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Freshly baked Vegan Sugar Cookies ready for decorating

I’m not a negative person, but I do often expect the worst in order to safeguard myself from less than ideal outcomes.

For example, say we’re planning to hang out with friends. I think, “This may go terribly wrong. I’ll say something stupid. I’ll spill wine on their couch. There will be lots of awkward silence. They’ll never invite us over again.”

That way, if the evening goes at all OK, it was way better than I expected! Success! It’s like some twisted way of guaranteeing a “successful outcome” in any circumstance. Aren’t I smart? (Cheeky grin.)

Does anyone else do this? Because it kind of makes me feel like some bizarre form of a control freak and I need some more people in this boat with me. Either that or send 18 dozen of these sugar cookies to help me cope, STAT.

Stirring Vegan Sugar Cookie dough

While I’m not able to predict many (read: any) things that will happen in life, I can predict this: Make these cookies and you will fall in love.

They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed.

Using cookie cutters to cut out perfect Vegan Sugar CookiesFreshly baked Vegan Sugar Cookies resting on parchment paper

These cookies are simple, as always. Just 1 bowl and no fancy methods or equipment required. Just good old fashioned cookies at your fingertips in less than 1 hour.

Making DIY Natural Food Dye for frosting sugar cookies

And when it comes time to frost, get festive – naturally!

I tried my hand at DIY natural food coloring using beet juice and it worked beautifully! Look at that hot pink like WHOA.

I also tried parsley for “green” but it was less successful. Has anyone else tried beets or other foods for dying? Do share. I’d love to know.

Bowl of pink frosting made with our Natural Food Coloring Recipe

As far as the cookies go, you can cut them into shapes or just roll them into balls that bake into perfect, beautiful, fluffy discs. I want them all.

The shapes are a little more time intensive, but definitely worth it if you really want to get into the holiday spirit. But let’s be real, when it comes time to pick which cookie(s) to eat, we choose based on size and amount of frosting (the more of both, the better).

Vegan Sugar Cookies ready for frostingAssortment of Vegan Sugar Cookies with some frosted

You’re going to LOVE these cookies. They’re:

Perfectly tender
Simple to make
Not too sweet
Vanilla-infused
Amazing with frosting
& Undetectably vegan

These cookies are definitely my new go-to for holiday gifting.

What are your favorite cookies to bake during the holidays? Growing up, I tried many different kinds, but always came back to the classic sugar cookie as my favorite. You really can’t go wrong.

Plate of frosted cookies made using our Classic Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe
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Simple and delicious Vegan Sugar Cookie resting on a dish

1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies

Classic vegan sugar cookies made with 1 bowl in less than 1 hour. Sweet, tender, simple, and perfect for holiday gatherings and beyond!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Assorted shapes of Vegan Sugar Cookies with pink and white frosting and sprinkles
4.79 from 132 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 (cookies)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Christmas, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance // softened* // 1 stick equals 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (plus more for topping)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree* (acts as an egg substitute // sub with unsweetened applesauce with varied results)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling into shapes)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder (for thickening/binding)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp non-dairy milk

FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (softened // 1 stick equals 1/2 cup)
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Splash non-dairy milk

Instructions

  • Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer.
  • Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and beat for 1 minute.
  • Set your sifter over something that will catch fall out and add dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda and baking powder). Use a spoon to briefly stir, then sift over butter and sugar mixture.
  • Mix until until incorporated, being careful not to over mix. Then add almond milk and mix until a soft dough is formed. Switch to a wooden spoon if it gets too thick. If it appears to wet, mix in a bit more flour.
  • Cover and freeze dough for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 30-45 minutes (up to overnight).
  • Five minutes before baking, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and position a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Scoop out heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of chilled dough and roll into balls. Alternatively, roll out between two pieces of wax paper, lightly flouring the bottom layer, remove top layer, and cut out shapes. (NOTE: For shapes, to ensure they keep their form while baking, freeze them on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before baking.)
  • Arrange cookies on a clean baking sheet 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. If you’ve rolled the dough into balls, dip a glass into cane sugar and gently smash down into a disc to help them cook more evenly.
  • Bake on the center rack for 10-12 minutes for (8-10 for cutout shapes // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), or very slightly golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let rest on pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Prepare frosting in the meantime.
  • FOR FROSTING: Wipe/rinse your mixing bowl clean and add softened butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add vanilla (optional) and mix once more.
  • Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and continue mixing until thick and creamy. Drizzle in a little non-dairy milk to thin. You want this frosting to be pretty thick so it will hold its shape once on the cookies, so only add a little milk and add more powdered sugar if it gets too thin.
  • To add natural food coloring, finely grate a raw beet into a clean dish towel and then squeeze it over the frosting and whisk.
  • Once cooled, frost cookies and top with sprinkles (optional - vegan ones can be difficult to find). Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a few days. Freeze for longer-term storage (up to several weeks).

Notes

*Vegan butter sticks are best for baking, as the tubs often contain water to make them spreadable, which can affect the final product.
*I tested Miyokos vegan butter and Earth Balance soy-free buttery sticks. Both work, but I found Earth Balance gives them a slightly better texture.
*To speed-soften your butter, simply cut it into thin slices from the stick and it will soften much quicker.
*I have a hunch you could also use other purees, such as butternut squash, beet and banana. If you try it out, let me know! I think it would create fun color/flavor variations.
*Loosely adapted from my Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes and Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.
*For alternative frosting options, try my macadamia-coconut frosting, or cashew frosting! Adjust with whatever spices/flavors you prefer. Just try and keep it on the thicker side for icing.
*I haven’t tried this recipe gluten-free, but I do have a GF sugar cookie recipe. If you DO try this GF, let me know in the comments, including what blend you used!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 20 servings)

Serving: 1 cookies Calories: 205 Carbohydrates: 30 g Protein: 1.2 g Fat: 8.9 g Saturated Fat: 3.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 128 mg Sugar: 21 g

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  1. Desere says

    First time trying sugar cookies. Substituted pumpkin puree with apple sauce, cane sugar with maple and vegan butter for coconut oil. Cookies turned out great, just struggled with the consistency of the frosting as I had to make my own powdered sugar. My son helped and loved them

  2. Nicol says

    I usually love your desserts, but these cookies tasted off. I subbed coconut sugar for cane but followed the recipe to a T otherwise. I’m hesitant to try and make these again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nicol, so sorry to hear that was your experience! Cane sugar helps with texture, but coconut sugar shouldn’t cause it to taste off. Is it possible one of your ingredients was spoiled? Or were the baking powder and baking soda measurements swapped? Could you share more about how they tasted off? We’d love to be able to help troubleshoot!

  3. Frizzle says

    This recipe is GREAT! I was looking for a vegan recipe that didn’t contain flax or some other egg replacer that I didn’t have. the pumpkin was wonderful.

    Word of caution: I was planning on rolling these out and using cookie cutters but missed the step about flouring the parchment- do not miss this step, it sticks. I ended up scraping them off the parchment rolling them in balls which was perfectly delicious. Will make this again, very easy. I think for the first time in my life, I did not alter this recipe at all.

    I froze the second half of the dough and I think this made better cookies the 2nd time around.

  4. Carley W. says

    The whole time I was making these my husband was very concerned that I was using pumpkin. He hates pumpkin. However, now he is having a huge problem because he can’t stop eating them!!! They are the perfect combination of chewy, crisp, and sweet!! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  5. Amanda says

    Hi!
    I made these sorta.

    I made them vegan and Gluten free. I used King Arther’s Measure for Measure flour. I used flaxseed and honey instead of pumpkin puree. I used Baking soda and AVC instead of baking powder. And I added Cocoa Powder to make them chocolate.

    Lets just say my family may not get a chance to eat these. wOW!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad they turned out well! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your creative modifications, Amanda! xo

  6. Erika Bee says

    This was my first time making cookies from scratch. Thanks covid.

    I replaced pumpkin with 1/3 of a banana. I think i can really get creative with these cookies. My non-vegan mom loved it.

  7. lindo says

    These were amazing! I used flaxseed meal (because I didn’t want to waste the excess pumpkin puree) and it worked well as an egg substitute! Great texture and flavor

  8. linda handel says

    I am going to use this sugar cookie recipe to make a pie crust bottom for strawberry/rhubarb pie. I’ll roll out the dough and slide onto a pie, blind bake the crust and add the prepared filling. Off to get those delicious Oregon berries tomorrow for jam and pie!

  9. Rachel B. says

    I wanted to make a treat for my vegan friend who is studying away for finals. Delicious! Next time I will try a flax egg instead of the applesauce and nix the baking powder all together. I was looking more for a chewy instead of soft cookie.

  10. Alex says

    Hello, cookie recipe is fantastic! I didnt have a purée at the time so i subbed it with 1 tbs of flaxseed sitting in 2&1/2 tbs of water for 3 minutes and added that to the butter mix. Kids loved it with the decoration cut outs

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad everyone enjoyed them, Alex! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  11. Alli Matarrese says

    These turned out amazing despite all the changes I had to make! I used Walmart’s gf all purpose flour, applesauce instead of pumpkin, and the tub of vegan butter instead of the sticks (just made it work with the ingredients I had). The dough seemed the perfect consistency without the almond milk so I just did not add it. They ended up so good!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Alli. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  12. Jessica Goldstein says

    Hi there! I’ve made this recipe before, and it turned out so well. It was the best gift for my friend :) I don’t have cornstarch this time (also only banana as an egg substitute). Do you have any suggestions on what I should do about the lack of cornstarch/arrowroot? Thank you so much!

  13. Misha says

    I used Millet flour and chia seed (for egg substitute ) and the dough was soooo sticky! :(

    Even with using additional flour it was still sticky, couldn’t even use a rolling pin.

    I’m guessing the flour was a miss? What do you think?

  14. Diana says

    Delish! Will make again.

    Kid approved too. I was not consistent with the thickness and preferred the thin ones, they had a nice crunch to them.

    Also made the frosting and it was a hit for non-dairy people too. I colored it pink with
    De-thawed dragon fruit juice; not needing the Splash of almond milk.

  15. Marla Webb says

    I have made these several times. They are amazing. I need to make some today for my grand daughters class for tomorrow. I don’t have pumpkin so I was wondering how the applesauce turns out. Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marla, You can read about other readers experiences in the comments. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (such as “applesauce”) in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

  16. Elise says

    This is the absolute best sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever made. I used Melt brand vegan butter. The pumpkin is amazing. I was skeptical at first but wow. Thank you for this!!!

  17. Cathy says

    These are great soft cookies. I made them for my son, a vegan. I like them and I can’t even tell they are vegan.

  18. Ashley says

    Wanted to add one more thing! Making these cookies now and since I don’t have beets for colored frosting, I do have frozen blueberries. I just let them defrost a little then squeezed juice into frosting. Turned frosting into a soft purple! ??

  19. Ashley says

    This recipe was a hit! My kids and husband loved it. We also had a great time decorating the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Had no idea frosting was so easy to make. Will be making it this way from now on! Didn’t have any beets for coloring but will definitely try soon. Also, I did not have pumpkin purée so we just used an egg and kept all other ingredients the same. Came out perfectly! Thank you ?

  20. Kieran Cleary says

    Thanks! Just the recipe I was looking for. Added canned pears to the dough, and put a banana slice on top of each one!

  21. Karen says

    For ideas on food coloring: Watkins Food Coloring appears to be vegan, using beet juice, turmeric, and spirulina for color.
    There are tips and the comments say these colorings are vegan, but not organic. Would blueberries (juiced) mixed with turmeric yield green?

    My grandmother colored eggs by adding onion skins to the boiling water. They were a brownish orangey tint, which makes me wonder about other boiled greens.

    Maybe that sparks a few ideas?

  22. Erin says

    These cookies are delicious! Even without the frosting (although the frosting is a little bit of magic!) they are light and soft and have a nice, not too sweet taste. Perfect with ice cream. Will definitely be making them again!

  23. Leanne Macdonald says

    EDIT:
    I am SO confused. I’m not much of a baker, but I made these for Valentine’s Day and they were fantastic. After some failed vegan dessert preparations prior, I was so excited to make these for Christmas. They were completely and entirely different! I didn’t think I did anything differently… all I can think is I used another brand of raw cane turbinado sugar that seemed a bit moist, perhaps I over-stirred them, or it’s because I moved to a new house and oven? Instead of baking up nice, thin and crisp, my cookies fluffed up and when cool they are dry and don’t taste very good. Any theories on why they came out so drastically changed?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I can’t! Not sure what happened, Leanne! We’ll revisit the instructions / ingredients to see what could’ve happened. Perhaps some of your ingredients were not fresh?

  24. Casey says

    Second year in a row making these with the kids. I’m not usually a fan of sugar cookies, but these are delicious! Turned out great again! They lasted a long time in the freezer last year.

  25. Sarah M says

    I was pretty hopeful about this recipe initially, but even after refrigerating for 3 hours, the dough was just too melty to even handle and I had to scrap the whole thing. Bummer.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that happened, Sarah! What kind of vegan butter did you use? We wonder if that could be the issue.

      • Sarah M says

        I used earth balance but the dough just didn’t stay firm, so weird! I used my cuisinart mixer and followed the recipe to a T! I’m going to try again today and maybe add a little more flour or something.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Are you using the Earth Balance sticks or the kind in the tub? We recommend the buttery sticks. Good luck!! Keep us posted.

  26. Aileen says

    Made this recipe for my non vegan co workers last year and it was huge hit! I forgot to pick up pumpkin puree this year though, do you think I could sub aquafaba? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad to hear it!! The pumpkin puree is replacing 1 egg. Three tablespoons of aquafaba is equivalent to about one whole egg, though we have not tried aquafaba in this recipe and cannot guarantee the results. Report back if you test it!

  27. Amy Roose says

    Amazing! I am a hot mess in the kitchen and was a little put off at first on the list of ingredients but these were super easy to make. I ended up not using baking powder bc apparently I didn’t have any but the cookies came out great anyhow. Super tasty, soft and fluffy. I baked them as balls for 10 minutes then smushed them down and cooked for an extra 2 minutes. Even my 13 year old liked them and he’s super negative about anything vegan ? and non bacon.

  28. Samantha says

    Followed the recipe to a T and they came out AMAZING!! I made cut out cookies and didn’t have any wax paper but parchment paper worked just he same. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My newly vegan husband is very excited there will be Christmas cookies he can eat that are actually delicious !!! Thanks again!

  29. Amy says

    Hello!! I am looking forawrd to making these for the first time tomorrow. What non-dairy milk would you reccomend using? Thank you so much! I am sure these are going to be delicious!!

  30. Maddalena says

    I’ve tried many of Dana’s recipes and loved them all, but I must say that these cookies did not work out at all for me. I followed the recipe to a t, although I did use the applesauce instead of the pumpkin puree. The cookies came way too puffed up, they kinda lost their shapes and I have to say, the taste wasn’t that great either… I don’t know if this is because of the applesauce or maybe the butter I used wasn’t the best (even though I’ve used the same butter for years and made other sugar cookies and never had problems). Given the fact that all the reviews are positive and I’ve followed almost all of Dana’s vegan recipes and they were great, I don’t understand what I did wrong. Can anyone help me understand?
    Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Maddalena, we definitely haven’t tested this with applesauce. It’s definitely a wetter texture than pumpkin. But assuming you didn’t change anything else I’m not sure what could’ve gone wrong.

  31. Ciera says

    These were great! I actually did sub for the applesauce cause that’s usually my go-to. Still gave me the outcome I was looking for. I also only used brown sugar and no extra sugar. These are for my toddler and I know she’s gonna love these!!! Thanks!

  32. Alicia says

    These cookies are fantastic, and versatile and I make them every year and they are a hit! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Alicia. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  33. Megan says

    My son is allergic to dairy and eggs so I do a lot of vegan baking. I looooove these cookies. Not too sweet but sweet enough for kids! I chill the cutout dough on the pan before baking to keep the spreading to a minimum when we do cutouts. These are delish and I can pretend they’re sort of healthy because pumpkin.

  34. Morgan O says

    Hey .. my whole family loves these cookies but I have a couple questions!

    1. If doubling the batch do I still double the baking powder? (Recently experienced very fluffy cookies in a different recipe from what I assume was too much baking powder.)

    2. Can I use regular eggs instead of pumpkin and if so, how many?

    Thank you so much for so many fabulous recipes! Your recipes are my go-to for all holidays and events!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can use regular eggs – I’d say 1 (as the recipe is written). If doubling, maybe 2 (small).

      And for less fluffy cookies, leave the baking powder to the amount written! (don’t double).

      Good luck, Morgan!

  35. Ann says

    My son has dairy and egg allergies so he never had a sugar cookie before until today! These turned out amazing and he had so much fun rolling out the dough and cutting them with various cookie cutters. We didn’t use frosting this time but will definitely make more cookies closer to Christmas and he will be able to use frosting and sprinkles. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  36. Kaila says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! During your recipe testing, did you try it with a flax egg? I’m curious as to how much it would change the texture.

  37. Serena Leone says

    These turned out awesome and held their shapes! I love your vegan recipes. They always turn out lovely. I often turn to your recipes first when trying things and they always turn out better than I expected! Your instructions are clear and easy to follow and much appreciated. Thank you kindly.

  38. Veganbrujera says

    Very tasty and simple. I didnt have any arrowhead root powder or pumpkin puree. I replaced the pumpkin puree with a mashed banana following the 1/4 measurement and the cookies came out fantastic!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modification, Kelsie. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  39. Jenah L. says

    Hello,

    I was looking at some good cookie recipes to use next week on my anniversary and I think this one might be perfect :) I was just wondering one thing about the frosting; Do you think it would do well in a piping bag? I would like to write something on my cookies if it will hold up well.

    Thank you so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I don’t think so as it’s not super thick. But if you give it a try let us know how it goes!

  40. Maeva says

    I made these replacing the butter with coconut oil and without a mixer and they turned out fucken fantastic. I didn’t do the frosting, but the cookies are sweet enough without it in my opinion.

    Now I’ve just gotta figure out what to do with the rest of this pumpkin puree!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Maeva. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! P.s. you can filter by ingredient on our recipe page to find all of our recipes with pumpkin! Hope that helps!

    • Dory says

      Add to a tomato base soup…it’s that ingredient that makes a rich and hearty difference but you don’t know exactly what it is..freeze til you make soup

    • shan says

      Pumpkin mug soup! I mix about 2/3 cup pumpkin purée With 3/4 cup Veggie broth, 1/4 tsp sage and heat in microwave for about 1 minute, then add some cashew milk and heat again for about 30 seconds until hot but not boiling.

  41. Larry Kluger says

    You asked to share natural food colorings that I have used. I used pink, green, and yellow for animal cracker cookies. For pink, I used freeze dried strawberries which I ground up (I got them at Trader Joe’s). For green, I used matcha powder. For yellow, I used turmeric (when used in small quantities, its flavor was not detected). I appreciate your site and am always intrigued by your ideas.

  42. Jenny Leigh says

    Hello! I believe I made a different version/recipe of this your sugar cookies in the past but can’t seem to locate the recipe. It was gluten and dairy free. I’m pretty sure it used part almond flour and part coconut flour. I also believe it had an egg in it. Am I remembering incorrectly? Is this recipe still available somewhere? Thanks for your help. I am a fan of yours for your healthy versions of desserts and their simplifications!

  43. Nakia says

    Thank you for this recipe, these are absolutely amazing! I’ve tried other sugar cookie recipes but none are this delicious. I’ve made them for Valentine’s Day two years in a row, coloring the icing with beets like you suggested, and they’re always a huge hit. Could you do a recipe for vegan royal icing?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Glad you like these cookies! We will add vegan royal icing to our requests list! Thanks for the lovely comment!

  44. Chelsea says

    This has become my go-to cookie recipie! They’re very easy to make, super soft and so, so good. The pumpkin purée doesn’t add any flavor but makes them nice and fluffy.

  45. Ashley says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve made them twice within a week for activities and they’re perfect. I followed exactly and used oat as my df milk. They’re just the right type of soft and they kept well in the fridge for a few days after, staying chewy. My four-year-old is all about the shapes right now, so I’m so glad to have a go-to vegan sugar cookie. You’re awesome!

  46. Olivia Ladaire says

    I made these cookies and were so delightfully surprised at just how well they turned out! They were very soft when they first came out of the overn (which is really how I like my sugar cookies!) and hardened very nicely! No one would have guessed they were vegan! Loved them!

  47. Mayte says

    I’m trying these today for my alergic nephew. For the dying, i’ve Gotten great results with turmeric for yellow, matcha for green (though not recommended for kids because of its excitant properties), and powdered dehidrated strawberries for pinkish red (you’ll need a good amount for better color, so you should add less sugar so you don’t get an extremely thick frosting)

  48. Hayley says

    I added some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice to play on flavour with the pumpkin purée. I also dipped in dark chocolate instead of frosting :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elliott! We create our recipes with everyone in mind and that being said, we would recommend this recipe to all eaters :D

  49. Kelli says

    I make sugar cookies every Christmas and I have to say (humble brag forthcoming), I have pretty much perfected the traditional recipe. I’m trying to go 100% plant-based and my traditional recipe calls for eggs. I gave this recipe a try, but with low expectations…and. I. Was. Blown. Away! Even better than the original — my son, who was complaining about my vegan attempt at Christmas cookies, said “I don’t usually even like sugar cookies, but these are soft and crispy at the same time!” This will be our new holiday tradition :)

  50. Lynsey says

    I made this with the applesauce and they turned out fantastic! I made them for Christmas and had to make another batch because they were gone so fast! Thank you!

  51. Nidhi says

    Hi,
    The cookies look lovely. Was thinking of trying out an Spiced Orange cookie with this as a base (adding Orange zest and some spices). Could I use normal dairy butter and milk along with applesauce for the recipe(as my friends are only allergic to eggs and not dairy).

    Thanks!

  52. Shannon Menendez says

    My boys and I made these today. So yummy! Only problem was that my vegan butter cream with Earth Balance coagulated a little. I’m wondering if maybe it wasn’t room temperature enough? Still the best flavor, though! I was going to attach a pic but didn’t see a way to. Thank you for the best recipes, Dana!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm it sounds like that might have been the case.. We’re glad you still enjoyed them, Shannon!

  53. Jacky Surber says

    I made these exactly as the recipe calls except with Dana’s GF flour mix, using the arrowroot for the binder. They came out perfect, just a little too sweet for my taste. I will definitely make these again and try them with less sugar. The butter I use is Myokos from Trader Joes.
    Thank you Dana!

  54. Kathryn says

    I make these cookies every year for Christmas, at least two to threes times. They are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever eaten. I can’t go back to the pre made tube kind. I like making them and pairing it with a pot a tea for a “Christmas tea party” with my two daughters. I also tried your ginger bread cookies for the first time a few nights ago; they were wonderful. Still haven’t decided which one to make for Santa this year.

  55. Andrea says

    I just made these cookies! Pretty simple & taste great.
    We’re having friends over tomorrow for cookie decorating and they needed to be dairy free, so thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  56. Cherie Sarachan says

    Hi Dana,

    Just looking at the recipe for vegan sugar cookies and wanted to make Chanukah cookies but I wasn’t sure if these would be good as cut out cookies?
    Thank you so much – just love your site

    Cherie

  57. Daina says

    These are the best vegan sugar cookies! I like mime crunchy so 10 mins was perfect! I don’t use brown sugar so I used coconut palm sugar in place of that and didn’t change anything else. I did keep the cut shapes in the freezer before baking and all my shapes stayed as they were. I like them without any icing. Just the perfect amount of sweetness!

  58. AnnaMaria Guevara says

    Made these this evening and though the flavor is good they dont have the texture or taste of sugar cookies. Mine came out very soft! Not sure why? Followed recipe as is

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, perhaps add a bit more flour next time to thicken the dough. Chilling longer before baking can also help!

  59. Lori Gulley says

    You asked about green food coloring. I dehydrated fresh comfrey leaves this past summer for use in homemade comfrey salves. Some of it I extracted by soaking in olive oil, and some I tinctured in 50% (100 proof) organic alcohol. The alcohol tincture turned out to be a very GREEN green color, beautifully dark. I bet it would work very nicely as a green food coloring, albeit slightly alcoholic. That would probably evaporate out as the frosting dries on the cookie, though. It colors a cup of tea a lovely shade of green, and a couple of 1 Tbsp doses completely cured my knee pain (comfrey is very healing to bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

  60. Lili says

    I know it’s been said but with the holidays here and people looking for recipes I’m going to add again that these cookies are a delicious, soft sugar cookie and you absolutely can NOT taste the pumpkin! I bake these often and all of my family & friends agrees, no pumpkin flavor. If you are looking for pumpkin flavor, add some pie spice into the dough or frosting or use pumpkin pie mix pumpkin in lieu of the 100% pumpkin. Some other awesome flavors I’ve added are cardamom, cinnamon, Rose petal, lavender, peppermint, lemon, orange, marjoram, anise, fennel, and curry! See, I really do love these cookies and they’re so versatile! For most those I just add a bit of essential oil! If your old recipe that you loved but then went vegan, called for sour cream, add exactly one drop of lemon EO to get just that tiny tad of tart. Happy holidays! Oh also, Bobs Red Mill 2 to 1 works like a dream in these cookies if you need GF.

  61. Nicolena Crescenzo says

    OH MY! These are so delicious. Seriously. I didn’t change anything about the recipe and I ended up spooning them instead of rolling them out because I wanted to see if this will be the recipe I use for roll out Christmas cookies this year. Since roll out takes so much longer I wanted to get the taste before I committed my cookie cutters. Know what one of the best things about this recipe? No risk of getting sick from eating the uncooked dough ? gosh these are so good!!

  62. alpineazalea azalea says

    Making these w Veg “shortening “, not margarine. Look light tangerine color… Used unrefined sugar. Do not quite satisfy sweet tooth of youngster ( Well… not a good yardstick ).
    Was thinking of grinding in some flax seed for substance…..

  63. LaDonna Saylor says

    I was wondering about the powder sugar? I’ve been told It’s not vegan bc it’s basic wedgie sugar in a powder forum…. Is this PS any different brand? I made dough but i left out the plant based milk. Bc it was wet enough … The dough turned out good.

  64. Lisa says

    I’ve been looking for a healthier vegan cut out recipe and this was perfect. I substituted oat flour to make it GF and used Lucuma powder and a little maple syrup instead of sugar. They taste great and were easy for the kids to cut into shapes.

  65. Bree says

    it was amazing, but i had ran out of Cornstarch but I remembered that to make confectioners sugar/powdered sugar it had a load of corn starch plus sugar so you should try that for a sweet treat

  66. Tiff says

    You nailed it… per usual !!!!! I just made these in circular form and added vegan m&ms to the tops (brand is Unreal from WF) and used Nada Moo vanilla ice cream to make vegan m&ms ice cream sandwiches!!!! Kept them in freezer overnight and were the BEST ! Brought to a dinner party and everyone thought they were better than the real ones!

  67. Alyssa Tlera says

    Hey, this is kind of a weird question but I was hoping you could share where you got those little metal cups that are holding the frosting in the pictures. They’re so cute!

    Thanks! :)
    Alyssa

  68. Samantha says

    I just made this recipe and it was my first time making cookies! They came out SO delicious. I shared them with my sister and my nephew. (He’s a very picky eater and he loved them!) Thank you so much!

    One quick question…
    What is the best way to store the frosting? I had a little trouble where I refrigerated the frosting and I added a little bit of almond milk after to help it return to the correct consistency but it became grainy. Not sure If I missed a step or did something wrong?

  69. Ayaka says

    You said it can store at room temperature, but your icing has earth balance in it… is it safe to not refrigerate??

  70. Adriane says

    How many eggs is the purée subbing for? I don’t have pumpkin purée handy but I do have a can of chickpeas. I am just wondering how much aquafaba to use.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! The pumpkin puree is replacing 1 egg. Three tablespoons of aquafaba is equivalent to about one whole egg, though we have not tried aquafaba in this recipe and cannot guarantee the results. Report back if you test it!

      • Adriane says

        Thanks!! I ended up using the equivalent of two eggs, so six tablespoons of aquafaba. I also used whole grain flour which might be why the extra liquid was needed. Didn’t use the arrowroot or corn starch. The cookies are delicious!!

  71. Giuliana says

    These are the best vegan cookies I’ve found so far. The dough was really sticky and kinda hard to work with after 15 minutes in the freezer so I’ll probably chill them overnight next time. These were soft but firm and really easy to put the frosting on. They taste better than the non vegan ones at the store!

  72. Beth says

    Made these yesterday with my 2 year old to give to her friends for Valentine’s Day. They’re great! Thanks for the recipe.

    Quick question — if you get a chance — would love to know if I should keep them at room temp until Weds (again, we made them Saturday), or would it be better to freeze until then? Thanks!

  73. Maddie says

    Made these with tapioca starch instead of arrowroot and it worked! Also found I didn’t need the almond milk because they were plenty moist. Hope this is helpful. LOved them! Love your recipes!

  74. Kesina Gray says

    Wow!! This was my first time baking anything vegan and it was delicious!! I was very nervous to use the pumpkin but they were soooo good! My son and husband ate them all up!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  75. Jess says

    Hi!
    I LOVE this recipe! My only issue was the shape-loss when baked. I like a firm edge to cut cookies (yes, a little ridiculous, I know), so I added 1/4 cup of almond flour to the standard recipe (and used one tbsp of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer for the egg/pumpkin). It worked like a dream! They puffed up a little, but not out, and held the perfect shape and slight crunch when cooled. I also added a bit of almond extract to the icing, for a little extra kick. Thanks Dana! J

  76. Jennifer says

    Last year after becoming vegan, I made some sugar cookies at Christmas time that were huge flop! I’m happy to say that these cookies did not disappoint! I’m once again able to enjoy sugar cookies with my family and they didn’t even know they were vegan! Thank you

  77. Sue says

    Made these cookies and all went well with dough etc. However, there was a slight pumpkin taste. The next time I will try either applesauce or yogurt which other reviewers used. Will definitely use this recipe again as it is easy with few ingredients. A winner for sure.

  78. Maya says

    Great recipe! I made this with 3/4 coconut butter, 1/4 almond butter instead of vegan butter and whole spelt flour instead of white flour. It turned out chewy and delicious!

  79. Sarah Barili says

    Hello! I made these cookies with a couple substitutions.
    1. Subbed cane sugar for brown sugar because I ran out
    2. Applesauce for pumpkin puree

    And I’m cooking at 6500 ft. Elevation and these cookies were delicious. They fluffed up a lot higher than the ones in the picture. I rolled them in sugar before cooking them so they are dense and chewy but a little crispy on the outside. Fantastic recipe I will be using every year for Christmas cookies! Thanks !

  80. Ac says

    I just made these. They are delicious. My daughter is recently vegan so I’ve been experimenting with cookies this Christmas. I cooked some cubes of pumpkin in the microwave then mashed them, also used coconut oil in place of vegan butter. It seemed a little chunky before baking but they taste great. Thanks!

  81. Aimee says

    Just wanted to put ‘I made this’ input on here ! I made this recipe last Christmas as is and they were so good ! Along with the gf gingerbread recipe. I only had gf flour this time around so I decided to make them with that flour and see how they turned out ! I used bobs red mill baking flour mix and followed the recipe exact otherwise and they turned out awesome ! I made them into rounds since I lost my cookie cutters in our last move, and the only think I noticed was they were flattening so after about 4 minutes in the oven I took a spoon and helped flatten them out a bit ! So for anyone wanting to make this recipe gluten free go for it it works perfectly !

  82. VeggieChick says

    Made the dough over the weekend & baked/frosted today! So easy! (I did not roll out, simply measured 1T balls & baked). Instead of the pumpkin puree or applesauce, I simply added a 5.3 oz container of plain coconut “yogurt”. What a great dough consistency & by doing this the flavor remained true sugar cookie. (Had a container in refrigerator that was begging to be used for something). Yes, will make again – probably right after these are gone :)!

  83. Liz says

    These turned out delicious! I am breastfeeding and have cut out dairy, but really really miss cookies! (Oreos, while dairy-free, give me and baby, ahem, digestive issues.)

    I used vegetable shortening in place of vegan butter and it worked out great. I also used cinnamon apple sauce (can’t taste the cinnamon in the cookies) instead of pumpkin because it’s what I had in the pantry. I had flax milk in the fridge and added a healthy splash to the dough. The glass dipped in sugar to press the cookie dough balls down was a great idea. It imparts a nice delicate crunch to the outside of the cookies. Overall, these cookies are wonderful and I plan to make double the amount to freeze half the dough for later. Thank you so much! :)

  84. Brittani says

    Can the icing stay out after the cookies are iced? I know wiTh other recipes if not kept refrigerated the icing melts?

  85. Gretel says

    I made these once with pumpkin as indicated on the recipe, and they were fabulous, with just the slightest taste of pumpkin. I decided to try using a mashed ripe banana this week (doubling the recipe since there was about half a cup of banana), and they are incredible – the flavor of the banana is much stronger, but the texture is just perfect. I don’t think I have ever had banana in cookies where it doesn’t end up with a weird texture. These would also be good with some mini chocolate chips in them. These cookies do not taste lacking in any way, and even my non-vegan (and VERY picky) husband commented on how good they are. Thank you so much! This is a recipe I will be using frequently.

  86. Jana Bedard says

    HI! One thing I love about your recipes use how you add the weight in grams for ingredients where it makes sense. Will you please add the weights for these ingredients? Thank you!

  87. Theresa "Sam" Houghton says

    Just whipped up a batch of these using coconut butter instead of Earth Balance, and the dough consistency is PERFECT. I can’t wait to bake them later — I’m using the “smash with a sugared glass” method. Thanks for this great and easy recipe — so quick and easy, I was able to throw it together before church. ^_^ Fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning before Christmas. I appreciate your hard work and high-quality vegan recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! You can store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a few days and for longer-term storage, throw them in the freezer and they’ll be good for several weeks! Happy baking!

  88. Gabrielle says

    Can I make these with coconut oil instead of earth balance as a butter alternative? These look sooo delicious!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Under most conditions, vegetable oil may simply be used as a replacement for butter or margarine for cooking and baking, using the measurement of 1 cup butter/margarine = 3/4 cup oil. Hope this helps!

  89. Maggy says

    If you were using aquafaba would you use 1 tbsp or 3tbsp? It’s my understanding that it’s typically 1 tbsp per egg but since you used 3-4 for 1 egg would it be different? I’m sure the chick pea brine and pumpkin bake differently though

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maggy! We recommend using pumpkin puree and have not tested aquafaba with this recipe and cannot say for sure. If you give it a try, report back on how it goes!

  90. Lucy says

    Hello, love your recipes!

    Is it possible to use grams in the recipes too? I’m in the UK and find cups a less-than accurate measurement tool… ?

    Many thanks!

  91. Kelly says

    I made these for Halloween, and followed the recipe exactly. They are not super sweet but certainly sweet enough to eat on their own, and definitely if you add frosting. We used Wilton cookie decorating frosting and coloured sugar which I’m not sure is vegan but we aren’t, just dairy free for allergy reasons. I got exactly 20 cutouts rolling and re rolling the dough. I used powdered sugar to roll rather than flour because of the comments of unsweetness which worked well. Refrigerated the shapes for 10 mins as my freezer doesn’t fit baking sheets, Baked for 9 mins and they came out a bit puffy but kept their shape and fell a bit as they cooled. Tasted great with icing. The kids decorated them all, broke 1 or 2 because they aren’t as sturdy as a regular sugar cookie might be. A bit browner too. But such an easy and yummy recipe. I will make them again for my DF daughter (well, and all of us)!

  92. Shauna says

    Do you think these would be stampable? I have a Christmas cookie stamp that I’m desperately trying to find a good vegan cookie receipe for, as my daughter is allergic to dairy.

    • Lili says

      I’ve made these cookies at least 50 times now! They seem to act like any sugar cookie, so I would imagine they are stampable!

  93. Kristin H. says

    You have yet to fail me. I feel like you have a vegan alternative for just about…everything. This is definitely my “one stop shop” go-to for recipes and I cannot thank you enough for ALL of the goodness (and help) you provide!

  94. Sylvia says

    These are SOOOOO yummy!! I probably ate 1/3 of the dough because it wa just that good. I used applesauce instead of the pumpkin purée and I liked it, very soft and chewy which I love but might bake for a couple of extra minutes next time to see if I can get crispier edges! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

  95. Kolyssa says

    Hello! If I use Earth Balance buttery stick for a frosting, can I leave the leftover frosted cookies in a container on the counter (room temperature)? What is your experience with the shelf life of the frosting if you don’t refrigerate it? Thanks! I’m just nervous because the EB buttery stick container says to keep it refrigerated. But it doesn’t say how long it can be left out when used in frostings. I can’t seem to find this info anywhere.

  96. Lauren says

    Made with kids last night, they couldn’t help bit grab tiny handfuls of dough when we finished mixing. Added my usual scoop of chia and flax seeds. Very soft and chewy. Note for those not using icing, not a very sweet cookie (which we liked) on its own.
    Thank you! First dairy free sugar cookie my son loved!

  97. Claudia says

    Tried these today for V-Day! They were delicious. They remind me a bit of snickerdoodle cookies (double yum)!! I am not vegan but love trying out all of your recipes for my vegan friends and brother in law. Thanks and keep ’em comin’!!

  98. Lucia Fellers says

    I made this tonight for the crust of my Fruit Pizza. It is a family favorite and it was what my Mom wanted for her birthday “cake”. Now… to veganize the Fruit Pizza… I used your recipe for the crust…. the filling was a homemade tofu cream cheese with powdered sugar added…. then layers of fruit… and lastly a fruit glaze made with some homemade marmalade I had in the fridge. First of all the crust was perfect! It held together beautifully and did not stick to the pizza pan! The taste was superb and the texture was sugar cookie at it’s finest! Thank you for an awesome Vegan sugar cookie recipe… you made the Fruit Pizza a huge success!!!

  99. Maricela Torres says

    So I attempted to make the recipe yesterday and I am not sure if I did it right ? Are you suppose to use 1 and 3/4 cups of flour or just 3/4 cups of flour? And for some odd reason the cookies weren’t falling as they should when you put them in the oven ?

  100. Tina Vorburger says

    I just made these tonight for my vegan niece… I’m so excited to give them to her tomorrow for a birthday treat! I made them heart shaped with light pink frosting and sprinkles. I posted a pic on Instgram :)

  101. Sherri says

    These are the perfect sugar cookies! For the cookies I used pureed squash (didn’t taste it at all) instead of pumpkin, used softened refined coconut oil instead of vegan butter, chose arrowroot as opposed to cornstarch, and used water instead of nondairy milk. I baked for 10 minutes. For the frosting I again used softened refined coconut oil instead of vegan butter and used a little water instead of nondairy milk, came out fine. Definitely keeper recipe, so delicious, Thank You!

  102. Eleanor says

    Yum! I made these at Christmas for my vegan in-laws and I ended up eating the majority of them! Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out so tender and delicious. I thought I would miss the real butter but not in these cookies! Thanks for the great recipe!

  103. Rachel says

    Hi there! I am making these for a vegan bakesale supporting Women’s Rights Organizations. I wanted to add some matcha powder to the dough! Any idea of how much I should add or if it wouldn’t work?

  104. Maryam says

    I made these for our christmas party! I used coconut oil instead of vegan butter. They turned out truly tasty and were a hit for the party!!! They taste a bit like Digestive cookies to me (yum, yum!). Mine did take longer to bake for some reason… I made them into shapes and they were a little on the thicker side so that’s probably why. Note that my dough was a bit dry and the shaped cookies were too delicate and broke easily when I initially made them thin! All in all great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  105. Renee says

    These cookies came out amazingly delicious!!! I did a batch by the recipe then another batch were I added 3 tbsp coco powder and upped the non dairy milk to 3 tsp, awesomeness ? Will be making these cookies again & again!!!

  106. Sarah says

    Made these for Christmas eve dinner. Were a total hit! Delicious and feels good to indulge every once in a while- in a healthier way. Plus I totally used the beet in the frosting and it was incredible!! Awesome recipe, will be making again! Thank you so much Dana! Merry Christmas!!

  107. Michael Anne says

    Amazing recipe! In addition to using beet juice to make pink/red frosting, we made different colors using turmeric (yellow), spirulina (green). Everyone we shared with couldn’t believe the cookies were 100% plant-based. Thank you!!!

  108. Elyse says

    I have a co-worker who cannot do dairy or gluten. I made these with Pillsbury GF flour and they turned out amazing! I made a huge batch (4x the recipe.) Only issue I had was wayyyyyy too much frosting left over. But that may be because I don’t re roll the dough after cutting out shapes, so I had much fewer cookies. Overall, a win!

  109. Kristhle says

    Hi there! I just made a sweet batch and didn’t have time to bake. How long can I chill the dough in the fridge? When is an appropriate time to transfer to freezer? Thank you in advance!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! You can store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a few days and for longer-term storage, throw them in the freezer and they’ll be good for several weeks! Happy baking!

  110. Maya says

    Hi! LOVE your blogs and am already addicted to several of your tasty recipes but wondering how on earth I can make Christmas sugar cookies without using vegan butter like Earth Balance as I live on a small island now and it’s just NOT available. :( I have access to coconut oil, olive oil, cashews, coconut milk/cream, etc… and can make most things from scratch except if they require (vegan) butter, as ordering refrigerated items on amazon isn’t really possible I imagine, lol… Do you have any advice for me? I have a kid who would just LOVE to make these, and (the non-vegan) painted sugar cookies was always my favourite tradition growing up. Cheers, and thank you for all your lovely recipes! xx

  111. Judi says

    My daughter has been vegan for over a year. She loves cookies so we made them together. I used apple purée instead of pumpkin)
    I would have taken a picture as they were all decorated beautifully but they were so delicious whole family ate them! Now they keep asking when I’m going to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

  112. Kayellepea says

    I just bought paleo all purpose flour to try with these. It has arrowroot listed in the ingredients but says to use in place of regular AP flour. Should I still add the arrowroot powder?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, tough call. It might not need the arrowroot. But if they don’t hold their shape when baking that’s probably why, FYI!

  113. John says

    I substituted the pumpkin puree with vanilla flavored vegan yogurt and aquafaba. The cookies tasted okay but from a texture perspective where like little puffy cakes. I carefully measured the baking powder and soda but not sure what the problem was.

    John

  114. Marie Butcher says

    WOW!! I have already made these twice in as many weeks. These are super easy, and super yummy. They remind me of my great grandmother’s sugar cookies she always had in a cookie jar. The cookies are so light, fluffy, and chewy. No need for icing they are so good. I brought some to work and my boss told everyone they were awful so that she could eat them all!! I will be making more to add to Christmas gift baskets.

  115. Kylan says

    Just made these this weekend. They were fantastic, so I made three batches! I did not try the frosting, because I wanted to use a royal icing recipe, but I think I will try it next time.

  116. NH Parry says

    I can use Xylitol instead of sugar but I don’t have a substitute for brown sugar. Can I make this recipe without brown sugar? If not, how do I substitute for brown sugar? Thanks.

  117. Jenni says

    Just made these for my daughter who can’t have dairy or eggs, and they turned out amazing! I did make a few modifications – subbed coconut oil in place of butter, tapioca starch in place of arrowroot/corn starch, and mashed sweet potato instead of pumpkin. I then rolled it out to about 1/4″ thickness and froze for 15 mins. I let it thaw for about 5 minutes and then cut the shapes out. They were so thin they only needed to bake for 6 minutes. Kid and parent approved!!

  118. Grace says

    I would rate these cookies 8.5 out of 10. They are very delicious, but the dough is a bit tough to roll out and a tad crumbly. I would suggest adding about 2 tsp more nondairy milk. These cookies also take about 16 minutes to bake in the oven, a bit longer than the recipe states. All in all, these are great vegan cookies for the holiday season- my whole family enjoys them.

  119. Kate says

    I was wondering which specific Earth Balance buttery sticks did you use. I think they have 2 or 3 versions. I used Earth Balance sticks for baking Christmas cookies last year and I thought that the butter was too salty for baking sweets and altered the cookies’ flavor too much.

  120. Theresa "Sam" Houghton says

    I just put a batch of this dough in the fridge to chill, using Food52’s tip of rolling it out between 2 sheets of wax paper first.
    It smells AMAZING. I can’t believe how much it already smells like a classic sugar cookie before being baked. I can’t wait to cut out shapes and decorate them like I did when I was a kid. Thanks for this!

  121. Sal says

    They tasted good. But I’m super sad because they weren’t shape friendly. It was nearly impossible to cut shapes out =\ bummer

  122. Jenna says

    I made these, and subbed the pumpkin puree for peanut butter! That way they were peanut butter cookies! They were fantastic and super moist. If anyone tries it this way, I recommend checking the cookies and giving it an extra minute or two so that they have a chance to firm up!

  123. Danya says

    These are amazing!!!! im sending off a cookie care package of lots of vegan desserts to my sis and hubby and these cookies are perfect. They came out super soft and delicious I just used organic sugar to dust over icing and I used pieces of dots to decorate them. I had leftovers and my kids loved them! I may have to use this for now on as my go to sugar cookie.
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

  124. Daniela says

    My kids and I made these tonight and they came out great. Thanks for the recipe! We used lemon icing and sprinkles as decorations.

  125. Sarah says

    Oh my, these are amazing! My new go to vegan dessert for sure. They were super easy, and so soft on the inside. They were gone in a day in my house.

  126. Amy says

    I made these for my 4-year-old who is allergic to gluten, dairy, egg, tree nuts and more. They turned out great! I subbed the conventional flour for Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose GF flour, and added xanthum gum. He LOVED them! Thank you for helping him be able to enjoy holiday sugar cookies!

  127. Ella says

    I have been looking for the most non-vegan tasting sugar cookies since it is my first holiday season being vegan. So far I have made 4 different recipes and these are by far the best! These don’t have a vegan butter taste and all of my family members said they preferred these over the recipe that has been in the family for years! These are AMAZING!!

  128. Jess says

    Hi Dana! I absolutely love your recipes, but I have a hard time with pumpkin substitutes. My hubby isn’t a fan, and I desperately want to make these cookies, but using either the Follow Your Heart egg substitute, or the Bob’s Red Mill egg substitute. Do you know how many eggs the pumpkin was to replace? 2? I want to try it, but don’t want to over or under egg… Thanks!!! Jess

  129. Kimberly says

    I made these last year and they were so so good! My family said they liked these better than the non-vegan sugar cookies they were making :) however, in the last year I have had to become GF, would gluten free all purpose flour work the same? Thank you!

  130. Haley says

    Turned out great! These would make amazing snickerdoodles, just sprinkle cinnamon sugar on instead of frosting. I did 9 minutes on the shapes, and they were classically chewy. Next time I’ll do at least 11 minutes cause I like them crispy. And this is the 1st time I’ve made frosting that actually set! It kept it’s shape and looked so professional. And I kept the dough in the fridge 24 hours before I could get to it and it was fine/didn’t crumble.

  131. Monisa says

    This must be old because I’ve never seen you write about your feelings like this but we are definitely awkward soul mates. My ex boyfriend’s mother used to make him candy canes when he was a child because he couldn’t have preservatives and she painted the stripes on with beet juice. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend.

  132. Minna says

    I’d love to make these for wedding favours at my vegan wedding, but how would they taste if I didn’t put icing on them? (If I’m going to put them in treat bags for guests to take home I wouldn’t want the icing to run or break up.) If they don’t taste great without the icing I might opt for a different recipe…If I ended up making them I’d include the recipe and a link to your page :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think they’ll taste great without icing! Congratulations and I hope the day goes splendidly!

  133. Tira says

    Any advice on using this for fruit pizza? In the past I would buy the pre-made tube of sugar cookie dough and spread it out on a pizza pan. Would that work with this recipe?

  134. Emilia says

    I used coconut oil instead of butter and they still turned out delicious. I have loved all your recipies so far!!

  135. Tracy says

    I made these exactly as instructed, only substituting Namaste Foods gluten free organic perfect flour blend. They turned out great. I didn’t cut them out into shapes, but instead flattened them into disks with a sugared glass. Thanks for another great recipe Dana!

  136. Katie says

    Spinach works far better than parsley for green food dye and has less of a taste. I’ve done a lot with colored oils in the past. Carrots can be used for orange, beets or cherries for red, blueberries for blue, turmeric or yellow peppers/beets for yellow. Red peppers also give off their color pretty well. Pick your liquid of choice, pack in the veggie/fruit, boil for 5 minutes to half a hour (depending on what you’re using), let sit overnight and then strain. Oil tends to transfer colors better than milks or water plus can be stored for later. I’ve used the oils before to make mashed potatoes and it’s a fantastic vegan way to do it, especially with the sweet pepper oils as they tend to impart a sweet taste.

  137. Andrea says

    Best vegan sugar cookie! crunchy, not too sweet, everybody thinks a professional baker made them! I made mine into the shape of a ju jitsu gi for my ju jitsu class and everybody loved them! I didnt make the frosting that this recipe had though I just used a glaze I made from powdered sugar and coconut milk.

  138. Megan says

    I have used freeze dried berries to color and flavor my frosting before. Buy a bag of freeze dried strawberries (I get mine at Trader Joe’s), then turn them into powder in the blender (I use my NutriBullet) and mix in the frosting. When doing this you may need to add a little milk because the frosting tends to get thicker. But it is very delicious and makes a pretty pink color.

  139. Marianna says

    Instead of applesauce or puree as a substitute for egg, can we use a chia egg or flax egg? Has anyone tried? please let me know!

  140. Sofie says

    Turned out amazing and delicious. I made them for a work party and no one even knew they were vegan! Definitely my new go to cookie.

  141. Colleen says

    I’ve made these twice now, and they are amazing! At least as good as any other traditional sugar cookies I’ve ever made. They can be made soft or crispy by rolling the dough thicker or thinner. I used 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract in the frosting. You’d never know they are vegan! The pumpkin is not detected in the taste, but does give them more of a brownish tint.

  142. Noelle says

    I don’t want to buy a whole can of pumpkin purée for a small batch. Has anyone tried this recipe with bananas? How did it turn out and what was the process and number of bananas?

    Also, Dana, I bow down to you.

  143. Hannah says

    Do you think this recipe would work with coconut oil? I live abroad and there is no Earth Balance and I hate using margarine. Thanks!

  144. Jill says

    I am making these for my son’s preschool Valentines Day party! They are the best! The dough turned out great and the frosting was delicious! They were super easy as well! I am a HUGE fan!

    • ELIZABETH says

      No they tasted like sugar cookies had no clue about the pumpkin. I also used banana in my frosting and that you fould taste ans they were great. This is first time i have ever made anything vegan and i looked than more than the non.

  145. K Muller says

    These were excellent. We wanted a coconut taste, so here’s what we changed-
    Halved vegan butter with coconut oil-solid
    Doubled salt to 1/2 tsp
    Added 1 c shredded coconut.

    We didn’t frost. We just wanted a simple cookie and they were perfect! Chewy, crunchier, salty, sweet! Thank you for something delicious!

  146. Katelyn says

    This recipe turned out great! I used it to make a vegan dessert “pizza” with a sugar cookie crust, and this made the perfect amount of dough for it! Great taste and texture, too. Definitely saving this recipe.

  147. Martha says

    These are wonderful! I rolled them smaller, a teaspoon size, flattened them but left them about a half inch thick, baked 10 minutes, and they came out nice and soft. The best taste and consistency of any vegan cookie I’ve made. I even used the tub margarine without a problem. Thanks!

  148. Linda says

    These were so so good! My son is vegan and I made them for him for Christmas. I couldn’t even take a picture of them, he ate them all even before Santa came :) I am making them again so maybe I will just do hearts or something ha ha. Thanks for the great recipe!

  149. Debra says

    I made these for a family Christmas party today. I have family members who are “scared” of the vegan food I bring. These were a GIANT hit. Everyone loved them – especially the kids! Thank you for an awesome and easy recipe!

  150. Becky says

    We made these with 1 c rice flour, 1/4 c tapioca starch, 1/2 c oat flour, and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. We alos used shortening in place of the Earth Balance sticks. A bit crumbly, but they definitely worked! My kids were thrilled. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sounds like you might’ve added too much liquid. Compensate by adding more softened butter and more powdered sugar!

  151. Jen says

    I made these with Namaste gluten free flour. (left out the arrowroot powder given the flour blend already contained it.) I also used a 1/4 of a tub of the soy free earth balance. I had to add a little more flour at the end. These came out great! SO HAPPY!! My son is GF, dairy free, soy free and dye free. These are so yummy! Thank you!

  152. Alysia says

    Hi! I’m not around my normal grocery store at the moment and the one I went to didn’t have Earth Balance buttery sticks, only the tub (like spreadable ‘butter’). Do I need to make any changes to the recipe if I use that instead?

  153. Akito says

    Christmas!!!! Yay! This year my mum is letting me make the cookies, it is a tradition for our family to decorate cookies EVERY YEAR. She is skeptical about this “vegan” nonsense. Although I am not vegan, I wanted a alternative to the one with eggs. (Cousins are allergic) May I use the tub EB? I really want it to work, as we are snowed in and it’s very hard to hit the shops. :(

  154. Jenny says

    Thank you so much for this easy & delicious recipe! My son’s preschool class was decorating (non-vegan) cookies for Christmas, and I made these to send a few with him to ensure he’d have something to decorate too. He loved them and so do my husband and I! So yummy and like you said, undetectably vegan ;)
    Thanks again!

  155. Mikayla says

    Just finished making these. They’re good, but not quite sugar cookies. They’re a little more…puffy?
    Maybe I put in too much baking soda or something.

  156. Danielle says

    I wish I could post a pic- I infused caffeine free blue berry tea to give my frosting a nice pink color. The flavor was a little sting of blueberry so I added vanilla extract and the more powdered sugar I added the better it tasted. The final outcome Was absolutely perfectly fluffy and lovely. Thanks for the recipe!!

  157. Cristina says

    I made these about 2 weeks ago and they are fantastic. I have some leftover dough in the fridge – how long do you think it lasts in the fridge? I’ve kept regular cookie dough in the fridge for a couple weeks. I imagine it’s fine, but wondering if you have a recommendation?

  158. Vic says

    I raised my kids vegan and we rarely get to bake sweets, but since its around the holidays I figured Id look for a great vegan cookie recipe. When I found this I was like WHOA I needed to try this! and when I made these it was a success! My kids love them!! Thanks so soo much for this recipe Dana, they were absolutely AMAZING!! :)

  159. Rebecca says

    We made these today, and they are perfect! First time trying sugar cookies with my dairy-allergic 3 year old. Thanks for helping us make sweet holiday memories. So delicious!

  160. charlotte says

    Hi,
    I just made these for my daughter’s preschool Christmas party. They taste great! I have yet to frost them. I made them gluten-free and with apple sauce and subbed most of the sugar with coconut sugar and they are delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  161. Aleah says

    Just got finishes mixing all the ingredient’s together! waiting for it in the freezer right now! But just a question. My dough is um well, orange and I’m wondering if its supposed to be that color since in your pictures they are not. I think it may be the pumpkin, but did I do something wrong? and also before I put it in the freezer the dough was pretty liquidy, well not liquidy but more like gooey-ish, lets just say not a dough you want to roll out at the moment unless your in the mood for a mess! so is it going to harden into a dough after in the freezer for some time? if not should I add something such as more flour? As you can already see, I’m not the best… baker-that’s for sure! well when it comes to your recipes its simple as that! but I’m new at the whole “baking” thing..

    Welp! that’s all I wanted to know! but thanks so much for the amazing-FABULISTIC recipes! There definitely a winner! Love you and your recipes! Definitely an inspiration that’s for sure! :)

  162. Erica Marie says

    I’m really in the Christmas Spirit at this time and I want to make these tonight for a bake sale this week because of how A-MAZE-ING they look! You said you’d prefer/use the Earth Balance butter sticks, but is it OK if I use the tub of it because that’s all I have *sigh*

  163. Mindy says

    We made these last night and they are PERFECT!! I am not an accomplished baker, and even I was able to pull this off. My (non-vegan) cutouts are usually brittle and dry and the icing is usually too sweet. THESE cookies are fluffy and delicious, and the icing is AMAZING! My very skeptical hubby still has no clue they are vegan and this recipe will be my go to from now on. THANK YOU DANA!!

  164. J says

    These are excellent!! My non-vegan, non- gluten free friends even commented on how great they were! So that’s saying something!!! I made these gluten free using the Robin Hood pre-mixed flour blend. I also didn’t have pumpkin purée so I put some chopped apple and water in the microwave and made my own applesauce. I used melted chocolate in a ziplock with a little hole to decorate these and put them in the fridge to set the chocolate. So gooood!!

  165. Amanda says

    Great recipe!!! I HAD to make it the minute I read it!! I didn’t have pumpkin or almond milk. So I used a Chia seed substitute (1 tbsp ground chia seed 3 tbsp water, let sit for 15 min.) and used lemon juice with some zest for the almond milk!! amazing!! Thank you so much!! (I didn’t make the icing)

  166. Shannon Lara says

    Cookies are baking right now! I used gluten-free flour bend, subbed chia “egg” for applesauce, and added dairy-free chocolate chips. #WISHmeLUCK I’ll report back!

  167. Lindsey says

    I just made these last night and they were so yummy! My 7 YO son and husband both loved them. They taste like the round fluffy sugar cookies that you get at the store with the bright inch of fluffy icing on top! We will definitely make these for christmas and I will try it with GF flour too! Thank you for the awesome recipe!!! My son has officially eaten pumpkin now;)!

  168. Danielle says

    Unsalted or salted butter?

    I’m making these now and I only have salted. If I use that should I obmit the extra salt added?

  169. Vanya says

    Just made these for Halloween in the shape of a finger with an almond for fingernail. Decided to experiment with beet juice to make blood and they came out very successful and yummy. Boiled the beet juice with some sugar until it started thickening. Looks just like real blood :)

  170. Tiffany says

    I have these in the oven right now. The dough was delicious and easy to work with. I got 20-3 inch pumpkin shaped cookies. I made a quick pumpkin frosting for them since I needed orange frosting. Just powdered sugar, pumpkin purée, and vanilla. Such a fun Halloween cookie! My little boys had great fun cutting them out. This is my first experience with vegan sugar cookies. We just found out about milk and egg allergies at our house, and I was grateful to find your blog!

  171. Rebecca says

    Ive made a non vegan version of this like a hundred times now – literally! Thank you so much for being my go to good recipe lady! In this post and oooh so many more!

    • lillian says

      i was too anxious to make the cookies, so i used 4 1/2 tbs of aquafaba and thankfully the cookies came out great. thanks for the recipe!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, not sure – maybe 20 minutes? Check every few minutes thereafter to check for doneness.

  172. Alex Beaty says

    Help me! My frosting came out very thin and watery. I need to ice the cookies and have them dry. Any idea on what do to?

  173. Pam says

    Substituted 1cup quick oats (gluten free), 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 cup tapioca flour, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum and used a chia egg. Makes a perfectly delicious soft pumpkin cookie. My kids LOVED them!
    Thanks for the recipe

  174. Betty says

    These cookies were amazing! I made these for my daughter’s class and everyone loved it. My daughter has egg and milk allergies so I wanted to give this a try. I used mashed sweet potato instead if pumpkin puree and it turned out great. Excellent recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  175. Bekki says

    If I wanted to make these chocolate sugar cookies, how much cocoa powder would you recommend adding to the dough? And should I ease up on the flour?

  176. Sara says

    Our new favorite sugar cookies! They are chewy, not too crunchy, and very good with frosting and sprinkles. I also bake vegan due to a child with food allergies, and my kids love these. Thanks!

  177. Kendell says

    These sound yummy!!! :)
    Do you think rice milk might work in this recipe?
    Many thanks!! I am very excited to try them.

    ~Kendell

  178. Brian says

    These came out perfect.
    Left out the arrowroot and added extra sugar on top when pressing!
    Baked at 400 for 8 minutes.

    No frosting… Delicious!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  179. Hippychickee says

    These look and sound amazing. I wish I had seen these before Christmas. I love making sugar cookies during the holidays, but am vegan now for nearly a year and didn’t have a recipe, so I skipped the cookies. I will be trying these real soon! Thanks for the recipe.

  180. Madalyn Friedrich says

    My family has a tradition to make sugar cookies for Christmas and when I went gluten- and dairy-free I thought it was over for me. Especially since I’ve failed at other GF cookie recipes. But not these! Wow they were amazing and I can’t tell you how happy I was to have this recipe. My family said they were even better than the traditional recipe!!!

    My gluten-free mix is homemade since I am sensitive to xantham gum, and tapioca and potato starch.
    1 1/3 c Quinoa flour
    1/2 c Coconut flour
    1 1/4 c Whit rice flour
    1 1/4 Arrowroot starch
    Then add 1T Ground flax in 2T hot water to the cookie mix.

    Thanks for saving my Christmas!

  181. heidi says

    Hello Dana

    I love love love your recipes and I’m vegan and pregnant, being pregnant and vegan, I somehow recently became allergic to pumpkin. This is a tragedy in itself because I LOVE PUMPKIN… So i guess you can say i hope it doesn’t last. Now when i bake i normally use a tablespoon of applesauce for every egg needed but i only used it for cake and brownies. (brownies i actually use 1 1/2 tablespoon of applesauce, makes it super duper fudge-licous) so anyway would apple sauce be good for cookies?? If not what would your prefer other than pumpkin.

    Thanks for posting, your the best!!

  182. Jen Braga says

    I made these for Christmas with a couple tweaks and they were FANTASTIC. I still have a few left (5 days later) and they are moist as ever.

    I really wanted an orange iced cookie, so I did 4 T of OJ instead of milk, and used applesauce in place of pumpkin. I also ad a GF eater coming to dinner, so I made with Oat flour instead. Those changes ended up making the batter pretty wet, so I did end up using about an extra cup of flour than instructed.

    Added orange to the icing, the cookies ended up perfect!

  183. Carrie says

    This recipe turned out great. Used it to make cut outs for Santa for the kids to decorate…I live at high altitude and was not expecting good results but they actually came out perfect! Great texture, taste, AND they held their shape. Best vegan sugar cookie recipe I have tried by far!

  184. Jess says

    These are perfect vegan sugar cookies! I followed the recipe exactly and baked cut out shapes for 8 minutes. When I first removed them from the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack, I though they were going to be on the crunchy side (I live at high altitude so I always assume when they don’t turn out as expected, it’s due to that), however once cooled and frosted, they were exactly as I had hoped! Soft and chewy. Five stars all the way! A heads up to the vegans out there, make sure your sprinkles/decorating sugar doesn’t contain confectioners glaze!

  185. Sarah Rustad says

    These are excellent cookies! I followed the recipe exactly for cut-out shape cookies and they came out perfectly. I was a little worried when I read about them spreading out, but mine didn’t seem to do that. Possibly because I chilled my dough for about 14 hours in the fridge and I chilled the cookie shapes in the freezer for 10 minutes as directed. Thank you for the great recipe!

  186. Angela Walley says

    I love this Sugar Cookie recipe! I’ve made a few batches already. The best ones I made had colorful sprinkles baked into them, so no frosting is needed.

  187. Sarah says

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes. I’ve made several things from your site and they’ve all been so good! Makes baking for my kiddos with food allergies so much tastier than before. I feel like these recipes are giving the term “vegan” baking a whole new standard, especially in my little circle.

  188. Katie M says

    I made these cookies these morning, and they were unbelievably delicious! Everyone in my family loves them, and I’m planning to bake another batch tomorrow to give away to friends.

    I did make some slight adjustments – I used virgin coconut oil instead of vegan butter, replaced half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour to give it an extra nutrition boost, organic coconut sugar instead of white/brown sugar, and used an egg instead of pumpkin puree. Although there was definitely a coconut flavour, it wasn’t overwhelming and the texture was still wonderful. I actually made around 35 smaller gingerbread-man-cutout cookies instead of 20.

    Thank you so so much for this recipe! It’s definitely going to be a classic Christmas cookie recipe in my family from now on.

  189. Monique G says

    Could these be made ahead of time??
    I mean, could i make the dough ahead of time and a few days later roll it out and make the cookies??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes! I think so. Just let the dough sit at room temp for about 20-30 minutes until pliable. Hope that helps!

  190. Morgan C. says

    I would like to try this recipe. I did just make some vegan sugar cookies (for my three year old’s preschool class) and used natural food dyes for the frosting. I used powdered fruits and veggies I got off amazon.com. I used spinach powder for green, beet powder for red, carrot powder for orange/yellow, cocoa powder for brown, and blueberry powder for purplish blue. My favorite flavor was the blueberry! So yummy! :)

  191. Chelsa says

    Thank you very much for this recipe! supper yummy and I got to use my new Christmas cookie cutters. I once used the juice from raspberries to make my pink icing, its quite sweet but the colour was lovely – no need for those horrible artificial colours!

    thanks again :)

  192. Jessie Snyder says

    Goodness lady do these look amazing. Sooooo wishing I wasn’t sick so I could make a batch. These drool worthy photos will have to do for now. And you can spill wine on my couch anytime, I’ll invite you back, promise ;)

  193. Charlie Hills says

    I’ve scanned this post a few times but I’m failing to find the yield. How many cookies does one batch produce?

    • Charlie Hills says

      After searching several vegan sugar cookie recipes, I came back and tried this one. So I can answer my own question: rolling into balls weighing 0.7 oz each, I got 23 cookies out of this recipe. I probably could have gotten one or two more out of it, but, hey, you know: it’s cookie dough. That stuff doesn’t eat itself.

  194. Celia M says

    Hi I used both butternut squash and a bobs red mill gluten free baking blend and they turned out moist and delish!
    xx

  195. Leslie says

    Great cookies, I sprinkled mine with cinnamon and sugar. Do you have a cutout cookie recipe using almond flour that you would be willing to share. I want to make cutout cookies with my 1 year old (first) grand daughter. Trying to keep her diet healthy and minimalist! I don’t always have access to a computer, but when I do, your sight is the first I go to. Love the recipes. Thank you

  196. Mariana says

    Hello!

    I just tried this recipe with banana puree and it worked out great! I didn’t have much luck with the frosting, because I don’t have any sugar in hand and tried it with muscovado. Obviously I didn’t get the texture, but the flavor is still too sweet for my taste. I’ll have to try the cashew frosting next time :)

    They are delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  197. Maria G. says

    That pink frosting is beautiful! I new about natural food dyes before, but I don’t think I have tried them. . . .

  198. Yanic says

    Fantastic… so wonderfully unsweet! We were all set to make icing, but they were just so perfect that all we did was drizzle a bit of melted vegan dark chocolate…

  199. Laura O says

    Traditionally my family has always made Scottish shortbread for our Christmas cookies, with a few festive sprinkles on top. However, I do love frosting so these cookies might be a substitute this year :)

  200. Ariel says

    Sugar cookie crisis averted! I made these with bobs red mill GF Flour, substituted cane sugar for coconut sugar, used a combo of palm oil shortening & coconut butter instead of vegan butter sticks (it’s 11pm and the store is closed so I’m using what’s around) and I ran out of GF flour so I used 1/2 cup of almond flour. They are freakin delicious!!
    Thank you for this amazing recipe! -Ariel

  201. Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen says

    Oh my goodness, I’m exactly the same! I always assume everything will go as badly as possible, so I won’t be disappointed. Just like I always asssumed I’d fail every class at university (but didn’t!!).
    And these cookies look and sound amazing :)

  202. Teresa says

    I just made these today, and they turned out really well! I used applesauce, rather than pumpkin, and Earth Balance straight from the tub, rather than sticks, and was very pleased with the results. Thanks for an awesome, relatively easy cookie recipe that my non-vegan family enjoyed.

  203. Melanie | Melanie Makes says

    Always love reading your posts – you could probably chat about watching paint dry and I’d be enteratined. ;)

  204. Robyn @realfoodwholelife says

    Love all your one-bowl recipes. I think I’ll make these with my daughter this weekend. I’ve also used tumeric as a natural food dye. I wonder if matcha green tea would work for green? Maybe we’ll do a frosting experiment. :)

  205. Avra says

    Expecting the worst to avoid disappointment is SO normal. A lot of people behave that way. Unfortunately this means you are not as uniquely clever as you thought, but on the plus side it means you are not alone and you are not a bizarre control freak. :D

  206. Tori says

    Ahh! These look wonderful :) I can’t wait to try them. I’ll be subbing the flour for a gluten free version.
    I am the exact same way about expecting the worst sometimes. It was like you were speaking from my brain! Love your site.

  207. Heather Mason says

    yummy! Do these cookies come out chewy are hard? every time I make sugar cookies they are always hard and not that good!

  208. hippymomelizabeth says

    Dana, I bet the people who invite you over don’t expect low expectations of you or John… They probably think lets invite over Minimalist baker and join energies a have a kick ass night. Hope that came out right, it is a positive comment. –And the dye you made here, I have a idea, you make beets chips, right? You have that posted here somewhere Ive seen it. Dry out the beet chips(no flavor) a little more and grind it into powder. Beet powder dye. You probably already know that. Have a good day! :) Commune Approved.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      haha! I hope so :D People do think we’re going to judge their food but we never do! We’re such simpletons and will eat just about anything!! Thanks for the kind words, Elizabeth!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The funny thing is I still consider myself a positive person! But I am trying to be better about not manipulating outcomes in any circumstance. I hate to admit it, but I still like control even if I’d rather be spontaneous and more “go with the flow”!