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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Vegan Strawberry Valentine Cookies

So, I'm really not into Valentine's Day but I'll find any excuse to make cookies. I came up with these cookies about 20 years ago. I use to make all kinds of cut out cookies by using already made cookie dough from the store and canned strawberry frosting. They were really good too. 

Anyway, I have not made these in quite a while and decided to try them again. This time though, I wanted to make homemade dough and frosting. So I found a sugar cookie recipe from Nora Cooks. I must say these are really good too. Here is the link to her blog.  I made up my own instructions and the cookies turned out great.

For the icing, I used powdered sugar, freeze dried strawberries and a little almond milk. 

I used two heart shape cookie cutters. One that is 3 inches wide and the other is 1 3/4 inches wide. You do not need these exact sizes but I just wanted to give some sort of reference.

On to the recipe. Here is what you will need for the cookies. 
3/4 cup room temp vegan butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. 

Mix in the milk, vanilla, cornstarch, salt and baking powder.

Gradually mix the flour in. The dough will get really thick. 

Divide the dough in half. It will be easier to work with. On a floured surface, roll the dough as thin as you can, 1/8 inch would be good but I found that was pretty hard with this dough. 

With the larger heart shaped cookie cutter, cut as many cookies as you can. Gently transfer the cookies to a parchment lined cookie tray and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Roll out some more dough and cut the same amount of cookies as you did the first time. Transfer to the cookie tray. Using the smaller cookie cutter, cut out the center of the hearts and bake 8 - 10 minutes. I got enough cut outs for eight sandwich cookies. That may differ for you depending on how thin you get the dough.

Roll out the remaining dough and cut a bunch of small hearts. I got about 30 little hearts.

For the icing you will need:
2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
2 cups freezed dried strawberries
6 tbsp of almond milk

You will need to turn the strawberries into a powder. I did this by throwing them into the Vitamix for about 30 seconds. 

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, powdered strawberries and milk. Whisk to combine. 

Once the cookies are cooled completely, gently spread or dip the flat side of a large heart. Top with one of the cookies that has the center cut out. 

For the little hearts, ice the top. 

Lay flat until the icing has set. Then store in an air tight container. Enjoy.

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