Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies (Pareve)

Pareve Sugar Cookies

Miri Rotkovitz

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Chilling Time: 60 mins
Total: 89 mins
Servings: 12 to 15 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
91 Calories
2g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 15
Amount per serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 3g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This kosher sugar cookie recipe makes delicious, dairy-free treats that do not scream pareve.  If you shun the trans fats of margarine, this recipe is for you, because it is made with oil.

Making tasty cookies without butter is a challenge, especially if you want something simple like a classic sugar cookie. With none of the popular additions like chocolate, raisins, peanut butter, oats, or nuts, the flavor of the dough really counts. If you want a more wholesome and healthful cookie, swap 1 cup of the all-purpose flour in this recipe with 1 cup of white whole wheat flour.

This recipe includes instructions for preparing the dough two ways: sliceable icebox cookies and rolled cookies. If you have cookie cutters that barely get used, go for the rolled cookies and use those cookie cutters.


  • 2 large eggs (room-temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (neutral-flavored, such as grapeseed or canola)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Optional: decorative sanding sugar, turbinado sugar, or cinnamon sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl or electric stand mixer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla.

  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour(s) and baking powder. 

  4. Transfer the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir with a sturdy spoon or the electric mixer until it is well-incorporated, no streaks of flour remain, and the dough begins to pull into a ball. (The dough will be thick, so if you are mixing it by hand, it is helpful to knead it a few times with clean hands after stirring in the flour.)

  5. If the dough is very sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing between each addition. 

For Sliceable Icebox Cookies

  1. Divide the dough into thirds and shape each into a 1- to 2-inch thick log, depending on the size of cookies you prefer.

  2. Wrap the logs in parchment or waxed paper, place in a freezer bag, and chill in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 1 hour. 

  3. If desired, place sanding sugar, turbinado sugar, or cinnamon sugar on a large plate. Unwrap one log of dough at a time and roll it in the sugar, pressing gently so the sugar adheres to the dough.

  4. With a sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/4-inch slices and place about 1 inch apart on parchment- or silicone-lined cookie sheets.

  5. Repeat with remaining two logs. 

For Rolled Cookies

  1. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disc, wrap in parchment or waxed paper, place in a freezer bag, and chill for at least 1 hour. 

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out a disc of dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters. Carefully transfer the cookies to parchment- or silicone-lined cookie sheets, leaving about 1 inch between cookies.

  3. Repeat with second half of dough.

Bake the Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

  2. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they are firm and the undersides are golden.

  3. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

  4. Enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Unbaked cookie dough can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.