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Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipe

Christmas sugar cookies are a wonderful holiday treat. I love love love this recipe. Christmas is the one time of year I feel like a kid again, cutting out cookies with holiday shapes, decorating the tree, singing and dancing to the holidays classics. It’s wonderful isn’t it?! I feel like I have been in this kitchen baking for years! Luckily, these easy vegan sugar cookies are fantastic if you have many dozens of cookies to make and decorate. Easy and simple ingredients and straight forward instructions, you could even freeze the dough! I made the icing for these with beets to give it that pretty pink colouring. No fake colouring in my kitchen! What are your favourite Christmas cookies?! Are you doing lots of baking this weekend?

Vegan Sugar Cookies
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These vegan christmas cookies are perfect for decorating! These classic sugar cookies are great for cookie-cutting and decorating anytime you feel festive.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • Dry
  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Wet
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 eggs-worth of egg replacer
  • Top with vegan royal icing
  1. Sift all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix together all your wet ingredients with a whisk, hand blender or stand mixer until well combined.
  3. Add your dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. You dough should come together nicely and not be too wet. If it is, add a little but more flour. if too dry add apple sauce a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Form a ball, cover and place the dough into the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. After an hour, roll out the dough (I do it between 2 pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap).
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  7. Cut out cookies with your favourite festive cookies cutters and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from cookie sheet right away and place on a cooling rack until cooled.

Vegan Royal Icing
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Quick and simple vegan royal icing for your cookies, cupcakes and baking!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp agave, maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • optional colour: pure beet juice ¼ tsp at a time until desired pink is reached
  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine all ingredients except colouring and mix until the icing is thickened and smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in colouring and mix until well incorporated.


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  • Hi, for the vegan butter do you use vegan margarine or vegan butter stick?
    Can I use flax egg / aquafaba as the egg replacer?
    Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks! 🙂🙂

    • I use vegan butter sticks for most of my recipes. I haven’t tried using flax eggs or aquafaba for this recipe, but let me know how it goes!

  • Does the beet juice flavor the icing at all ?

  • What is the texture of these? A lot of vegan sugar cookies are crunchy I like them a bit soft ?
    They look yummy!

    • Cook them a few minutes less to make them soft 🙂 They will harden over time though- so east within 3 days 🙂

  • I’m a bit confused, is there no sugar in those sugar cookies!? 🙂


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