Each week, Real Sustainable Habits highlights a tasty and unique, yet low-cost and easy to prepare vegetarian recipe. We post it on Friday so that you’ll have ample time over the weekend to gather the ingredients in preparation for Meatless Monday. One mission of Real Sustainable Habits is to help people who want to adopt a plant-centered, vegetarian, or vegan diet make that transition. Cutting out all meat one day each week is a great starting point for beginners.

This Week’s Recipe: Sugar Cookies: Christmas Special

Christmas is just around the corner, so let the cookie making begin! Over the next two weeks, we’re featuring two of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. This week it’s Sugar Cookies. These sugar cookies are soft and can easily be made vegan.

This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

First, let’s gather our kitchen utensils

  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Rolling Pin
  • Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • Cookie Sheets

Let’s cover the ingredients you’ll need:


  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3-1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons Soy Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Butter Cream Frosting to decorate, optional

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening or butter or a combination of both
  • 3/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Milk or Soymilk
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  1. In a small bowl, cream together the vegetable shortening or butter and 1 cup of powered sugar with a mixer.
  2. Slowly add the milk and vanilla to the icing.
  3. Add the remaining 1 cup of powered sugar to the icing and mix until the icing is light an fluffy.

Here’s how you make the Sugar Cookies:


  1. Cream together the soymilk, butter, vanilla, and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the mixing bowl.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a lightly floured surface and divide the dough in half.
  4. Roll out the dough on the lightly floured surface with a rolling pin until the desired thickness is reached. Cut out the cookies with the cookie cutters and place on the baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Take the cookies out of the oven and let cool.
  7. Decorate the cooled cookies, if desired.

And that’s how you make Sugar Cookies! Happy eating!

How did your cookies turn out? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

2 Responses to Sugar Cookies: Meatless Monday Christmas Special

  1. I have been substituting coconut oil for shortening and/or butter and it works great! It has a buttery flavor and is good for you, too. Give it a try.

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