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Vegan Holiday Cookies


Why I like the holidays.

Cookies are one of the best things about the holidays, and there’s no reason for vegans to be left out.

This year I made an insane number of cookies (to give as gifts). It’s a great opportunity to try out new things; I just open the cookbook and make each recipe until I get too tired to continue. This year I managed ten batches.

Here’s the recipe for my favorite: Anise Rum Sugar Cookies (I made this one up).

2 Tbs. dark rum
2 Tbs. anise seeds
1 cup (2 sticks) vegan margarine (I use Willow Run)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar*
1 non-egg*
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt

* You can buy natural powdered sugar, or make your own by combining 1 cup of vegan sugar and 4 Tbs. cornstarch in a blender, then blending until it’s powdery.

* To make a non-egg, combine 2 Tbs. white flour, 1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil, 2 Tbs. water, and 1/2 tsp. baking powder.

Combine anise seeds and rum and let soak overnight (or at least a few hours).

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cream margarine. Add sugar gradually until fluffy.

Add non-egg, vanilla, and rum/anise mixture. Beat well.

Sift together dry ingredients. Add slowly to wet mixture.

Roll out dough. You may need to add a tiny bit more flour or water to get the perfect consistency for rolling. Have extra flour on hand to sprinkle on the rolling pin and on your hands. Cut rolled dough into fun shapes (or use an upside-down cup to make round cookies).

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8 minutes at 400°.

Once cookies have cooled completely, you can make icing by mixing powdered sugar, margarine, rum, and anise flavoring until you get the right consistency. Then spread it on the cookies or use a decorating tool to draw icing patterns on the cookies. You can also sprinkle decorations onto the icing. (The possibilities are pretty much endless.)

The tree-shaped ones are anise rum:

Here’s the total list of cookies I made:

From the Lantern Vegan Family Cookbook:

Cherry Bon Bons
Chocolate Cherry Bon Bons
(adapted by me — this is just the cherry bon bon recipe with cocoa added)
Orange Ginger

From Simply Heavenly:

Oatmeal Raisin

Made up by me:

Lemon sugar cookies with lime icing
Anise rum sugar cookies

Peppermint vanilla sugar cookies

Oh, and one of the many bonuses of making vegan cookies? You can totally lick the batter with no fear of death by raw egg. ;)


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    dman those look good. save some for me! :P

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    Olivia Lane

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    I was lucky enough to get a box of these cookies for Christmas. Every savory crumb was as good as these pictures make them look. The chocolate cherry bon bons were little bites of heaven.