If you love cookies, you’ve got all sorts of terrific vegan options. This short guide lists several terrific brands. And if you want to bake your own, we’ve got recommendations for superb vegan dessert cookbooks.
Cookies need not be bad for your health. Just opt for cookies made at least partly from unrefined ingredients. Oatmeal cookies are, by default, largely wholegrain. You can also get great results using unrefined sweeteners.
Vegan Cookie Brands
Trader Joe’s and Uncle Eddie’s bagged vegan cookies (which are the same product sold under different brands) are tastier than any store-bought non-vegan cookie I’ve ever eaten.
Locally-made vegan cookies are hours rather than weeks old. You can often them at your favorite coffee shop or natural foods store. Additionally, the bakery at every Whole Foods Market makes its own vegan cookies.
Several vegan cookie brands have national distribution. If you have a natural foods store nearby, chances are they stock at least one such brand in their cookie aisle. You can also buy these products either from Amazon.com or directly from the company.
- Munk Pack Protein Cookie [Amazon.com]
- Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies [Amazon.com]
- Lenny & Larry’s [Amazon.com]
- Ope’s Cookies [Mail-order]
- Uncle Eddie’s [Mail-order and retail distribution]
- Alternative Baking Company [Mail-order and retail distribution]
Best Vegan Cookies Cookbooks
When it comes to baking, nothing is easier to make than cookies. And there is certainly no shortage of delicious recipes. Here are two vegan cookbooks devoted entirely to cookies:
- The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, By Kelly Peloza
- Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero.
Additionally, any cookie recipe can be veganized by replacing the animal ingredients with vegan butter, unsweetened soy milk, and egg replacer.
If you want to branch out and try something truly special, get ahold of a raw foods cookie recipe. When it comes to cookies, you won’t miss out on any flavor by going raw. The textures and flavors in a good raw foods cookie recipe are phenomenal, and often fuller and richer than what comes out of the oven. A great resource for trying out raw foods cookies is Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw. Just keep in mind that most raw foods cookie recipes call for a food dehydrator.
Vegan Dessert Cookbooks
Once you’ve made a few batches of yummy vegan cookies, you might want to take on more sophisticated desserts. Here are a few of the best vegan dessert cookbooks, all of which include several fantastic cookie recipes:
- Modern Vegan Baking, by Gretchen Price
- Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, by Chloe Coscarelli
- Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking, by Cara Reed
Cookies are the perfect starting point for inexperienced cooks since they’re so easy to make. When you’re ready to move beyond cookies, check out our extensive Vegan Baking Guide.