Healthy sugar cookies that are delicious, easy to make and perfect for this time of the year!
These sparkly snowflakes sugar cookies are not only cute but also very delicious and healthier for you.
They don’t contain any butter or oil! They are made with 2 simple ingredients: raw almonds and all-purpose flour!
Healthy sugar cookies
Traditional sugar cookies are made with 3 main components; butter, sugar, and flour. The high-fat content in the cookies is what makes them crisp yet fluffy.
My version uses nuts to replace the butter! As you may know, almonds have a high content of healthy fats. Plus, they make these vegan healthy sugar cookies taste even better!
You can use coconut sugar if you want (see the recipe for more information) but I decided to leave it out, only because I frosted them with an easy vegan royal icing.
How to make these healthy sugar cookies:
To make the dough, simply add your almonds to a food processor along with water and blend until you get a smooth paste. Add flour and mix until the dough forms a ball.
Roll your dough to 1/4 inch thickness, cut into snowflakes shapes and bake!
For the frosting part, I made a simple royal icing by mixing aquafaba, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
When your cookies reach room temperature, you can frost them with a spoon or a butter knife (no crazy techniques, or pipping bags!) Finally, dip them in a mix of silver luster dust and granulated sugar!
The best part about these cookies is that you don’t need to have decorating skills to make them look good. The sparkly granulated sugar will cover all of the mess so don’t worry, just have fun!
They make the perfect edible gift to share with loved ones this holiday season. Or any occasion, simply use a different cookie cutter shape to make them suit your needs!
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What you might need to make these healthy sugar cookies:
Healthy sugar cookies that are delicious, easy to make and perfect for this time of the year! These sparkly snowflakes sugar cookies are not only cute but also very delicious and healthier for you.
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 cup all-purpose flour ( 1/4 cup extra if needed)
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- pinch of sea salt
- 3 tbsp aquafaba ( + 1 tbsp extra if needed)
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp silver luster dust powder
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a food processor, add almonds and water and blend until smooth.
Transfer the almond paste to a medium mixing bowl and add flour, a pinch of sea salt and coconut sugar if using. Using a spatula or a wooden spoon mix. When it becomes hard to mix with the spoon, knead it with your hands until it forms a dough. Add more flour if needed. The dough should be firm yet malleable.
On a clean surface, spread some flour (to avoid sticking) and place your dough. Using a rolling pin, roll your dough into a circular or rectangular shape about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a cookie cutter, stamp the cookies and use a floured spatula (or butter knife) to transfer each cookie to your baking sheet. Before baking, dock the cookies with a fork or a toothpick to prevent any rising.
Bake the cookies for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges begin to slightly brown. Once baked, place on a cooling rack and set aside.
To make the royal icing, place your aquafaba in a mixing bowl and whisk until white and frothy. Add powdered sugar and continue whisking. If it's too hard to mix or the paste isn't coming together, add a teaspoon of aquafaba at a time until you get a thick but spreadable consistency.
To make the sparkly sugar, in a clean mixing bowl add your luster dust powder along with granulated sugar and mix until the sugar is coated and sparkly. Set aside.
Once your cookies reach room temperature, you can start decorating them. With a teaspoon, scoop some of the royal icings and place it in the center of your cookie. With the back of your spoon drag it on the cookie leaving about 1/4 inch to the edges.
Using a toothpick or a needle, swirl the icing over the cookies making sure there are no air bubbles left. Once you are happy with your frosting, take a teaspoon of your sparkly sugar and sprinkle on top of the cookie. Gently shake to get rid of excess sugar and place on a cooling rack to harden.
- Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- Unfrosted cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month.
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