There is something to be said about a house filled with the smell of cookies. So what about when your house is filled with the scent of 6-8 batches of different cookies, barks, and other sweet treats? Well, I say you call it Cookie Day. So I did, back in high school. Today I call it Annual Cookie Day because it is a tradition that I created that never died. So what exactly is this magically sweet day?
What Cookie Day entails is this: I see who’s holiday schedule works with mine and entrap them into making cookies with me one specific day before Christmas. I have learned there are many different types of cookie day participants. I have listed them below.
- The mom (my mom or several moms) who bring an old family recipe and kick your recipe’s ass
- The hungover friend who sits on your couch eating crackers and wine, trying not to puke, who eventually stumbles into the kitchen to melt some chocolate in a pot on the stove-which does NOT work people!-and ends up giving up to go back to the crackers on the couch
- The one who tries out a new recipe and ultimately fails and ends up raging about it the rest of the day blaming everything else but the baker for the issue…you know who your are
- The ones who never bake and throw something together that ends up being the best cookie or dessert ever but can never replicate
- The ones who don’t even pretend like they are going to make a recipe and just chill with you all day
The best part about all of my different Cookie Day guests? They all rock and create a new funny story to tell the next year! We also end up with loads of goodies to spread holiday cheer with others. I think it might be my favorite tradition!
This year, Annual Cookie Day is going to be just me and my mother. Two’s company. I have a new cookie recipe to bring as well as a bottle of wine (read: giant jug of wine) so we will see how this year’s adventure unfolds. While I am looking forward to my new cookie recipe, I also decided to bring along one I have been working on that is tried and true. This is what I am sharing with you today. Classic vegan sugar cookies. You can basically leave the vegan off because they taste like any iced Christmas sugar cookie. Well, I shouldn’t say “any”. These cookies taste like the mouthwatering delicious ones that are slightly crunchy with a nice clean flavor, accented by the sugary frosting spread on top. I opted to add matcha to my frosting to make it green and get an added boost of antioxidants too!
Please please take pictures of these if you make them and show me! Tag me @peppers_peaches and/or use my hashtag #peppersandpeaches on instagram or twitter.
Lastly, do you have any holiday traditions like my Annual Cookie Day? I would LOVE to hear about them! Tell me in the comments below.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbs corn starch
- 1 tsp cream tartar
- 3 tbs soymilk
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp matcha powder (optional if you want green frosting)
- 1 tbs water + tiny splashes if needed
- any cookie topping you'd like (chocolate chips, sprinkles, c=dried cranberries)
- Combine dry cookie ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Stir well with whisk to combine.
- Add cold butter along with vanilla into dry mixture. Cut butter into mixture using pastry cutter or a fork until clumpy but mostly combined. Then add 3 tbs milk and knead with hands until you get a moist dough.
- Roll dough into ball, place ball in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Carefully roll dough out on to floured surface until it is about ¼ inch thick.
- Carefully cut cookies out and place on greased cookie sheet. I used a spatula to minimize dough breakage. Continue rolling dough into a ball, then rolling out, then cutting out cookies until all dough is used up.
- Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until dough just starts to brown.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Combine powdered sugar, matcha if using, and 1 tbs water in a small cup or bowl. Slowly add several drops of water at a time if icing is not desired consistency.
- Frost cookies. Top with any cookie tipping you would like. Allow frosting to set for about an hour.