Get your emoji on with these cute Emoji Cookies. These cookies are fun to make as well as fun to eat and they are so yummy. Great activity to engage the kids, they will absolutely love it.
For this recipe, to make it dairy free, I used organic ingredients such a vegan shortening that can be purchased at Thrive Market. I love this product because it is a healthier alternative to margarine. I use this shortening with all my dairy free cookie recipes.
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Emoji Cookies made with regular cookie dough and decorated with colored icing.
- 8 ounces butter (1 stick) or margarine, organic vegan shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 lemon juice squeezed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or vegan shortening
- 3-4 tablespoons warm water *you may need to adjust so you get the right consistency.
- Food coloring
In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients: Flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice of 1/2 lemon and mix well.
Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix well until it forms a dough and the bowl is clean and the dough is not clinging to the sides. You should have a smooth dough.
Remove the dough and place on a lightly floured surface or board, bring it together and shape into a ball. Take some plastic wrap and wrap the dough. Place in the fridge for about 10-30 minutes.
*This dough also freezes well.
Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured surface or board. Take the rolling pin and roll the dough about 1/8th or 1/4 inch thick.
Take a round cookie cutter about 2-3 inch diameter and cut out circles. Repeat this process until you have used up all the cookie dough.
Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake at 350 F. for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown.
When ready remove from baking sheet and place on wire rack to cool. Once they are cooled you are ready to decorate with icing.
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and few tablespoons of water. You will need to add a bit more water to reach a smooth and creamy consistency of the icing.
*Note: If your icing is too runny or thin, add more powdered sugar.
Distribute the icing into different bowls to add food coloring. You will need more icing for the yellow color and some pink icing for other features. You can also melt chocolate for eyes and mouth.