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Vegan Sugar Cookies

The most delicious vegan sugar cookies for Christmas, birthdays, or just because. The best part? These sugar cookies are no-chill and perfect for cut-outs.

Frosted sugar cookies in the shapes of circles and trees on a table.

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As a recipe tester, these sugar cookies were one of my biggest projects. I had a little spreadsheet and did 14 rounds of testing (and half of those were also tested chilled…so technically 21.) Creating the perfect dairy-free, egg-free, vegan sugar cookies with icing was a top priority for about a full workweek!

Here were my requirements:

  • Chewy, not crumbly
  • No chilling required
  • Easy to cut out into shapes
  • Does not spread while baking
  • Flat surface for easy icing
  • Tasty
  • No applesauce or flaxseed or other weird egg replacer

The final recipe hits the mark on every requirement.

Ingredients

You need 7 simple ingredients to make this recipe.

Ingredients on a table.
  • Vegan butter: I highly recommend using the Earth Balance Buttery Sticks. I have only tested this recipe using that specific vegan butter (because in my opinion, it is by far the best.) If you try another brand, I recommend making a half batch to test just to make sure it works.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract offers the best flavor.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour.
  • Cornstarch: This helps make the cookies chewy.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Both leavening agents. Both do different things and you’ll need each one. (Baking soda is also called bicarbonate of soda in some areas of the world like the UK.)

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Instructions

Butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla.

A mixing bowl with sugar cookie ingredients mixed together.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until a sandy consistency.

Dough formed into a ball.

Press into a ball. If it’s too dry, add 1 teaspoon of vegan milk.

Dough rolled out between two pieces of parchment paper.

Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness.

Vegan sugar cookie cut outs on a baking sheet.

Cut out shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Freshly baked vegan sugar cookies on a tray.

Bake for 8 minutes. If any bubbles form on top of the cookies, use a spatula to gently smooth them out. Let cool before removing from pan.

Three piping bags of icing in red, white, and green.

Prepare the icing.

Decorated vegan sugar cookies on a table.

Get creative and decorate your cookies!

Top tip

This recipe works best when using a kitchen scale and going by the weighted measurements.

Substitutions

The science of baking behind sugar cookies is pretty specific, and I don’t recommend making any substitutions to this recipe. I have not tested a gluten-free version yet.

Equipment

A hand mixer is very helpful but you can simply use a bowl and a wooden spoon. I also recommend using a sifter or whisk for making the icing, to ensure a smooth consistency.

Using a kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients is highly recommended for this recipe, as the balance between wet and dry ingredients is precise, but not absolutely required in a pinch.

Storage

Sugar cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days in an airtight container. You can store them in the fridge for longer. They can be frozen (before decorating) for up to one month.

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

Karissa Besaw
Easy, 1-bowl, cut out vegan sugar cookies. No chilling required!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients
  

Sugar Cookies

Icing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together vegan butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl using a mixer or wooden spoon.
  • Mix in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. At first, the dough will present as a sandy texture but will come together to form a cohesive dough. You may need to use your hands to squish the dough together.
  • Form the dough into a ball. Roll it out to be about ¼-inch thick. I like to roll out my dough between two sheets of parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the counter.
  • Cut out the dough using cookie cutters.
  • Transfer the cookie dough cut outs to the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Sometimes bubbles will form on top of the cookies. When fresh out of the oven, gently smooth out the top of the cookies with a spatula to create a flat surface.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.

Icing

  • Using a mixer or a whisk, combine the powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of the milk, and the vanilla. Add more milk if needed to get the consistency you need.
  • Add food coloring if desired.

Notes

If the dough is too crumbly and not forming into a ball even when using your hands, add a teaspoon of vegan milk. The dough should not be sticky at all.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, frostedCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 85mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 367IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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