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

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Vegan Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

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

Gather the ingredients. Then, make the 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. 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 by 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.

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! Using plastic wrap, gently roll up your log. Refrigerate until the dough is firm but still easy to cut, about an hour to an hour and a half. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the log from the fridge, unwrap, and cut the dough into coins about 1/2 inch thick. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes. The cookies will brown slightly around the bottom edges. Remove from the oven, let cool, and serve. Enjoy!

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