Vegan + Gluten free Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

With these dairy free, gluten free, and COMPLETELY vegan sugar cookies, you won’t want to buy store bought sugar cookies ever again! I couldn’t keep my hands off the dough, which is fine since it doesn’t even contain eggs. So, no belly ache 😉

Side Note: with all of this being said, I want to address the misconception I find people have with the vegan lifestyle. A lot of people assume since they are cutting red meats, eggs, and dairy, which are high in cholesterol and saturated fat, that all vegan recipes are healthier. While a plant-based, or otherwise known- vegan diet, has proven to have health benefits, vegan baking is another story, since sugar is considered vegan. While looking on Pinterest today to see what other vegan recipes there are out there, I came across the word “healthy” a lot. As a dietetic graduate, I was aggravated that people were being misinformed. These recipes can validate saying “vegan”, “gluten free”, or “dairy free” (which is great for someone who is vegan, lactose intolerant, or gluten intolerant), but that doesn’t make it healthy and if your goal is to lose weight, these recipes are not necessarily lower in calories, fat, or sugar. If you guys would like more information regarding vegan {plant-based}, dairy free, or gluten free recipes, I can make another blog explaining why people choose to eat this way. But, I don’t want you to get the misconception that ALL recipes following these dietary restrictions are healthier.

So as far as baking these cookies, they are in no way considered “healthy”. They contain a ton of sugar, hence “sugar cookies”. I personally choose not to consume dairy (for the most part; I just can’t give up ice cream), because it is hard for me to digest. So that is why I made these vegan sugar cookies: to treat myself for Valentine’s Day.

Let’s get to the recipe!

 

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups liveGfree baking mix (aldi brand)
  • 1 1/2 cup organic powder sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan stick butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (aldi brand)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

For the frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan stick butter
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh beet juice, for color (if you don’t have a juicer, you can use artificial food coloring)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, move oven rack to the middle of the oven
  2. Mix powdered sugar and liveGfree baking mix together in a medium size bowl
  3. Mix room temperature coconut milk, Earth Balance Vegan butter, and almond extract together in a medium size bowl
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients as you mix with an electric or standing mixer
  5. Ball the dough and place on wax paper on the baking sheet. (the cookies don’t spread much, so you can press down lightly on the tops if you want it to be a flatter shape)
  6. Bake in oven for fifteen minutes
  7. While the cookies bake, start the icing. Juice 1 small beet for the coloring (unless you are using artificial food coloring)
  8. Mix beet juice, room temperature butter, powdered sugar, and almond extract in a medium size bowl, with an electric or standing mixer
  9. Place icing in fridge until cookies are finished baking and cooled
  10. When finished baking, cool on wire rack before icing

I don’t have nutrition facts on these because they aren’t healthy! They are simply a yummy treat for anyone who is looking for a vegan or gluten free cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day. Hope you enjoy!

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