Heart of Gold

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is definitely one of our favorite holidays; there are so many cute crafts to be done, and treats to bake! Pinterest gets a little crazy around the 14th, there are so many cute ideas floating around out there! Today we’re sharing a favorite that allows you to be super creative; sugar cookies! You can decorate them any way you’d like, whether that is dunking them in icing and sprinkles or piping details on to each cookie.

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You can find the vegan dough recipe with buttercream frosting (perfect for piping details or spreading) here, we make these around Christmas every year. The cookie & frosting are vegan, you can find two additional vegan icing recipes below.

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As a treat for Jess & her one year nurse anniversary, Nikki decided to try something new, & quite intimidating at first-vegan royal icing using aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid you drain from a can of chickpeas. The liquid has similar properties as egg whites, and so can be used to substitute egg whites in baking recipes. This is something we’ve been wanting to try & now that we see how easy it is we can’t wait to use it again! You can find the recipe for the icing here. Nikki piped the icing into EKG heart rhythms.

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IMG_2424It’s best to pipe even your base frosting onto the cookie to get the most precise edges and details.
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Jess made conversation heart cookies, using 2 types of frosting. The base is this corn syrup icing, then topped with piped buttercream frosting for the words and designs. Again the recipe for the buttercream frosting and cookie are here.

Shiny Corn Syrup Icing

(VEGAN)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond milk/soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring

Stir together powdered sugar and almond milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. Add more corn syrup if the icing is too thick. You should be able to easily spread the icing on with a spoon or even dip the cookie to cover with icing. Divide the icing and add food coloring as needed.
Use a spoon to cover the cookie with icing, or dip, and allow the icing to set before piping on the buttercream.

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To create the marble effect above, cover a cookie in white shiny icing and make one very small bowl of red shiny icing. Dip a toothpick in the red icing and make sloppy lines back and forth in the cookie, spreading around until the cookie looks like this!

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