At no other time of year than December can you get away with making cookies in such abundance and with such wild abandon. Sweet scents waft out of the kitchen and around your home filling every room with holiday magic. Holiday baking is something so many of us look forward to all year long and those who don't look forward to enjoying the end result.

Being vegan doesn't mean giving up on that treasured ritual. Although many traditional recipes call for ingredients that are not compassionate, like butter, milk, eggs, cream cheese, and chocolate, there are many options available today that will allow you to recreate the classics with only a few simple substitutions. And if you can have all of the taste and none of the cruelty by swapping a few ingredients, why wouldn't you? So dig into some of our holiday favorites–there's something for everyone!

Apricot-Pecan Thumbprint CookiesApricot-Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

 

 

 

Iced and Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookiesiced and spiced apple oatmeal cookies

 

 

 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookiescream cheese sugar cookies

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut Mandelbrotchocolate chip walnut mandelbrot

 

 

 

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter BarsNo-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

 

 

 

Raspberry-Almond RugelachRaspberry-Almond Rugelach

 

 

 

NutjammersNutjammers

 

 

 

Lemon and Vanilla Bean ShortbreadLemon and Vanilla Bean Shortbread

 

 

 

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread CookiesChewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

 

 

 

Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)snowballs (russian tea cakes)

 

 

 

Frosted Gingerbread BarsFrosted Gingerbread Bars

 

 

 

Cranberry-Pistachio BiscottiCranberry-Pistachio Biscotti