I have been wanting to make tie-dye cookies for ages, and when I came across this post and saw how hands-on the process was, I knew they would be the perfect baking treat for my kids to participate in. My two-year-old loved helping with the dough and making the cookie log, so it truly is a great recipe for almost every age! I used a basic vegan sugar cookie recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking, but you can use your favorite recipe too. Show some love to the animals and make it vegan if it isn't already! I used the red coloring from India Tree's Nature's Colors Decorating Set, made from vegetable colorants and made without synthetic dyes or corn syrup. There's some pretty scary stuff in most mainstream food dyes, so seek out natural options instead. Read on for directions on how to make fun and festive vegan tie-dye sugar cookies, and find one-page, printable directions here.
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
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.
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.
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!