18 Vegan Cookie Recipes Without Oil! That is correct, no oil or vegan butter is used to make any of these recipes! Only nuts and seeds and chocolate are used for the fat and richness for each recipe. But don’t let that fool you, these are every bit as decadent as all the traditional cookie recipes that rely heavily on unhealthy oils and butters. Many gluten-free options as well!
VEGAN COOKIE RECIPES WITHOUT OIL
I didn’t earn the title Cookie Monster years ago for no reason. Creating amazing vegan cookie recipes oil-free has always been one of my favorite things to do and it is so much fun in vegan baking. My hubby has joked many times that I could run a blog solely on cookie recipes, LOL. Perhaps it’s a passion of mine because I love eating them so much, haha.
Naturally when we think of cookies, we think sugar, butter or oil and not very healthy, right? Well, like I proved on these 15 Vegan Muffin Recipes Without Oil post, you don’t need oil for successful baking. You don’t even need vegan butter. That post got a lot of love and it seemed only fitting to do a vegan cookie recipes collection showing you all my tips for super decadent, fudgy, crispy and buttery cookies.
WHAT CAN I USE IN PLACE OF BUTTER OR OIL FOR COOKIES?
That is right, NONE of these recipes rely on oil or butter to make them. Additionally, my vegan cookie recipes stand up to any made with oil or butter and white sugar. In fact, many of my cookie recipes are your favorites you’ve ever had, even compared to the ones you grew up on. Cookies do require some differences than muffins though. To create delicious oil-free vegan cookies, you do need fat and richness.
Without fat, cookies take on a muffin/cakey texture and will not be fudgy or get crispy edges. Oil-free does not mean fat-free. It just simply means we are using full whole food fats instead of processed oils. I use fats for richness and texture in my cookies and they will please the pickiest of eaters. Some of my main fats I use are almond flour, nut butters and seeds. Be sure to review my guide on How to Cook and Bake Without Oil for more tips.
There is a cookie for everybody here. Some made with oat flour, brown rice flour,white rice flour, almond flour, oats, different starches, you name it.
“These are my new all-time favorite cookies, thank you so much Brandi! They really do taste like the original snickerdoodles. This is a recipe I will return to make over and over again.” – Marie
“THESE COOKIES ARE AMAZING!! They are in the freezer and HARD TO LEAVE ALONE as I am bringing these as a food gift for Easter, sooooo good!” – Joyce
“Hi Brandi — I’ve made many of your recipes, including various cookie ones, but this one is the BEST! I made these cookies today and wow, they taste & look like the chocolate chip cookies I loved before going vegan & oil free.” (full review on recipe) – KD
“I made these again and it still amazes me that there is no butter in these sugar cookies. They totally remind me of a true sugar cookie, very soft and buttery tasting. I can’t keep them in the house or make them fast enough.” – Estee
“I severely underestimated just how light and fluffy these cookies could be. Eating gluten free for nearly a decade, I’ve grown accustomed to denser, heavier baked goods. But these cookies are remarkable. I’ve made them a few times now and find something new to appreciate each time. From the cloud-like fluffiness, to the zesty lemon freshness, to the wonderful texture, these cookies are straight delicious.” – John
“Made these today and they were FANTASTIC!! I even sprinkled a tiny bit of coarse sea salt on the top of them before baking and that added a nice little bit of flavor, too. Thank you for the recipe!” – Joe
“We’ve made these cookies multiple times and they turn out A-MAZ-ING every time! Quick, easy, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and incredibly peanuty! Makes the perfect number of cookies too, about 12. Just the right sized batch. Thanks for another winner!” – Cathrine
“These are absolutely amazing and truly taste like old fashioned oatmeal cookies! Will definitely be making these again for my family on Christmas!” – Carolyn
9. LOW-FAT ICED OATMEAL COOKIES (the Low-fat version of the above!)
“OH THESE COOKIES! I made these when my non-vegan children (adult children) came to dinner. The cookies became an appetizer as well as the dessert!” – Denise
“These are amazing–and healthy!! Super quick and easy, and a recipe that I’m adding to my no-fail go-to recipe book. 🙂 I’m no master-baker (ha!), but if I can figure out the chocolate kisses, anyone can (note: when making a ziplock piping bag, allow the chocolate to cool just a tad and cut a teeny hole. My first kisses looked like an oil spill!). So yummy and pretty–the first batch of these went straight into holiday gift bags for the neighbors.” – Jen
“Oh my GOODNESS!! These are absolutely incredible… I may have eaten three within 30 minutes of them coming out of the oven! Oops! So easy and simple! I will definitely be making these one of my regular rotation cookies! Thank you!” – Andrea
12. 6 INGREDIENT CRISPY VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (spicy ginger version available)
“My favorite cookie EVER! I make these at least 2-3 times a month. (I don’t use ginger and I add walnuts.) Perfect every time. I am SO addicted.” – Becca
13. VEGAN DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO ALMOND COOKIES (my personal favorite cookie I’ve ever created!)
“These cookies are amazing! I had just the right amount of everything to make a batch of these, and like all of Brandi’s recipes—not only did they not disappoint, they exceeded our expectations! These cookies are the real deal, and will win over anyone who likes a sweet treat!” – Mairead
14. PECAN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (these are beyond incredible, yet many don’t know about them b/c it’s an old recipe!)
“Literally the BEST cookies I’ve ever had, vegan or not!!!! Thank you for your amazing recipe!!!!” – Annie
“Just made these cookies for the first time and they are amazing! No need to ever make pecan pie again! I decided to ice them with your icing recipe from the oatmeal cookies recipe and then sprinkled with pecan pieces.” – Nina
“We LOVE these cookies!! We even made a video on it lol and the kids loved them too. So simple, and so yummy! It’s been decided- you’re a genius.” – The Bonus Bunch
“Just made these cookies… Amazing!!!!! Even my non-vegan parents loved them. Also made your rice, black bean and avocado bowl and my parents loved that as well! Seriously I have tried sooo many of your recipes and loved every single one.” -Lindsay
“Brandi, these are wonderful! My husband even loved them, and he doesn’t usually like chai (or my attempts at healthier baking, for that matter)! These will be a fall/winter/holiday staple from now on. Now on to your Snickerdoodles, which my mom has been raving about and has already made twice!” – Brenna
I hope you all really loved this collection of 18 Vegan Cookie Recipes Without Oil! Who knew vegan oil-free cookies could be so amazing!