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.
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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
- No applesauce or flaxseed or other weird egg replacer
The final recipe hits the mark on every requirement.
You need 7 simple ingredients to make this recipe.
- 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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Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla.
Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until a sandy consistency.
Press into a ball. If it’s too dry, add 1 teaspoon of vegan milk.
Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut out shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
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.
Prepare the icing.
Get creative and decorate your cookies!
This recipe works best when using a kitchen scale and going by the weighted measurements.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.