowl, add softened vegan butter and sugar. Beat with a handheld or stand mixer for about 3-4 minutes on high speed until the butter sugar mixture is light and fluffy. 

STEP 2: Add the vanilla extract, the almond extract, and the soy or almond milk. Beat again on high speed until well combined. This should take about a minute. 

a collage of four photos that show the preparation of vegan sugar cookies

STEP 3: Now add the dry ingredients. Mix again on high until everything is well combined. Do not overmix the batter. Form a ball and cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

STEP 4: Lightly cover your kitchen counter with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. 

vegan sugar cookie dough on a marble countertop with a hand holding a cookie cuter and a rolling pin on the side

vegan sugar cookie dough on a marble countertop with a hand holding a cookie cuter and a rolling pin on the side

a hand holding an unbaked heart-shaped sugar cookie with cookie dough and a rolling pin in the background

a hand holding an unbaked heart-shaped sugar cookie with cookie dough and a rolling pin in the background

STEP 5: Cut out the cookies with cookie cutters. I used star, heart, and Christmas tree shaped cookie cutters. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. 

unbaked vegan sugar cookies on a black baking tray lined with parchment paper on a marble countertop

unbaked vegan sugar cookies on a black baking tray lined with parchment paper on a marble countertop

STEP 6: Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookies on top. Bake for 8 minutes. As every oven is a bit different, check regularly, so they don’t get too dark. 

Vegan sugar cookies on a black baking tray lined with parchment paper after baking

Vegan sugar cookies on a black baking tray lined with parchment paper after baking

Recipe Notes:

  • The rolled out dough shouldn’t be too thick (see pictures for reference). Otherwise the cookies will take longer in the oven, so you might have to adjust the baking time. 
  • Make sure the sprinkles and the food coloring you use are vegan. Most brands are not vegan as they use carmine or beeswax. Check your local health food store or order them online. Here’s a helpful list of vegan sprinkles and other decoration for baking
  • When it comes to vegan butter, I recommend using earth balance sticks. The recipes works really well with this brand. The butter should be rather soft, so store it at room temperature for a while before you start with the recipe. 
  • It’s important that you pay close attention to the measurements of this recipe. You don’t want to end up with too much flour, which will make the dough too dry. So I recommend leveling the cup off with a knife to scrape off the excess flour. 
  • I love adding a bit of almond extract to my sugar cookies along with vanilla extract. It gives them such a nice flavor! But don’t use too much or otherwise your cookies will taste like marzipan. You could also leave it out completely. 

How To Decorate Sugar Cookies: 

You could of course enjoy the sugar cookies plain, but there are many fun ways to decorate them! 

I used: 

  • melted dark chocolate
  • vegan sprinkles
  • homemade sugar glaze with powdered sugar and plant-based milk (I like to either add a bit of lemon juice or vanilla extract) 
  • food coloring (you can either use store-bought or homemade food coloring) 

Decorated vegan sugar cookies in heart, star, and Christmas tree shape on a marble countertop

Decorated vegan sugar cookies in heart, star, and Christmas tree shape on a marble countertop

Can I Freeze These Sugar Cookies? 

Yes, they freeze really well. However, make sure to freeze them before frosting them. Then you can just store them in the fridge and frost them the next day. 

Other Vegan Cookies You Might Like: 

I hope you like these vegan sugar cookies as much as we do around here.

If you give them a try, I’d love to know what you think about them. Just leave me a comment and a star rating below. Your comments really make my day!

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Sina

Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies are perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day! They’re soft, perfectly sweet, and super easy to make. And it’s so much fun to decorate them! 

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan sugar cookie recipe, vegan sugar cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Servings: 30 cookies

Calories: 84kcal

Author: Sina

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter such as Earth Balance
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons soy or almond milk

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add softened vegan butter and sugar. Beat with a handheld or stand mixer for about 3-4 minutes on high speed until the butter sugar mixture is light and fluffy. 

  • Add the vanilla extract, the almond extract, and the soy or almond milk. Beat again on high speed until well combined. This should take about a minute. 

  • Now add the dry ingredients. Mix again on high until everything is well combined. Do not overmix the batter. Form a ball and cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

  • Lightly cover your kitchen counter with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. 

  • Cut out the cookies with cookie cutters. I used star, heart, and Christmas tree shaped cookie cutters. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. 

  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookies on top. Bake for 8 minutes. As every oven is a bit different, check regularly, so they don’t get too dark. 

Notes

  • The rolled out dough shouldn’t be too thick (see pictures for reference). Otherwise the cookies will take longer in the oven, so you might have to adjust the baking time. 
  • Make sure the sprinkles and the food coloring you use are vegan. Most brands are not vegan as they use carmine or beeswax. Check your local health food store or order them online. Here’s a helpful list of vegan sprinkles and other decoration for baking
  • When it comes to vegan butter, I recommend using earth balance sticks. The recipes works really well with this brand. The butter should be rather soft, so store it at room temperature for a while before you start with the recipe. 
  • It’s important that you pay close attention to the measurements of this recipe. You don’t want to end up with too much flour, which will make the dough too dry. So I recommend leveling the cup off with a knife to scrape off the excess flour. 
  • I love adding a bit of almond extract to my sugar cookies along with vanilla extract. It gives them such a nice flavor! But don’t use too much or otherwise your cookies will taste like marzipan. You could also leave it out completely. 

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4.4% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 2.2%

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