Well, kids, the holidays are almost here! I’ve been thinking of my own version of The 12 Days of Christmas:
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”
Yep, I’ll take 12 days of vegan cookies over maids-a-milking and lords-a-leaping! How about you?
I thought so.
These are my 12 top vegan cookie selections for you – for gifting, cookie exchanges, or just for you to enjoy! I offer the dietary labels for each, to help you identify cookies that are gluten-free, raw, nut-free, oil-free/plant-strong, and soy-free.
So, let’s pull out our fancy holiday aprons and get baking!
1. “Snifferdoodles” Dietary: soy-free, nut-free
Lightly spiced, but not as spicy as gingerbreads, these snickerdoodle cookies are festive and loved by kids and adults alike. They have just the right amount of sweetness, and are very special for gifting. If you love the flavor of anise, try the Biscochitos variation.
2. Creamed Cheese Brownies with Salted Dark Chocolate Topping Dietary: soy-free
These are brownies to make when you want to WOW friends or guests. The ‘cream cheese’ filling is not made with vegan cream cheese, but rather a cashew blend. You’ll just have to make ‘em to believe how good they are! (p.s. Many of you have emailed me loving the Gingery Cookies that are also pictured here. If you have LTEV, add those to your baking list too!)
3. Award-Winning Frosted B-raw-nies Dietary: raw, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free
I talk about these a lot. For good reason. They are yummy. Easy. Gluten-free and raw, and sweetened with only dates and pure maple syrup. I know many of you already love these. If you haven’t tried them, it’s really time. Really. If you’d like something chocolatey like these b-raw-nies, but cannot have nuts, try the nut-free modification in my Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls. You can press the mix into a pan rather than make balls – and yep, you can top them with the frosting used for the b-raw-nies!
4. Sticky Almond Blondies. We have brownies, we must have blondies! I absolutely love these, they are so dense and satisfying, and yet made with whole-foods ingredients and also gluten-free. They are in my Plant-Powered 15 ebook, which many of you have. The Coconut Pillows are another to try – very easy to make!
5. Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies Dietary: soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free (link through to GF version)
My original version of these cookies might be my most popular cookie recipe ever. They are a cinch to make, and please just about everyone! The ultimate classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, just made much healthier and of course, vegan. For those needing a gluten-free version, I’ve got you covered.
6. Chocolate Mint Melties Dietary: nut-free, soy-free
Think of these as your double-chocolate-mint-infused cousin of the Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies. If you enjoy that chocolate-mint combo, you just must make these!
7. Nicer Krispie Squares Dietary: gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free
No kidding, these look and taste SO much like traditional rice krispie squares. Not just made vegan, but made withOUT vegan marshmallows or margarine. I think these are one of my most inventive cookie recipes ever, and I have a nut-free version coming in my next cookbook. I want everyone to enjoy these!
8. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Dietary: soy-free, oil-free
These are a robust cookie, nutty and oaty, but still sweet enough to be a pure cookie treat. You can also substitute nut butters, and I offer a nut-free modification as well!
9. Lemon-Kissed Blondie Bites Dietary: soy-free, oil-free, gluten-free option
When you’ve had enough of chocolate (did I just write that?) and want a sweet treat that tastes bright and vibrant and not sugary – these wee bites are just the thing! I think they are lovely for gifting too!
10. Raw Chai Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Dietary: soy-free, raw, oil-free, gluten-free
There are some hidden gems in LTEV, and this is one of them. I hope to eventually bring you photos of all the recipes in that book because the photo is what usually inspires us to try the recipe! My thanks to Lisa Pitman for the visual inspiration to try these yummy bars…
What’s Christmas without Gingerbread? These are not too spicy, and not overly fussy to make. Decorate as simply or elaborately as you like!
12. Vanilla Bean Almond Fudge
Ok, I cheated just a little. This recipe is coming next week. It’s worth the wait, promise! #suchatease
I adore these ladies, and adore their new ebook. Beautifully designed and filled with imaginative and exciting recipes. If you love to gift goodies, during the holidays or anytime of year, have a look at this book. You will really enjoy it!
Do you have a very favorite Christmas cookie? Or, do you have a cookie that is your signature holiday cookie? Or a Christmas baking tradition? Let’s hear it! (and stay tuned for that almond fudge!) xx