I am so excited to share today's Vegan Eggnog Cookies with you! This eggnog cookie recipe is soft and chewy and has the most authentic eggnog flavor. This recipe is made with simple and clean ingredients, which makes it the perfect healthy treat for the holiday's.
What Makes These Vegan Eggnog Cookies Healthy?
Not only are these Vegan Eggnog Cookies the perfect flavorful holiday cookie, they're also super healthy. For me eating a plant based vegan diet isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle (cheesy!!). Therefore I like to enjoy healthy treats all throughout the holidays. Of course I splurge a little here and there, but for the most part I stick to the healthy stuff.
Luckily I've developed enough healthy vegan treats over the years that I never crave the unhealthy stuff, because I have an abundance of healthy Christmas cookies just like these healthy Eggnog Cookies. These cookies are:
- VEGAN - This means they are dairy-free, egg-free, and animal product free. Therefore they contain more fiber and have a lower saturated fat content than traditional cookies.
- GLUTEN-FREE - These cookies are 100% gluten-free. If you don't eat a gluten-free diet, you can use regular flour. However I like eating a gluten-free diet, because it helps me eat more fiber.
- OIL-FREE - These cookies are made with coconut butter instead of oil. This raises the fiber content and the nutrients in the cookies. Therefore they are more filling.
- REFINED SUGAR-FREE - This recipe is completely free of any refined sugar thanks to the Maple Crystals. I could go on for days about how much I love this natural sweetener. It's the best for baking hands down.
- WHOLE FOODS PLANT BASED - Since this recipe checks all the previous boxes it is completely whole foods plant based. This means that all the ingredients used are clean and natural.
Ingredients For These Vegan Eggnog Cookies:
- Gluten-Free Flour - Any 1 : 1 gluten-free flour mix should work. This is my personal favorite. I think it has the best flour taste, and is truly a 1 : 1 substitute. It's available at most grocery stores too!
- Maple Crystals - One of my all-time favorite plant based sweeteners to bake with is Maple Crystals. They work just like cane sugar, and they are loaded with nutrients. I like to get mine from Wilderness poets, because you can buy them in bulk for a more affordable price. As always, my code: "VEGAN10" gets you $10 off your purchase!
- Baking Soda - No cookie is complete without baking soda. Baking soda helps the cookies to spread evenly.
- Nutmeg - Of course these Vegan Eggnog Cookies need a touch of nutmeg to achieve the classic eggnog flavor. A little goes a long way with this spice, but it is super important to achieving the right flavor.
- Vanilla Bean Powder - This recipe uses vanilla bean powder rather than vanilla extract. This is because vanilla extract can often overwhelm other flavors in cookies. Unlike extract, vanilla bean powder adds a subtle flavor that helps to bring all the flavors together.
- Flax Eggs - Flax eggs are one of the best things to ever happen to vegan baking. They work just like traditional, they're full of fiber and healthy omegas, and they're so easy to make! All you have to do is combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water, mix, and let rest for about 10 minutes. It will achieve the perfect eggy texture.
- Coconut Butter - (IMPORTANT) When baking with coconut butter, it is super important that you use runny and smooth coconut butter. If it is dry and crumbly, it will not work. I recommend using a brand new jar of coconut butter, and heating it then mixing it until it is smooth and creamy. If you use an old jar, you can make it creamy again by adding a bit of cold pressed coconut oil and mixing it until smooth again (you may still need to heat it).
- Pure Rum Extract - This may be an unpopular opinion, but rum extract is the key flavor in eggnog, not nutmeg. Don't get me wrong, nutmeg is important, but I think rum extract is most important. Make sure to use a high quality and pure rum extract to avoid any artificial flavors or colors.
How To Make These Vegan Eggnog Cookies:
These Vegan Eggnog Cookies are the perfect healthy vegan Christmas cookie, because they're so easy to make. All you need is a large bowl, or a stand mixer, and a baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 350. Begin by sifting together all the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix. If you have not made the flax egg ahead of time, make it now and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Add the flax egg, rum extract, and coconut butter to the dry ingredients. Mix until one solid ball forms. Cover and place the the dough in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
Once the dough has chilled, scoop out 2 tablespoon size scoops and place on the baking sheet. Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Allow to chill for 10 minutes, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Eggnog Contain Alcohol?
If you're unfamiliar with eggnog, you may assume it contains alcohol. Although it is extremely common to add alcohol to eggnog, eggnog does not naturally contain alcohol. The classic rum taste comes from the rum extract which does not contain any alcohol. If you want to try a homemade vegan eggnog I recommend trying my Best Vegan Eggnog for the perfect authentic eggnog flavor.
How Long Do These Vegan Eggnog Cookies Keep?
These Vegan Eggnog Cookies are the perfect cookie to keep in your cookie jar all throughout the Holiday season. Since they're made with plant based ingredients, they can store longer since they don't have any animal products in them.
They can store in a sealed container on the counter for 1-2 weeks (the texture will change as time goes on). I personally prefer storing them in the fridge, because they will keep for a full month, and they retain the perfect amount of softness and chewiness. They can also be frozen, and their shelf life will be extended to about 3 months as long as the container is air tight.
Related Healthy Vegan Christmas Cookies Recipes:
- Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Protein Fudge
- Plant Based Gingerbread Cookies
- Vegan Candy Cane Cookies
Vegan Eggnog Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Begin by sifting together all the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix. If you have not made the flax egg ahead of time, make it now and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Add the flax egg, rum extract, and coconut butter to the dry ingredients. Mix until one solid ball forms.
- Cover and place the the dough in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
- Once the dough has chilled, scoop out 2 tablespoon size scoops and place on the baking sheet. Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Allow to chill for 10 minutes, and enjoy!