20 Vegan Holiday Cookie Recipes

Vegan holiday cookies and holiday cookie boxes are the best treats of the year. I love this tradition as it brings joy to my kitchen, friends, and family. I have 20 vegan holiday cookie recipes, from classic thumbprint cookies to gingerbread men, vegan snickerdoodles, and so much in between.

Collage of 9 different pictures, each with a different type of vegan holiday cookie.

Before getting to the cookies, let’s chat about creating a holiday cookie box. While these boxes take a lot of time to make, they bring such joy that the effort of homemade vegan cookies is worth it!

Choosing Your Cookies

The first step in creating a holiday cookie box is deciding which cookies to include. Think about what flavors the recipient will enjoy the most. Next, try mixing and matching flavors and textures; this makes it visually appealing while ensuring a cookie for everyone!

Finally, try to keep dietary restrictions beyond veganism in mind. For example, a dairy-free and gluten-free recipient might also be celiac. If that is the case, they are most likely susceptible to cross-contamination, and their cookies must be baked and packaged separately.

Designing Your Box

Next, on to creating your box. You will want to choose the container by how many different types of cookies you plan on baking, how they will fit, and how you want to present those cookies.

I like a decorative tin because it can be recycled for many years. A cardboard box where you can cut and insert specific sections is also an easy and affordable idea. (Seriously, great use of some of those Amazon boxes!)

Be sure to add interesting visuals. Suggestions include Christmas-colored tissue paper, ornaments, and cookie cutters.

Personalize your Holiday Box

At a time when so much of our lives are impersonal, a handwritten note can have deep personal meaning. It shows you care, and this is not just another cookie box.

It’s time to get on to the fun stuff: determining which vegan cookies you would like to give for Christmas this year!

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

This easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Vegan Thumbprint Cookies recipe will give your childhood lunchbox favorite a sweet makeover! Made with just six ingredients, these sweet & salty gluten-free peanut butter & jelly bites are easy and delicious, making them a favorite for holiday cookie plates.

Stack of cookies.

Vegan Sugar Cookie

These Vegan sugar cookies are the perfect holiday dessert! Add your favorite toppings, sprinkles, frosting, or decorations for a fun and festive dessert.

Gingerbread men cookies with one cookie prominent.

Vegan Gingerbread Men

These vegan gingerbread cookies are a delicious plant-based alternative to traditional gingerbread. Perfect for making gingerbread men, stars, houses, and much more!

Stack of crescent cookies

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies)

Dairy-free Austrian crescent cookies with almond and vanilla.

Cookie on a cooling rack.

Vegan Ginger Cookies

These vegan ginger cookies are chewy and soft with crispy edges and have lots of ginger flavor. They’re easy to make; use only eight pantry ingredients and come together in one bowl.

A stack of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter cookies with tons of chocolate chips make for a delicious cookie. This easy vegan cookie recipe will be a family favorite!

A plate full of cookies.

Vegan Almond Cookies

These delicious Almond Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie box. The five ingredients come together easily and are just so good.

Hand reaching for a cookie.

Crunchy Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Made with whole food ingredients and no gluten or refined sugar, these Crunchy Vegan Gingerbread cookies are a delicious yet healthier twist on the classic holiday treat! 

Cookies on a baking sheet.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies are a fun holiday treat with a hint of spice and sweet maple syrup. Easy to make in around 30 minutes. 

Stack of four cookies.

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

These vegan and gluten-free Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies only take 3 ingredients!! They’re so easy to make and always a hit!

Several cookies on a plate.

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cookies (GF)

Spread some joy with this peppermint brownie cookie recipe dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes–they make the perfect holiday treat. With soft and chewy centers, these gluten-free and vegan peppermint brownie cookies are bound to be the most popular cookie in the box this year.

Cookies on a dish.

Vegan Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies – The combination of tart jam and a buttery-sweet crumb is bliss in every bite.

Several cookies on a plate.

Pumpkin Cookies

Simple to make, packed with flavor, and adaptable to whichever spices you have on hand, these Pumpkin Cookies belong in your autumn baking rotation.

Decorated cookies on a rack.

Coconut Sugar Cookies

These easy vegan coconut sugar cookies are like gingerbread without molasses. Made with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg for a holiday-worthy flavor without hard-to-find ingredients.

Red Velvet Cookies

Vegan Red Velvet Cookies

These vibrant red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips are a delicious treat for Christmas.

Hand reaching for a cookie.

Vegan White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

The perfect holiday cookie recipe that tastes just like Christmas! 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!

Cookies on a baking sheet.

Thumb Print Cookies with Icing

These vegan thumbprint cookies are soft, buttery, and full of icing in the center. They are perfect for Christmas parties; everyone is sure to love them!

Ginger bread man.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Vegan gingerbread cookies are so fun and festive! They are warmly spiced and have a strong ginger flavor. Top them with icing, frosting or eat them by themselves. They are especially great for Christmas and the holiday season!

Cookie up close.

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

These Vegan Snickerdoodles are soft, pillowy, and bursting with sweet cinnamon flavor! This one-bowl recipe is quick, easy and does not require dough chilling. These classic cookies are perfect for the holidays, birthdays, and more!

If you made these cookies or a holiday cookie box, take a picture and tag me on Instagram. I always love to see how they turn out!
Happy holidays and enjoy making your cookie boxes!

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4 Comments

  1. Your kitchen must smell amazing -pumpkiny, sugary, gingery, and cinnamony! All good things!

    I can’t wait to try them!

  2. Mmmmhhh, nommm 🙂 What a lovely collection. You can never start too early with delicious Christmas cookies, hehehe. Saving this for the next season. 🙂

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