25 Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Try these vegan Christmas cookie recipes that are worthy of gift-giving. Bring back holiday memories with these crowd favorites all in one place. 

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This collection of vegan Holiday cookie recipes has something for everyone, from tried-and-true chocolate chip cookies to spicy gingerbread to traditional Linzer cookies.

Find dairy-free alternatives to favorite recipes or try something new! Options for gluten-free cookies can be found on this list as well.

Baking during Christmas is a traditional delight to share with friends and family. Bake just one recipe, or mix and match them for an overflowing tray of treats.

25 Easy Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

1. Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

With a perfect balance of sweetness and a slightly crisp exterior, these Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a wonderful addition to your dessert repertoire. Whether you're following a vegan lifestyle or simply seeking a delicious chocolatey treat, these cookies are bound to be a hit.
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A slightly crisp exterior dusted in a white crinkle pattern reminiscent of a fresh coat of snow gives way to a rich, fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth interior, sure to delight any fan of deep chocolate flavors!

The intricate crinkle pattern might look complicated, but it’s created by rolling balls of deep chocolate dairy-free cookie dough in powdered sugar. Add a bit more holiday cheer by adding peppermint flavors to these cookies, and serve with hot chocolate!

2. Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

These vegan snickerdoodle cookies capture the classic flavor and texture of classic snickerdoodles sans the dairy and eggs. They're tender on the inside, slightly crispy on the outside, and rolled in a sweet and cinnamon-infused sugar mixture.
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Snickerdoodles are a time-honored classic and a favorite of many. Cookie dough is hand-rolled and then dusted in cinnamon sugar to give it its signature sparkly look and warm spice flavor! Once baked, they will be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. 

3. Vegan Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These Vegan Lemon Shortbread Cookies have the perfect balance of sweetness and tang, making them a delightful treat for any occasion. They are rich and buttery with a burst of citrusy freshness!
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Traditional shortbread turned vegan is the base for a zesty lemon glaze. These buttery shortbread cookies are also easily converted to a gluten-free alteration if needed.

They’re quick, easy to make, and an elegant addition to any Christmas cookie tray. The bright lemon flavor makes them a perfect end to a heavy winter meal.

4. Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms

The nostalgic combination of peanut butter and chocolate makes this veganized version of classic Peanut Butter Blossoms a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! A delightful holiday treat that vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy.
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No cookie is as comforting and nostalgic as a peanut butter cookie. The flavor of sweet peanut butter brings you back to childhood with every delicious bite.

This tasty recipe takes that childhood wonder and turns it into an updated cookie for all ages! They are irresistible and all vegan! Made with my homemade vegan chocolate kisses.

5. Vegan Snowball Cookies (Wedding Cookies)

Vegan Snowball Cookies, also called Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, are delicious, bite-sized treats with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The signature dusting of powdered sugar makes these treats a clear choice for your Christmas cookie collection!
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These powdery dairy-free cookies look like snowballs made from freshly fallen snow and melt in your mouth like snow! Pecans make for a delicious crunch to contrast the delicate buttery cookies.

They look more complicated to make than they are. With just six ingredients, they come together quickly.

6. Vegan Fruitcake Cookies

These bite-sized Vegan Fruitcake Cookies capture the essence of the traditional fruitcake that we all love in a portable and delicious form.
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While vegan Fruitcake Cookies can be enjoyed any time of the year, they are best served for festive occasions and holiday celebrations with the delightful mix of nuts, candied fruits, and warm spices. 

Make a big batch to give away to your loved ones and watch them bring the holiday holiday to anyone who receives them.

7. Vegan Molasses Cookies

Nothing says nostalgia like these warm molasses cookies. They are soft, chewy and have a rich flavor.
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These warm and welcoming cookies are a Southern-style favorite! They use the bold flavor of molasses to make an irresistible treat! With spices such as ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, these cookies are sure to please!

8. Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies

These Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies are so simple yet delicious and can be decorated with vegan icing or colored sugar to match any special occasion or holiday. This recipe is the perfect Christmas morning activity for your kids!
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This classic Christmas cookie forms an excellent base for any decorated cookie – they bake up perfectly flat and won’t spread, maintaining whatever shape they’ve been cut into!

This year, try having a Christmas cookie decorating party, having trays of these vegan cookies ready for guests to decorate with various colors of icing, and providing bowls of toppings like sprinkles or vegan candies.

9. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Craving for the warm, spiced flavors of gingerbread? These Vegan Gingerbread Cookies will allow you to enjoy a beloved holiday favorite without using dairy! Decorating them with icing and sprinkles can be a fun and creative activity for the whole family.
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These soft and chewy cookies pack all the punch of traditional gingerbread and can be decorated with vegan royal icing for a perfect holiday treat.

Cut out these dairy-free cookies into gingerbread men and tuck them into cookie gift boxes this Christmas. Or serve them with coffee or hot chocolate at your next holiday party for a cozy winter treat. 

10. Vegan Linzer Cookies

A yummy burst of fruity jam sandwiched between buttery, shortbread cookies! These festive German cookies might look intricate and delicate, but making them is not that complicated!
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For anyone who needs a nut-free and vegan cookie option, these traditional Linzer cookies will do the trick.

The sweetness from the shortbread-style cookie compliments the tartness of jam sandwiched between the layers – cut them in flower shapes to add a touch of color to your Christmas cookie trays.

11. Vegan Almond Flour Cookies

These Vegan Almond Flour Cookies have a lovely nutty taste and a tender, chewy texture! They are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
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Another vegan cookie recipe that caters to other allergies or dietary preferences. They are also gluten-free but a cookie everyone will love!

They are sweet and chewy, with a hint of caramel from the coconut sugar, and decorated with a whole almond. Even without flour, they will be everyone’s new favorite Christmas cookie.

12. Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery and tender cookies with bursts of fruity, jammy sweetness in the center – these Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate holiday treats!
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These cookies will quickly become your family’s favorite! They are quick and easy to make with a few ingredients, and kids will enjoy making their thumbprints in the little pieces of dough. Everyone can pick their favorite jam and customize these cookies to their liking.

13. Vegan Brandy Snaps

Crisp, delicate brandy snaps infused with ginger and lemon and filled with luscious vegan whipped cream – this beloved Christmas-time biscuit will instantly give you the holiday feels in every crunch-filled bite!
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These elegant cookies have such a glimmer and sheen that they look impossible to be vegan! The crisp and lacy ginger shells are rolled into tight tubes around a rolling pin handle and then filled with a soft, creamy filling. A gift box of these delicious Christmas cookies would delight anyone!

14. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to holiday cookie collections, nothing beats good 'ol Chocolate Chip Cookies! They are chewy, gooey and are generously specked with rich dark chocolate and warming cinnamon.
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No Christmas cookie tray would be complete without everyone’s favorite cookie: the classic chocolate chip.

This recipe features a chewy and tender cookie with flavors made more intense and cohesive when the dough rests in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The almond extract used in the vegan cookie dough adds a bit of extra “buttery” flavor.

15. Vegan White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These Vegan White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies showcase a perfect balance of sweetness from the white chocolate, tartness from the cranberries, and a soft, chewy texture.
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These cranberry and white chocolate-flecked cookies make the best holiday treat with their amazing flavors- from sweet white chocolate to tart cranberries, and warm vanilla.

They are so festive and delicious, perfect for gift-giving, bake sales, parties, and potlucks. Or just keep a batch at home and enjoy it with your favorite warm drink while sitting by the fireplace.

16. Vegan Pecan Sandies

Buttery bliss meets crunchy pecan perfection in this simple one-bowl shortbread cookie recipe! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies redefine vegan indulgence in every bite.
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If you love pecans, then these delightful, buttery sandies are for you!

They provide a wonderful blend of sweet, buttery goodness with the earthy notes of pecans, creating a delightful treat for both vegans and non-vegans alike. Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee, share them during gatherings, or savor them as a sweet indulgence any time of the day.

17. Vegan Orange Cranberry Cookies

Sweet meets zesty in these unique and impressive cookies! Vegan Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies are a delightful combination of buttery shortbread, zesty orange, and tart cranberries.
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Vegan Orange Cranberry Cookies offer a delightful blend of citrusy brightness and tart cranberry flavors, creating the perfect balance of sweet and tangy notes for a festive and flavorful treat!

They make an excellent addition to cookie exchanges, dessert tables, or as homemade gifts during the festive season.

18. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Delicious peanut butter cups nestled in a buttery cookie dough baked to golden perfection! These cookies have the nostalgic combination of peanut butter and chocolate in one easy-to-make cookie recipe – sweet, salty and nutty!
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Cookies combine the beloved flavors of rich, nutty peanut butter and sweet, indulgent chocolate in one delectable treat!

They are easier to make than you think and are done in less than 30 minutes. They are perfect for various occasions, from casual snacks to dessert tables at your next holiday events.

19. Vegan Whipped Shortbread Cookies

These festive-looking Vegan Whipped Shortbread Cookies are perfect for any occasion, whether you're looking for a sweet treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee or need a festive addition to your holiday cookie platter.
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Vegan Whipped Shortbread Cookies have a unique texture that is light, airy, and crumbly. They practically dissolve in your mouth, leaving a delicate, buttery sensation!

Adorned with cheerful sprinkles, red or green candied cherries and colored sugar, they make the most adorable Christmas cookies!

20. Vegan Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Vegan Lemon Crinkle Cookies are a delightful and zesty twist on the classic crinkle cookie, incorporating the bright and refreshing flavor of lemon.
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Vegan Lemon Crinkle Cookies are a burst of citrusy sunshine on a cold, wintry day!

They are a delightful combination of tart lemon flavor and the irresistible texture of crinkle cookies. Crackly and crisp on the outside but soft and chewy inside with an intense lemony taste that will refresh your palate.

21. Vegan Brown Sugar Cookies

This no-chill Vegan Brown Sugar Cookies taste just like butterscotch with hints of toffee. They are simple to make yet irresistibly good. You'll find yourself munching away more than just a few pieces!
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Classic sugar cookies get a rich, molasses-like sweetness from the addition of brown sugar! This gives the cookies a warm, comforting taste reminiscent of toffee or butterscotch.

An indulgent yet dairy-free treat that you definitely need to add to your must-try this holiday season.

22. Vegan Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These cookies combine the buttery, crumbly texture of classic shortbread with the decadent flavor of chocolate. Perfect for vegans and those who appreciate a delightful chocolatey treat!
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These Vegan Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are an indulgent twist on the classic shortbread, infused with rich cocoa flavor. A cookie recipe that will surely delight chocolate enthusiasts!

They make an elegant addition to holiday dessert platters or can be individually wrapped as gifts for your loved ones.

23. Vegan Pinwheel Cookies

These Vegan Pinwheel Cookies are a delightful combination of vanilla and chocolate with a visually appealing swirl pattern. They make a perfect addition to holiday cookie platters or a sweet treat for any occasion.
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Vegan Pinwheel Cookies are eye-catching treats with swirls of chocolate and vanilla flavors. Enjoy these cookies with a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of almond milk on Christmas morning.

24. Vegan Double Ginger Cookies

These Vegan Double Ginger Cookies offer a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, with the added bonus of chewy crystallized ginger. They make a wonderful treat for ginger lovers.
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Vegan Double Ginger Cookies are a delightful and spiced variation of traditional ginger cookies, featuring both ground ginger and crystallized ginger for a double dose of zesty goodness! Everyone will love the mix of warm and spicy ginger complemented by the sweet and rich notes of molasses.

25. Vegan Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Rich chocolate, gooey caramel and crunchy pecans— these trio of dessert goodies are all found in this cookie adaptation of Turtle candies made without eggs or dairy!
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Vegan Chocolate Turtle Cookies are a delicious and indulgent dessert inspired by the classic turtle candies, featuring rich chocolate, caramel, and pecans in a delightful cookie form. These cookies offer a blend of flavors and textures, creating a luxurious, festive and fun treat that’s both vegan and satisfying.

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25 Vegan Christmas Cookies: Danish Butter Cookies

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Rest: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories:112
Servings: 24
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Vegan cookie recipes that are worthy of gift-giving. Bring back holiday memories with these crowd favorites all to one place.
Recipes: For more accuracy, use Metric measurements & measuring spoons.
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated cane sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 g) vegan butter or margarine, not unsalted, stick or block form, cut into cubes
  • 1 vegan egg, See Notes for options
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (30 g) almond flour
  • cups (230 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar and vegan butter until pale in color. Stir in the vegan egg and vanilla.
    ¾ cup (150 g) granulated cane sugar ,¾ cup (150 g) vegan butter or margarine ,1 vegan egg ,1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the almond flour and all-purpose flour and mix until a smooth dough is formed. Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes.
    ¼ cup (30 g) almond flour ,1¾ cups (230 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 350°F (180°C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add the dough to a cookie press or pastry bag with a medium star tip (#4B). Press out into 2-inch wide rings onto the baking trays. Bake one batch at a time for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.

Notes

Egg Replacer options:
  • Store-bought vegan egg replacer for 1 egg (e.g, Ener-G or Bob’s Red Mill) mixed with water as directed.
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch mixed with 2 tablespoons aquafaba.
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Set aside for 5 minutes until thickened (makes chewier cookies).
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Adapted from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas.
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Nutrition Facts
25 Vegan Christmas Cookies: Danish Butter Cookies
Serving Size
 
1 Cookie
Amount per Serving
Calories
112
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
44
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
0.2
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

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