Enjoy these colorful Vegan Sugar Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze as a sweet springtime dessert! They’re soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and a bit healthier thanks to olive oil. In partnership with Pompeian!
I am now realizing that these pretty pink vegan sugar cookies would have been the perfect Easter dessert… oops! I kind of dropped the ball on that one.
But I think we can all agree that a classic, soft sugar cookie is always good at any time of day, any time of year—holiday or not. So let’s get to baking!
Sugar cookies have always been one of my favorite desserts. Since I’m not much of a chocolate person, I always reached for those soft, pillowy sugar cookies with the fluffy frosting and sprinkles (you know the ones) rather than the chocolate cake or brownies.
I might need to work on this recipe a bit more to get an exact dupe for those extra soft cookies, but these will definitely do for now. Actually, I’d be beyond happy to never eat a cookie again that wasn’t one of these vegan sugar cookies.
The ingredient list doesn’t get any simpler for these cookies: flour, sugar, vanilla, almond extract (necessary!), and Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I bet you already have all of those in your pantry already! You may just need to grab some blood oranges from the grocery store, then you’re good to go.
You may be surprised to see olive oil on the ingredient list rather than vegan butter. Healthier desserts are #TrendingInTheKitchen, and this easy swap makes these cookies a wee bit healthier. Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats and can protect against heart disease*!
The most important thing about these cookies is to NOT OVERBAKE! Especially if you like soft cookies. (Is anyone really a crunchy cookie fan? I’m truly curious.)
I found 8 minutes to be the perfect baking time to satisfy my need for pillowy cookies, but 10 minutes will give them more crunch on the outside. Go with 12 minutes if you’re insane (kidding!) and enjoy crunchy, hockey puck cookies.
THE BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE THO. It’s so colorful and fun, and also really simple to make. Powdered sugar (check the recipe to DIY your own) + a splash of fresh blood orange juice = that’s it!
If you’re feeling extra ~fancy~, top them with some blood orange slices and impress everyone with your cookie decorating skills.
Vegan Sugar Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze
Enjoy these colorful Vegan Sugar Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze as a sweet springtime dessert! They’re soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and a bit healthier thanks to olive oil.
For the cookies:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cane sugar*
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2–3 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
For the glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar**
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- To a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
- Add Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, vanilla extract and almond extract. Stir until a crumbly dough forms. Add 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk; stir until a soft dough ball forms, adding more milk if needed.
- Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough until it is ¼-inch thick. Using a circular object (I used the lid of a jar), cut out cookies; place onto the baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes; do not overbake or they will be too crispy! Set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons juice and salt. Stir until a thick glaze forms. Add more juice if needed to thin out the glaze, or add more powdered sugar if needed to thicken it.
- When the cookies are cooled, glaze the cookies. Top with slices of blood orange and a pinch of sugar!
*Some cane sugar is not vegan, as it can be processed with animal bone char. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Sugar. Go here for vegan cane sugars: https://ordinaryvegan.net/vegansugar/.
**To make your own powdered sugar, simply put cane sugar in a blender or food processor and blend until a fine powder forms. Cheap & easy!
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