38 Delicious Vegan Christmas Cookies

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From classic to fun, healthy and easy-to-make: these hand-selected vegan Christmas cookies will be a true hit with the whole family this season!

Make this year’s holiday season special by preparing vegan-friendly Christmas cookies that are totally approved by all eaters.

Whether you’re looking for gluten-free or lower-sugar Christmas cookies, true classics, or decadent treats that can be turned into food gifts, our collection will not disappoint!

You can also find more vegan Christmas desserts, vegan Christmas dinners and vegan Christmas breakfast recipes around our website to make this holiday as rich in plant-based goodness as you like.

For more treats, check out these no-bake vegan desserts, cozy Christmas drinks, and raw cakes!

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Vegan Gingerbread Stars
These lovingly decorated gingerbread cookies aren’t just vegan but also gluten-free and lower in sugar! They taste just like the traditional holiday cookie, can be made into any shape you like and feature a homemade icing made from chickpea liquid.
These gingerbread cookies are wonderfully spiced and ready in 30 minutes total.
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Festive Vegan Linzer Cookies
Everyone will love these classic vegan Linzer cookies with cranberry jam filling! They look super special and impressive yet need only a little love and a little time to make.
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Vegan Danish Butter Cookies
Buttery Danish cookies are classic homemade sweets that need to be on your vegan Christmas cookies list!
Completely dairy-free and fun to make, this recipe has all of the familiar flavor and texture of the classic biscuits you get in a tin — plus, they make for wonderful edible vegan gifts.
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German Gingerbread Chocolate Cookies
Let’s face it, no Christmas cookie list is complete without lots of gingerbread recipes! If you’re into traditional German recipes, make this “Elisenlebkuchen” consisting of cozily spiced gingerbread cookies covered in chocolate.
Featuring ingredients like dates, lemon zest, orange juice, ground nuts and wafers, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
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Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
Would you believe that this treat requires only 4 simple ingredients, all of which are vegan, gluten-free and even oil-free?
Chocolate-dipped macarons make for the perfect addition to a Christmas goodie tray and can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks to enjoy with the family.
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Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies
Looking for a fun twist on the classic cookie recipe? These orange cardamom sugar cookies are made with an almond flour base, super flavorful, and really delicious. If you’re a little adventurous in the cookie department, you are going to love these.
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Vegan Thin Mints
Did you love Girl Scout cookies growing up? Crisp, cold and chocolatey, these nostalgic treats can easily be made vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy them. This recipe tastes like the real thing and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
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Vegan Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everything you love about winter treats in each bite: these sweet and nutty vegan maple pecan cookies with melted chocolate chips are crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside. What a great combo!
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Gluten-free Vegan Sugar Cookies
Can’t have gluten as a vegan? Learn how to make the most delicious gluten-free vegan sugar cookies with amazing crispy edges and a tender center. Top them with vegan royal icing that firms up and decorate them to your heart’s content!
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Chewy Vegan Eggnog Cookies
With an authentic eggnog flavor and the perfect texture, these vegan Christmas cookies as a must-try this year! This recipe is easy to make, vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and made with simple ingredients. Does it get any better than this?
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Vegan Fruitcake Cookies
Combine two classic holiday treats by making these vegan fruitcake cookies! Dotted with nuts and candied fruit and bursting with cozy spices, this one-bowl recipe captures all the goodness of the classic holiday treat in each bite.
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
How about some classic chocolate chip cookies made vegan and healthy? This simple recipe features wholesome ingredients and uses chickpea liquid as an egg replacer.
Add chocolate chips, crushed nuts, candy cane or dried cranberries for a fun holiday version!
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Coffee Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies
With just the right amount of sweetness, deep caramel undertones and buttery flavor, these coffee hazelnut shortbread cookies are the perfect vegan treat!
They require only 6 basic ingredients and are sure to find a way into our Christmas cookie jar this year.
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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
How about a fun and healthier spin on classic cookies this year? These crispy peanut butter balls are vegan, gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup.
They are an easy no-bake treat featuring rice crispy cereal, different nuts, chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles.
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Gingerbread People Cookies
What would Christmas be without gingerbread people? This recipe is undetectably vegan, easy to make and full of warming winter spices.
Enjoy soft and chewy cookies that are lovingly decorated and offer a hint of orange zest!
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Vegan Cranberry Christmas Cookies
These festive Linzer cookies are studded with pistachios and dried cranberries and taste so delightful!
Easy to make with common pantry staples, these pretty treats are a must every Christmas season.
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Vegan Meringue Cookies
Airy, light, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, nobody would believe that these vegan meringue cookies are totally egg-free!
They require only 4 ingredients to make and are such wonderful edible gifts, too.
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Vegan Lebkuchen Cookies
We personally can’t get enough “Lebkuchen” during wintertime! These soft and spiced gingerbread cookies are super popular in Germany so easy to make.
With simple ingredients like flour, sugar, vegetable oil, soy milk, cocoa powder and gingerbread spices, you can whip them up in under 30 minutes total!
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Brownie Peppermint Cookies
For all the fellow mint chocolate lovers out there, these cookies are for you! A decadent brownie base meets peppermint extract and a festive candy cane garnish.
This Christmas cookie is sweetened with maple syrup, oil-free, really nutty and so indulgent!
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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Speaking of candy cane cookies — these soft and chewy vegan sugar cookies are easy to make in one bowl and also feature crushed candy cane!
They are fun to make with kids, require only basic kitchen staples and are undetectably vegan.
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Chocolate Orange Crinkle Cookies
Soft, fudgy and full of festive dark chocolate and orange flavor: these vegan chocolate crinkle cookies will satisfy any sweet tooth!
They are incredibly easy to make, super delicious and look so pretty when frosted with a snowy layer of powdered sugar.
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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
With a simple shortbread cookie base and fruity jam filling, these one-bowl thumbprint cookies are delectable and require only 10 minutes of prep time!
Use any jam of your choice and make these gluten-free treats this Christmas season.
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Cinnamon Snowflake Cookies
Do you happen to have pretty snowflake cookie cutters at home? Then, you need to make these magical winter snowflake cookies with a dusting of icing sugar!
With a good pinch of cinnamon, the easy shortbread cookie base turns into a seasonal treat for the whole family.
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Vegan Gingersnap Cookies
These vegan ginger cookies are full of spices, chewy on the inside but have that perfect crispy "snap" on the edges!
Ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes, these cookies taste wonderful and will put anyone in the holiday spirit.
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Vegan Snowball Cookies
There are no cookies around that could say “winter” more than these snowball cookies! They are light, crisp, buttery and coated in sugar heaven.
Perfect to enjoy with the whole family, plus they only require 7 simple ingredients to make.
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
These easy vegan biscotti speckled with cranberries and pistachio are perfect for the holidays!
They are just sweet enough and have a nice crunch but you can bake them into soft treats if you like, too. Enjoy with a cup of cozy hot beverage!
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Vegan Spice Sugar Cookies
Make pretty Christmas cutout cookies in any shape you like with this easy vegan sugar cookie recipe! With cozy spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, these treats are totally holiday-approved.
Decorate with coconut flour or powdered sugar to your liking!
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Vegan Linzer Cookies
Jam-filled Linzer cookies are definitely a holiday favorite! They are so much fun to make and an absolute eye-catcher on any cookie platter.
Enjoy their light and crumbly texture, fruity filling and make them in different shapes!
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Vegan Molasses Cookies
These crackly and chewy vegan molasses cookies are ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes and just so crowd-pleasing.
A classic holiday treat for the whole family, they are perfectly spiced and dressed up with a sparkly coating of granulated sugar!
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Star-Shaped Cinnamon Cookies
Cut-out cookies are such fun to make during the holidays! These vegan cinnamon cookies are sweet, crunchy and an excellent bake for the festive season.
Top them with some powdered sugar or homemade 2-ingredient icing!
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Vegan Rosemary Tahini Cookies
Crisp, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, these rosemary tahini cookies are what you would call a more sophisticated vegan Christmas cookie!
They are sweetened with coconut sugar for a warm and caramel-y flavor and gluten-free thanks to the use of oats.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Isn’t this title already very convincing? These vegan white chocolate cranberry cookies are soft, chewy and a must for the holiday season!
Everyone will love this thick, buttery, sweet and tart treat, so add it to your list this year.
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Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies
These super easy sugar cookies can be made soft or crispy — it’s up to you! Decorate with sanding sugar, buttercream frosting or vegan icing that hardens.
From stars to bells and trees, these holiday-approved cookies will be gone so quickly.
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Peppermint Energy Balls
How about some healthier treats for Christmas this year? These chocolate peppermint energy balls are really easy to make and a delicious alternative to traditional cookies.
They are made from wholesome ingredients, totally customizable and can be stored for at least a week in the fridge.
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Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
These easy chocolate-dipped vegan ginger cookies are warm, savory and really earthy. They are sweetened with maple syrup and feature lots of wintery spices from nutmeg to allspice, cloves and molasses!
If you like the sound of that, try these soft pillowy cookies with a crisp exterior.
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Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
If you’re looking for a no-bake vegan Christmas treat, make these 4-ingredient chocolate coconut snowballs!
They are rich, bursting with coconut flavor and require only 15 minutes of prep time.
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Vegan Speculaas Cookies
These dutch spiced cookies are crispy, chewy and just perfect during wintertime! If you haven’t had speculaas before, now is the time to make them.
They require only basic ingredients like vegan butter, flour, sugar and some warming spices to make and will be loved by everyone!
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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Who could say no to the combination of white chocolate and macadamia in a thick, chewy and gooey Christmas cookie?
These unforgettable treats are both vegan and gluten-free, require only one bowl and 10 minutes of prep time.
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38 Irresistible Vegan Christmas Cookies

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
From classic to fun, healthy and easy-to-make: these hand-selected vegan Christmas cookies will be a true hit with the whole family this season! The following snickerdoodle cookie dough balls make for delightful and healthier treats during the holidays and are ready to enjoy in no time.
Serves 15 balls

Ingredients

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls

  • ½ cup almond butter 125 g
  • ¼ cup maple syrup 80 g
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup almond flour 80 g
  • cup brown sugar 60 g
  • 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Combine almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt in a bowl, using a spoon. 
  • Gradually add almond flour and mix again until everything’s smooth and homogenous. You can use a hand mixer for better results!
  • Put brown sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Pinch off small bites from the dough and roll into little balls.
  • Coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place them on a parchment paper-lined sheet.
  • Repeat until around 15 balls have been formed and coated. Place your sheet into the fridge and store the snickerdoodle cookie dough balls for up to 5 days or enjoy at your convenience.

Notes

  • You can use any liquid vegan sweetener for this recipe.
  • Feel free to swap almond flour for oat flour and almond butter for cashew butter!
  • Flatten out the dough balls on parchment paper and add crisscrosses with a fork to create super easy no-bake cookies!
  • Find 30+ more easy vegan Christmas cookies and balls in the article above.
Course: Holiday
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
38 Irresistible Vegan Christmas Cookies
Serving Size
 
1 ball
Amount per Serving
Calories
115
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Sodium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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