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Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Never in my life have I been one for small delicate decorations. When I set out to make these sugar cookies I kind of just wanted to prove to myself that I could be good at it. I had never make royal icing before (vegan or non-vegan). After watching every episode of the Great British Baking Show that Netflix has to offer (many more than once and some more than twice), I really thought it was going to be fairly simple. I am fairly artistic and I like to think I have an eye for aesthetics.
I found this recipe in a vegan baking book that I got for my birthday called Modern Vegan Baking (affiliate link). This is the first recipe I have tried from the book and I think it has lit a fire in me to prove that I can be a good vegan baker.
Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Firstly, I needed some cookie cutters and since it is almost Christmas I bought some to go with that theme. There are six in my set: Christmas tree, stocking, star, candy cane, gingerbread man, and a snowflake. You can find these cookie cutters here (affiliate link).
This recipe is the maybe second time I have used aquafaba while baking! For some reason I am particularly excited about this because it blows my mind that chickpea juice can be used in baking. Aquafaba is one of the many things that I had never heard of prior to going vegan and also one of the things I resisted using for a while, but how silly because it is cool.
Despite never making sugar cookies before they were very straight forward and easy to make. I did zest my finger on accident but what is life without some excitement?
The Modern Vegan Baking (affiliate link) recipe for sugar cookies is delicious and easy to make. I do recommend it for your holiday cookie baking. This is a genuine opinion of mine.
Vegan Royal Icing
For as easy as the sugar cookies were to make, in contrast, the royal icing was my downfall. Since I have never made any before I did not know what consistency I was looking for nor did I read about it ahead of time. In hindsight, I think my icing was too thick because it required some muscle to pipe it. The icing did not look pretty sitting on the cookie.
For the icing I had separated it into three portions so I could add coloring. One I used to make green and the other was meant to be red. I used the green colored royal icing first which was the thickest. I learned to thin it out on my next color. The labeled as “red” food dye I bought turned out to be purple despite the red bottle and lid. Purple really does not create a Christmas feel.
Even though my royal icing turned out to be the wrong color I still did not have much of an easier time with the thinner icing. Next I used the white icing and thinned it even more than the red(purple) icing. It turned out to be too thin and was running off the cookies.
The moral of the story here is that I have not mastered royal icing. I am hopeful that this was a learning experience and maybe next time I attempt it I will have a better understanding how to pull it off.
At the time of this post being published the Modern Vegan Baking book is available as one of the Kindle Unlimited options.
Other Christmas Ideas…
Try my Cookie in a Jar Mix for another festive treat from the kitchen.