These Vegan Valentines Day Shortbread cookies are light, buttery and sweet. They melt in your mouth and take only minutes to prepare. Perfect for a sweet gift at school or as a family craft at home!
I really wanted to make something special this year for my family to celebrate Valentines Day. I decided to take two of my most treasured recipes and combine them to create a new delicious treat!
The melt in your mouth shortbread was crafted this year to celebrate Christmas! It was such a huge hit, that I had to use the recipe here as the base for my Valentines Day cookie.
The Maple Cinnamon glaze is the perfect addition to this cookie. It’s reminiscent of those sweet and spicy Valentines Day cinnamon hearts!
What Makes My Vegan Valentines Shortbread Cookies So Good?
These vegan shortbread cookies use simple ingredients and are really easy to make! You can roll the dough and cut heart shaped cookies, or if you don’t want the fuss this dough rolls nicely into little balls you can then press with a fork, bake and decorate.
These Valentines Day Cookies are:
Easy to put together-only a 5 minute prep!
Use simple ingredients you most likely have on hand
Can be rolled and cut into Valentines Day Heart Shaped Cookies or simply balled and pressed.
An excellent Valentine’s Day Craft project for toddlers and older children-my kids had so much fun decorating!!
A fun and frugal Valentines Day Gift idea-perfect for teacher gifts or school Valentines Day gift exchange!
So, let me show you how to put it all together to make these awesome Valentine’s Day Vegan Sugar Cookies!
These vegan heart shaped sugar cookies make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and craft! Easy to make with simple ingredients, they are the perfect Valentine’s Day kids project! Kids can decorate and then give as Valentine’s Day gifts!
Valentines Day Shortbread Cookies
For the Shortbread:
3/4cupvegan butterwe use Becel brand
1tbspvegan coffee creamer/plant milkI used Silk Soy Original Coffee Creamer
1 1/3cupall purpose flour
For the Glaze:
2tbspsilk soy creamer or plant based milk
How to Make Vegan Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies:
Set your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
For the Vegan Shortbread:
In a stand mixer or using a bowl and hand mixer combine your vegan butter and icing sugar. Whip until smooth.
Add in your cream and vanilla extract and whip again to combine.
Sprinkle on top your flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix until just combined.
Roll your dough out between two silicone baking mats or parchment paper. This saves you a ton of mess, and doesn’t add any extra flour to the dough for rolling.
Keep your dough at least 1/4 inch thick.
Cut heart shapes into the dough, making sure they are spaced evenly apart.
We will be removing the excess dough from AROUND the cut cookies, instead of transferring the cut shapes to another baking mat. This dough is quite soft and to avoid ruining the shapes you cut it’s easier to remove the excess.
Bake your cookies for 12-15 minutes in the pre-heated oven. The cookies do not need to “brown” to be done.
Allow them to rest for 2 minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack.
Allow your cookies to fully cool before moving on to the glaze.
To Make the Maple Cinnamon Glaze:
Combine the icing sugar and cinnamon in a shallow, wide bowl.
Add in your maple syrup, vanilla and cream/milk. stir to combine.
Your glaze should be thin enough to easily coat your cookie, but not so runny that it only leave a very thin coat. experiment with the back of a spoon. If too thick, add a 1/4 tsp milk or water at a time until you reach the proper consistency. Too thick? Add in another tbsp of icing sugar until you get it right!
To Decorate the Vegan Shortbread Cookies:
Once your cookies have fully cooled, go ahead and dip them one by one into the glaze.
I hold mine above the bowl for a second or two to allow excess glaze to drip back into the bowl. Once you lay them flat the glaze will smooth out nicely.
PRO TIP: Place your glazed cookies on your cooling rack with a paper towel lined baking tray beneath it. This makes for prettier cookies and fast and easy clean up!
Decorate with sprinkles, dusted cinnamon, or drizzled chocolate. Work quickly as this glaze tends to set fast. If you find the sprinkles are not sticking, lightly press into the glazed cookies.
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Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!