HOW TO: Make Vegan Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies For Valentine’s Day

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1. Gather the ingredients.

Recipe very slightly adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking, makes about 20-24 cookies

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup nondairy butter, such as Earth Balance
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • India Tree Nature’s Colors Decorating Set colorant in red
  • 2 Tbsp non-dairy milk, or as needed

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2. Make the cookie dough.

Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. In another, large bowl, cream the the sugar and non-dairy butter together with a hand-held mixer and beat for about 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg replacer, water, and vanilla extract and beat for about another minute. Add the flour mixture and beat until it forms a smooth dough. Add up to an additional two tablespoons of milk, adding a bit of liquid at a time, if the dough seems dry.

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3. Divide the dough and color.

Divide the dough into three pieces. They do not have to be equal. I made the uncolored dough piece the smallest, and the pieces of dough that I would be dyeing bigger. Add the India Tree natural food colorant a few drops at a time to the balls of dough that you want to be pink and red. Work the dye in well with your hands until the dough is a uniform color and not streaky. Add additional drops of dye as needed.

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4. Make the cookie log.

Bring in your little helpers to make your cookie log. To facilitate the process, I rolled base pieces of the three colors and stuck them together. Then we tore off small pieces of dough and stuck them around the base pieces. Getting a mix of the colors and sticking them on in different sizes and places will ensure a prettier tie dye at the end!

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