♫ Listening to: How We Roll by Plushgun ♫
Kimmy invited me to her holiday cookie exchange today. I don’t really love Christmas (please don’t throw roasted chestnuts and mistletoe at me), so the thought of making Christmas-tree-shaped cookies and decorating them made me want to crawl into bed and take a nap.
These unicorn cookies are probably the closest I’ll ever get to making holiday cookies. Nothing says Christmas like unicorns, am I right? I even dressed to match my cookie. How’s that for holiday spirit? If you like these, you might also like my unicorn gingerbread carousel.
This recipe makes ~30 cookies.
Vegan Cutout Cookie Ingredients
Buy the cookie dough instead of making your own. Eat Pastry and Hampton Creek both sell vegan cookie dough.
- 3 cups organic unbleached, all-purpose flour*
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup organic sugar, blended*
- 1 cup vegan butter or margarine (if you avoid soy, buy the soy-free earth balance; otherwise buy the organic whipped earth balance)*
- 1 ener-g egg replacer
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vegan Cutout Cookie Directions
Mix together the sugar and vegan butter in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, whisk, and set aside.
Prepare the egg replacer according to the directions on the box and add it to the sugar and vegan butter, mixing after the addition.
Add the vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix again.
Add the flour to the mixing bowl, half at a time, mixing in between additions. Scrape the sides (and bottom) with a silicone spatula and remix.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper and line 2 baking sheets with it.
Roll some of the dough on a floured surface (like a rolling mat ) with a floured rolling pin to ¼” thickness.
Cut out unicorn shapes, dipping the unicorn cookie cutter into flour in between each cut. Place the unicorns on the parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Freeze each tray of cookies once they’re filled for 5-10 minutes (or the amount of time it takes you to fill the next tray).
Bake in a 350º oven for 10 minutes.
Remove tray from the oven and let sit until cookies have cooled.
Repeat until all the dough has been used up.
Vegan Cookie Icing Ingredients
- 3 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted*
- 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 3 tablespoons organic light corn syrup *
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅓ package of blue, red, and yellow Color Kitchen natural food coloring
Vegan Cookie Icing Directions
Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use a handheld mixer).
Add half of the nondairy milk and 2 tablespoons of the corn syrup and mix using the stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Start on a low speed (unless you like the look of yourself covered in powdered sugar), and increase speed as the ingredients start to combine. Scrape the sides and bottom with a silicone spatula and then mix again.
Add nondairy milk teaspoon by teaspoon, mixing constantly, until you get a consistency thin enough to pipe.
Trace the outline of all 30 cookies using this white icing.
Transfer 9 tablespoons of icing to a separate bowl and set aside.
Add more non-dairy milk to the remaining white icing and mix again. You want a thinner consistency this time to fill in the cookie.
Transfer the rest of the icing (from the mixing bowl, not the separate bowl) to a squeeze bottle with a wider opening at the top. An old agave or mustard bottle works well.
Squeeze the thinner icing onto the cookies that have already been outlined. I use a drawing method, like I’m coloring with a crayon. Before moving to the next cookie, use a toothpick to help fill any holes you may have. Continue with the rest of the cookies.
Set 3 small bowls and 3 small spoons out.
Add ⅓ package of Color Kitchen natural food coloring to each bowl. If you don’t Color Kitchen natural food coloring , you can look at my list of vegan food coloring to find other vegan and cruelty-free brands.
Add a teaspoon of organic light corn syrup to each bowl. Use the spoons to mix the colored powder with the organic light corn syrup , making sure to keep each spoon in its color (don’t let it mingle with the other bowls).
Transfer 3 tablespoons of icing to each of the small bowls, using the spoon to mix the icing with the color. If it’s too thick to mix smoothly, add 1-2 drops of non-dairy milk to each bowl.
Draw the details onto the cookies, and let them dry for around 5 hours before trying to stack them.
* I use mostly organic ingredients when I cook, but I realize that not everyone has the disposable income to purchase all organic ingredients. Therefore, I only specify organic on the ingredients that really matter - when buying the organic version is the only way to ensure that the item is vegan.