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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.