Jumbo Mermaid Sugar Cookies
Makes 5 - 6 Large Cookies
These easy tri-colored cookies have crispy edges and a soft + fluffy center. They're the perfect kid-friendly recipe and can be customized using any colors you choose — guaranteed to brighten your day!
¼ cup melted vegan butter
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 egg worth of vegan egg replacer of choice
1 tbsp plant milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 ½ cup white flour
1 tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt
Food dyes of choice (I used pink, purple, and teal)
In a large bowl, use a whisk to cream butter and sugars. Whisk in remaining wet ingredients.
Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until a thick yet pliable dough starts to form. Separate the dough into 3 even sections (I use a scale to be extra precise!)
Now grab 3 small bowls. Place a piece of dough into each and dye your first section by gently kneading the dye into the dough until the desired color is achieved evenly throughout. Repeat with the second and third doughs. Try not to over-knead your dough!
Once colored, chill doughs for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), and grease or line 1 cookie sheet.
Here comes the fun part! Once chilled, break off pieces from each colored dough and roll them together into 5 or 6 tri-colored balls. Flatten each ball to desired thickness and use your hands (or a cookie cutter) to shape them into circles or anything else you'd like.
If desired, add sprinkles now. Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on thickness, and how soft or crunchy you like them.
Let cookies cool completely on pans or cooling racks before adding your choice of frosting, icing, and/or sprinkles if desired. I like mine plain :)
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
I use gel food dyes because they tend to yield more vibrant colors, but liquid food dye is great as well.
For a make-ahead version, simply prepare dough and freeze until you are ready to use. If thawing is necessary, do not use heat; just leave dough at room temperature until workable.