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These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe.

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

It took a few experiments to get these right, but I am very pleased with the results. I love a soft sugar cookie, and these definitely are.

When I was first tinkering with this recipe, I wanted them to be shape cutouts, but that involved a lot of chilling, mess, and work. I may still develop a recipe for those, but for now, these definitely are less effort and taste great, so I’m sticking with them as my go-to easy vegan cookie. 🙂

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

This soft vegan sugar cookies recipe is sweet (but not too sweet), and the ground flax adds a lovely nutty flavor to them.

I made several batches of these cookies, and everyone adored them. My husband’s coworkers were definitely happy campers.

What ingredients are in vegan sugar cookies?

Vegan butter, white sugar, flax egg, pure vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and optional mix-ins (e.g. sprinkles).

You can see this recipe is pretty similar to regular sugar cookies, except the egg and butter are replaced with vegan alternatives.

How to make vegan sugar cookies

Make the flax egg; set aside for it to gel. Prep the remaining ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the flax egg and vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ones. Fold in any mix-ins.

Roll dough into 1.5″ balls and bake on a lined baking sheet at 400F for 10-12 minutes.

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

How to customize vegan sugar cookies

It’s really easy to customize these cookies. Don’t want sprinkles? Skip them.

Want to make these vegan Christmas cookies? Use red and green sprinkles like I did in most of the photos.

Want rainbow sugar cookies? Use rainbow sprinkles.

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

Want to make these vegan Halloween sugar cookies? Use Halloween sprinkles.

close up of vegan Halloween cookie broken in half beside stack of cookies

…Or make my vegan chocolate chip cookie dough frosting to go with them!

female hand holding a vegan sugar cookie with frosting

You can see that these are cookies for any occasion, basically. 😉

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

How to store vegan sugar cookies

I like to transfer these cookies to a sealed container as soon as they cool so that they remain nice and soft. They keep well for a few days (in the sealed container).

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 

I hope you love these easy vegan sugar cookies!

Have you ever made vegan cookies before? Talk to me in the comments below!

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe. 
5 from 10 votes

Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies are super soft, easy, and require no chilling! A delicious dairy-free sugar cookie recipe.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 42 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies (approx.)

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup vegan butter slightly softened (see note)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons sprinkles (optional)

Instructions 

  • Prepare your flax egg by mixing the ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Set it aside, and prep the rest of your ingredients so it has the chance to sit for 10 minutes or so.
  • Preheat oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat non-stick mat or parchment paper. 
  • Cream the vegan butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on a low speed. 
  • Add the flax egg and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix on low. 
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing it on a low speed until all the flour is incorporated. 
  • Fold in the sprinkles. 
  • Gently roll the dough into 1.5" balls. Place the balls at least a couple of inches apart (cookies will spread) on the baking sheet. I bake two batches (one batch at a time with about 10 cookies/batch). Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and then transfer them to an airtight container as soon as they've cooled a bit so they remain nice and soft. 

Notes

  • I use vegan buttery sticks (2 of them to make 1 cup). I like to let the vegan butter sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes prior to making this recipe. You don't want it to sit too long - it softens much faster than normal butter.
  • Makes 20-25 cookies (approximately).
  • I used ground brown flaxseed, but you could also use the golden variety. I also sometimes see it labeled as "milled flaxseed" and "flaxseed meal".
  • Make sure you spoon and level the flour vs. scooping it so you don't end up with too much.
  • Not all brands of sprinkles are vegan-friendly, so be sure to check if that's a concern.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 164kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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39 Comments

  1. Megan says:

    Would these freeze well?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hmm I haven’t tried… I will have to make a batch and test! I don’t see why they wouldn’t freeze well, though.

  2. Cee says:

    5 stars
    Hi

    Vegan foods never contain white sugar. That’s a common mistake people make. White sugar is refined thru charred animal bones.

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Cee! Thanks for your comment. From what I’ve read on this topic, it’s debatable – it doesn’t technically contain any animal products, but I do see why some vegans would be put off. If you’re personally concerned about the issue, there are definitely brands of white sugar out there that are sensitive to this and are refined through other means. U.S. organic white sugar should not be filtered through bone char.

      1. Ellie says:

        Even conventional white sugar in the us isn’t processed with bone char

  3. Airah says:

    Can’t wait to try out this recipe! Will they harden if I have them packaged in cellophane wrap?

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks, I hope you like it!! I haven’t tried that… if you wrapped them really tightly and kept them in a dark spot out of the sun, they would probably be ok, but I can’t say for sure since I don’t usually store cookies that way.

  4. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Such a delicious and easy recipe! A new classic sugar cookie to replace my non-vegan Christmas cookie! I also love that it doesn’t need to chill overnight! For my gluten-free friend, I use gluten-free flour, and it is still delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent! Thanks for letting me know, Anna!! Love the tip about gluten-free flour.

  5. Diane says:

    Hi, can I use coconut softened?

    1. Natasha says:

      Coconut oil that’s been softened instead of the vegan butter, you mean? You could definitely try it. I think it should work, but I have not tried it myself. Please let me know how it goes! 🙂

  6. Isla says:

    Hi I want to make these like now without going to the store and getting flax seeds haha do you think I can use ener g egg replacer? It states that 1 to 1.5 teaspoons with water equals one egg….

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Isla! I have not tried that product before. Vegan baking is kinda tricky as it is, so I really can’t speculate. Try it and let me know how it goes, though.

  7. Sarah says:

    Could you roll this cookie dough out and use cut outs for different shapes?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Sarah, the dough is really soft, so I would recommend chilling it for at least an hour first if you do try to cut out shapes. I did attempt it myself, and it wasn’t so easy to work with, so that’s why I opted to roll it into balls instead.

  8. Jennifer Guzman says:

    5 stars
    First time making vegan cookies and I don’t have any vanilla extract on hand .. is it necessary to add this to the mix or can I leave it out?

    1. Natasha says:

      I think you should be ok without it. It’s more for flavor than anything. Let me know how they go! Hope you enjoy them.

  9. kellie@foodtoglow says:

    5 stars
    These look like such a great all-rounder to have in my virtual filing box. My head is whirling with possibilities!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aw thanks, Kellie! 💛

  10. Darcy Alexa says:

    5 stars
    oooh!! I think this is a recipe that even I can handle.. I might just need to make these and bring to the office and fool the non vegans.. Muahahah!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha excellent. Let me know if you try them! I had a few people test them from my office, and they couldn’t tell. 😁