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“Pretty in Pink” Sugar Cookies

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter! (or Passover to my Jewish friends). On this pastel-themed holiday, I thought it appropriate to share a vegan version of the pastry aptly titled the sugar cookie. Light and fluffy, yet still scrumptious, this recipe is super easy and fun to make (though perhaps not as fun as dying eggs, which I got to do with my niece earlier this week).

The recipe for the batter is pretty similar to the original, only I used spelt in place of white flour. Spelt is an ancient whole grain that contains more protein, fiber and minerals (such as magnesium) than its refined counterpart.  It is not gluten-free, however, for those of whom that is an issue (although spelt seems to be the cause of less sensitivities than its wheat cousin).

Spelt Sugar Cookies


1.5 cups spelt flour (may also use whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or other type of unrefined sugar)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance is a good choice)
3 tbsp dairy-free milk (I used coconut milk…but feel free to use your milk of choice)

1 tsp vanilla extract


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Combine and mix your dry ingredients.
3.  Melt the butter, then add in milk and and vanilla.
4.  Pour dry ingredients into wet. Mix and then roll into balls. (Makes about 16 cookies).

5.  Cook for 9-10 minutes in the oven (may look slightly undercooked).

  • 1 cup coconut pulp
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar (or agave)
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp beet juice for pink coloring
  • dash of sea salt

Puree the ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth consistency, and refrigerate if needed for some time to help solidify. After icing the cookies, I topped them with all-natural rainbow sprinkles, available at Whole Foods and many other health food stores.

 Anyone else do any baking this holiday weekend?!?
4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2012 12:48 pm

    I’ve never used spelt before, but we need to cut back on our carb intake (in my family) yet we looooove cookies, so this is an excellent and timely recipe!!

    What did everyone think of your cookies? Did you take them to an Easter/Passover event?

    • April 20, 2012 1:40 pm

      Oh great!! Spelt is a great healthy alternative to white flour for baking…I tried a batch with coconut flour as well that didn’t work out so well.

      People loved the cookies! I brought them to a few different events over the holiday weekend. Hopefully your fam will like them as well 🙂

  2. May 9, 2012 7:29 pm

    I love the photo you have of these cookies! I am a huge fan of coconut and have been looking for new frosting options so I will definitely give this entire recipe a try! Thanks for sharing. Great idea on replacing the white flour with spelt!

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