If there’s one thing I wasn’t going to give up when I went dairy-free, it was cookies. Back in the day, most store-bought brands contained butter, milk, and other miscellaneous dairy ingredients. That’s when I began baking like it was my job. And now, making dairy-free cookie recipes is my job! Which is why I have this incredible round-up of the best dairy-free cookie recipes for you – just in time for National Cookie Day.
A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays
Today, there are many delicious options for purchasing dairy-free and even vegan cookies, but baking Christmas cookies is just as much fun as eating them. Well, okay, maybe not quite as much fun, but it’s close. And nothing makes a better or more thoughtful gift than home-baked cookies. (I said nothing – don’t even try to argue me on this one).
Since my kitchen is dairy-free, the gifts and party treats created in it are always dairy-free. I know some people are nervous about sharing their “free-from” goodies with those who regularly consume “normal” cookies, but trust me. Not only do I receive rave reviews, I’m also relied upon to always bring the desserts to every Christmas party. And I used to be the only one among our friends who was dairy-free. Yes, I said “used to be.” Cookies are that powerful people. They can create converts.
Bake some of these dairy-free cookie recipes and share the bounty this holiday season. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll bring a few more people over to the dairy-free light.
Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies
Believe it or not, this is a purely pantry recipe. Yet these vegan cookies are simply bursting with fudgy indulgence.
Snappy Molasses Cookies
This recipe has been a popular one for well over a decade. The perfectly tender cookies are a cross between gingersnaps and molasses cookies. If preferred, I do have dairy-free recipes for Gingersnaps and Big Soft Molasses Cookies too! I’ve covered all the bases.
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin makes these cinnamon-y cookies even more tender, and gives them a warm winter flavor.
Vegan Samoa Cookies
No one will believe these Caramel De-Lite copycats are dairy-free and egg-free! They are an impressive treat, and have the perfect balance of sweet, rich, and chocolaty goodness.
Sugar Cookies (Drop and Roll & Cut)
These baseline dairy-free cookies are delicious on their own, but they’re also perfect for decorating. Enjoy them drop style with or without icing, or roll and cut them into fun shapes. Need an egg-free option? Bake these Vegan Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies.
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a Candy Cane Creme Filling
It’s hard to resist these chocolate peppermint sandwich creme cookies. The recipe includes homemade vegan chocolate spritz cookies and a sweet, peppermint-infused, dairy-free icing.
Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookies
Each bite of these warm vegan cookies offers the satisfying flavors of maple, cinnamon, and brown sugar. You can add chocolate chips, or not. It’s your choice!
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
They might be vegan and gluten-free, but these sliced cookies beat out dozens of fantastic “normal” recipes in one of our big recipe contests.
Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These tender morsels are naturally gluten-free, vegan, and quick to make. If needed, they can be made peanut-free, or you can make these Sunblossom Cookies.
This is my baked version of classic skillet cookies. I find these easier and less fussy. For gifting or a special treat, we usually roll them in coarse sugar or powdered sugar. Sometimes I do a little of each for a special look.
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Nothing shows off the sunny side of winter like citrus desserts. And these sweet and zesty lemon cookies will brighten anyone’s day.
Thin Mint Cookies
I prefer baking my own “Girl Scout” cookies because they taste better and I can control the ingredients. This “just” dairy-free recipe has options for nut-free, soy-free, and vegan.
No round-up of holiday dairy-free cookie recipes would be complete without snowballs! You might call them Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or even Butterballs. No matter the name, they bring us up to a delicious baker’s dozen.
Even More Holiday Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes
It was hard to pick just a dozen dairy-free cookie recipes, so I have a little overflow. Here are some more holiday delights that you might enjoy baking this season.
- Homemade Fortune Cookies
- Christmas Medenki Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
- Cookie Butter Pinwheel Cookies
- Snickerdoodle Blondies
- Grain-Free Snickerdoodles
- Classic Gingerbread Men
Easy Dairy-Free Cookie Fun
These dairy-free cookie recipes are less conventional, but still perfect for the holidays. They each use shortcuts so you have more time to spend with loved ones!
Melting Snowman Cookies
You can use our homemade sugar cookies recipe or buy some allergy-friendly cookies to make these adorable cookies. The preparation is fun to do with kids.
Raw Cookie Dough Bites
Skip the baking and enjoy these no bake cookies. They’re safe to eat raw because they contain no eggs or flour. They’re also a healthier, but equally delicious, alternative.
All you need is four simple ingredients to bake these colorful cookies. One of them is instant pudding – yes, most varieties are dairy free!
Holiday Sandwich Cookies with Various Flavored Fillings
I’ve got four filling recipes in this post, because it’s all about the icing, right? The options include Mint Chocolate Chip, Lemon, Rasberry Creme, and Maple!
But chocolate contains dairy…how can you use chocolate chips???
Only some chocolate does Tricia! These posts are for you:
My Older Sister and My soon to be 3 year old Niece are Both Lactose Intolerant. My Niece Love Cookies and so Does my Sister. This site Was Really Helpful, Thank You Tons ???
So happy to hear that I was able to help your family!
I want every single cookie on this page. And now I have no idea which one to make first… thanks. 😛
love it! Thanks for the roundup!
Haha, yes, lots to love here!
I have a 13 year old grandson who is lactose intolerant. He is also over weight. What kind of treats can I make him. He loves my cookies.
Any of the recipes in the post you just commented on for starters, Susan! You are on the site – books, recipes, and more – all dairy-free and lactose-free.
My sister in law is currently on a dairy free diet for her son and I can’t wait to suprise her with some of these yummy cookies!!!!!! Thanks!!!! 😀