Pretty in Pink Cookies

Why not make Mom some Pretty in Pink Cookies for her special day? You can tell her they are extra special because no other mother had to suffer for her treat.

PRETTY IN PINK COOKIES

Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened (check out the easy recipe on our website)
1/4 cup canola or sunflower oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream the vegan butter and oil together in a large bowl. Slowly add the powdered sugar until smooth. Add the juices, the almond extract, and the zest.

Sift the dry ingredients in with the butter mixture, and stir until all is combined.

Use a spring loaded cookie scoop for uniformity or drop by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Bake about 12 minutes or until the cookies are firm and the bottoms are a golden brown.

Pipe cherry buttercream on top and top with an undyed maraschino cherry.

To make the buttercream:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup vegan butter
1/4 cup vegan shortening or refined coconut oil
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Cream the butter and the shortening together using a stand mixer or a hand mixer.

Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing it in well.

When it is almost all incorporated, add the cherry juice and beat until fluffy, about seven minutes.

Pipe the buttercream onto the cookies, and top with a cherry.

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