Vegan Cut-Out Cookies with Vegan Royal Icing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we are making Christmas cookies. It is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Get the family together and do a little baking.


Cut-Out Cookies


1/2 cup margarine (4oz) (Earth Balance)

(1 oz) vegan yogurt (Kite Hill, plain unsweetened)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1  1/2 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt



With an electric mixer mix together the margarine, vegan yogurt, and sugar on medium to high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy (3-4 minutes).

Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and lemon zest.  Mix for 1-2 more minutes.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until combined.


Roll dough out between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Chill in Freezer or Fridge until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut out your cookies and place on a lined baking sheet tray.  Bake for around 10 minutes or until your cookies are just slightly golden brown on the edges.

Decorate with your favorite icing!  Or my Vegan Royal Icing below.



Vegan Royal Icing


6 tablespoons aquafaba (chickpea brine)

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract



In a clean bowl of electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the aquafaba until foamy in consistency.

In a separate bowl sift the powdered sugar.

Add all the powdered sugar to the aquafaba and whisk on high speed for 5 minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.

Add the lemon extract and mix for 1 more minute.

Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Adjust the consistency of the icing by adding a few drops of water at a time.



4 Replies to "Vegan Cut-Out Cookies with Vegan Royal Icing"

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    December 10, 2018 (12:38 am)

    Hi, Ani! These look wonderful and I can’t wait to try out your royal icing using aquafaba. How long – on average – does it take for the icing to fully dry?

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      December 19, 2018 (10:46 pm)

      It normally doesn’t take too long for the frosting to dry completely. A couple hours at the most. Happy Holidays!

      • comment-avatar
        February 19, 2019 (1:50 am)

        I made the royal icing recipe for an assortment of Christmas cookies and was impressed with how easy it was to make and pipe. I especially appreciated that it wasn’t too sweet, there was absolutely no beany flavor, and how quickly the icing dried! Was equally delicious prepared with almond extract as well Thank you, Ani!

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    Adis Valera
    February 21, 2019 (1:44 pm)

    The cookies were amazing!!!!!!!
    Thank you😊

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