Vegan Easter Cookies!
Hey, guys! Easter is just around the corner, and it’s no surprise I’ve been counting the days since Valentine’s—I mean, who doesn’t love a holiday that features sweets in plentiful supply, right?
Another thing I love about Easter is that it’s the perfect opportunity to speak up for chickens. Have you ever wondered where Easter eggs come from? Chickens who lay eggs on factory farms live in tiny wire battery cages, and they don’t have enough room even to turn around or spread a single wing! The good news is that you can help—just let your friends know what’s wrong with eggs!
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on any of your fave Easter traditions—there are tons of vegan chocolates out there, and you can use the plastic eggs they sell at stores for an Easter egg hunt. But my favorite way to celebrate Easter (or anything for that matter) is with vegan food. OK, so I’ll admit that after watching one too many episodes of Cupcake Wars (did y’all catch the vegan episode!?), I’ve been letting loose my inner pastry decorator, so I got a couple of my friends together, and we unleashed our vegan-cookie creativity.
Vegan Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup mashed soft tofu
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Cookie Frosting (see recipe, below)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mix together the vegan butter and sugar until soft, add the tofu and vanilla extract, and mix well.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the dough is firm. If it seems too soft, put it back in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden up.
- Roll out the dough and cut into shapes using your favorite cookie cutter.
- Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
- When the cookies have cooled down, you can ice and decorate them—get creative!
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. vegan milk
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. If the frosting seems too runny, add more powdered sugar.
Makes about 20 cookies
OK, I never said we were actually good at decorating, but the cookies were abso-friggin-lutely amazing! Bake a batch and invite your friends over for a new Easter tradition.
What’s your favorite way of celebrating Easter?