It’s Valentine’s Day this week and in my kitchen I’m making these four-ingredient, (happen-to-be-vegan) Valentine’s Day cookies. These are a breeze to whip up and are beautifully soft and delicious, almost disproportionately so when you consider how simple the ingredients are. Plus they’re good for the planet.
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In my kitchen, I’ve been cooking more vegan dishes and converting old recipes to vegan-ize them. This Valentine’s Day sugar cookie recipe is a cross between my old sugar cookie and my old shortbread recipes. The dough is so gorgeously soft. And it makes some of the lightest, tastiest cookies ever.
I used vegan margarine but you could easily use butter. Either way, leave yourself an hour or two to chill the dough.
happen-to-be-vegan Valentine’s Day cookies
For the cookies:
- 1 cup vegan margarine (I used Becel Vegan) or softened butter
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
Beat the butter OR margarine and icing sugar together. Stir in the flour and salt. Allow the dough to chill for a couple of hours in a covered bowl.
Set oven to 325 F. Butter, grease, or spray two large cookie sheets or line with parchment paper
Roll the dough on a lightly floured board to about ¼ inch or 6mm thick. I used a 2-inch cookie cutter. Place the cookies on the prepared trays and bake for about 10-12 minutes. The cookies should not be brown – just faintly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and set to cool.
For the pink butter frosting:
- 1/2 cup vegan margarine or softened butter
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups icing sugar
- tiny pinch of salt
- 1 -2 tbsp milk substitute such as almond or coconut milk / or cream or milk
- a few drops of red food colouring
Place the butter or margarine, 1 ½ cups of icing sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and beat on low-speed to combine. Add 1 tbsp of milk or substitute. Continue beating. Add more icing sugar or more milk as required until correct consistency is achieved. Add a couple of drops of food colouring and beat well, and add more food colouring, one drop at a time, as required to achieve desired shade of pink. Frost the iced cookies and allow frosting and hour or two to set before packing cookies in tins or airtight containers.