The Best Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes Around
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without cookies. And if you or your loved ones follow a vegan diet, you don't have to miss out on one sweet bite. Vegan cookies are just as decadent and delicious as the originals, as these recipes prove. From lacy Florentines to crunchy snowballs to classic chocolate chip, there’s definitely a dairy- and egg-free version of your fave in here!
Sugar Cookies: Whether you prefer to make these sugary treats scooped or rolled and cut out, or eat them frosted or plain, they're the best (and easiest) holiday cookie. They require just one bowl, and contain a genius secret ingredient in place of eggs (spoiler alert: pumpkin puree!). (via Minimalist Baker)
Pumpkin Ginger Cookies: Chewy and richly spiced, these goodies are just made to be served with vegan eggnog. (via The Veg Life)
Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies: Rich chocolate sandwich cookies and a sweet, minty cream filling make for a doubly delicious treat. When you add holiday sprinkles, you get a festive spin on a tried-and-true flavor combo. (via Hot for Food)
Paleo Vegan Mint Chocolate Cookies: Mint and chocolate are such a perfect holiday cookie combo that we had to share another recipe featuring this pairing. This flourless option is vegan and Paleo, and tastes like a chewy brownie in cookie form. (via Detoxinista)
Cranberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies: Classic oatmeal cookies get a festive upgrade with coconut and dried cranberries. (via Making Thyme for Health)
Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti: Sweet-tart cranberries are an ideal match for pistachios. These whole-wheat biscotti are begging to be dunked into a piping hot cup of coffee. (via Veggie Inspired)
Florentines: Delicate and slightly sweet, these almond cookies are sure to steal the show at any cookie exchange. Not only are they vegan (and dipped in dark chocolate); they're also gluten-free! (via Petite Panettiere)
Danish "Butter" Cookies: These vegan cookies look and taste just like the originals. Serve them tucked inside cupcake papers in a tin to get the full effect. (via Wallflower Kitchen)
Glazed Molasses Oatmeal Cookies: The glaze is what elevates these molasses oatmeal cookies from ordinary to extraordinary. Soft and chewy, they're gluten-free and ready in just 30 minutes. (via Fooduzzi)
Pumpkin Spice Cookies: These had us at pumpkin. They're melt-in-your-mouth delicious and mildly spiced, baked with whole-grain oat flour and almond meal, then drizzled with vanilla-maple glaze. Make these for the pumpkin-spice lover in your life. (via Making Thyme for Health)
Chocolate Chip Cookies: You can't go wrong with good old chocolate chip cookies. There's a reason they stand the test of time. (via Baker by Nature)
PB&J Thumbprints: Feel free to swap in almond butter or a fancy cranberry jam to suit your grown-up taste buds. (via Minimalist Baker)
Chewy Molasses Cookies: Molasses adds mild sweetness and a whole lot of richness to these cookies. A mélange of winter spices are laced through every chewy bite. (via I Love Vegan)
Snowballs: Whether you call these Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, or snowballs, we can all agree that these nutty and buttery cookies are so easy to veganize. This version is also gluten-free. (via The Pretty Bee)
Gingerbread Cookies: These classic holiday cookies are bursting with cinnamon, cloves, and molasses. The result is a rich and tender yet crisp cookie that's best when paired with a glass of (almond) milk. (via I Love Vegan)
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Stepfanie Romine is a journalist turned ACE-certified health coach, yoga teacher, and freelance writer who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. When she’s not writing about health and wellness or developing recipes, Stepfanie loves trail running, hiking, and yoga — and exploring all the food and health trends Asheville has to offer. She has co-authored and contributed to several books about healthy living, and her most recent is “The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.” Find more from Stepfanie on her blog, The Flexible Kitchen, or on Facebook or Instagram.