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Sugar Cookie Milkshake!

sugar cookie shake

This tastes like you’re drinking a sugar cookie.

Ok, that just sounds weird… but this is really good!

sugar cookie shake

Ensure? No thanks!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I don’t really like being as skinny as I am. Although I create recipes that can be very low in calories, I usually take advantage of the higher-calorie options if making them for myself. To keep weight on, I pretty much have to eat 24/7, which works out perfectly since my job entails lots of taste testing! Winking smile

In high school, I often drank vegan “weight-gain shakes” called Power Dreams. However, two things happened: the company discontinued the shakes, and I bought a Magic Bullet. So now I make my own shakes! (I wrote more about my weight-gain efforts at the very bottom of this link.)

cookie milkshake

Big thanks to reader, Kate, for inspiring this milkshake.

A few months ago, she left a comment on my Cake Batter Milkshake recipe, suggesting I experiment with adding cream of tartar to my smoothies for a fun cake-like taste. Of course, as soon as she said it, I had to try it. Thank you, Kate!!

Sugar Cookie Milkshake

(serves 1)

  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (try canned coconut milk for an ice-cream-like shake)
  • 1 frozen, over-ripe banana or 1/2 cup of your favorite ice cream (see nutrition link below, for my many substitution options!)
  • scant 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1-2 tbsp raw cashew butter (I like to add this)
  • optional: add cinnamon for a snickerdoodle shake!
  • optional: 1 scoop protein powder, if desired

Blend everything together until very smooth. Don’t add ice; it will dilute the flavor. Feel free to crumble an actual sugar cookie into the shake as well! (My “healthy sugar cookie” recipe is linked at the end of this post.)

View Nutritional Info

healthy sugar cookies

Also shown in the milkshake photos: Healthy Sugar Cookies.

What is your favorite milkshake flavor?

According to an online poll, the most-loved milkshake flavor is chocolate. Surprisingly, people chose strawberry over vanilla. My favorite was fourth: mint-chocolate-chip!

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Published on May 23, 2012

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  1. Nikki says

    Mmmm! This sounds like drinking cake batter! Something about makes me want to put it in coffee or chai.

    • Samantha says

      I wouldn’t have even considered myself a milkshake person and I have greatly enjoyed the ones I have tried from this site. This one looks really good and I love the idea of adding cashew butter!

  2. Sarahishealthy says

    OH. MY. YUM.

    Cream of tartar and baking soda? Well… if YOU say so, I will have to trust you and try it. Gosh look what you’re making me have to do. 😉

    Those photos are gorgeous! (I know I know, why am I surprised?)

    • Samantha says

      Good to know. I was just thinking cashew butter is probably really rich without a really dominant flavoring (like when I use peanut butter or coconut butter). I would never have though about nutritional yeast!

    • Anonymous says

      Do you add the 1 tsp of nutritional yeast to the cashew butter or this milkshake for a cake batter taste? I guess inadvertently if you add nutritional yeast to cashew butter it would be added to this drink though.
      I generally get a cheesy taste from nutritional yeast when I add it when cooking, but I LOVE anything cake batter! I must try it

  3. Juliana says

    Oh my goodness! YUM!!!

    I’m simple – my favorite is vanilla.
    Yet…I’m thinking that might change after I make this… 😉

  4. shannonmarie (rawdorable) says

    I used to go for the crazier milkshake flavors, but now I really love vanilla, if the vanilla is pure and delicious. I especially like shakes with actual vanilla bean seeds in them. Sometimes simple is best.

  5. Amanda says

    Yum! My favorite milkshake flavor has always been vanilla. Boring to some, but to me it is a never fail classic.

  6. Samantha says

    I believe right now my favorite is the peanut butter cookie dough milkshake which I had chocolate chips too.

    I finally got peppermint extract yesterday so an entire new world is about to open up. When I was a kid, chocolate chip mint was pretty much the only ice cream I would eat.

  7. Anna Banana says

    I’m in love with your mint chocolate chip milkshake and have used it to convert several of my friends to spinach consumers! I’m going to have to try this one because I happen to have a bag of cream of tartar I bought several months ago in the bulk foods section of the local co-op. I’ve been trying to figure out uses for it and I just bet cake and cookie milkshakes will be a great choice.

  8. Mandie says

    I think the best milkshake flavor (healthy) is
    YOUR Chai-Nana milkshake! (also your mint chip one!)

    But, a chocolate fudge milkshake (or malt) ranks pretty high.

    I still have to try your pb milkshake, but undoubtedly it will be good!

  9. Cole says

    Shoot, just need to try this now!
    I almost always got Strawberry when I ordered milkshakes as a kid! It’s my second favourite fruit, following Mangoes.
    Although just last weekend my best friend introduced me to the most amazing tasting Avacado shakes… Though I learned they’re a horrifying 1,300-odd kcal the way she makes them. (They reach that staggering number mostly due to the condensed milk.) Absolutely delicious calories mind, but SO NOT an everyday treat.

    • Samantha says

      This actually made me laugh…I have a few items like this. 🙂 Avocados really bulk things up which I love about them. I haven’t experimented with making vegan condensed milk but there are options out there and it might knock down some of the calories – but hard to say, there is a fair amount of sugar and vegan margarine added. I have no idea what it will do to the taste however and if the calories are a wash maybe not worth it. 🙂

      • Nathalie says

        It’s not really milkshake-related, but it is avocado-related!

        When I make vegan mousse, like Katie’s fudge pie, I often will replace some of the tofu with 1/2 an avocado. Honestly, the tofu+avocado combination is superb with nothing but a pinch of sweetener and salt. You don’t even need to add vanilla! But it of course works great as a base for chocolate or what-have-you.

        If you make it unsweet, and add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice, it tastes like a really rich, delicious mayonnaise as well.

        I haven’t tried using it for a milkshake per se (I find myself drawn to desserts I need to eat, rather than drink), but I imagine it would work splendidly to add body and creaminess.

  10. Tricia says

    This looks amazing 🙂 I’m so happy that you’ve been putting milkshake recipes on here because that’s the only thing I miss since being vegan ^^

  11. Leslie @ healthybybalance says

    Ummm, no, it is not weird to drink a milkshake! It is simply efficient! Not to mention delicious! I share your frustration with wanting to gain weight. All through high school I hated being skinny. All the other girls had curves and looked like actual girls. Unfortunately I didn’t have any healthy role models, so I turned to fast food and desserts to try and gain weight. I know this has played a huge part in my health as an adult. Fortunately I did realize this at some point and changed my ways. I’ve been a veg for about 4 years. And I actually like my body now! Which is also fun.

  12. Trish @ MyBigFatBundt says

    I say blend in an actual sugar cookie! Those sugar cookies are FABULOUS. I raved about them on the actual blog entry a few days ago. I made a batch and took them to a house where we were trading massage and other energy/body work, and when the children had come in from school, those cookies were gone in less than FIVE minutes. The girls declared them the best cookies they’d ever had! Pretty serious accolades coming from 9 and 11 year old girls. 🙂

  13. Patrick Timpone says

    Wow this looks intriguing to say the least. I think the vanilla and the cashew butter would make this taste quite good.

    Do you buy the cashew butter by Artisana? That stuff is uber expensive! 🙂

  14. Pixie Vincent says

    Katie, this looks so good! I wish, though, there was some wonderful way for those of us who are chubby vegans to share some of our problem with you hard-to-keep-weight-on ladies! Wouldn’t that be handy? ;D

    Meanwhile, I was recently nominated by Kristy over at for Kreativ Blogger and the Sunshine Blogger Awards. I wanted to pass it on to you. Your site is always so cheerful and your recipes so amazing! You can check it out at

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