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Best Vegan Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 dozen (depending on cookie size) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Everyone needs a great sugar cookie recipe in their repertoire - this one happens to be gluten free, vegan, and friendly to most dietary needs!



  • 1 ½ cup coconut oil, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • Sprinkles for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with Kana pre-cut parchment paper.  
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream coconut oil, sugar, agave, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a stand mixer, use an electric hand mixer. Scrape down the sides a few times to ensure even mixing. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. 
  4. Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the wet mixture until dough comes together. 
  5. Knead dough into a rough ball shape, cover with a clean towel and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. It may be easy to divide the dough into 2 or more portions so it’s easier to roll out. Roll dough to about ⅛ in. thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
  7. Bake for 5-8 minutes (start checking at 5 as it depends on the oven), until the top of the cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting. 
  8. To make icing, sift powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together with coconut milk until completely smooth. Transfer to a piping bag and decorate as desired. Top with sprinkles. Enjoy!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan sugar cookies