These vegan Christmas cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with vegan candy buttons! Perfect for cookie exchanges, gifting, and more!
During the holiday season, my family takes baking to another level.
Like clockwork, we go into cookie-making mode and our kitchen becomes a cookie factory. Some of our favorites to make are ricotta cookies, coconut cookies, and these vegan Christmas cookies.
Why this recipe works
- Simple ingredients. Like my vegan cookies, this festive version calls for pantry staples.
- Quick chill time. Unlike other cookie recipes that call for several hours or overnight chilling time, these need just one hour.
- No egg replacements. No flax eggs, chia eggs, or egg substitutes are needed.
- Easy to make ahead. You can prep the dough in advance and even freeze it to bake it up later.
The texture of these cookies is perfectly crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. They are perfectly sweet and you are guarenteed that every mouthful will have plenty of chocolate in them! How do you make vegan Christmas cookies?
As mentioned earlier, this recipe calls for very simple ingredients that, if you’ve made any of our vegan desserts before, will have on hand. Here is what you’ll need:
- Vegan butter OR coconut oil– I prefer using vegan butter, but softened coconut oil can also be used. If you choose to use the butter, opt for sticks or blocks, not spreads.
- White sugar and brown sugar– A combination of both sugars will yield the perfect texture- Crisp edges and perfectly soft centers.
- Non-dairy milk– I used soy milk, but almond, coconut, oat, and other plant-based milks will work.
- Vanilla extract– A must for any good cookie.
- All purpose flour– Also known as plain flour. Be sure to sift the flour very well in case there are any clumps.
- Baking soda– Gives the cookies some rise and helps prevent them from overspreading.
- Salt– A pinch of salt balances out the flavors and brings out the natural sweetness of the other ingredients.
- Candy buttons– A mix of green and red candy buttons! There are a handful of vegan-friendly candy buttons on the market, including Choco No No’s and Unreal chocolate.
- Chocolate chips– Optional, but I enjoy adding some vegan chocolate chips to the dough for extra pockets of chocolate throughout.
Making these cookies is honestly very foolproof. Besides prepping the dough, there isn’t much hands-on time needed. Ready to bake some cookies?
Step 1- make the dough
Start by adding the sugars and butter to a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer, cream them together. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold through the candy buttons and chocolate chips.
Step 2- chill the cookie dough
Next, cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate the dough for an hour.
Step 3- Bake the cookies
Now, divide the dough into 12 portions. Using your hands, roll into balls.
Place them onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the sides just firm up. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Chilling the dough for an hour prior to baking the cookies will prevent them from overspreading and also yield a perfectly gooey center.
- Do not over-bake the cookies, as they continue to firm up as they are cooling down.
- Avoid freezing the unbaked cookie dough. The candy buttons bleed into the dough and become crumbly once thawed.
- To store: Leftovers keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
- To freeze: Place cookies in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Make ahead: You can prepare the dough up to 5 days in advance before baking them. Simply cover the prepared dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Once ready to use, let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
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Frequently asked questions
Yes, swap out the candy buttons for nuts, chocolate chips, or seeds.
These cookies hold well when mailed by postal mail. Aim to have them baked and mailed out within 2 days.
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Vegan Christmas Cookies
- 1/2 cup vegan butter softened
- 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk of choice I used soy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegan candy buttons * See notes
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, add the vegan butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, and using a hand mixer, cream together. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix well. Gently stir through the dry ingredients until just combined and no flour pockets remain. Fold through the candy buttons and chocolate chips.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and divide the dough into 12 portions. Using your hands, roll them into balls and place them on the lined sheet. Press down lightly on each one.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges just begin to firm up.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.
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These look so so good. Gonna give them a try this weekend. Is there any chance of subbing the butter for coconut or olive oil instead?