18+ Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

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These 18+ delicious and classic Vegan Christmas Cookies recipes are sure to please any guest! All recipes are vegan and dairy-free, with gluten-free options.

I love cake and pie as much as the next person, but in my opinion, the holidays are all about cookies. 

Cookies are always welcome as a delicious holiday treat our house, but I think they make for great DIY gifts as well! These 18+ vegan cookie recipes are just as satisfying as any non-vegan cookie — unless you tell you’re guests that they’re plant-based, I actually don’t think they’ll even realize!

Table of Contents
  1. General Tips for the Best Vegan Holiday Cookies:
  2. Traditional Vegan Holiday Cookies
  3. Untraditionally Delicious Holiday Cookies
  4. Common Equipment You’ll Need to Make Vegan Holiday Cookies
  5. Gluten-Free & Plant-Based Holiday Cookies
  6. No-Bake Vegan Cookie Recipes
  7. FAQ about Vegan Christmas Cookies:
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General Tips for the Best Vegan Holiday Cookies:

1. Use Good Quality Vegan Butter: every vegan butter has a different amount of spread based on its oil composition. After accidentally making cookie soup instead of cookies once, I typically like to stick with the better-known brands, like Earth Balance, Country Crock, Violife and Miyokos. Also, make sure to use buttery vegan sticks, and not margarine!

2. Use a Scale: Baking is a science, and cookies are tiny! The best way to ensure your cookies look *exactly* like the recipe photo is to use an affordable kitchen scale and go by grams. At the very least, make sure you spoon and level your flour — don’t just scoop it out of the container!

3. Use Cookie Dough Scoops: I love these sturdy cookie dough scoops (which can also be used on ice cream). They come in a variety of sizes, are easy to empty, and ensure that your cookies are uniform in size! 

Traditional Vegan Holiday Cookies

They’re classics for a reason! These classic plant-based Christmas cookie recipes may have a plant-based twist, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on flavor.

Vegan Snickerdoodles
These Vegan Snickerdoodles are perfectly puffy, soft, and slightly chewy. All you need is 10 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to make. No chilling required!
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Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies that are well-spiced and just as tasty as they are adorable. The perfect holiday cookie to share with family and friends. Oil-free option, refined sugar-free option.
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Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cookie
Introducing the Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cookies. Chocolate cookies filled with melted chocolate and rolled in a cardamom sugar to tie it all together. Bake these treats up in less than 30 minutes! Gluten-free option.
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Vegan Pecan Sandies
These Vegan Pecan Sandies are the perfect buttery, crunchy shortbread cookies, made using just 5 simple ingredients and with a gluten-free option.
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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
These Wholesome Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies are sweet & chewy with warm holiday spices and a crunchy sugar coating! Gluten-Free Option. 
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Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
These soft and fluffy Peanut Butter Cookies have a molten chocolate center and melt in your mouth! Made with only 6 vegan and gluten-free ingredients.
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Untraditionally Delicious Holiday Cookies

I love a good holiday tradition, but sometimes I like to spice things up. If you feel the same way, whip out your stand mixer or electric mixer and try one (or three!) of these delicious cookie recipes:

Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies
These Hot Cocoa Cookies are stuffed with a double dose of chocolate and fluffy marshmallows. They're the perfect cookies to share with loved ones this holiday season! Vegan, Gluten-Free option.
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Brown Butter Maple Cookies
Soft & chewy maple cookies lightly laced with nutty brown butter and cinnamon, then drizzled in a buttery maple glaze for the ultimate seasonal cookie! Vegan.
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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
These 1-bowl Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a chewy and delicious cookie packed with equal parts chocolate chips and chopped pecans. They're complete with a soft center and perfectly crisp edges. Vegan.
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Golden Milk Shortbread Cookies (Haldi Doodh)
Vegan Shortbread Cookies inspired by the nourishing Indian drink, Golden Milk or Haldi Doodh. All you need is a few basic ingredients and 15 minutes to prep.
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Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies
These Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies are infused with a blend of spices then baked into buttery, decadent sugar cookies. Prep this holiday dessert in just 15 minutes with no weird ingredients.
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Chocolate Chai Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies bursting with chocolate flavor, aromatic chai spices, and the perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture. Bake this gorgeous, holiday-inspired cookie recipe with just 15 minutes of prep work. Vegan.
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Common Equipment You’ll Need to Make Vegan Holiday Cookies

  • Silicone Baking Mats: Unless you have a ceramic cookie sheet, I highly suggest using these nonstick silicone baking mats. They’re very easy to clean and help to get those perfect crispy cookie edges!
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer: either will work, but you’ll need one or the other to whip your vegan butter and sugar together to emulsified perfection
  • Rolling Pin: I’m a big fan of the wooden French Rolling Pin; flour sticks to it more easily than a stone one, and it’s a lot easier to use than a rolling pin with handles.

Gluten-Free & Plant-Based Holiday Cookies

These cookies may be dairy-free and gluten-free, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on flavor! 

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
These Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are fluffy, rich, and the perfect holiday treat! Vegan, Gluten-Free, and made from 9 wholesome ingredients.
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Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies
These Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies are Grain-Free, Vegan, Naturally Sweetened, and made with only 6 healthy ingredients!
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tahini sugar cookies on gray plate and white background
Flourless Tahini Sugar Cookies
Vegan, Gluten Free, and Oil-Free, these Tahini Sugar Cookies are a healthy dessert– but hardly taste like it! With crispy edges and soft and chewy centers, they’re perfect on their own or with a glass of non-dairy milk.
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are Vegan, Gluten Free, and Nut Free, so everyone can enjoy them, whether it be an afternoon snack or evening dessert.
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Don’t want to turn on the oven? No problem! These No-Bake Cookie recipes are still satisfying (and easy to make when travelling!)

3 chocolate peanut butter cookies on white speckled plate with glass of milk
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
These No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are ready in less than 15 minutes and require only 3 ingredients! A rich and yummy Gluten-Free & Vegan treat.
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Chocolate Turtle Cookies on wood cutting board
No-Bake Chocolate Turtle Cookies
These Chocolate Turtle Cookies are gluten, dairy, and egg free, PLUS you don’t need to turn on your oven to make them! Perfect for an indulgent – yet healthy – sweet treat.
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FAQ about Vegan Christmas Cookies:

Which popular cookies are vegan?

You can make almost any cookie recipe vegan with a few simple substitutions! All of my recipes use vegan butter instead of dairy butter, and most of them use flax eggs as the egg replacement.

Can I use coconut oil instead of vegan butter?

Generally yes; just make sure it’s softened at room temperature, just like vegan butter. I find that vegan cookies made with coconut oil are slightly more dry than when they are made with butter, but most people won’t notice. I do recommend using refined coconut oil instead of virgin coconut oil, otherwise your cookies will have a coconut taste to them

Can Christmas cookies be frozen?

Yes, but I recommend freezing unbaked cookie dough instead of baked cookies. Form your cookie dough into balls (you may still need to chill it in the fridge first, depending on the recipe), then freeze on a baking sheet in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to a freezer-safe bag or container and store for up to 1 month. I recommend defrosting the frozen dough for at least one hour at room temperature before baking.

Enjoy! If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I would also love it if you could leave a comment below with a recipe rating! Thank you for the support 😊

About the Author

Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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