Here’s an easy vegan recipe perfect for sharing with your special Valentine!
I was craving cookies the other day and thought it would be perfect to “veganize” a sugar cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day. I started conducting some research when I came across Martha Stewart’s ‘Basic Sugar Cookies‘ recipe. The recipe seemed simple enough and didn’t call for many ingredients, so I decided to give it a shot!
Surprisingly, they turned out great! Here is the veganized version:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 chia egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Assorted candies or sprinkles for decorating (optional)
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
Then, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. (The Martha Stewart recipe calls for an electric mixer, but I live in a small condo downtown Toronto and have no cupboard space, therefore I don’t have an electric mixer. You can cream the butter and sugar by hand like I did. It’s also a great workout for your arms!)
Beat in chia seed egg, vanilla and almond extract. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and freeze until firm (I let my dough sit overnight).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Lightly flour rolling surface, roll the dough 1/8 inch thick, dusting dough with flour as needed.
Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat.
Place cookies in oven for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through (Martha Stewart’s recipe says 10-18 minutes, don’t put the cookies in for 18 minutes! I learned the hard way with my first batch of cookies, as they turned rock solid and almost broke my teeth, lol!).
Remove cookies from oven and cool completely on wire rack.
Then ice the cookies. I am not going to share the recipe for my icing, as I don’t think I used the correct icing for these type of cookies. But, I’m sure you can find a vegan-friendly icing recipe somewhere on the internet that will be perfect for these sugar cookies. If you do, please share!
Ps: please don’t judge me on my cookie decorating skills (lol)!
Serve & Enjoy!
❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️