How to Make Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

by Alisha Roberts

In honor of National Sugar Cookie Day, I decided to add my recipe for some delicious chewy sugar cookies! Enjoy!


  • 2 ¾ Cups All-purpose flour
  • ½ Teaspoons Baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 Cup Melted butter (earth balance)
  • 1 Cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ Cups Brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 Egg (ener-g for vegan me!)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Buttermilk (see slide for substitute)
  • Decorations (I chose sugar)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your ingredients. Don't forget measuring materials!

    Step 2

    Preheat that oven to 375 degrees!

    Step 3

    First make your buttermilk equivalent. I use 4 T of milk and 1/2 t of lemon juice. Wine vinegar works also. We're doing this first because it needs to rest for 5-10 minutes. Set aside for later.

    Step 4

    Mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder. (it's usually good to sift it first) set this aside for later.

    Step 5

    Melt your butter and cream it in a large bowl with the brown and granulated sugars (I use a whisk for less of a mess)

    Step 6

    Beat in vanilla and egg. For ener-g, use 1/2 t of the powder and 2 T water. Whisk well and then add to the mixture.

    Step 7

    Gradually mix in those dry ingredients from before.

    Step 8

    Your dough will seem very thick and you may feel like there's too much flour. Not to worry! We still have buttermilk to put in!

    Step 9

    Use all but enough of the buttermilk to coat the cookies. The dough will be a little thick compared to regular cookie dough.

    Step 10

    See? It holds shape pretty well. If your dough is crumbly, add more milk (for a softer cookie) or more butter (for a crispy cookie) I added butter. Just enough to make a thick dough.

    Step 11

    Look at all of these cookies! You will have to shape them into a flat round disk. There won't be any need to grease the cookie sheets. They should come right off after baking.

    Step 12

    Remember that extra buttermilk from before? Well now it's time to use it! I just use my fingers and wipe a bit in each cookie. Wanna watch me in the video? Here you go!

    Step 13

    Moisten the tops of the cookies until they're shiny.

    Step 14

    You can use any type of sugar or jimmies as a topping. As you can see, I just used cane sugar. (My hands look pretty greasy from forming the cookies!)

    Step 15

    Now put those suckers in the oven for 6-7 minutes! You want them out before they start browning in the edges. They won't look done, but don't worry, they will still bake on the hot cookie sheets.

    Step 16

    Leave the cookies out to finish baking. This will take 3-5 minutes. The closest baking sheet spread a lot. I made those cookies a bit thicker.

    Step 17

    Enjoy! Happy National Sugar Cookie Day!