Best Vegan Holiday Cookies for Christmas Entertaining

Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple are are one of the most popular vegan holiday cookies.
Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple are a popular vegan holiday cookie.

In our family, we have people following Keto, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and/or sugar-free food regimes and lifestyles. As a result, it’s important to be versatile when baking these days. My recent blog post on Best Bar Cookies for the Christmas Holidays was very popular, but some of you asked for vegan holiday cookie recipes. So I have collected some of the best vegan holiday cookies on the web and am presenting them below.

Before I share them, keep in mind that sometimes baking mishaps occur.┬áSeveral years ago, I had just moved into my new place. Only a few days after moving, I wanted to bake some chocolate brownies for our office holiday potluck and was also going to bring these brownies to my family Christmas party.┬áMy baking supplies were disorganized in my new kitchen cupboard. I quickly made the brownies and was pleased how they turned out – they had a nice crinkly top. I brought them to my family party and noticed a few family members had some, but I didn’t receive any feedback from anyone. The next day, I brought them to my office holiday party. A few of my colleagues grabbed for my brownies since they looked so good. Suddenly, my colleague Carol pulled me aside and said, “Lori, I don’t think you added any sugar to those brownies.” I thought she must be joking so I laughed. She then said, “No, I’m serious…I think you added salt instead of sugar.” Upon overhearing that, another colleague, Michelle, took a bite of one of the brownies and immediately spit it into her napkin. It turns out I had added two cups of salt instead of two cups of sugar…there was absolutely no sugar in my brownies! I took a lot of ribbing from my office colleagues for that mistake and one colleague asked if I had been enjoying a glass of wine or three while making the brownies lol.

I hope you have better luck with these vegan holiday cookies!

Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple are are one of the most popular vegan holiday cookies.
Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple are a popular vegan holiday cookie.

Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple

I like chocolate, but I love maple so these Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple have moved to the top of my baking list. The delicious maple icing is made with non-dairy milk e.g. almond milk and vegan butter.

Healthy Nanaimo Bars by
Healthy Nanaimo Bars by

Healthy Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are a classic Canadian treat – they were actually created in Nanaimo, B.C.! Although I love these holiday bars, I have to admit, they can be a little rich. These Healthy Nanaimo Bars are vegan and gluten-free using coconut milk and tahini for the custard instead of the typical milk and butter. The best part about these vegan holiday cookies is they are no-bake so you can have them ready fairly quickly.

Ginger Molasses Cookies are one of the most popular vegan holiday cookies by
Ginger Molasses Cookies by

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger cookies are a staple at Christmas – Christmas wouldn’t be the same without gingerbread houses, gingerbread people or simple gingerbread cookies! When I was young, my father made a gingerbread house for us every year at Christmas! Another good reason to include these Ginger Molasses Cookies on your holiday dessert plate is they appeal to people who don’t like a super sweet cookie.

Vegan Shortbread Cookies by
Vegan Shortbread Cookies by

Vegan Shortbread Cookies

Many people expect to enjoy a bit of shortbread during the holidays since it’s such a classic Christmas cookie. It’s also one of the easiest cookies to make since it contains only three ingredients. In this recipe, butter is replaced with vegan butter while flour is replaced with almond flour.

Coconut Pecan Chocolates are vegan, Paleo and no bake, photo credit
Coconut Pecan Chocolates are vegan, Paleo and no bake, photo credit

Coconut Pecan Chocolates

These delicious morsels are more of a chocolate than a cookie, but they are vegan and Paleo. When you’re experiencing a time crunch near Christmas and you need a vegan holiday cookie, you’ll want to make these Coconut Pecan Chocolates. Not only are they no-bake, but they have only five ingredients so they can be ready in about an hour and a half. Plus, the ingredients are much healthier than standard holiday cookies…so your guests can enjoy them with little guilt!

I hope you enjoy making these vegan holiday cookies. Let me know in the comment section which one is your favourite!


  1. I need a good dessert to take to a dessert exchange and this post couldnt have come at a better time! Cant wait to try!

  2. I am loving each and every one of these yummy looking cookies, especially the side sugar cookies with molasses. Will have to check this out for myself and make them this holiday season. I am always looking for new cookie recipes and there are lots ever so thank you!

  3. I’m definitely adding this to my Christmas food list. I have to try making it a few days before though. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. The ginger molasses cookies really look good. I will start with that first and then try the others. I can’t wait to start making these delicious treats!

  5. Oh my! These cookies are so delicious! I would seriously enjoy the Nanaimo Bars- the taste must be so sweet with coconut milk. And the shortbread cookies look so sweet too. I never miss those. Yummy choices!

  6. We aren’t vegan, but these all look so yummy and I would definitely try them! I do have some family members who are Vegan, so I’m sure they’d love these!

  7. I think the spiced sugar cookies with maple is a wonderful variation. We are so used with the chocolate chip cookies and would love to try something different this holiday season. Would definitely love to try these.

    Thank you for sharing this list of vegan holiday cookies. I am also looking forward to trying this version of Vegan Shortbread Cookies.

  8. I made ginger molasses cookies every year and they are a big hit! I make other vegan cookies as well. My vegan cookie list is very extensive!

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