About a month ago I received and email asking me for the secret to soft, eggless cookies. Unfortunately, I am just responding to the email now, 3 days before Christmas, the most baked holiday of the year!
Here’s a note to anyone wanting a quick response from me: blog comments or Facebook comments are the way to go. I respond best to short sentences.
Many of my eggless baking recipes are adapted from the timeless American classic, The Better Homes & Garden Cookbook.
What’s not in the cookbook is this info on eggless baking. For soft cookies without eggs, make these substitutions:
1 egg = 2 tablespoon yogurt, buttermilk, cream cheese, sour cream, vegan mayonnaise or tofu
1 egg = 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons water)
If any of this looks intimidating to you, stick with a nut based, shortbread type cookie. The nuts will keep it soft and there is no need for substitution.
Alright. Christmas. Sugar cookie time. Here is a recipe for eggless sugar cookie cutouts which will get you through the season.
Sugar Cookie Cutouts Sans Eggs
2/3 cup butter or Earth Balance
3/4 cup sugar (even turbinado works)
1 tsp baking powder
1 eggish ingredient
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups AP flour
pinch o’ salt
1) Cream butter and sugar. Add baking powder and salt. Beat in eggish and vanilla. Add flour. Make dough into mound, wrap in saran and stick in fridge for at least an hour.
2) Lightly flour work surface and cut off a hunk of dough. Roll to 1/8 inch thick and apply cookie cutter. Place shaped cookie onto parchment papered cookie sheet (I love parchment paper) and bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Edges should be slightly browned.
3) Cool and ice!
There are many sugar cookie icing recipes out there. I am not going to tell you how to catch your groove. The best ones are the grossest, involving Crisco and corn syrup. Personally, I am inclined to go with butter and cream cheese and powdered sugar (don’t wince, you can get organic!) or just straight up powdered sugar and water, which is a bit strong on the sweet scale but kids and husbands love it.