INGREDIENTS For the cookies: 2½ cups pink champagne or sparkling wine 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup granulated sugar, divided ⅓ cup vegetable shortening (vegan recipe below) For the icing: 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted Pinch of salt DIRECTIONS Pour pink champagne into a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil champagne until reduced to ¾ cup, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a measuring cup; chill until cold. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. In a separate large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream ½ cup sugar and shortening until smooth. Add ½ cup of the cold champagne reduction; stir to combine (shortening will be lumpy). Add flour mixture and stir until a very soft dough forms. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop dough into 1-inch balls, rolling each ball of dough in remaining sugar before transferring to prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down dough with fingers or the back of a measuring cup dipped in sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until edges are just set. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the icing: Whisk together powdered sugar with remaining ¼ cup cold champagne reduction and pinch of salt. Dip cooled cookies in icing, letting excess drip off. Let icing set for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle with pearl sugar or sprinkles. Let icing set completely before serving. Vegan Vegetable Shortening ¾ cup refined coconut oil ¼ cup canola, light olive oil or rice bran oil 1) Melt and mix your fats Melt the coconut oil in a microwave so it's barely melted and as close to room temperature as possible. Measure it and add it and the canola oil to a food processor. Making smooth shortening is dependent on the mixture solidifying as quickly as possible after it's mixed. This smoothness depends on the fats solidifying before they get a chance to separate. This is why it's important to make sure your coconut oil is as close to room temperature as possible before you mix it with the canola oil. 2) Transfer the Vegan Shortening to a mold and freeze Process for 1 minute, scraping down the sides halfway through the duration. Pour the mixture into a mold such as an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer to solidify. An ice cube mold works well. The vegan shortening should be ready to use in about an hour. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months or wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer for up to 2 years. This recipe makes 1 cup or the equivalent of 2 sticks.