By Lora O’Brien

As Christmas approaches, we’re sure you’ve been tossing and turning at night, wondering: ‘Which kind of cookie should I leave out for Santa?’. It’s quite a dilemma. Leave the wrong type, and he may not leave any presents at all. Buy something packaged from Walmart or Tesco, and you may find that your next Christmas present comes from there, too. Is the big guy vegan? Vegetarian? Diabetic? In any case, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to leave something out that’s a bit healthier, so long as it’s tasty.

Here, I’ve found the most creative, diverse and tasty range of vegan cookies I could find. Many of them are gluten free, sugar free and a few of them don’t even require baking!

Depending on which recipes you choose to try, you may need a few things on hand, including:

  • festive cookie cutters, which you can buy here
  • natural food colouring, which you can get here
  • sprinkles and cookie decorations, which you can get here
  • an icing bag and tube, which you can buy here

In any case, making a batch of any of these 25 Vegan Cookie Recipes is sure to guarantee you some extra ‘nice’ points on Santa’s list.

1. Raw Vegan Christmas Cookies

These gorgeous cinnamon star cookies come from a traditional German recipe, and best of all – there’s no baking! They’re quick and easy to whip up, and are made from healthy foods like dried apple, hazelnuts and cinnamon, and then glazed with a coconut based frosting. These look truly fabulous and taste even better.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

2. Rudolph Reindeer Cookies

How insanely adorable are these? I  know a lot of people make cookies over the festive period with children; it’s practically tradition for some. These are easy for kids to decorate, guaranteeing some holiday fun before the presents are opened.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

3. Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Macarons

Macarons are one of my favourite sweet treats. They’re just so incredibly fancy! No wonder it always feels super special when they’re served. I love the crunchy outside and the incredibly soft, chewy inside. This choco-mint combo is ideal for the winter holiday season, and these are easier to make than you think!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

4. Christmas Light  Cookies

How wonderful are these? They’re definitely one of my favourite cookie designs this season.  Make a batch and weave some string through them before baking, and you’ve got some instant decorations for the tree – that you can also eat afterwards, of course. Thinking the sprinkles aren’t the healthiest thing? No problem: stud these with finely chopped cranberries or preserved lime and orange peel instead.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

5. Crispy Gingerbread Cookies

Why do gingerbread cookies always remind us of Christmas? I simply adore the bite of ginger in a cookie – even when I eat so many my mouth turns into a tiny little furnace! Enjoy a plate of these with some warm almond milk this season, or one of our festive drink recipes.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

6. Salty & Sweet Toffee Cookies

Not sure about you, but I’m salivating just looking at this photo. It has every attribute that makes the perfect cookie; soft, chewy outside with a smearing of chocolate and candied nuts sprinkled on top. Not to mention ow the salty/sweet combo is one of pure genius.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

7. Christmas Tree Cookies

These festive tree cookies may be pretty traditional, but they come with a modern twist: they are both gluten-free and vegan. Amazing! Icing them is fun for the whole family, and each person in your clan can contribute their own artistic touch.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

8. Chewy Gingerbread Cookies  

The only thing better than a gingerbread cookie is a warm chewy gingerbread cookie. And guess what? These get their soft gooey centre from – sweet potatoes! I  know, right? Cookies that are also part of your five a day, does life get any better?

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

9. Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Frosted. Eggnog. Cookies. Just saying those words make me happy! And guess what these go perfectly well with? No prizes for guessing eggnog – or an eggnog latte. Or, y’know, both.

Get the recipe here.

10. Citrus Spiced Cookies

Nothing smells more festive at Christmas than spiced fruits, and these easy-to-make cookies are the perfect recipe to bring a little bit of that spiced fruit scent into your kitchen this Christmas. They taste a little bit like pumpkin pie, due to the spices used here, but also thanks to a surprising key ingredient: tinned pumpkin!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

11. Flour-free, Sugarless Cookies

Whether you’re looking to make a healthier sugar cookie, or just looking to cut back on the calories from the traditional sugar laden recipe, these cookies will fit the bill. Based on chocolate, almond meal and decorated with a coconut based cream, these are bound to fly off the plate!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

12. Strawberry & Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint biscuits are one of the best types of cookies, and I should know – I’m a massive cookie fiend. These have a delicious almond base and then they’re dolloped with gooey jam. But the real bite comes from the crushed pieces of pecan and walnuts. Divine!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

13. Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

They’re not especially Christmassy, and the name is as much of a mouthful as the cookie! But my sweet heavens, look at these, will you? Crunchy on the outside, melty on the inside…and no one would ever guess the main ingredient is…chickpeas! Best serve these hot and gooey.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

14. Chocolate Lace Cookies

Have you ever seen a cookie look so tempting? These chocolate cookies contain no flour whatsoever – instead, they’re packed with almonds, and they get their gooey texture from the dates.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

15. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

There’s something soooo heavenly about cinnamon based foods. And as it’s getting nearer to Christmas it feels almost obligatory to feast upon something cinnamon-based in the name of festive cheer. These are small enough that you can scoop three into a napkin and not be outed, but the recipe makes just enough so you can share. It IS Christmas, after all!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

16. Spiced Christmas Cookies w/ Vanilla Almond Cream

These spiced vegan Christmas cookies are the perfect shareable treat for friend and family during the holiday season. The sweet vanilla and almond cream drizzle over the top finishes them off perfectly – don’t expect these to stick around long!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

17. Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

A winning combination of chocolate and mint is encapsulated in these beautiful little cookie sandwiches. The creamy centre contrasts wonderfully with the crunch of the candy cane and the top cookie layers. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

18.  Hot Cocoa Snickerdoodles  

The secret behind a successful snickerdoodle is that it will melt in your mouth and have you believing you’re drinking the creamiest hot chocolate – or so says the Kim Liv Life, the creator of this recipe. Infused with the Christmassy flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg, these are the perfect cookies to dip into a hot drink.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

19. Caramel Maple Nut Clusters

They look pretty fancy, but nothing could be easier than making these nut cluster cookies! Just crush the nuts, add the syrup and bake. Seriously – easy peasy, and they’d make a great gift if dispensed into a pretty, ribboned jar.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

20. Spiced Sugar Cookies With Maple Icing

If you love yourself a stack of pancakes topped with maple syrup and cinnamon, you’ll love this recipe! These cookies pretty much imitate the flavours of that breakfast fave.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

21. Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

Basically, these are just Nutella, in delicious cookie form (and without the rainforest-killing palm oil! Another easy one to make, and because there’s no hot oven involved, this recipe is a good one for kids to participate in making.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

22. Nutcracker Cookies

It just wouldn’t be a vegan food list without something from the wonderful Oh She Glows! This one is for chunky biccie lovers, and also make a great Christmas gift when presented in a lovely jar.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

23. Gingerbread ‘Volk’

These crunchy cookies are neither men nor women: they’re just ‘volk’! As they’re vegan as well, you could say these are the most politically correct Christmas cookies imaginable. Poke a hole in their heads and you can string them up on the tree, too.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

24. Orange Snowball Cookies

Powdered sugar just has me thinking of the snowy days of my childhood, spent playing outside (but just try getting me out in the cold now. Ha!) These glamorous cookies by Pure Thyme are soft, yet crunchy thanks to pecans, and they explode with an intense burst of orange.

Get the recipe here.  

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

25. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

These beautiful little guys have the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla but are made with coconut oil and a bunch of other wholesome ingredients to make them both sweet and delicious – but on the healthy side, too!

Get the recipe here.  

Vegan Cookie Recipes for Christmas

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