Vegan recipes for a kinder lifestyle

Sugar Cookies

Vegan version of this sweet holiday classic. Iced and decorated and sure to please. Make alot as they are everyone’s favorite holiday cookie.

To me there is no other cookie that tastes more like Christmas than sugar cookies. They are my offical holiday cookie and a must for any holiday baker. Iced sugar cookies are a bit time consuming but are worth it.

Every family has their own traditions in regard to decorating their cookies. Growing up we used basic buttercream as frosting and added food coloring and sprinkles. As a grown up I prefer royal icing even though it requires a little more skill. Either icing is fine, and can be piped or spread on. With royal icing you need to apply sprinkles right away as the icing hardens within seconds.

Making the cookies

These are rolled dough cookies. Be sure to keep your rolling pin well floured. The dough is very sticky. I used a 2-1/2 inch cookie cutter as well as a Christmas star cookie cutter to make my cookies. The dough is soft so cutting them is very easy. Be sure to handle the dough gently and not roll it out to thinly. It should be about 3/8 inch in depth.

After icing, let icing completely harden. It will take up to 24 hours. Then you can store and stack them without ruining your cookie’s frosting and decorations.

These cookies really bring the holiday spirit to life. Perfect for eating, gifting and making with family and friends they are a treat at anytime. Enjoy!

Sugar cookies 1

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Course: Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine: Holiday
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Una Rose
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  • 1 cup vegan butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 chia egg 1 tablespoon white chia seeds with 3 tablespoon water, softened for 15 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plant milk


  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons unsweetened plant based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles of your choice optional



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl, add the butter and sugar. Cream until they are well mixed. Do not over-mix.
  • Add the vanilla and chia egg. Mix well.
  • Add the baking powder and mix. Mix in the flour one cup at a time. Mix with your hands until a firm yet soft dough is formed.
  • Roll out half of the dough out on a prepared surface until it’s about 3/8″ thick.
  • Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet. Roll out and cut remaining dough.
  • Bake cookies for 6-8 minutes. They are done when the bottoms have slightly browned and cookies are white and soft to the touch (they harden when cooling). Do not over-bake. If you are using a silicone mat, it can take longer, up to 12 minutes. Set a timer to 8 minutes and check bottoms to see if done.
  • Let cookies cool on a baking rack. Once completely cool, ice and add decoration.


  • In a medium-size bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, the vanilla bean scrapings, and 4 tablespoons milk.
  • Add the cornstarch. Mix very well until smooth and glossy. Add up to 2 tablespoons plant milk if it's too hard. (You want a consistency that when you take a spoonful of icing, it doesn't run at all and has a soft but solid consistency.)
  • Take a half tablespoon full of icing and spread it on each cookie. You can also pipe the icing onto the cookie in an outline and then fill with spread icing.
  • Once each cookie is iced, immediately sprinkle or dip cookie into sprinkles, as icing will harden quickly. Repeat until all cookies are iced and decorated.
  • Place cookies on a cookie sheet, singley layered between parchment paper and refrigerate until icing is fully hardened, about 30 minutes.
  • After icing is hardened, store refrigerated in covered containers. Eat within 3-4 days. They can also be frozen for up to a month.