Vegan Sugar Cookies with Lemon

Retouched Vegon Sugar Cookies

First batch…

I don’t follow a vegan diet, but I like to try all types of options when I’m cooking and baking — like this recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies with Lemon. Clearly I like to share recipes, and I have friends who are vegan, so if I run across a good one I like to pass it on. Best if I try it first!

Basic ingredients make this recipe convenient

This recipe sounded really easy, and since it’s vegan and I’m not, I was happy to see it didn’t call for any ingredients I didn’t already have in the kitchen. Plus I was able to use a lemon from the backyard tree (I’ve had citrus trees for more than 10 years, but it still gives me a little thrill to use fresh fruit from my backyard).

For my egg replacer I used a combination of applesauce and baking powder — 1/4 cup of applesauce mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder as the equivalent of one egg — and it worked really well.

A sweet surprise

The only thing that threw me with this recipe for – ahem – Vegan Sugar Cookies with Lemon was the sugar. The first batch I made, I used basic, white granulated sugar. I  did a little research after the fact only to discover that white granulated sugar isn’t considered vegan by most because of the way it is processed (in order to make the sugar white animal bones are used in the process). Good thing these weren’t made for any of my vegan friends! The next batch I made, I used turbinado sugar.

If you didn’t know what was missing from these cookies, you’d never miss it!

This recipe was adapted from ChooseVeg.com.

Retouched vegan sugar cookies

Recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies with Lemon:

Makes about 20 cookies