These vegan Christmas sugar cookies are soft, sweet, and such a fun holiday baking tradition! They’re made with just 5 healthy ingredients, gluten free and fruit sweetened.
Friends, it’s time.
Now that thanksgiving is over, it’s time for CHRISTMAS-ING ALL THE THINGS, which of course, means Christmas cookies.
Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and I have so many memories that are synonymous with Christmas – the decorating, the music, the movies. But the Christmas baking has to be my favorite part of the entire season. My mom used to (and still does, really) go all out with her baking trays for our friends and neighbors. We’re talking peanut butter kiss cookies, toffee, chocolate nut clusters, gingerbread, and so much more.
As the Christmas-obsessed lady I am, I definitely plan on eventually making some impressive trays of my own. But before I start, I want to make sure I have go to, beloved recipes that I’ll look forward to baking and enjoying every Christmas. As a food blogger, obviously I love trying new recipes, but Christmas is different. I love the idea of baking the same things every year, so that they hold those special, Christmasy vibes.
When I picture my future gifting of Christmas goodies, I immediately think cut out, decorated sugar cookies. Honestly, I always think gingerbread or something super chocolatey when it comes to Christmas treats. But I feel like a good cookie tray CANNOT be good without a sweet, simple, cut out sugar cookie. Plus, the experience of cutting out the dough and decorating cookies is essential for the holiday season, right?
So, as my first Christmas cookie recipe of the year, I’m gifting you these vegan Christmas sugar cookies. So fun to bake, and obviously, more fun to eat.
These vegan Christmas sugar cookies are really simple, starting with a mix of almond and oat flour. I simply added some oat flour to this chocolate chip cookie recipe, to give a bit more structure to these sugar cookies so that you can cut them out into shapes without them sticking to everything and falling apart.
Mix the almond and oat flour, and add the date sugar. I always use this date sugar from The Date Lady. It’s quickly becoming my new favorite way to sweeten cookies! It’s just ground up dried dates, and gives perfect natural sweetness in granulated form.
Add the unsweetened applesauce for moisture, a bit of vanilla, and stir into a thick dough. Press the dough out into an even layer on a piece of parchment paper, and cut out as many Christmasy shapes as you can! I used candy canes, trees, snowflakes, and Christmas light cutters. The dough is still a bit wet and delicate, so just use gentle hands when pressing the dough out from the cutter onto the pan.
Bake the vegan Christmas sugar cookies for 20 minutes, then let them cool completely before you decorate. Traditionally, sugar cookies are often decorated with royal icing which is essentially pure sugar. Obviously we aren’t going that route, but we can still have fun decorating! You could definitely use some type of frosting, like this bright cream cheese or this rich chocolate fudge frosting, then add mixed nuts or chocolate or vegan sprinkles.
I kept it really simple with some melted chocolate and a drizzle of yogurt, and they were an absolute dream. For my next batch, though, I am FOR SURE making a batch of that chocolate frosting, because I’m obsessed with it and it would pair perfectly with these sweet lil cookies.
Just have fun and use whatever ya like to decorate!
These vegan Christmas sugar cookies are soft, sweet, and a new favorite Christmas tradition at our house. Nothing makes me happier than recreating fun holiday traditions in a healthy, vegan version, and I’m SO happy with how these came out. Hope you guys love them and are having fun with all your Christmas baking so far!
Have a happy, healthy week!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!