Delectable Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies for Sweet-Toothed Vegans

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children of the internet, welcome to my latest creation! Today’s recipe is sugar cookies that are free of dairy and gluten but still deliciously sweet. Whether you are a vegan or lactose intolerant, or simply looking to cut down on your dairy and gluten intake, this recipe is for you!

I am dedicated to creating dishes that promote health and well-being without sacrificing taste. These sugar cookies are a perfect example of that, as they are made with all-natural ingredients that are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.

This recipe requires no fancy equipment or ingredients, only simple components that you can easily find in your pantry. You’ll only need some flour, granulated sugar, baking powder – just to name a few – and voila! You can create soft and chewy dairy-free sugar cookies in no time.

To summarize, these dairy-free sugar cookies are the perfect treat for those who love sweets but prefer healthier options. So dust off your apron, get out your mixing bowl and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sugar Cookies - Dairy Free
Sugar Cookies – Dairy Free

Folks, trust me when I say, this recipe is going to knock your socks off! There are a ton of sugar cookie recipes out there, but this one stands out because it is dairy-free and gluten-free. And let me tell you, just because we’re cutting out the dairy and gluten doesn’t mean we’re cutting out any flavor or softness.

In fact, this recipe creates super soft, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are so delicious, no one will be able to tell they are free of dairy and gluten! Plus, these cookies use only natural ingredients like vegan butter and almond milk.

What’s more? These cookies are versatile! You can make them into different shapes for different occasions – heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, tree-shaped for Christmas, or round-shaped for any day of the week. You can frost them with royal icing or add some honey for sweetness.

These cookies are not just for those with dietary restrictions either, anyone can enjoy them! Trust me – even if you’re not vegan or gluten intolerant – you won’t be able to get enough of these sweet delights!

Ingredient List

 These sugar cookies are perfect for a dairy-free diet!
These sugar cookies are perfect for a dairy-free diet!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make these delicious dairy-free sugar cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (you can also use gluten-free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or earth balance, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

If you want to make the recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. To make it sweeter, increase the sugar measurement up to 3/4 cup. If you are allergic to eggs or prefer an eggless option, substitute with 1 flaxseed egg (1 tablespoon + 3 tablespoons warm water) or mashed ripe banana. Dairy-free substitutes such as almond milk can be used.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the sweetness without the guilt!
Indulge in the sweetness without the guilt!

Let’s get baking! This recipe how-to will guide you step-by-step to creating the most delicious dairy-free sugar cookies that you won’t want to share. So put on your apron, preheat your oven to 375°F and let’s get started.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly combined.

  2. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened vegan butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

  3. Slowly add in the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients bowl. Mix until a soft dough forms. If your dough is too dry or falling apart, add in warm water one tablespoon at a time, mixing well between each addition until you reach a super soft cookie dough consistency.

  4. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a flattened disc or ball. Wrap it with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour in the fridge (or overnight).

  5. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or silmat liner.

  6. When you’re ready to bake, remove one dough disc from the refrigerator and leave it on the counter at room temperature for 10 minutes to soften slightly so it’s easier to roll out.

  7. Generously dust your work surface with flour, and roll out the dough to approximately 1/8- inch thickness. Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters or a sharp knife (I recommend using Christmas-themed cookie cutters to get into the holiday spirit!).

  8. Carefully transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheet using a spatula, making sure they are at least 2 inches apart.

  9. Bake for 8-12 minutes until lightly golden brown, rotating your baking sheet halfway through for even baking.

  10. Remove from oven and allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely (this will help prevent the cookies from breaking while you move them).

  11. Once completely cooled, mix up some dairy-free frosting, sprinkle with lots of love and serve!

Follow these steps, and you’ll master this recipe in no time! These sugar cookies make perfect gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season as well as a great treat to enjoy during your holiday celebrations. Happy Baking!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to be amazed by these yummy cookies!
Get ready to be amazed by these yummy cookies!

Nowadays, people are more conscious about their dietary requirements and want to have their favorite recipes customized accordingly. This sugar cookie recipe being gluten-free and dairy-free is a great option for many, however, some may want further modifications. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– For a vegan version: Substitute the 1 egg with a flax egg or applesauce. In place of butter, use vegan butter or coconut oil.

– Honey sugar cookies: If you prefer a less sweet cookie or honey flavor instead of granulated sugar, substitute 1/4 cup of honey in place of 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

– Nut flour cookies: For people who want a nutty flavor, you can substitute almond flour or other nut flour for half of the purpose flour (1 cup purpose flour and 1 cup almond flour).

– Frosted sugar cookies: These cookies will be the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth cravings. Make royal icing or buttercream frosting ahead and frost them with different colors to brighten up your holidays.

– Christmas sugar cookies: Tis’ the season of happiness! You can add some holiday flair by decorating these gluten-free sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles.

– Lemon sugar cookies: Add zest using lemon juice and zest from one lemon to the dough. This will give an incredibly refreshing and tangy taste to your cookies

All these variations will give a unique twist to this classic recipe that never fails to satisfy your cravings without compromising on your diet restrictions.

Serving and Pairing

 These cookies make a great dessert for any occasion.
These cookies make a great dessert for any occasion.

Once you’ve baked a batch of these delectable dairy-free sugar cookies, the only logical thing to do is serve them up with a big glass of almond milk. While they’re plenty sweet on their own, these cookies also invite a range of creative decorating options if you’re looking to go the extra mile. You could frost them with royal icing and tint them festive colors for a special occasion, or pipe on some vegan buttercream frosting for an extra indulgent twist.

As for pairings, these sugar cookies are quite versatile. They make for a great snack anytime of day – morning, noon, or nighttime. With a hot cup of coffee or tea, they can certainly make the perfect accompaniment. If you have company coming over, set up a cookie platter with some fresh fruit and nuts, allowing guests to make their own cookie plate. Or better yet, turn them into ice cream sandwiches! Just sandwich a scoop of your favorite dairy-free ice cream between two cookies and enjoy immediately.

Don’t be afraid to get inventive with your sugar cookie pairings! Perhaps try dunking half the cookie in melted dark chocolate for that extra decadent touch. Whatever way you decide to serve or pair them, these scrumptious sugar cookies are sure to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Trust me, you won't even notice they're dairy-free!
Trust me, you won’t even notice they’re dairy-free!

Once you have made a batch of these delightful dairy-free sugar cookies, you’ll want to keep them fresh for as long as possible. You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you’re looking to make them ahead of time, then you’re in luck. These cookies are perfect for making ahead because they freeze incredibly well. Transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. When you are ready to serve them, allow the cookies to thaw before reheating them.

When reheating, I recommend heating them up in your oven or toaster oven, preheated to 350°F (175°C) until warm and soft again. This will give the cookies that fresh-from-the-oven taste and texture once more.

Pro-tip: To keep your cookies soft, add a slice of bread on top of the cookie layer within the cookie storage jar that sucks out excess moisture from the jar’s environment.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or just a quick snack fix, these dairy-free sugar cookies are incredible and are guaranteed to impress anyone who tries them out!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who says you can't have your cookies and eat them too?
Who says you can’t have your cookies and eat them too?

As a food blogger, I have gathered some helpful tips for making perfect dairy-free sugar cookies that are also super soft and delicious. Here are some of the things that you should keep in mind as you prepare the recipe.

Firstly, it’s important to have all the ingredients at room temperature before starting to bake. When ingredients like vegan butter or egg are cold, they don’t mix well with the other ingredients and can cause problems like lumps in your dough. So, let these ingredients sit out on your kitchen counter for about 30 minutes before starting the recipe.

Another tip to take note of is to avoid overmixing the dough. Once you add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, make sure that you mix until everything is just combined. Overmixing can cause the cookies to become tough and dense by developing too much gluten.

To roll out your cookie dough easily, use two sheets of parchment paper rather than flouring your work surface. This way, you don’t need extra flour which can make your cookies dry and tough. Simply place your cookie dough between two sheets of parchment and roll them flat with a rolling pin.

When it comes to cutting your cookie shapes, do it quickly so that the dough doesn’t become too warm from handling. The warmer the dough becomes, the more likely it will spread during baking, losing their shape entirely. So try to work quickly when cutting out shapes and place them onto a lined baking sheet as soon as possible.

Lastly, bake your cookies on an air-filled baking sheet instead of directly on a metal one. This will help distribute heat evenly throughout baking and avoid sticking problems or even burnt bottoms for your cookies.

I hope these tips help make dairy-free sugar cookie baking a breeze for you! Just remember to have fun, be patient with yourself and enjoy!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, the perfect recipe for dairy-free sugar cookies that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without any harmful effects. These sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a party, preparing a gift for loved ones, or simply enjoying a treat after dinner!

By following the instructions carefully and using the right ingredients such as gluten-free flour, vegan butter, and almond milk, you can make super soft and delicious sugar cookies that are free from any dairy and gluten.

Now it’s time to get started on your baking journey! Trust me; once you take your first bite of these fantastic sugar cookies, you’ll never want to go back to ordinary cookies again.

Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family so they too can enjoy these delectable delights! Try out some variations and let us know how you customized the recipe in the comments section below.

So go ahead, put on your apron, preheat your oven, and make some magic happen!

Sugar Cookies - Dairy Free

Sugar Cookies - Dairy Free Recipe

Wonderful cookies - dairy free. Estimated times do not include chill time.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy-free
Servings 4 dozen
Calories 394.4 kcal


  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon warm water


  • Sift togehter the first 3 ingredients.
  • In a large bowl cream margarine ans sugar.
  • Add egg, vanilla and water, beat well.
  • Add dry ingredients and blend well.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll to 1/4 inch thick and shape with cookie cutters.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes at 375.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 479gCalories: 394.4kcalCarbohydrates: 85.8gProtein: 8gFat: 1.8gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 46.5mgSodium: 446.4mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 37.8g
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