‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies and holiday desserts! Being a vegan around the holidays can be a bit tricky, where most meals include meat, eggs, and dairy products in every course. Have no fear! There is still much vegan baking to done. These 10 recipes are guaranteed to draw impressed ohhhs and ahhhs when you reveal their secret vegan superpower status. Even if you’re not vegan, it’s always a good idea to include a vegan option on your holiday dessert tray so everyone at your festive gathering has a treat.
If you’re planning a holiday party, check out my holiday wine guide for vegans and wine pairing guide for vegans for all the in’s and out’s of pairing wine with vegan recipes. If you’ve got your bottle of wine ready to go but not sure if you should decant it before drinking, check out my guide to wine decanting.
Let’s dive into the holiday treats!
Ready to bring the decadence? Try these vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Achieving the main tenet of inspiring cookiedom, these vegan cookies are crispy on the edges and soft in the center. If you want to be super traditional, have a cold glass of milk or soy milk or almond milk or whatever non-dairy drink you fancy. If you want to really have some fun, pair these cookies with a glass of wine. Yup, I said it. Wine. Dessert just got a lot more fun.
Let me tell you, this snickerdoodle recipe is one to keep around. They’re incredibly easy to pull together with the perfect amount of crispness to protect the soft, and fluffy center. Grab a glass of almond milk, or if you’re inclined to an adult beverage, try a glass of Madeira or Muscat Blanc. Didn’t think vegan snickerdoodles could be so cool, did ya?
I highly recommend bringing these cookies into any battle, family event, or holiday gathering. The secret and beauty and magic and wonder of this recipe is the salt. Flakey sea salt is the metaphorical rug that ties the room together. It balances and enhances the warmth of the brown sugar and the bitter richness of the dark chocolate chips, while simultaneously layering in a salty zing to zap your tastebuds.
This caramel tart has no dates, is vegan, and can be made gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It’s super easy and quick to make and you don’t need a high-powered blender for it! Plus, it is absolutely gorgeous. Win win.
Remember eating those super delicious soft bakery sugar cookies with frosting on top? These super simple fluffy sugar cookies are a Christmas take on the bakery classic, infused with egg nog and topped with a touch of nutmeg. Even if you aren’t normally a baker, these cookies are super easy to make. Guaranteed to be a hit at your next holiday party or cookie exchange.
Ahhhh, pecan pie. A Southern United States classic dessert, especially around the holidays. As boozy as you want it, this vegan bourbon pecan pie is a perfect dessert for special occasions. It’s sweetened with dates, maple syrup and a touch of sugar instead of the corn syrup typically found in pecan pie, which means it is a whole lot better for you.
Holiday baking alert! This vegan spice cake is all things delicious. It uses everyday ingredients like applesauce, cinnamon, ginger spices, flour, grated apple, and dried fruit such as dates. It can also easily be made into muffins or a loaf. Yes for holiday flexibility!
Chocolatey, healthy, sweet and easy to make. Say hello to these Vegan Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies! The picture below says it all. Double-decker deliciousness.
These thumbprint cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie – a spicy and buttery shortbread cookie filled with vegan eggnog cheesecake and topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. Starting to see why I’m so excited? Delicious to the max.
I’m going to say the beauty of this cake and those sliced figs stand for themselves.