A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays


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 - Extra Recipes & Fun Ideas Included. Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Allergy-Friendly Options too! Classic Christmas Cookies + Unique New Treats

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.

Vegan Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies Recipe - dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free and made from pantry ingredients! So rich and fudgy, they're irresistible.

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.

A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies: Snappy Molasses Pictured

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin makes these cinnamon-y cookies even more tender, and gives them a warm winter flavor.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Recipe - dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, kids can bake fall treat!

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.

Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies Recipe (a.k.a. Homemade Caramel deLites) - a sample recipe from Go Dairy Free The Guide and Cookbook 2nd Edition

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.

Roll and Cut Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies Recipe

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.

A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Holiday Cookie Recipes: Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Creme Cookies Pictured

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!

Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe adapted from the Maple Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe in Go Dairy Free, The Guide and Cookbook

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.

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe - Award-Winning, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Top Allergen-Free

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.

Naturally Vegan and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. Easy, Family-Friendly, and Safe Dough to nibble on!

Casserole 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.

A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays (Christmas Casserole Cookies Pictured)

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.

Glazed Lemon Cookies Recipe - dairy-free, delicious, family-friendly cookies for the holidays and beyond.

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.

Dairy-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies Recipe (optionally Vegan) - also nut-free and soy-free!

Snowball Cookies

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.

Vegan Snowball Cookies Recipe - dairy-free, egg-free, kids can cook treats (also known as Russian tea cakes)

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.

Dairy-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe with Royal Icing - a classic popular recipe that can also be made vegan!

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.

Dairy-free Melting Snowman Cookies Recipe - with homemade vegan vanilla icing and the decorations. Also nut-free & optionally soy-free.

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.

Raw Cookie Dough Bites Recipe - A sample from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (dairy-free, plant-based, vegan!)

Pudding Cookies

All you need is four simple ingredients to bake these colorful cookies. One of them is instant pudding – yes, most varieties are dairy free!

Dairy-Free Pudding Cookies Recipe - Easy and just 4 Ingredients! (Chocolate and Pistachio Flavors Pictured)

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!

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. 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 ???

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!! 😀

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