19 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes [Easy Plant-Based Snacks]

Easy vegan cookie recipes to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Delicious ingredients from pumpkin to peanut butter and oatmeal to chocolate chip. Discover your favorite nondairy cookie ​today.

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With the number of vegan products available on the market now a days, it was only a matter of time that chefs and bloggers would start expanding their repertoire to include savory and sweet vegan recipes – think about it, who would have though vegan cheese would be an available ingredient in pizza joints let alone having plant based cookies become less of a niche product. Now vegans have more options and recipes than they ever had before.

There have been, of course, some strange creations and some that make people question why anyone thought the recipe was a good idea but thankfully you will not have to dig through recipes and wonder which ones will come out with a cookie you want to eat.

Below is a list of the 19 most scrumptious vegan cookies to try out and surprise even the pickiest of eaters into believing vegan baked goods can certainly be delicious.

Peanut Butter Cornflakes

Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

What is not to love about peanut butter? Better yet, this recipe requires absolutely no baking! The sugar coating created by the corn syrup gives these cookies an added layer of crunch. As the recipe is so simple in itself, bakers can feel free to add their own flair to it such as adding nuts or chocolate if they choose to.

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Apple Bars & Caramel Frosting

Apple Bars with Caramel Frosting

These bars are also gluten-free for those who are celiac – in fact it while brown rice flour is the one included in the recipe, it is mentioned that almond flour and coconut flour would work as a replacement. The bars are topped off with a lush caramel frosting that is sweetened with dates, so no need to worry for those who are staying away from refined sugar!

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Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich

Vegan Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Sandwich

What is it about shortbread cookies that make them so delicious? Many would say it is the butter but do not turn away yet because this vegan alternative uses coconut oil and it is a fantastic replacement! Not only does it replicate that buttery taste we all associate with shortbread, it also makes the dough very easy to work with so there is no fear of it crumbling as you are rolling.

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Chocolate Crinkle & Vanilla

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

A classic cookie to gift during the holidays, these cookies are so fudgy and decadent, no one is going to be able to tell that it is coconut oil that makes these little crinkles so rich. These are so simple to make, it is likely these ingredients are already in your pantry.

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Raisin & Cinnamon Oatmeal

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

The recipe is so similar to regular oatmeal cookies that the only things that are replaced with vegan options are butter and milk! Incredibly easy to work with, this recipe allows people to substitute their flour of choice to cater to any dietary restrictions and you can add your choice of mix-ins without ruining anything.

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Classic Chocolate Chip

Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everybody loves a good chocolate chip cookie and these cookies are extra moist with the egg being replaced with unsweetened applesauce (it also sneaks in a little bit of fruit into your diet so it is healthy, right?). If you find that the recipe makes too much, do not fret! The dough for these cookies freeze very well.

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Peanut Butter

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Another delicious cookie people can recall from their childhood! These thick and chewy cookies use unsalted and unsweetened melted peanut butter so that bakers are able to choose how sweet they would like their cookies based on the amount of sugar the add. If you want a little more texture, feel free to add any nuts of your choice!

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Chewy Trail Mix

Easy Chewy Vegan Trail Mix Cookies

Ditch those granola bars and make a bag of these cookies for your next trip! You can pack them in with whatever seeds, nuts or dried fruit you want! Because these are also made with coconut sugar and maple syrup, you do not need to worry about coming down from a sugar high on your hike after a little snack.

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Pumpkin, Chocolate Chip & Quinoa

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

These pumpkin cookies are perfect for any fall afternoon especially with the amount of spice that is packed into it! Not only that, these are made with quinoa flakes and rolled oats, making it so that these can absolutely be a guilt-free treat to have with your coffee in the mornings. If you thought that it’s impossible to make a fun quinoa recipe, this is tangible proof that it can be done.

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Matcha Sugar Cookies

green tea matcha cookies with white chocolate chips on cooling rack

Matcha powder cookies add Japanese matcha for a fun color and complex flavors that create a twist on the traditional sugar cookie. The ingredients list is simple: all you need is matcha powder, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, sugar, vegan butter, and flax (flax is a common vegan egg replacement).

To make vegan matcha cookies, cream the sugar, butter, and matcha together, then add the other ingredients. Chill the dough, then form into balls that you roll in sugar for an extra crunch.

Cinnamon-Spiced Vegan Chocolate Chip

Vegan Cinnamon-Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies add a twist to crowd-pleasing chocolate chip cookies with the warming flavors of cinnamon. The ingredients list is what you would expect from any cookie recipe, plus chopped-up chocolate and spices such as cinnamon and cayenne. This recipe replaces butter with canola oil and water.

To make these cookies, combine the dry and wet ingredients separately then mix them together to create the dough. Form the dough into balls, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

You don’t need to give up your favorite comfort foods when going vegan, thanks to this recipe that yields fluffy, thick cookies. This recipe replaces eggs and dairy with coconut oil, coconut milk, and a surprise star — applesauce.

The method is simple. Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine. Scoop the dough using an ice cream scooper and bake for giant, indulgent cookies.

Gingerbread

vegan gingerbread cookies

These plant-based cookies are perfect for a holiday treat. The recipe is similar to standard gingerbread, except using vegan butter and flax egg. You can even make vegan frosting by mixing powdered sugar with vanilla extract and vegan milk.

To make gingerbread cookies, cream together the vegan butter and sugar, add the other wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients. Roll out the gingerbread and cut out your favorite shapes with cookie cutters.

Almond Butter

almond butter cookies

These flaky, nutty cookies are perfect for people with peanut allergies as well as vegans. The star of the recipe is almond butter, but other important ingredients include coconut oil and ground flaxseed.

To make these cookies, mix the dry and wet ingredients, then combine. Shape the cookie dough into small balls and top with sprinkles of sea salt.

Vanilla Almond Biscotti

vegan almond butter biscotti

It is possible to make the Italian classic using only plant-based ingredients. The recipe uses coconut oil and applesauce to replace eggs and dairy.

Start by making the biscotti dough and combining the ingredients. Don’t forget to add plenty of almond extract and sliced almonds. Press the dough into logs and bake, then slice and bake again; baking twice gives these cookies their distinct crunchy texture.

Lemon

vegan lemon cookies

This delicious recipe makes fluffy, citrusy cookies that brighten your day without any eggs or dairy. The recipe calls for standard cookie dough dry ingredients, coconut oil, and two lemons. You will use the juice and zest to maximize the lemony flavor.

Making these cookies is very easy. All you have to do is combine the ingredients and form the dough into balls. Top with a lemon glaze made of lemon juice and powdered sugar.

Pfeffernüsse

vegan pfeffernüsse cookies

Pfeffernüsse are staples in Germany around Christmas. This recipe makes these sugary, spiced cookies vegan, thanks to pumpkin puree and vegan butter. Be sure to add plenty of spices, including allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper.

To make vegan Pfeffernusse, combine the wet and dry ingredients and roll the dough into balls. Cover the baked cookies with spiced powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter

vegan peanut butter cookies

Vegan peanut butter cookies are a great recipe for when you need a sweet treat but are short on time. This super-simple recipe only needs peanut butter, almond milk, flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.

Make these cookies by combining the wet ingredients, then sifting in the dry ingredients. Form into balls and use a fork to make a crisscross pattern.

Flaxseed

healthy vegan flaxseed cookies

These healthy, plant-based cookies pack a fiber-rich punch, thanks to flax meal, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Brown sugar and vegan butter forms the basis for a delicious vegan cookie recipe.

To make these cookies, cream together butter and sugar, then add dry ingredients. Shape dough into balls and bake.

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