10 Dairy-Free Christmas Cookies Everyone Can Enjoy

Vegans and Non-Vegans Alike Will Love Them

flourless peanut butter cookies

The Spruce / Claire Cohen

The holidays are always a special time to spend with friends, family, and food. But when you have eating restrictions, it can become a little trickier to enjoy or make your holiday favorites since so many contain dairy. These dairy-free recipes will give you some ideas on how to make this holiday season special for the lactose-free, dairy-free, and—for those recipes without eggs—vegan loved ones in your life.

  • 01 of 10

    Dairy-Free Gingerbread Cookies

    Close Up Of Gingerbread Men On Wax Paper
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    In this dairy-free gingerbread people cookie recipe, gingerbread men and women are shaped from a dairy-free cookie dough of sweet spices, molasses, and brown sugar for a healthier winter favorite. Chill the dough for one hour for easier rolling it out and cutting out the cookies. Have the kids help decorate—make sure the icing, sprinkles, and candies are all dairy-free. Try serving these cookies with dairy-free hot chocolate.

  • 02 of 10

    Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

    Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Claire Cohen

    These soft, sweet, and rich ​vegan peanut butter cookies are perfect for kids' holiday parties or family celebrations. The mixture of oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter makes them a healthy alternative to the standard peanut butter cookie (especially at less than 80 calories a cookie!). So easy to make, simply mix, drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, and bake. To keep this recipe sugar-free, make sure to use unsweetened peanut butter and soy milk. 

  • 03 of 10

    Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Dairy free chocolate chip cookies

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    Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? But if you are eliminating dairy, then these all-time favorites are on the "forbidden cookie list." Until now, that is! These brown sugar-sweet cookies adorned with dairy-free chocolate chips are the perfect thing to leave out for Santa. You can even make the dough up ahead of time and freeze it to bake later. Try this dairy-free chocolate chip cookie recipe for a delicious holiday snack or as part of the Christmas cookie selection. 

  • 04 of 10

    Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroons

    Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Stephanie Goldfinger

    These lightly sweetened egg white and coconut cookies are baked until lightly golden brown in this simple coconut macaroons recipe. With only four ingredients—coconut, egg whites, sugar, and vanilla or almond extract—these cookies take only 20 minutes from start to finish. If you are making ahead of time, follow the instructions for refrigerating and freezing.

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  • 05 of 10

    Vegan Russian Tea Cakes

    Vegan Russian tea cake recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

    Like little balls of snow, these vegan Russian tea cakes are always such a charming addition to any dessert table, especially when paired with rich dark chocolate desserts or cakes. After they're baked, allow them to cool down for about 15 minutes and roll in confectioners' sugar for the "snow" effect. What makes these cookies vegan is that non-dairy margarine or coconut oil is substituted for the original recipe's butter. Feel free to roll into balls or form into crescents to make "moon cookies."

  • 06 of 10

    No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

    Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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    Quick and easy to prepare, these dairy-free no-bake chocolate cookies are a simple, healthy solution for the holidays. Taking a mere 10 minutes to mix up, just drop tablespoons full of mixture on a cookie sheet and place them in the refrigerator for one to two hours. No one will believe they are eating a cookie filled with dates, oats, and cashews since they are sweet and chocolatey, and so delicious. 

  • 07 of 10

    Vegan Biscotti

    Honey almond biscotti

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    While most biscotti recipes call for dairy and eggs, this vegan biscotti recipe contains neither but is still so good! To make it completely vegan, agave nectar is used as the sweetener. Get your favorite coffee or cappuccino ready to go with this delicious treat. Perfect for holiday gifts and parties, you'll make this recipe again and again.

  • 08 of 10

    Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

    Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Soft and pillowy but with a chewy texture, these sugar cookies use vegan butter and confectioners' sugar and granulated sugar in the mix. Quick and easy to make, these cookies are a great addition to the holiday festivities. Roll the cookie dough in red or green colored decorative sugar to make these festive and sparkly. You can also frost the cookies with dairy-free frosting instead of the sugar if you desire.

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  • 09 of 10

    Vegan No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

    No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

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    Not only dairy-free but vegan and gluten-free too, these no-bake cookies come together quickly and easily. Dairy-free chocolate chips are used but feel free to use another flavor to change it up a bit. Sweet, fudgy, and peanut buttery, these cookies use rolled oats to get that chewy texture. These cookies can be made up a month ahead of time and frozen, saving you time during the holiday season of baking.

  • 10 of 10

    Vegan Pfeffernusse Cookies

    Vegan pfeffernusse cookies

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    The delicious aroma of spices of these pfeffernusse cookies is perfect for the holidays. Made with no eggs or dairy, this version uses an egg replacer and vegan margarine to make up these delicious cookies. Baked for about 15 minutes, then rolled in powdery white confectioners' sugar for the finishing touch.