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Vegan Sugar Cookies Mattie

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

These Vegan Sugar Cookies are perfect for the Holidays or any time you feel like treating yourself. This recipe is on the shortbread side of things so they're nice and crispy. They can be rolled and cut with cookie cutters or pressed out of a cookie press. Dust them with coarse sugar, cinnamon, cardamom or all three if you're feeling frisky.

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Vegan Sugar Cookie Recipe

1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal

3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 cup Regular Vegan Butter or margarine
2 cups powdered sugar

3 Tablespoons non-dairy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¾ teaspoon salt

1) Prepare the egg replacer mixture

Preheat oven to 350F (177C). In a small bowl whisk together the water and flax meal.

2) Whisk together the dry ingredients

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.

3) Build the cookie dough

In another medium mixing bowl mix the Vegan Butter and powdered sugar together until well mixed. Mix in the water and flax meal mixture from step 1 and the non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt until well mixed.

4) Mix the cookie dough

Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl containing the wet ingredients and mix. Then add the other half and mix until well incorporated.

5) Cut the vegan cookies to size and bake to perfection

If making cookies with a cookie cutter

Transfer the dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

On a lightly floured baking surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into cookies with cookie cutters and transfer to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake about 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with sugar and cinnamon or cardamom.

If making cookies with a cookie press

Place the dough in the cookie press. Press out the cookies into desired shapes onto a cookie sheet. To ensure that the cookies stick to the cookie sheet after being pressed out of the cookie press, do not line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake about 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with sugar and cinnamon or cardamom.
Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, this recipe makes about 15 to 20 Vegan Sugar Cookies.


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These cookies are so good! My daughter loves them. The first time I made them with regular sugar(don't do that)-they became hard. When I used the powdered sugar, oh boy! So delicious. Even my non-vegan co-workers loved it.
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5.0
natylka Reviewed by natylka January 25, 2014
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Delish!

These cookies are so good! My daughter loves them. The first time I made them with regular sugar(don't do that)-they became hard. When I used the powdered sugar, oh boy! So delicious. Even my non-vegan co-workers loved it.

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Awesome that these sugar cookies worked out for you natylka! Thanks for sharing!

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I made this today and they turned out great!! I actually divided the cookie dough and added food colouring and made Mondrian inspired cookies! They didn't spread out and the dough was really easy to handle - Thank you!!
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5.0
Reviewed by Marieke October 19, 2013

Awesome!

I made this today and they turned out great!! I actually divided the cookie dough and added food colouring and made Mondrian inspired cookies! They didn't spread out and the dough was really easy to handle - Thank you!!

Owner's reply

So glad these sugar cookies worked out so well for you Marieke! Mondrian inspired cookies sound awesome!

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Do you have to use powdered sugar? Can I just use organic sugar instead
mholley Reviewed by mholley June 12, 2013
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Do you have to use powdered sugar? Can I just use organic sugar instead

Owner's reply

Hi mholley! You could probably get away with using granulated organic sugar but the crystals might not melt and disperse completely during baking due to the low amount of moisture in the dough. In a pinch, I'd use granulated sugar. Good luck!

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My daughter and I made these for her easter party at school. they are delicious! I would never guess they are vegan if I hadnt made them myself. I used 1/2 cup of earth balance soy free in the tub. I cant find the stick kind over here. They came out nice and crunchy not soft at all. Although i usually like them a bit softer, I think I'll cook them a little less next time. The flavor is outstanding though. I used coconut milk and then I made icing with coconut milk and it really came out wonderful! these came out better tasting then cookies I made before I was vegan! thank you for this recipe!!
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5.0
Reviewed by becky March 22, 2013

kid approved!

My daughter and I made these for her easter party at school. they are delicious! I would never guess they are vegan if I hadnt made them myself. I used 1/2 cup of earth balance soy free in the tub. I cant find the stick kind over here. They came out nice and crunchy not soft at all. Although i usually like them a bit softer, I think I'll cook them a little less next time. The flavor is outstanding though. I used coconut milk and then I made icing with coconut milk and it really came out wonderful! these came out better tasting then cookies I made before I was vegan! thank you for this recipe!!

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So glad these cookies worked out for you becky!

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My kids have an annual "Cookie Decorating Party". Half our guests are vegan or have allergy issues so this year we made this dough! EVERYONE loved it. They tasted better and baked better than the traditional dough that was also used!
Next year it is going to be a VEGAN-Cookie Decorating Party all the way. Thank you!
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5.0
Reviewed by Kpilot December 20, 2012

Kid Approved!

My kids have an annual "Cookie Decorating Party". Half our guests are vegan or have allergy issues so this year we made this dough! EVERYONE loved it. They tasted better and baked better than the traditional dough that was also used!
Next year it is going to be a VEGAN-Cookie Decorating Party all the way. Thank you!

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I am vegan, and was put in charge of making gluten free, vegan, soy free, tree nut free sugar cookies for a holiday party. I used gluten free flour, rice milk and soy free Earth Balance. The cookies were too soft to make into shapes, but I rolled them into balls and they turned out perfectly!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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4.0
Reviewed by Jillian December 10, 2012

Excellent!!!!

I am vegan, and was put in charge of making gluten free, vegan, soy free, tree nut free sugar cookies for a holiday party. I used gluten free flour, rice milk and soy free Earth Balance. The cookies were too soft to make into shapes, but I rolled them into balls and they turned out perfectly!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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I prefer not to buy processed food just because of the energy it takes to make it, and want to use coconut oil instead of margarine, and raw organic sugar, do you think that would still work okay? I plan to whirl it up a bit in my blender first, to make it powdery. Also, does it matter if I have golden or regular flax meal?
Reviewed by Ashley November 04, 2012

Substitute for fake butter?

I prefer not to buy processed food just because of the energy it takes to make it, and want to use coconut oil instead of margarine, and raw organic sugar, do you think that would still work okay? I plan to whirl it up a bit in my blender first, to make it powdery. Also, does it matter if I have golden or regular flax meal?

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The margarine in these cookies - is it intended to be hard, ie block margarine? The vegan margarine we have in the UK (brand names Pure and Vitalite) come in tubs and can be spread on bread straight from the fridge, so I don't know if they would be too soft to use and cause a whole lot of spreading.
Reviewed by Julianne March 08, 2012

The margarine in these cookies - is it intended to be hard, ie block margarine? The vegan margarine we have in the UK (brand names Pure and Vitalite) come in tubs and can be spread on bread straight from the fridge, so I don't know if they would be too soft to use and cause a whole lot of spreading.

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Hi Julianne! I don't recommend the soft margarine for baking unless the recipe calls for it to be pre-melted. Soft margarine contains too much water which binds more gluten, making cookies soft instead of crispy.

Since these cookies are supposed to be relatively crispy, hard margarine (such as stick margarine) is called for. If you don't care either way whether the cookies turn out crispy or soft, the soft margarine will probably work. Good luck!

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Yeah, success! I am slowly replacing my age-old traditional recipes with vegan versions. These cookies turned out very nicely. I personally felt it was closer to a shortbread cookie, rather than a sugar cookie,
I used two Earth Balance buttery sticks in place of the the one cup margarine. I didn't have any golden flax meal, so I used Almond Meal Flour. Sticking with that theme, I used unsweetened Almond Milk for my 3 Tbsp of non-dairy. All of this blended well with the 1/2 tsp of almond extract. I cut the salt down to 1/2 tsp, and topped them off with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
I will definitely make these again. I look forward to sharing them, over the holidays, with my omnivore friends and family.
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5.0
Birgitta Reviewed by Birgitta December 18, 2011
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Comparable to old fashioned Shortbread Cookies

Yeah, success! I am slowly replacing my age-old traditional recipes with vegan versions. These cookies turned out very nicely. I personally felt it was closer to a shortbread cookie, rather than a sugar cookie,
I used two Earth Balance buttery sticks in place of the the one cup margarine. I didn't have any golden flax meal, so I used Almond Meal Flour. Sticking with that theme, I used unsweetened Almond Milk for my 3 Tbsp of non-dairy. All of this blended well with the 1/2 tsp of almond extract. I cut the salt down to 1/2 tsp, and topped them off with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
I will definitely make these again. I look forward to sharing them, over the holidays, with my omnivore friends and family.

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So glad these worked out so well with your delicious variation Birgitta! Thanks for sharing!

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How many cookies does this recipe make?
Reviewed by Laurie December 12, 2011

How many cookies does this recipe make?

How many cookies does this recipe make?

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Hi Laurie, This recipe should make about 20 cookies, depending on how big your cookie cutters are. Good luck!

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These were delicious and even better the next day. Only small problem was that they were a tad dry, but it really wasn't a big deal. Could've been something I did.. I recommend making these though and Next time I'll try to find some vegan powdered sugar for the recipe.t
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4.0
Reviewed by Lilaaah October 22, 2011

Yum!

These were delicious and even better the next day. Only small problem was that they were a tad dry, but it really wasn't a big deal. Could've been something I did.. I recommend making these though and Next time I'll try to find some vegan powdered sugar for the recipe.t

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These aren't vegan if you're using margarine.....
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1.0
Reviewed by Jessi October 19, 2011

These aren't vegan if you're using margarine.....

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Hi Jessi, There are many vegan margarines, aka vegan butters on the market. Earth Balance is one example.

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You should probably post to use vegan margarine as most have some kind of milk/milk substitute making regular margarine non-vegan.
Reviewed by Steph August 22, 2011

You should probably post to use vegan margarine as most have some kind of milk/milk substitute making regular margarine non-vegan.

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Where is the sugar in these sugar cookies?
Reviewed by Confused May 01, 2011

Where is the sugar in these sugar cookies?

Where is the sugar in these sugar cookies?

Owner's reply

Hi there! The recipe calls for 2 cups powdered sugar.

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These sound perfect! (And look amazing, too!) I'm going to make them with Earth Balance Vegan Butter and So Delicious Sugar Free Coconut Milk, like bmoran did, and then wash them down with So Delicious coconut milk, too! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Can't wait to try it!
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5.0
Janine Reviewed by Janine April 20, 2011
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These sound perfect! (And look amazing, too!) I'm going to make them with Earth Balance Vegan Butter and So Delicious Sugar Free Coconut Milk, like bmoran did, and then wash them down with So Delicious coconut milk, too! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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I have searched for a good vegan sugar cookie recipe; and this is it! I found if I rolled the cookies thinner, they are crispier. If I rolled then thicker, they are less crispy but equally delicious. I did not want to make icing, so I melted dairy free chocolate and drizzled on top then added sprinkles while the chocolate was wet. Excellent! I will be making these over again!
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5.0
Reviewed by jen April 19, 2011

Best I have found!

I have searched for a good vegan sugar cookie recipe; and this is it! I found if I rolled the cookies thinner, they are crispier. If I rolled then thicker, they are less crispy but equally delicious. I did not want to make icing, so I melted dairy free chocolate and drizzled on top then added sprinkles while the chocolate was wet. Excellent! I will be making these over again!

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Hi Jen, Adding chocolate and covering with sprinkles is a great idea! Glad they worked out for you!

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These were marvelous, I cant eat gluten so replaced the flour with a gluten free blend we have in the UK made by doves farm ( plain flour blend) and they are absolutely wonderful, unlike some recipes you swap for this flour it didn't need extra liquid, I ended up having to add extra flour to be able to roll it as it was too sticky, if the recipe is followed exactly just subbing the flour, they make perfect gluten, egg and dairy free cookies, all of which i cant eat due to intolerances.

Thanks ever so much for a wonderful, versatile recipe, that has made me able to enjoy a good quality cookie once more.
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5.0
Reviewed by carrie April 10, 2011

excellent even gluten free

These were marvelous, I cant eat gluten so replaced the flour with a gluten free blend we have in the UK made by doves farm ( plain flour blend) and they are absolutely wonderful, unlike some recipes you swap for this flour it didn't need extra liquid, I ended up having to add extra flour to be able to roll it as it was too sticky, if the recipe is followed exactly just subbing the flour, they make perfect gluten, egg and dairy free cookies, all of which i cant eat due to intolerances.

Thanks ever so much for a wonderful, versatile recipe, that has made me able to enjoy a good quality cookie once more.

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So glad you were able to make these gluten-free carrie!

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i haven't attempted this recipe yet so no rating. I live in Korea currently and just bought an oven!! I would like to make this recipe for the kiddos I teach however golden flax meal would take months to receive. Can I exclude the ingredient from the recipe or is there a (very) common baking ingredient I can replace it with?? Thank you!
Reviewed by Allie March 07, 2011

Sugar Cookies

i haven't attempted this recipe yet so no rating. I live in Korea currently and just bought an oven!! I would like to make this recipe for the kiddos I teach however golden flax meal would take months to receive. Can I exclude the ingredient from the recipe or is there a (very) common baking ingredient I can replace it with?? Thank you!

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Hi Allie, If you happen to have access to a starch powder such as arrowroot, tapioca or even kudzu you should be able to substitute the flax meal with 1 Tablespoon of the starch powder. The purpose is to hold onto moisture and allow the cookies to bind together more effectively so they're not crumbly.
Good luck!

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Love this recipes there were amazing and everyone loved them as much as I did. Now I'm trying to scale down the recipe.
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5.0
Jules Reviewed by Jules March 01, 2011
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Love this recipes there were amazing and everyone loved them as much as I did. Now I'm trying to scale down the recipe.

Owner's reply

Glad it worked Jules! Since this recipe is already for a rather small quantity (not for a commercial kitchen), you should be able to just split the ingredients in half or multiply them by .75 to make 3/4 of the batch for consistent results. Good luck!

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I love these cookies! I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter and So Delicious Sugar Free Coconut Milk. Mattie, you are a life saver - with your yummy recipe I was able to share these cookies with my friends and family during the holidays. Everyone said they taste the same as "normal" sugar cookies!

For the colorful frosting I used powdered sugar mixed with water and food dye
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5.0
bmoran8 Reviewed by bmoran8 January 02, 2011
Last updated: January 02, 2011
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Saved my holidays!

I love these cookies! I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter and So Delicious Sugar Free Coconut Milk. Mattie, you are a life saver - with your yummy recipe I was able to share these cookies with my friends and family during the holidays. Everyone said they taste the same as "normal" sugar cookies!

For the colorful frosting I used powdered sugar mixed with water and food dye

Owner's reply

So glad you were able to share these cookies with your friends and family during the Holidays bmoran8! Great idea on the frosting.

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