What is more festive and holiday-esque than a decorated sugar cookie? I love looking at all the different designs on Pinterest. Last year I went all out and made 70 cookies in different colors, shapes, designs etc. They looked gorgeous but were a bit of a pain. This year I went for a more minimalist look simple white snowflakes. And I have to say they look gorgeous. The best part is you do not need to be a master baker to make these and once you put them all together on a plate they look gorgeous. Perfect for the holidays and decorating with family!
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2 3/4 cup flour
1 cup and 1 tbsp vegan butter, softened
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl cream together your sugar and butter. Once it looks like mashed potatoes, add your egg and vanilla extract. Mix that together and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Mix with your spoon until it turns crumbly then begin to use your hands to work the dough together. If the dough seems too dry and sand like add in more vegan butter, if the dough is too wet and mushy add in a little more flour. Once the dough comes together and somewhat resembles play dough take it out of your bowl. I like to cut the dough in half, it makes it easier to work with rather than all the dough at once. Take two pieces of parchment paper and put the cookie dough in between them. Begin to roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Then use whatever cookie cutter you want or just a biscuit cutter for circles to make your cookies. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If the cookie sticks to your parchment paper use a spatula to help get it off. If the cook breaks don’t worry either roll it out with the scraps the next time or perform a little surgery and just mush back it together. Continue to roll and cut the dough until you have used it up. Then bake your cookies in the oven for about 6-10 minutes. Depending on your oven and the thickness of your cookies it will vary. You want the cookies to be slightly golden around the edges. I always like to underbake mine a bit because as they sit on the tray to cool down they will cook a little more. Allow the cookies to cool completely, about 30 mins to a half hour, before icing.
This icing is super easy to make. I don’t even really like to measure it out. You want to make two icings a very thick one for details and outlining and a thinner one for filling things in. Just add some powdered sugar at least 1/2 cup and add water in at tiny bits a time. I am talking 1/4 tsp amounts. Once you add in too much water it is super hard to get it back to being thick again. For the one you want the consistency to be very thick and move slowly, for the other it should be thinner and more spreadable. Watch the video if you want a visualization. To see how to easily decorate them it is also best to watch the video linked above. If you want to add food dye to your icing add in less water because it will thin it out.
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