One of my favorite Christmas activities is decorating sugar cookies. There’s just something about baking with your toddler with Christmas music on– the smell of cookies in the oven, the sound of those holiday tunes, the giggles you get from him when you get flour on your face. We love to dance around the kitchen while we wait for them to finish baking and cool enough to spread more frosting than is reasonable and pile on the toppings.
Anyone who has baked sugar cookies knows that the tricky part about wanting to decorate them is finding a recipe that will hold its shape after you bake it, especially if you need to make them dairy-free. Not being able to use normal butter can make them softer and spread out more. This dairy-free sugar cookies recipe is perfect for decorating because the cookies stay the shape you’d like, while still being those soft, airy sugar cookies you remember from your childhood. They also have some yummy almond, orange, or vanilla flavor options that let them taste a little more “grown up” than your average frosting-slathered cookie.
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Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies
1 c dairy-free butter alternative (or normal butter if you’re one of the lucky ones!)
2 c sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 t vanilla or almond extract
4 c flour
1/3 t salt
1 1/2 t baking powder
Optional: 2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
- Preheat oven to 350* and prepare a couple of cookie sheets with foil.
- Beat butter and sugar together until light-colored and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time until thoroughly beaten in, and then do the same with the extract of your choice.
- Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly add to the wet ingredients until completely combined. You may need to hand-knead it to finish the mixing process, as the dough will be thick. This helps it hold its shape better!
- Lightly flour your counter or table and roll the dough out until it’s 1/4- 1/2 inch thick. (Hint: this is a great toddler job!)
- Use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies in whatever theme you prefer (Christmas, Easter, Sesame Street, transportation, you name it!) and place onto the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 7- 9 minutes, taking them out of the oven once they’re just barely brown on the edges. The tops won’t be browned, but that’s okay! I promise they’re done!
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to finish cooling.
- Make sure they’re completely cool before you try to decorate them! You don’t want the frosting to melt off!