Delicious Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipe – Perfect for Desserts!

Dear readers,

Are you searching for the perfect vegan sugar cookie recipe? Look no further! I am delighted to share with you my very own, tried and true recipe for the most delicious vegan sugar cookies.

For those of you who have not experienced the joys of vegan baking, let me assure you that you won’t be sacrificing flavor or texture with these cookies, just because they are vegan. You will be amazed at how close they taste to traditional sugar cookies!

As a vegan chef, I am passionate about creating recipes that are not only delicious but also kind to our bodies and planet. This vegan sugar cookie recipe is no exception. Not only is it made without any animal products or byproducts, but it also uses healthier alternatives to traditional ingredients such as canola oil and applesauce in place of butter.

But don’t let the healthy substitutions fool you. These cookies are soft, slightly crunchy on the edges, and perfectly sweet. They are perfect for any occasion, whether it be a holiday gathering, a birthday celebration, or simply a treat to enjoy on a cozy night in.

So without further ado, follow along as I guide you through the process of baking the best vegan sugar cookies that will surely become your new favorite!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Sugar Cookies
Vegan Sugar Cookies

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever tasted a vegan sugar cookie so delectable that you can hardly believe it’s entirely plant-based? Well, if you haven’t yet, it’s time for you to try this recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies that will surely light up your taste buds with its perfect sweetness and irresistibly soft texture.

The combination of white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and baking soda in this recipe makes the cookies soft and chewy while maintaining a crisp golden center. Plus, the addition of pure vanilla extract and almond extract gives these cookies an extra touch of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

What makes this recipe even more special is the use of vegan butter instead of dairy products. Whether you’re vegan or not, skipping out on dairy is a great health choice. Not only does it help reduce cholesterol levels, but it also helps prevent asthma, decrease cancer risk and manage lactose intolerance. Trust me when I say that with this recipe, you won’t even miss the eggs and milk.

These delightful vegan sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion – be it a get-together with friends or family, or simply to treat yourself after a heavy meal. With this recipe, I’m confident that your taste buds will thank you for indulging them in such deliciousness. Try out this recipe today and prepare to be amazed by how easy it is to create delectable vegan treats right at home!

Ingredient List

 Sweet and chewy Vegan Sugar Cookies, fresh out of the oven!
Sweet and chewy Vegan Sugar Cookies, fresh out of the oven!

Before we begin with the recipe, make sure to gather all the ingredients on this list.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white flour
  • ¾ cup of whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (½ cup) of softened vegan butter or Earth Balance margarine
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp of almond extract


  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for a hint of warmth and spice)

Note: To make this recipe gluten-free, you can substitute the white flour for almond flour or any other gluten-free alternative.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly round sugar cookies, ready to be decorated with your favorite vegan frosting.
Perfectly round sugar cookies, ready to be decorated with your favorite vegan frosting.

Once you have gathered all the ingredients, preheat your oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) and ¾ cup of white granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Next, add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce to the bowl. Mix everything together until it is well-incorporated.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ¾ teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture slowly, mixing as you add. You can use an electric mixer or a wooden spoon for hard work. Once combined, form the dough into two separate balls.

On a floured board or countertop, roll each ball out with a rolling pin until it is roughly ¼ inch thick. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters or a knife.

Place cookies on a greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Allow them to cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy your freshly baked and deliciously healthy vegan sugar cookies!

Substitutions and Variations

 These Vegan Sugar Cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying on a plant-based diet.
These Vegan Sugar Cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying on a plant-based diet.

Dear readers, are you looking to personalize your vegan sugar cookie recipe? Perhaps add a new twist to classic flavor? Customize the recipe with variations and substitutions!

Firstly, let’s talk flour. The vegan sugar cookie recipe calls for a mix of white flour and whole wheat pastry flour. However, if you’re looking to avoid gluten or create a healthier option, feel free to substitute with almond flour or gluten-free flour. Be mindful that if using almond flour, the cookies may have a slightly denser texture.

Secondly, if you prefer a stronger cinnamon and vanilla taste, feel free to increase the measurements of these two ingredients in the recipe. On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of cinnamon or vanilla extract at all, try substituting with almond extract for a different twist in flavor.

Thirdly, the recipe calls for vegan butter and canola oil. But what if you don’t have any on hand? You can substitute the vegan butter with softened vegan margarine or even coconut oil. The canola oil doesn’t have a major impact on the flavor profile, so you can even substitute it with applesauce for an oil-free option.

Lastly, to add some extra sweetness to your cookies, replace white sugar with cane sugar or even maple syrup in moderation. For those who enjoy a little crunch in their cookies, sprinkle some chopped nuts or raisins on top before baking.

Remember that substitutions and variations are all about exploring different flavor combinations and preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment and customize your perfect vegan sugar cookie recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Bake a batch of these vegan cookies and share with your friends and family!
Bake a batch of these vegan cookies and share with your friends and family!

It’s time to indulge in the glorious taste of these delectable vegan sugar cookies! One thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. These cookies are perfect for any occasion and can be served in a variety of ways.

I recommend serving them with a warm cup of tea or coffee for a lovely afternoon snack. They’re also great for dessert, especially when paired with a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream. These cookies are so soft and buttery that they’ll melt in your mouth!

Why not get creative with your cookie presentation? Arrange them around a dip bowl filled with vegan frosting or peanut butter for a delightful party appetizer. Or, use cookie cutters to make fun shapes, decorate with icing, and use as festive treats around the holidays.

The options for serving and pairing these cookies are truly endless. With their light, sweet flavor, they make the perfect complement to a wide range of beverages and desserts. So go ahead and conjure your inner chef creativity, and create your own delicious pairings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The delicious aroma of vanilla and sugar will waft through your kitchen while baking these Vegan Sugar Cookies.
The delicious aroma of vanilla and sugar will waft through your kitchen while baking these Vegan Sugar Cookies.

As an avid baker, I recognize that not everyone has time to bake fresh cookies all the time. Luckily, these vegan sugar cookies store exceptionally well and can be made ahead of time! To do so, simply place them into an airtight container or bag and keep them at room temperature. These cookies will keep for up to six days.

If you find yourself with too many cookies to eat within that timeframe, don’t worry! These cookies can also be frozen for up to three months. To reheat them, let the cookies come to room temperature and then warm them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until they’re warm and gooey – trust me, you won’t even notice that they’ve been frozen!

To make the most out of these vegan sugar cookies, consider pairing them with your favorite toppings such as cinnamon or almond extract – or maybe even both! Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not dip the cookies in melted chocolate or sprinkle them with crushed candy canes during the holidays?

Lastly, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, consider swapping out traditional all-purpose flour for almond flour instead. Your cookies will have a slightly different texture but no less delicious.

Remember – baking is all about experimenting and finding what works best for you. So don’t be afraid to make these vegan sugar cookies your own!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy a classic dessert with a vegan twist with our easy-to-follow recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies.
Enjoy a classic dessert with a vegan twist with our easy-to-follow recipe for Vegan Sugar Cookies.

To achieve perfect results when making vegan sugar cookies, here are some tips that can help ensure your cookies turn out soft and delicious every time.

The first tip is to use room temperature ingredients. This includes the vegan butter, applesauce, and almond milk. This ensures that all the ingredients mix well together, creating a smooth dough. Room temperature ingredients mix together better, creating a more even texture for the dough.

Another important tip is to choose the right type of flour. While white flour is commonly used in traditional sugar cookie recipes, using a combination of whole wheat pastry flour and white flour will give your vegan sugar cookies a better texture. Whole wheat pastry flour has a lower gluten content than regular whole wheat flour, which makes it ideal for baking cookies with a lighter texture.

When creaming the sugar and butter together, be sure to cream them thoroughly until light and fluffy. This helps create small pockets of air in the dough resulting in a lighter cookie.

Lastly, don’t overbake your vegan sugar cookies! Overbaking can cause the cookies to become too crispy and dry. Take them out of the oven just before they have completely set so that they can finish cooking while they cool down on the baking sheet.

By following these simple tips, you’ll surely achieve a perfect batch of soft and delicious vegan sugar cookies every time you bake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these vegan sugar cookies are a testament to the fact that vegan desserts can be just as delicious and satisfying as traditional ones. They are easy to make, with a short and simple ingredient list that is easy to modify based on personal preferences or dietary requirements.

Whether you’re vegan or not, this recipe is worth a try. Who knows, it might even become your new go-to recipe for sugar cookies. So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, whip up a batch of these amazing vegan sugar cookies and enjoy every bite!

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipe

I got this and modified slightly from VegWeb. Proof that you don't need butter or shortening to make good sugar cookies! These are really easy & yummy. I used an icing similar to Sugar Cookie Icing to stick the sprinkles on.You have fun two ways from cut-out cookies: decorating, and eating 🙂
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 dozen cookies
Calories 267.8 kcal


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or 2 cups white flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, preferably vegan
  • 1/2 cup white flour (for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 3 -4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix together pastry flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the applesauce, oil and vanilla together until well combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to mix. Then knead them into a dough. You may have to add some more flour or some of the white flour, to make it dry enough to roll out properly. (A bit sticky, of course, but not wet.)
  • Start preheating the oven, 300-350 degrees depending on the heat of your oven- ours is quite hot so I use a slightly lower temperature.
  • Roll out the dough (around 1/4 inches thickness) and grab some cookie cutters!
  • Bake on a nonstick or lightly oiled pan for about 10 minutes, till just barely golden brown on the bottom edges. They will be kinda crunchy if you bake them too much longer.
  • Decorate!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 64gCalories: 267.8kcalCarbohydrates: 38.7gProtein: 3.8gFat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 0.9gSodium: 39mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 15.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Low Cholesterol, Vegan
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