Making holiday spirits brighter one cookie at a time. I’ve rounded up the best collection of Vegan Christmas Cookies that Santa won’t be able to resist. And they make great offerings at cookie swap parties, too!
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas cookie? They are a staple of the season. Baking with, or for, family and friends always brings a smile to my face and I hope this collection of tasty vegan cookies brings one to yours, too.
What is the purpose of a cookie exchange?
If you’ve never been to a cookie exchange, sometimes called a cookie swap party, you should go. They’re great! Not only do you get to sample a bunch of cookies while you’re there…usually while indulging in some festive cocktails or hot cocoa….but you also get to pack up several of each kind to take home with you.
Make one batch of cookies and leave with a sample platter of many! Score!
Why do we leave Cookies for Santa?
If you still have some cookies leftover come Christmas Eve, leave a few out for Santa. The big guy likes his sweets!
This holiday tradition of leaving out cookies started in the United States during the Great Depression as a way for parents to instill gratitude in their children for the gifts they are about to receive. It’s a revision of an even older tradition that you can read all about here.
Be sure to leave him a tall glass of dairy-free milk to wash it all down.
Traditional cookies are made from flour, sugar, fat, and flavorings. Some may contain eggs and/or milk.
Vegan cookies are easily made the same way using dairy-free swaps for butter and milk. There are lots of easy swaps for eggs as well, like flax or chia eggs, store bought egg replacer, aquafaba, or even applesauce, pumpkin purée or mashed banana.
That really depends on the recipe. Vegan cookies, just like traditional cookies, may be high in calories, sugar and fat.
Many of the cookies in this Vegan Christmas Cookies list, however, are healthier than your average cookie. Many of them are oil-free, gluten free, lower fat, and/or lower sugar. Some of them also have added nutrients by using nut flours or adding fruit.
At the end of the day, even a healthier cookie is still a cookie and should be consumed in moderation.
Most vegan Christmas cookies can be frozen after baking. Allow the cookies to cool completely, then place them on a large plate or baking sheet in one single layer and freeze for about an hour. Once frozen, you can transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 3 months.
Pro tip: Be sure to label the bag with the recipe name and date so you can easily find them later.
Refer to each individual recipe for options to freeze dough prior to baking.
Even more vegan cookies
- Soft Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies
- Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
Cookie exchange, holiday parties, Christmas desserts, friend and neighbor gifts, offerings for Santa…whatever the event, these vegan cookies recipes are sure to please!
I hope you love these recipes as much as we do! If you try any of them, please leave a comment below with your feedback.
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