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


Alisa Fleming ~ 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 was when I first started baking like it was my job. And now, making dairy-free cookie recipes is my job!

Today, there are many delicious options for purchasing dairy-free and even vegan cookies, but what I’ve learned over the years is that baking Christmas cookies is just as much fun as eating them! Well, okay, maybe not quite as much fun, but it is close. And nothing makes a better or more thoughtful gift than home-baked cookies (I said nothing – do not argue me on this one).

Since my kitchen is dairy-free, the gifts and party treats created in it are always dairy-free, too. 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, even though 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.

Share some of these sinful sweets this holiday season, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll bring a few more people over to the dairy-free dark side …

Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies

choc explosion oat cookies

Snappy Molasses Cookies

Dairy-Free Molasses Gingersnap Cookies

Snickerdoodle Blondies

snickerdoodle blondies

Vegan Samoa Cookies (a.k.a. Caramel De-Lites)

Dairy-Free & Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies (Caramel deLites)

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a Candy Cane Creme Filling

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Creme Sandwich Cookies

Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookies

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Cookies - Vegan, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Butter-Free, Nut-Free

Super Natural Mesquite Chocolate Chips Cookies

Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies - Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Vegan

Allergy-Friendly Sunblossom Cookies

SunButter Cookies

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Soft and Chewy Vanilla “Butter” Cookies

Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

And a bonus “healthy cookie” recipe to make it a baker’s dozen …

Nut ‘n Honey Raisin Bran Cookies

Peanut Butter 'n Honey Raisin Bran Cookies - Dairy-Free

Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.

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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