Recipe: Lemon Sugar Cookies

These sweet and tangy cookies are a favorite at my mother’s holiday parties, and they pack up great as homemade gifts for any occasion. I make them year-round for any potluck gathering—after all, there’s no better way to convince someone to give veganism a try than by baking up some delicious cookies!

1 2/3 cups granulated sugarPETA's Vegan Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
2 tsp. pure lemon oil (not extract)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup margarine (e.g., Nuttelex or Blue Bonnet’s light variety) at room temperature
1/3 cup lemon zest
1/4 cup soft silken tofu
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease 2 baking sheets and set aside.
  • Stir together 2/3 cup of the sugar and 1 tsp. of the lemon oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the margarine, the remaining 1 cup of sugar, the remaining 1 tsp. of lemon oil, and the zest with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the tofu and beat until well-blended. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and lemon juice, and beat just until blended.
  • Form the dough into 1-inch balls, roll them in the sugar-lemon oil mixture to coat, and place them on the baking sheets, allowing room for them to spread. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass.
  • Bake 1 sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and let them cool on a wire rack.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

Posted by Jason Baker