Easy Vegan “Butter” Cookies with Royal Icing

Easy Vegan “Butter” Cookies with Royal Icing by Sigrilina -- This recipe is easy to make and needs few ingredients. These cookies are ideal for decorating and serving at tea time.

This recipe is easy to make and needs few ingredients. These cookies are ideal for decorating and serving at tea time. Skip to the recipe.

I love adapting old recipes and making them vegan-friendly. This recipe are a clear example, they do have a buttery flavor, which is surprising. I think that is important to use refined coconut oil because of its neutral flavor. It is better if it was refined at 75 F (24 C) and non-hydrogenated. Another tip for success is to use good quality vanilla extract, it has to be the real deal, not just vanilla flavoring. A little goes a long way so even if it is expensive it will last a long time, or you can make it at home.

This royal icing is great, unlike other where you just mix lemon juice and powdered sugar it doesn’t break when you bite it, it is always moist. And it tastes great! You can use juice if you want for flavoring instead of water and add another extract in lieu of vanilla extract. You can perfectly adapt it to your liking!

I used about half of the amount of royal icing it yields, the rest I kept in an airtight container. It lasts 2 or 3 days.

Enjoy this recipe!

Easy Vegan “Butter” Cookies with Royal Icing

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serves: 30 cookies
prep.: 10 min + 20 min for icing
cook: 7 min
temp.: 400 F

Ingredients

For the cookies:
  • 1 cup of pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3.5 oz of soft coconut oil (not liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons of water (may need more)
For the Royal Icing:
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of vegetable milk or water
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid glucose syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • Food coloring
Easy Vegan “Butter” Cookies with Royal Icing by Sigrilina -- This recipe is easy to make and needs few ingredients. These cookies are ideal for decorating and serving at tea time.

Preparation

Step 1 Check the coconut oil, if it is too liquid place it in the fridge. The texture should be spreadable.
Step 2 In a bowl sift the pastry flour, the sugar and the baking powder.
Step 3 Add the soft butter and the vanilla extract and mix by hand until you have a sandy texture.
Step 4 Add one tablespoon of water at the time and mix until you have a dough.
Step 5 Put it in the fridge to harden for 10 minutes.
Step 6 Preheat the oven to 400 F. Oil the pan and dust with flour. Tap out excess flour.
Step 7 Roll the dough out on a surface previously dust with flour. Mine were 3/16 inch thick.
Step 8 Cut the cookies and place on pan. Cook for 7 minutes. If you are making them thicker or thinner adjust the time accordingly.
Step 9 Remove from oven and let them cool before decorating.
Step 10 For the Royal icing: In a bowl mix the powdered sugar with the water, it may seem odd but the sugar will absorb it and a thick paste will form.
Step 11 Add the glucose and the vanilla extract if using.
Step 12 And voilá! is ready! divide it in the amount of colors you are going to be using and remember that you need a thicker royal icing for delineating the decor and then you can add more water to make it more liquid for filling.
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