I have to say, the holidays are my favorite time of year. There’s something so exciting about all the twinkle lights, decorations and lovely holiday aromas that truly make my heart sing. If you love the holidays just as much as I do then you’ll want to check out these recipes.

We have looked high and low to find you some amazing holiday cookies. We’ll cover all your favorite traditional cookies such as gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, ones with hints of peppermint, and so much more! These recipes are also surprisingly vegan-friendly. If you don’t follow a vegan diet, don’t worry, you’ll be focusing on all the outstanding flavors more than what’s not in the cookie. Get into the holiday spirit because in no time you’ll find yourself baking up a storm.

1. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red velvet cake, cupcakes, cookies and the like are all delicious treats. Although, these crinkle cookies would be perfect for the holidays.

Red velvet would make a great addition to holiday treats because they’re bold red in color. These crinkle cookies are sprinkled in powdered sugar resulting in a fun festive red and white color. These cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

2. Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate is the one food that I always crave. If you’re a chocoholic like myself then you need to try making these chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies.

This is essentially the same idea as the red velvet crinkle cookies but instead, these cookies have flavors of peppermint and rich chocolate. Who needs candy canes when you can have peppermint cookies?

3. Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies

There are a few flavors that always remind of the holidays. Along with peppermint, ginger is a holiday favorite too. If you’re having a craving for gingersnap cookies make sure you try this recipe.

These chewy cookies are nice and soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. They’re not only vegan-friendly but gluten-free too. The best part is that they will take less than 30 minutes to make.

4. Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Try creating an exciting thumbprint cookie filled with a no-bake vegan caramel. These cookies are easy to make and only require 6 ingredients.

The tasty shortbread cookie is made with almond flour which means these are a great gluten-free option too! The caramel is easy to make as well. All you’ll need is almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and a dash of salt. You’ll have these cookies made quickly and they’ll be perfect to share for the holidays.

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5. Vegan Snickerdoodles

I hate to admit this but I had my first snickerdoodle cookie last year. Although, let me tell you it was unreal! They’re soft and chewy and have warm flavors of cinnamon, what is not to like?

This recipe proves how you can easily transform a regular snickerdoodle recipe into one that is vegan-friendly. Whip up a lovely batch of vegan snickerdoodles for the holidays and they’ll be eaten in no time.

6. Vegan Thin Mints

Girl Scout cookies are a crowd favorite. If these cookies are consistently calling your name then you need to try this recipe.

They taste like a girl scout cookie but are much healthier and are most definitely vegan-friendly. With just 8 ingredients you’ll have these vegan thin mints whipped into shape in no time. Even your non-vegan friends will be begging you for the recipe! Share them this holiday season and you’ll find yourself making them again and again.

7. Vegan Sugar Cookies

Growing up I had this fun tradition of baking sugar cookies and spending an evening of decorating with close friends. Sugar cookies are awesome because really, they can work for any holiday it’s all about how you decorate them.

This sugar cookie recipe is easy to follow. The preparation does require a few steps but the pay off will be well worth it. You’ll also be provided with a simple 3-ingredient vegan icing recipe! Bake the cookies in the oven and then get creative and decorate your holiday cookies however you like.

8. Vegan Danish “Butter” Cookies

These danish butter cookies look incredibly stunning. Everyone you share them with will think you bought them from the store. You could even consider baking up a storm and wrapping these up as Christmas gifts to friends, neighbors or whomever you like.

Cornflour mixed with water creates the perfect egg substitute for these cookies. In addition, you’ll only need a few other ingredients for the cookie dough. To create the fun shapes you can either use a cookie press, a piping bag or freehand it, the choice is yours!

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9. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

While everyone is off building their gingerbread houses you need to whip up a batch of these vegan gingerbread cookies! They’re delicious and look stunning too.

This cookie recipe gets a few vegan upgrades such as substitutes regular butter with vegan butter and replaces an egg with a flax egg. However, there are still many traditional ingredients that make these cookies taste authentic such as molasses, cinnamon, and ginger.

10. Spelt Cinnamon Snowflake Cookies

These lovely winter wonderland cookies are flavored with warm cinnamon and are dusted with sugar. They’re so beautiful you could wrap them up as a gift.

This recipe is made with spelt flour. This is an excellent option if you’re looking to cut back on wheat as well as refined flours. Although, if you prefer regular flour this recipe explains you will get the same results. To create these cookies you’ll only need5 ingredients and icing sugar to decorate.

11. Vegan Almond Butter Blossom Cookies

These vegan almond butter blossom cookies are soft and chewy and a great option for the holidays. This recipe comes equipped with precise and easy to follow instructions on how to make the cookies as well as the vegan chocolate.

The cookie base is made from almond flour, almond butter, and a few other ingredients. The chocolate is made from unsweetened baking chocolate, raw cocoa butter, maple syrup, and a dash of salt. The best part about these cookies is they require a short baking time, about 5-7 minutes!

12. Vegan Thumbprint Cookies With A Raspberry Jam Center

This is another exciting thumbprint cookie recipe. Instead of caramel, these cookies are filled with sweet raspberry jam. They’re soft and buttery and perfect for the holidays.

These cookies begin with a simple vegan shortbread cookie dough. Then you’ll literally use your thumb to create a small well in each cookie. You’ll fill each well with raspberry jam and bake until they’re golden in color. To finish the cookies you’ll drizzle a homemade 3-ingredient glaze.

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13. Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Some may say chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect pair. Try these cookies and you’ll be amazed too. They’re vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

These delicious cookies are incredibly easy to make and require minimal time. You’ll need just 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake. You could even have your little ones help you make them and turn this holiday treat into a fun-filled family activity.

14. Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies

Candy cane shaped cookies are the holiday cookie you’ve been searching for. These cookies have flavors of rich chocolate and sweet peppermint.

These cookies only require 8 ingredients and you’ll have them made quickly. Mix the ingredients together to form the cookie dough. Then, you’ll mold the candy cane shapes by hand. Shares these cookies over the holidays and everyone will surely be impressed!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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