You know those pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies you can buy at grocery stores that are oh so good? They are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie. They always come with a generous amount of frosting and sprinkles, because who doesn’t love sprinkles. I had a sudden craving for these cookies, I wanted them, I needed them, I must have them, and so I veganized them. It took a lot of recipe testing, but I finally cracked the code and satisfied my craving with my new favourite treat: Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

…and now I almost regret it as my diet has suddenly consisted of four cookies a day. So soft, so sweet, so fluffy amazing!!!

These are so much more than just a plain old sugar cookie. They are like funfetti turned into a cookie. The cakey texture is amazing, but I also made sure they tasted great as well. The combo of lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract make for the perfect subtle, sugar cookie flavour.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

I think the classic pink frosting is my favourite, but you can always change the frosting and sprinkle colours…

  • Orange for Halloween or autumn.
  • Green or red for Christmas, you could even sprinkle on crushed candy canes!
  • Pink, blue, or yellow for baby showers.
  • Classic white for a wedding.
  • Gold for New Years.
  • Pink or red for valentines day.

You get the idea. These cookies are perfect all year round and for any occasion.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies do require a few steps to make them, but it’s actually pretty easy- the fussiest part is spooning out the cookie dough which can be a little sticky. The cookies are of course, great fresh, but they also freeze well making them a great make-ahead treat. (I now have a freezer full of them).

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

To make Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: in a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

In a large bowl, use a stand mixer or hand mixer to beat the vegan butter and white sugar together until fluffy. Add the remaining wet ingredients and combine. The mixture won’t combine well and will look curdled and that’s totally fine. (I didn’t show a picture of that because it’s not pretty)!

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

Now add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet, and mix together. The dough will be very soft, like a thick cake batter.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies



You can either use the cookie batter right away or you can let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Chilling makes it a little easier to work with but does not affect the final cookie. Lightly spray a cookie scoop or large spoon with oil, and scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and drop it onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat to fill your tray, evenly spacing the cookies. Wet your fingers so they don’t stick to the cookies, then lightly pat the balls down into flatter shapes.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

Bake 11 – 14 minutes until lightly golden on the bottom. Let cool completely before frosting.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

To make the frosting: using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the vegan butter, vegetable shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. If needed add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk at a time until desired frosting consistency is reached. Mix in food colour if desired. I divided my frosting into two to make multiple colours.

I like the combination of vegetable shortening and vegan butter for the best frosting that holds well and tastes great. If you prefer you can use all vegan butter, but note that it will make the frosting softer, so you may need less non-dairy milk, and be sure to store the cookies in a cool place.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies

To assemble the cookies: smear frosting on the cooled cookies then decorate with sprinkles if desired. Store cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, for about 1 week in the fridge, or they also freeze well.

Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies: pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. Egg free, dairy free, and pretty easy to make! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #vegancookies



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Vegan Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins
 

Pillowy soft, cakey, frosted cookies- they are almost like the top of a cupcake that got smushed into a cookie complete with frosting and sprinkles! Decorate them for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, weddings, baby showers. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 34 cookies (give or take)
Calories: 211 kcal
Author: Sam Turnbull • It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
Ingredients
Dry ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Wet ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening *see notes
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 4 tablespoons non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
  • vegan food colouring (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)
US Customary - Metric
Instructions
  1. To make the cookies: preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.

  3. In a large bowl, use a stand mixer or hand mixer to beat the vegan butter and white sugar together until fluffy. Add the remaining wet ingredients and combine. The mixture won't combine well and will look curdled and that's totally fine. Now add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet, and mix together. The dough will be very soft, like a thick cake batter.

  4. You can either use the cookie batter right away or you can let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Chilling makes it a little easier to work with but does not affect the final cookie. Lightly spray a cookie scoop or large spoon with oil, and scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and drop it onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat to fill your tray, evenly spacing the cookies. Wet your fingers so they don't stick to the cookies, then lightly pat the balls down into flatter shapes. Bake 11 - 14 minutes until lightly golden on the bottom. Let cool completely before frosting. 

  5. To make the frosting: using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the vegan butter, vegetable shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. If needed add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk at a time until desired frosting consistency is reached. Mix in food colour if desired.

  6. To assemble the cookies: smear frosting on the cooled cookies then decorate with sprinkles if desired. Store cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, for about 1 week in the fridge, or they also freeze well. 

Recipe Notes

*I like the combination of vegetable shortening and vegan butter for the best frosting that holds well and tastes great. If you prefer you can use all vegan butter, but note that it will make the frosting softer, so you may need less non-dairy milk, and be sure to store the cookies in a cool place.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Bon apptegan!

Sam.