Vegan Christmas Cookies - Recipes, Top Tips and FAQs! (2024)

In this guide you’ll find awesome vegan Christmas cookie recipes. And lots of useful tips to help you have a joyful time baking fun and festive vegan holiday cookies!

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This post is packed with tips and answers to commonly asked questions about Christmas cookies. We’ve got useful info on when to bake, how to store, ideas for packaging cookies and more.

And at the end you’ll find a list of 15 vegan Christmas cookies that you can enjoy making!

FAQs and top tips

When to make Christmas cookies?How long do cookies keep?Can I freeze cookies?Where can I buy vegan Christmas cookies?How can I veganise a cookie recipe?

Storage tipsPackaging tipsUseful equipment

When to make Christmas cookies?

Well, I think it’s never too early to start baking Christmas cookies! They are yummy at any time of the year.

But if you are making them to serve over the Christmas holidays, then a week or two before Christmas is good. How far in advance you can bake cookies will depend on the type of cookie, with some being good for storing, and others best enjoyed fresh. (See the rough guide below!)

Making your dough and refrigerating it for up to 3 days or freezing it is a good way to get ahead with your holiday baking.

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How long do cookies keep?

Most recipes will give you a guideline of how long they will stay good for. The most common change in cookies will be the texture becoming stale, drier or soft over time.

Use your senses and judgement to tell if a cookie is still good to eat. Any that have an off smell or appearance should be discarded.

Here’s a very rough guide to the average store time of some types of cookie:

Sugar cookies For the soft type 3-7 days is typical. Crispy, crunchy type sugar cookies will last longer.

Gingerbread and lebkuchen: Flavour is said to improve with age. Will last several weeks, and even up to a few months.

Shortbread cookies: Up to 1 month, texture will soften over time.

Biscotti: As these are double baked and quite dry, they usually keep for a few weeks, up to a couple of months.

Vegan Meringues: Best eaten fresh or within a couple of days. Hot and humid weather can lead to the meringues collapsing.

Mexican wedding cakes / Snowballs / Russian Tea Cakes: Most recipes suggest around 5 days, other sources suggest they will store for up to 1 month.

Spritz cookies or danish ‘butter’ cookies: These plain cookies keep well. Up to 1 month.

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Can I freeze cookies?

Most cookies will freeze quite well because of their low water content. But some cookies with a more liquid dough or moister texture are best not frozen.

For best results, don’t freeze already iced, filled or sugar coated cookies. Save the decoration for later.

Many cookie doughs can be frozen, then defrosted in the fridge overnight, and shaped and baked as normal.

  • Slice and bake cookie doughs can be frozen in tightly wrapped log shapes.
  • Dough for cut out cookies can be shaped into discs, wrapped tightly, and transferred to a freezer bag or airtight container.
  • Drop cookie dough can be frozen in balls or scoops on a baking sheet until firm and then transferred to a freezer bag or airtight container.

What shop bought cookies are vegan?

Many shop bought cookies can be ‘accidentally vegan’. Always check the listed ingredients or look for the vegan label to be sure.

These are some brands and items to look out for:

  • Lenny and Larry’s
  • Vegan Bakery
  • Veganz
  • Rhythm 108
  • Lotus Biscoff (The Airline Cookie)
  • Mrs Crimbles Vegan Macaroons
  • New England Cookie Co

You can also find lots of great vegan bakers selling vegan cookies on Etsy. It's a great way to support small businesses, and get cookies shipped by someone local to your lucky cookie recipient!

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How to store Christmas cookies

Use an airtight container, such as a tupperware, glass jar or cookie tin. Store in a cool, dark place at room temperature, unless the recipe states otherwise.

Here’s a few tips:

Only store cookies when they are completely cool, otherwise they can go soggy due to trapped heat and moisture.

  • Store different flavour and texture cookies separately. Keep soft cookies apart from crisp cookies, so they don’t affect each other's texture. Don’t mix strong flavour cookies such as peppermint or lemon with other cookies, as the flavour can transfer and taint the other cookies.
  • Frosted or decorated cookies are best stored in a singer layer. For some other cookies, it can be useful to place a sheet of baking parchment between layers to prevent sticking.
  • To help keep soft cookies moist you can add a piece of bread or slice of apple to the storage container
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How can I veganise a cookie recipe?

We recommend using tried and tested vegan cookie recipes. But if you have a traditional holiday cookie recipe or a family favourite that you want to veganise, here's some substitution ideas to help you with your experiments!

Instead of butter

A plant based vegan butter block designed for baking will work best as a direct 1:1 substitute. Dairy free spreads or margarine can also work, but can change the texture more. Some people use refined coconut oil as a 1:1 substitute, but we’ve found it to be not so successful. Coconut is 100% fat, compared to around 80% fat in butter, so using 80% coconut oil and 20% plant milk would be a more comparable substitute.

Instead of dairy milk

Any kind of plant milk is usually a good substitute, but we like soy milk best for baking. Soy milk has a high protein content comparable to dairy milk, so has a good binding and browning effect. Almond milk is also a good alternative.

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Instead of eggs

Eggs play different roles in baking so the type of substitute you try will depend on the recipe. Here's some vegan egg alternatives to try:

Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)

Use 3 tbsp aquafaba to replace a whole egg, or 2 tbsp for just an egg white.

It can also be whipped to make a foam or meringue. It takes much longer to whip than egg whites, and works best with a pinch of cream of tartar added to it to stabilise it and help it hold its shape.

Ground flaxseed and chia seed

These both work well as a binder in cookie recipes.

To replace 1 egg: Combine 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds with 3 tbsp water and leave for 5 minutes to gel.

Fruit puree

Mashed banana, applesauce or other fruit puree can be used as an egg substitute. Use around ¼ cup or 50 grams to replace a medium egg.Pumpkin puree can also work.

Egg replacer

You can also buy specially designed egg replacers such as Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer or Orgran No Egg which are typically mixed with water. Just follow the instructions on the packaging.

Instead of honey

Golden syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup are good substitutes.You could also use our vegan dandelion honey.

How to package Christmas cookies

Vegan christmas cookies make the perfect gifts for all your family & friends, but what’s the best way to package them for gifting? Here’s some eco friendly ideas and ways to package cookies without plastic:

  • Fill a jar with cookies, decorate with twine and a gift tag made from an old card.
  • Repurpose a baking paper or foil box by painting or wrapping in paper, then line with baking paper and fill with cookies.
  • Wrap cookies in compostable paper sealed with paper tape, and tied with a ribbon.

If you are planning to send your cookies by mail, you’ll want to package them well. Choose robust cookies that will stand up better to shipping.

Use a rigid container like a cookie tin, tupperware or box. You can use some bubble wrap or packing peanuts in the base to cushion them, then line it with baking paper or food grade tissue paper.

We personally avoid using plastic wrap. Something like a vegan wax wrap would be a good alternative if you want to wrap your cookies.

Fill the container so the cookies are closely packed and snug, without much room to rattle around. Then place your cookie container in a well padded cardboard box or mailer for shipping.

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Useful equipment

Before you start a Christmas cookie baking session, it's handy to gather all your equipment.

One of the things we use most when we're baking lots of cookies is a reusable baking paper or silicone liner. It's just so useful and cuts down on lots of waste. They can also be used to roll cookie dough on for convenient rolling.

Another alternative, would be to get a roll of this home compostable baking parchment which is more eco friendly than other types.

Here's a helpful list of useful cookie baking equipment to have ready:

  • Measuring scales (weighing your cookie ingredients is much more accurate and produces more consistent results.)
  • A set of measuring spoons (always use a level spoonful unless otherwise instructed, this set even comes with a handy leveler!)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Silicone spatulas - These flexible ones are so useful for getting all the dough out of your bowl.
  • Baking trays
  • Rolling pin - We really like our large wooden pin, you can find some lovely handmade ones here, plus some fun embossed rolling pins too.
  • Wire cooling racks
  • Cookie cutters - especially some fun festive shapes like these.
  • Cookie press - If you want to make spritz cookies or pressed cookies, then investing in a press is a good idea. This Cookie Press gets great feedback.
  • Cookie tins - you can get some fun vintage and personalised tins on Etsy.
  • Icing syringe or piping bag
  • Vegan food colours - Did you know many food colours aren't vegan? Watch out in particular for red which may contain cochineal beetles (E120). You can get plant-based food colours made with natural ingredients.
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We hope you found all those cookie tips helpful and enjoy these recipes. We wish you a merry cookie time! Love, Sophie & Paul

Vegan Christmas Cookie Recipes

No Christmas is complete without Christmas Cookies! These vegan Christmas cookies are perfect for enjoying this holiday season. And they make wonderful edible gifts too!

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Vegan Vanillekipferl Crescent Cookies

Vanillekipferl are an absolute must-have holiday cookie from Austria. They are delicate, crescent shaped and sugar dusted cookies. Ground almonds give them a wonderful light texture and a heavenly taste. They're so delicious, it's impossible to have just one! If I had to choose just one cookie to bake this holiday season, it would be these vegan vanillekipferl!

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Vegan Hazelnut Cookies

These slice and bake vegan hazelnut cookies are easy to make. They're super nutty with ground hazelnuts in the cookie dough, as well as chopped hazels on top for extra crunch. Dip them in chocolate if you're in the mood for extra indulgence.

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Vegan Linzer Cookies

Jam filled vegan Linzer cookies are a holiday favourite. They’re so much fun to bake! These eye catching cookies have a lovely flavour and beautiful light, crumbly texture.

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Vegan No Bake Chocolate Cookies

When you're tired of all that baking, or you're waiting for dough to chill, you can easily make a batch of these vegan no bake chocolate cookies. All you need is 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time!

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Vegan Lebkuchen Cookies

With cosy gingerbread spices, these German inspired vegan Lebkuchen cookies are a Christmas classic. You can cover them in lemon icing, coat them in chocolate, or fill them for even more festive indulgence!

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Vegan Speculoos Cookies

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What is Christmas without some delicious speculoos cookies? These vegan speculoos cookies are great to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on a cold winter day.

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Easy Vegan Ginger Cookies

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Easy vegan ginger cookies are soft and chewy in the middle and slightly crispy on the outside. Filled with warming holiday spices for an incredibly delicious holiday cookie that’s ready in just 20 minutes!

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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This classic cookie is a holiday must. Our simple recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies is guarenteed to be a family favourite. Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for gifting!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These vegan white chocolate peppermint cookies are gluten-free, allergy-free, and full of dairy-free white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies! Easy and delicious, they’re a fun addition to your seasonal cookie swap and dessert platters!

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Vegan Snowball Cookies

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Try these snowball cookies for your holiday or Christmas celebration. This recipe will remind you of the traditional tender, buttery cookie you grew up with, but this one is vegan!

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Cinnamon Palmiers

Add some French flair to your holiday baking by making these traditional puff pastry cookies known as palmiers. They're simple to make and these ones have cinnamon and almonds in for extra festive flavour.

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Chocolate Salami

Whilst not technically a cookie, this chocolate salami does have cookies in the mixture and is a traditional Christmas treat, so we can make an exception right? Makes a fun addition to add variety to a selection of vegan Christmas cookies.

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Snowmen Vegan Meringue Cookies

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These snowman-shaped Vegan Meringue Cookies will be a hit at your next wintertime gathering. They are sweet, crisp, airy and completely adorable!

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Vegan Rum Truffles

To add variety to your cookie selection, try these no bake rum balls. They're boozy, chocolatey and covered in snowy coconut!

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Peppermint Candy Cane Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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The combination of chocolate and mint is a classic holiday favourite. Try these vegan chocolate shortbread with peppermint candy canes on top.

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Vegan gingerbread (refined sugar free)

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Refined sugar free vegan gingerbread cookies made with spelt flour and no nuts. They are perfect as a festive treat or edible gift!

We hope you have fun baking and enjoying your vegan Christmas cookies this year!

If you're still looking for some lovely vegan gifts to give to your family and friends, check out our Vegan Gift Guide.

And be sure to check out this collection of 60+ Vegan Christmas Recipes to help you plan your holiday menu!

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FAQs

Why are my vegan cookies flat? ›

Why are my vegan cookies flat? Likely because you flattened the cookies before baking them. Make sure you have nice round balls of dough on your cookie sheet and do not flatten them at all. If you did this and you still find your cookies are a bit flat, it is likely due to the vegan butter brand you are using.

Why are my vegan cookies so crumbly? ›

If you think vegan baked goods are dry and crumbly, you probably haven't had one that's been made with the right fat (or the right amount of fat), according to Konya. Butter is what makes traditional baked goods so darn tasty—as well as helps keep it all together—so you can't merely eliminate it and hope for the best.

How many days before Christmas should you make cookies? ›

Aim to make them about two weeks in advance if you keep them at room temperature. Making them one week or a few days in advance is even better if you are going for the freshest possible cookies. Remember that you can always make a new batch if you accidentally keep your cookies out for too long and they become stale.

What is the least popular Christmas cookie? ›

On the naughty list of cookies, Americans gave the lowest win records to anise cookies, which only won 29% of its matchups.

What binds vegan cookies? ›

Ground flax seeds

This is made by combining ground (not whole) flax seeds with water and leaving to sit for 15 minutes until the mixture becomes thick, almost the same consistency as a regular egg. The binding properties of flax seeds make this a great addition to cookies, brownies and other sweet treats.

How do you keep vegan cookies fresh? ›

Storing: Keep your cookies stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week. They can also be stored in the fridge. Freezing: They are freezer friendly for up to 3 months. The cookies can be frozen with or without decorating frosting.

Why can't you eat vegan cookie dough? ›

You might think that because vegan cookie dough doesn't contain eggs, you're not at risk of contracting a foodborne illness. But this isn't entirely true. According to the Centers for Disease Control, consuming raw flour is also a salmonella risk. “Flour doesn't look like a raw food, but most flour is raw,” it notes.

How do I substitute butter for vegan cookies? ›

If your cookies call for cold butter, use a solid vegan butter stick, solid coconut oil or coconut butter. If your cookie recipe calls for melted butter, use melted coconut oil, olive oil or applesauce.

How do you soften vegan cookies? ›

Microwave with a Damp Paper Towel

Wet a paper towel with water and wring out any excess. Place the paper towel on a microwave-safe plate and add the cookies. Microwave the cookies on high for 10 seconds. Check the cookies to see if they have softened.

Which Christmas cookies last the longest? ›

Shortbread cookies and spritz cookies are real holiday troopers, lasting a bit longer than the rest. These buttery and crumbly cookies are a great option for a holiday cookie. Shortbread is known for its rich flavor, while spritz cookies are often made with a cookie press.

How many cookies do you need per person for Christmas? ›

A good rule to follow is for every guest to bake a half dozen cookies per each attendee. So, if 10 people attend, each guest would bring five dozen cookies to share. We've put together a chart to help you figure out just how many cookies to ask your guests to make.

Can you leave Christmas cookies out overnight? ›

Cookies left out overnight are at risk of microbial contamination, especially if they contain perishable ingredients like eggs or dairy. Harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella, can multiply rapidly in these conditions, potentially causing foodborne illness if consumed.

What is the 1 cookie in the world? ›

Oreo is the best-selling cookie in the world. It is now sold in over 100 countries. Oreo was first produced in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company, now known as Na-Bis-Co.

What is the most Googled Christmas cookie? ›

Italian Christmas Cookies grow as top cookie

Zoom in: Italian Christmas Cookies were the top cookie in 13 states, more than double the six states from 2022, Google Trends curator Katie Seaton told Axios. Seaton said the Italian cookies dominated the East Coast both this year and last year.

What is the #1 cookie in the United States? ›

The chocolate chip cookie is far and away America's favorite cookie This should come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys the tasty treat. More than 53% of American adults prefer the cookies over the next most popular kind, peanut butter.

Why did my cookies come out completely flat? ›

If your cookies consistently come out flat, you may have selected the wrong baking temperature. If you bake cookies using too much heat, the fats in the dough begin to melt before the other ingredients can cook together and form your cookie's rise.

Why did my cookies come out flat? ›

The Problem: Your Oven Is Too Hot

If your cookies repeatedly turn out flat, no matter the recipe, chances are your oven is too hot.

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