The Best Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

4.50 from 4 votes
Easy vegan sugar cookie recipe with the perfect crisp exterior and soft interior. Deliciously sweet with vanilla and almond flavour. Made with a simple and pipe-able vegan icing to decorate.
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
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Dec 9, 2022 (Last updated Jan 31, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani

The Best Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

It’s holiday cookie week in the Two Spoons kitchen and I’ve rounded up the 4 best vegan Christmas cookies you must try this year! They’re easy to make, foolproof, and made with minimal ingredients. Two of the cookies even share the same dough, making it easy to provide a variety to guests this Christmas!

Don’t forget to join me this week on my Youtube Channel and bake these vegan Christmas cookie recipes alongside me on Vegan Afternoon with Two Spoons.

Vegan Christmas Cookie Baking Tips

When I first went vegan, I did not know how to bake at all. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t, as well as the best vegan swaps to make. So before getting started with your vegan Christmas cookie baking, I’ve got a few tips for you to ensure your vegan Christmas cookies turn out perfectly without any stress.

  • Don’t over-mix vegan cookie dough. Unlike when baking breads like my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls or Spelt Bread, you do not want to over-mix the cookie dough. Just mix enough until it holds together when pressed between your fingers and lightly pat it into a disc. Overdoing it will make your vegan Christmas cookies dense – and that is no fun!
  • Double the recipes! If you’re baking up a storm for friends and family this holiday season and want to provide a variety of cookies, feel free to double the batch. For example, you can make a double batch of my vegan shortbread cookie recipe and turn half of the dough into vegan almond Linzer cookies. (Recipe for both below)
  • Maximize your cookie dough. After you’ve rolled out and cut your cookie dough into shapes, don’t throw out the excess! Bunch it back up into a dough ball and roll it out again to cut into more cookies. We want to get the most out of our dough!

Check out these vegan baking tips from The Kitchn for even more baking resources.

Vegan Christmas Cookie Box

Commonly Asked Vegan Baking Questions

What do vegans use for butter in baking?

There are many butter substitutes you can use in vegan baking. The most common and obvious choice is vegan butter sticks, of course. Vegan butter simply swaps the dairy fat for oils like coconut oil, vegetable oil, or a blend of oils. When baking, I highly recommend vegan butter sticks instead of buttery spreads. They’re more firm and less likely to cause your cookies to spread. Coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce, and vegetable shortening are also common butter substitutes.

How do vegans replace eggs in baking?

Chicken eggs are used in baking to provide moisture, fat, and structure to the baked goods. My favorite go-to vegan egg replacers are ground chia seeds or ground flaxseeds. These ingredients are staples in my pantry. Pumpkin puree, tofu, and even store-bought vegan egg replacers from brands like Bob’s Red Mill are also commonly used.

Why is my vegan cookie dough cracking when I roll it out?

If your dough is cracking too much, it is possible you are applying too much pressure when you are rolling it out. The other possibility is the dough is still too cold. Give it about 5 minutes to warm up and try it again.

If you dough is still cracking then it’s possible that the dough is too dry.. Thats okay! Simply wet your hands and flick the dough with a few droplets of water. Bunch back together into a dough ball and re-chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Is vegan baking healthier?

It can be! Vegan recipes are naturally cholesterol-free and typically are a bit more nutritious. But vegan baking can also be equally as indulgent. Christmas time is the perfect season to indulge in buttery, sugary vegan Christmas cookies.

I’ve found that allowing myself to indulge from time to time has offered me a lot healthier of a relationship with food.

Now without further ado, let’s get baking!

Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

1. Vegan Shortbread Cookies

Light, buttery, tender, and melt-in-your-mouth vegan shortbread cookies. Dipped in a simple 2-ingredient glaze frosting. Top with the rose petals and sprinkles or crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday twist.
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2. Vegan Linzer Cookies Recipe

Vegan Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies
Vegan Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies. Made with perfectly sweet vegan shortbread cookies, sandwiched between raspberry chia jam. It's one of my favourite cookie recipe to make.
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3. Classic Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

vegan gingerbread cookies on tray
Classic vegan gingerbread cookies with a crunchy exterior and soft chewy inside. Spiced with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. The perfect Holiday cookie! (Gluten-free option)
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4. Vegan Sugar Cookies

Easy vegan sugar cookie recipe with the perfect crisp exterior and soft interior. Deliciously sweet with vanilla and almond flavour. Made with a simple and pipe-able vegan icing to decorate.
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How to Make a Vegan Cookie Gift Box

Gifting friends, family, neighbours, and school teachers a cookie gift box is always a good idea! They’re affordable, beautiful looking and guaranteed to please vegans and non-vegans alike.

In addition to adding my Vegan Christmas Cookies, I’d recommend adding in some additional candies or treats for variety. Candy canes, small dark chocolates, and candied pecans would all make great additions. The more variety, the better!

Next, it’s time to assemble. Choose your cookie box – this can be disposable, a wooden box, a round metal cookie tin, etc. Then fill the box with cookies, stacking them in different directions and layering them nicely for visual appeal.

It’s also helpful to bunch up a bit of parchment paper into the bottom of the box so that you don’t need to fill it entirely, and still gives the look of being plentiful!. I even like to tie a few stacks of cookies with different holiday ribbons. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Then once all of your vegan Christmas cookies are in and layered how you’d like, tightly cover and gift!

Additional Vegan Christmas Desserts to Try

5. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

vegan cinnamon rolls
These vegan cinnamon rolls are fluffy, gooey, sweet and cinnamony with an icing sugar glaze to drizzle. Easy and simple steps, made with 8 pantry ingredients.
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6. Vegan Pecan Pie

pecan pie
Perfectly sweet, nutty and caramelized! This vegan pecan pie is sweetened with brown rice syrup and maple syrup (a healthier alternative to traditional corn syrup). Enjoy every bite of this sweet and decadent pecan pie!
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7. Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

best vegan chocolate chip cookies
These vegan chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy and chocolate loaded! Crispy on the edges and lightly golden brown. 1-bowl recipe, and made with less than 10 pantry staple ingredients!
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8. Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies (V+GF)

soft and chewy gingerbread cookies (vegan and gluten-free)
These gingerbread cookies are ultra soft and chewy. Vegan and gluten-free, yet so classic in taste they are a match for Grandmas’ recipe. Spiced with ginger, cinnamon and cloves they are perfect for the Holidays.
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9. Holiday Chocolate Tarts

Vegan Chocolate Tart
Velvety, smooth, rich and creamy chocolate tarts on a chocolate oaty-almond crust. A dream dessert for chocolate lovers.
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10. Holiday Spice Cake

This cake is wonderfully spiced using French four spice mix. Mixed with soaked apricots and cherries, sugar and flour for beautiful holiday spiced bundt cake.

11. Vegan Cinnamon Buns (Mini-Estonian Kringle Bread)

Vegan Cinnamon Braid Buns
These cinnamon buns are braided for a beautiful baked good. Also knows as mini-estonian kringle breads. They are light and fluffy, sweet and cinnamon-y. Enjoy every warm bite.
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12. Popcorn Candy Cane Bark

Popcorn Candy Cane Bark
This is a great chocolatey bark recipe to get you in the Holiday spirit. Made with chocolate, popcorn, hazelnut and candycane chunks. It's makes for a great DIY present as well.
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I hope you love these vegan Christmas cookies as much as we do! If you do bake these cookies, please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.

And don’t forget to join me for Cookie Week on Vegan Afternoon with Two Spoons on Youtube to make all the cookies from my round-up with me!

As always, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

Vegan Sugar Cookies

4.50 from 4 votes
Easy vegan sugar cookie recipe with the perfect crisp exterior and soft interior. Deliciously sweet with vanilla and almond flavour. Made with a simple and pipe-able vegan icing to decorate.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Serves 22 cookies

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter cold (I like Earth Balance)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional but recommended)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , divided (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Vegan Icing (pipe-able)

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  • In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the vegan butter on medium high and sugar until fluffy and light, 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure it's well combined.
  • Add the vanilla, almond extract and almond milk. Beat on high until fully combined, about 1 minute. Again, scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, the arrowroot starch, baking powder, the baking soda and the salt until well combined.  
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix together on low speed, until just combined. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour gradually and mix on low until just combined (about 2 minutes), scrape down the sides as needed. (The dough should start to come together but not be wet. 
    The thick dough should be slightly crumbly in the mixing bowl, but stop adding flour if the dough starts to look dry, add a little more if the dough seems too wet – I found 1 1/2 cups total flour to be the perfect amount. See notes below for more information about cookie dough).
  • Turn the cookie mixture onto work surface and form a dough ball with your hands. Once it's all together, flatten it into a disc, about 1-inch thick. Cover in plastic or reusable wrap and cool in the fridge for 1 hour or preferably overnight.  
  • Take the dough out and leave it on the counter to thaw for 10 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Liberally flour work surface and the dough ball. Roll out the dough to be 1/4 inch thick. (If the dough crumbles off the sides as you roll, press it firmly into the dough and roll again. See notes below for more tips about this cookie dough). Cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Continue re-rolling the dough until it is all used. (Remember to keep it floured as it warms up so it doesn't stick to the rolling pin.)
  • Bake in the middle rack of the oven, rotating halfway through, until lightly browned on edges and bottom, 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool and harden before icing. 

Vegan Icing Sugar

  • With a handheld or stand mixer, beat the vegan butter and sugar until fluffy and light, about 4 minutes.  Add the almond milk gradually while mixing until you reach the desired texture. Spoon into a piping bag and decorate as desired.

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Notes

Notes about cookie dough:
Different vegan butters can result in needing more or less flour. For this recipe, I prefer a brand like Earth Balance as it makes a more flexible cookie dough. I found that 1.5 cups all-purpose flour was the perfect amount. You might need a little more or a little less. The dough should form a ball easily, and not feel too wet. 
If dough is too wet, sprinkle with more flour. (Wet dough won’t hold its cookie cutter shape).
If dough is too dry, lightly wet hands, flick the dough with water and try bringing it together. 
This cookie dough allows for multiple rolls, but be sure to flour your work surface and rolling pin to stop it from sticking. At any point, you can place the dough back into the fridge to chill out, if things are getting too warm. 
Notes about icing:
The icing will set into the cookies overnight. Leave to set at room temperate, or place in the fridge for quicker setting. 
Icing can be made up to a week in advance, let thaw for 5-10 minutes before pipping if too stiff. 
Storing and freezing:
Sugar cookies will keep for up to 5 days. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container. 
Sugar cookies can also be frozen. Store in the freezer in an air-tight container for one month, let thaw and add then decorate.
 
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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