Monday, December 14, 2009

Vegan Sugar Cookies

One of my earliest memories is decorating sugar cookies during Christmas time with my sister and two cousins. My mom would buy store bought refrigerated dough. She would roll it out, let us kids cut the shapes, and then decorate them. So for me, sugar cookies are a holiday tradition. Since this is my first holiday season in my new apartment, I really wanted to keep the tradition and make some sugar cookies. And now that I'm older than three, I figured it was time to make the cookies from scratch. One of my roommates is vegan, so I wanted to make cookies that I could share with her. So here they are:

Vegan Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 egg replacer
Preheat the oven to 375. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in measuring cup. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Dust a cutting board with flour and coat a rolling pin with flour. Place the dough onto the cutting board. Dust the dough with flour. Roll out the dough until it's about 1/4 inch thick. If the dough sticks add a little more flour to the rolling pin. Use your cookie cutters to cut out the cookies, place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 7 minutes, until the edges are just barely a light golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack. Frost, if desired.

Simple frosting:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Soymilk
  • Vanilla
  • Food coloring
In a bowl combine a cup of powdered sugar, one to two teaspoons of soymilk, and a half a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir. If the frosting is too thick, add a little more soymilk. If the frosting is too thin, add a little more sugar. To make colors other than white, pour the frosting into other bowls. Add the food coloring that is desired, stir until no longer streaky. Frost! If so desired, add sprinkles. Making this kind of simple frosting isn't an exact science, just eyeball it.

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