Whether you're a seasoned baker or just getting started, vegan sugar cookies are a delightful treat that everyone can enjoy. These cookies are perfect for anyone committed to a vegan lifestyle or simply looking for healthier alternatives. Plus, they’re guilt-free, making them an ideal choice for health enthusiasts. Let's get baking!

vegan sugar cookies

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s your shopping list for these scrumptious vegan sugar cookies. We’ve also included substitutes for non-vegan options and healthier alternatives.

Essential Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter (substitute with coconut oil if preferred)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (use coconut sugar for a healthier option)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (substitute with whole wheat flour for added fiber)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Dough

  1. Cream the Vegan Butter and Sugar:
  • In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes using an electric mixer on medium speed.
  1. Add Wet Ingredients:
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and non-dairy milk until well combined.
  1. Combine Dry Ingredients:
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  1. Mix Dry and Wet Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until a dough forms. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If it’s too dry, add a little more non-dairy milk. If too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Shaping the Cookies

  1. Roll Out the Dough:
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  1. Cut Out Shapes:
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Get creative with stars, hearts, or any shapes you love!
  1. Transfer to Baking Sheet:
  • Place the cut-out cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat and Bake:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  1. Cool Down:
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorating Your Vegan Sugar Cookies

For an extra touch, you can decorate your cookies with natural, non-dairy frosting. Here’s a simple recipe:

Natural Non-Dairy Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Natural food coloring (optional)


  1. Mix Ingredients:
  • In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add natural food coloring if desired.
  1. Decorate:
  • Use a piping bag or a small spoon to frost your cookies in fun patterns and designs.


There you have it! Delicious, guilt-free vegan sugar cookies that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re making them for a holiday, a party, or just because, these cookies are sure to impress. Happy baking!

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