The perfect vegan sugar cookies to make your partner (or yourself) this Valentine's Day

Can you believe it's already February? Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Every year, Valentine's Day generates billions of dollars in revenue. There is a societal expectation to shower your significant other with gifts, an expensive date, or both! Why not give them something homemade, delicious and inexpensive? On the other hand, what is better than spending a night of self-care with some baking? These vegan sugar cookies are exactly what you need, no matter how you're spending Valentine's Day!

Valentine's day is special for me as it is my anniversary. After a while of giving gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries, I have a hard time thinking of new ideas for my partner! We usually have an element of a homemade gift when we exchange gifts - and I think these sugar cookies are perfect.

Ingredients

Photo courtesy of me (@_mariamorrone) on Instagram

Photo courtesy of me (@_mariamorrone) on Instagram

  • 1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • Juice from one can of beans (about 1/2 cup) – I used chickpeas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Put parchment paper on your baking sheet
  • Mix sugar and coconut oil together
  • Add bean juice and mix together. Set aside.
  • Add dry ingredients (flour and baking powder) to a separate bowl.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 1/3 incriments
  • Mix the dough together, it will be crumbly at first, but with the warmth of your hands it will come together.
  • Roll the dough our to a 1/4 inch thickness, I have done them thinner but then you will need to watch them bake more closely - they can easily burn!
  • Cut out your cookies (I used a heart cookie cutter)
  • Bake them for about 10 minutes. They will not look brown on the outside, and may be a bit soft still. Take them out, let them sit for another 10 minutes and they will be perfect!

For this recipe, I have also replaced the bean juice with almond milk or vegan butter and it has worked out! So, if you have an allergy or an aversion to the bean juice, you can try those substitutes. I find that the cookies came out less fluffy, however.

Icing

I've had a hard time finding icing to make designs on cookies (and to be honest, who has the time?). However, I have made a lemon icing that my family loves to drizzle on top. It is super simple and only a few ingredients:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

If you want to make lemon cookies to go with the lemon icing, you can substitute the vanilla extract with fresh lemon juice. You won't get a full-on lemon taste, it will be rather mild, but it will compliment the icing well.

That's it! Enjoy making something homemade for your partner, yourself or your friends!. They will appreciate that you put the time into making something for them, that is also delicious!

Original recipe from Nerdy Mamma