Our journey to making vegan sugar cookies for Christmas included the challenge of how to make a vegan buttercream frosting. We ended up using one with coconut butter which paired well with our cookies.
Coconut Butter is made from raw dried shredded coconut. It is a delicious blend that can be used in place of butter for baking. I used the Marantha brand but have also tried the Activa brand.
I am learning that in vegan baking you look at the bowl and think this will never work, yet somehow it does. The textures are different and it takes a little practice, trial and error to find what works for you.
Softened the coconut butter by placing in a glass bowl and microwave in minute or 30 second intervals, but be careful not to overheat.
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Vegan Coconut Buttercream Frosting
- ¼ cup coconut butter
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons milk of coconut milk or other nut milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a small bowl, cream the coconut butter until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes, with a hand blender on high speed.
- Add half the confectioner's sugar, half the milk, and all the vanilla and lemon juice. Combine on medium speed with the hand blender until smooth and creamy.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend in the remaining confectioner's sugar in ¼ cup increments, until you get the desired results. Blend in more milk to thin out, as necessary.
- Divide into bowls, color and frost.