8 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 08

    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. Have the kids help decorate—just make sure the icing, sprinkles, and candies are all dairy-free. Try serving these cookies with dairy-free hot chocolate.

  • 02 of 08

    Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

    Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies

    The Spruce / 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 make them a healthy alternative to the standard peanut butter cookie (especially at less than 100 calories a cookie!). To keep this recipe sugar-free, make sure to use unsweetened peanut butter and soy milk. 

  • 03 of 08

    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! Try this dairy-free chocolate chip cookie recipe for a delicious holiday snack or as part of the Christmas cookie selection. 

  • 04 of 08

    Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroons

    Coconut macaroon

    The Spruce / Claire Cohen

    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—they are quick and easy to make. If you are making ahead of time, follow the instructions for refrigerating and freezing.

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  • 05 of 08

    Vegan Russian Tea Cakes

    Vegan Russian tea cake recipe

    The Spruce / 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. What makes these cookies vegan is that a 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 08

    Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

    Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

    The Spruce / Claire Cohen

    These flourless peanut butter cookies are amazingly simple and so delicious. Feel free to add dark chocolate chips or rolled oats to your dough for a texturizing, flavorful twist. Because there is no flour, these cookies are also gluten-free, perfect for filling the cookie jar to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth!

  • 07 of 08

    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. No one will believe they are eating a cookie filled with dates, oats, and cashews since they are sweet and chocolatey and delicious. 

  • 08 of 08

    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! Perfect for holiday gifts and parties, you'll make this recipe again and again.