While “veganizing” dinner favorites like pizza, mac n’ cheese, and wings may require a little finesse and skill, baking delicious vegan desserts is typically a piece of cake (see what I did there?)! And as we near the holiday season, what could be more seasonally appropriate than a warm batch of Christmas cookies?! And luckily for us, vegan Christmas cookie recipes are abundant and uber easy to execute!
When it comes to perfecting these cookies, typically all you have to do is swap out regular butter for vegan butter, apple sauce for eggs, and chocolate for non dairy chocolate! There aren’t really any extra steps or skills needed to pull these off, which is why vegan cookies make an excellent last minute dessert!
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Truth be told, I could probably indulge in pumpkin-flavored-anything year round! I LOVE it. But for those who enjoy it just during the holidays, these cookies are a must try! With a chewy and soft texture, they’re your typical chocolate chip cookie with an added pumpkin flair. The recipe itself is pretty straight forward as well and doesn’t require any unique ingredients.
Would it truly be a Christmas cookies list if I didn’t offer at least one recipe for a good butter cookie? These cookies are an absolute holiday staple and are great for those who don’t suffer from a huge sweet tooth. If you’re going for a professional appearance than I highly recommend purchasing a cookie press to achieve a beautiful shape!
I don’t know about you, but I grew up eating molasses cookies during the holidays as they’re my mom and brother’s favorite! There’s something about the ultra chewiness and sweet yet slightly bitter taste that just works for me! If you love molasses cookies too then you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a go!
Do you love chocolate? How about chocolate AND candy canes? If you answered yes to both of these questions then I have the perfect vegan Christmas cookie recipe for you! These cookies not only combine the winning flavors of chocolate and peppermint, but also get bonus points in the cute department for their sandwich structure! Bake a batch of these and watch them disappear faster than you can tell anyone they’re actually vegan!
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Another holiday staple, ginger cookies are perfect for those who prefer something a little less sweet and a little more complex! This recipe is super easy and doesn’t require any bizarre ingredients, simply swap out regular milk for soy milk. However, make sure you consider the spice factor of ginger before necessarily adding in the entire amount! I recommend tasting the batter as you add in ginger until you are satisfied.
Red velvet anything has a special way of just feeling super festive. Maybe it’s the red dye, maybe it’s the stereotype that red velvet is boujee…whatever the reasoning, red velvet makes a great addition to your holiday dessert roster! These cookies are as pretty with their dusting of powdered sugar as they are delicious and will satisfy any red velvet fanatic, vegan or not!
Oh my God…thumbprint cookies are like my actual weakness. I love the sugary taste of the cookie and it’s sweetly tart jam center, plus all the various textures that combine to create (in my opinion) the perfect holiday cookie! I’m going to assume you also appreciate a thumbprint cookie because you’re a sane person with good taste (50% kidding, 50% dead serious) and that you will LOVE this recipe!
I know coconut can be a bit of a hit or miss with some people so just keep in mind this recipe definitely will have a coconut flavor to it! But if you’re down with coconut then this recipe will be your go-to for many holiday seasons to come!
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To all my maple lovers out there…this one is for you! This recipe combines some of the best flavors of the holiday season into a cookie that’s spiced, sweet, and rich! What would be a great sugar cookie is elevated into a phenomenal cookie with the addition of cinnamon maple icing (yaaaaas).
For any coffee lovers out there, try this twist on a traditional chocolate chip cookie! Infused with chunks of homemade chocolate espresso beans, these cookies will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also give you a slight boost of energy as well! Besides ground flax seed, all the ingredients are pretty standard, just make sure you purchase dairy free chocolate chips like these!
If you need a lot of cookies in a short amount of time, then this recipe is for you! This classic snowball cookie (or Mexican wedding cookie) is turned vegan simply by subbing out regular butter for vegan butter. It’s that simple. And with only three other ingredients, this recipe comes together extremely fast without compromising flavor!
Let me know in the comments which of the vegan Christmas cookie recipes you plan on trying this holiday season!
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