December 4th is National Cookie Day! Everyone loves cookies. They’re sweet, fun, and delicious. Cookies come in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors. In fact, there’s a holiday to celebrate many of the favorite types of cookies. Just check out 5 Vegan Recipes for Oatmeal Cookie Day, 13 Killer Vegan Chocolate Chip Recipes for National Chocolate Chip Day!, and 8 Awesomely Sweet Recipes for National Sugar Cookie Day.
Did you know that the word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje” which means little cake? Dutch bakers used small amounts of batter to test the temperature of the oven. They soon discovered that these little testers were delicious in their own right.
Here at One Green Planet, we love cookies too! We love them raw, we love them baked, we love them chocolatey, we love them filled with nuts, and we love sandwiched around yummy fillings. We also have tons of recipes for cookies of all kinds. Take a look at these 5 Scrumptious Vegan Recipes for National Cookie Day, and Yummy Vegan Cookies by Mayim Bialik and Other Superstars.
Then pour yourself a tall glass of non-dairy milk for dunking and try these 30 awesome recipes to fill your cookie jar!
1. Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps
It’s the season for pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes but try these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps instead! They’re studded with dark chocolate chunks, and bold, warm autumn spices. This is one heck of a cookie!
2. Spiced Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing
Sugar cookies are a classic dessert, but these Spiced Sugar Cookies get a seasonal twist with warm autumn spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. The maple icing is decadent and delicious.
3. Spelt Basil Chocolate Chip Cookies
The combination of flavors in these Spelt Basil Chocolate Chip Cookies may sound strange but it really makes a delightful cookie! The taste is more earthy than it is green. It is reminiscent of the smell after a thunderstorm. The earth is all upturned and the plants are splayed across the sidewalk and everything smells fresh and deep. That is what these cookies are.
4. S’mores Cookies (Minus the Campfire)
These S’mores Cookies are packed with the goodness of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers: the classic flavor of s’mores! Make them the next time you want the “flavor” of camping without having to go to the trouble of sleeping in the great outdoors.
5. Big Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies
These Big Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies are going to rock your world! These big cookies will perfume your house with the sweet aromas of fall. With pumpkin, chocolate chips, and warm, fragrant spices, these are your new favorite cookies.
6. Vanilla Madeleines with Chocolate and Pistachio Ganache
These Vanilla Madeleines with Chocolate and Pistachio Ganache look sophisticated, but the trickiest bit is just being patient enough to decorate them. But once you taste how decadent the ganache is on the vanilla cookies, you’ll be glad you found the strength to wait.
7. Pecan, Walnut and Ginger Cookies
If you’re someone who tries to resist fall every time it comes around because suddenly, everything is made with pumpkin, let these Pecan, Walnut and Ginger Cookies guide you into the new season. Nobody’s trying to hit you over the head with pumpkin spice or butternut squash, but autumn-y flavors like ginger and cinnamon and hearty, buttery nuts come together to make one seriously seasonal (and delicious!) dessert.
8. Funfetti Sprinkle Cookies
Colorful sprinkles make everything look happy! Revisit your childhood with these soft Funfetti Sprinkle Cookies! Made with non-dairy yogurt and vanilla, these are perfect for parties, special occasions, or a fun everyday treat.
9. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
Imagine pulling some cookies out of the oven, you smell a little bit of vanilla and then a strong scent of peanut butter and chocolate! Yes, that’s these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies! Biting into a plain chocolate chip cookie is pretty great, but a center full of warm, gooey peanut butter makes it an extra decadent treat. You could also totally eat the dough raw if you like … that’s a pretty awesome dessert by itself!
10. Chewy Plantain Sesame Cookies
These Chewy Plantain Sesame Cookies are a real winner! The awesome flavors of sesame, plantain, and dates come together to create a chewy treat that is both tasty and good for you. Only five ingredients means they’re also easy to make so go ahead and indulge!
11. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies prove that you can have a delicious, warm plate of fresh cookies in less than 30 minutes. Plus, they’re chocolate crinkle cookies, which are full of cocoa goodness and dusted in a light sprinkling of powdered sugar. They look like chocolate snowballs!
12. Mango Macarons
Your taste buds are about take a vacation to the tropics with these refreshing Mango Macarons. Aquafaba is the base for the crispy almond-mango shells, and they are filled with a luscious raw cashew-mango buttercream that can be whipped up in seconds!
13. Banana Bread Cookies With Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce
These Banana Bread Cookies taste like banana bread made with all healthy ingredients like buckwheat, groats, and chia seeds. Topped with coconut cream and chocolate sauce, these are so delicious plus they’re raw, vegan and gluten-free.
14. Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie
This Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie is packed with brown sugar and all that warm richness that you’d find in caramel, and there’s something about a fresh-picked apple that is just incomparable. So if you make this skillet cookie, do it the day after you go apple picking. That way, you can check “pick apples” and “autumn baking” off your fall bucket list … and maybe also “eat an entire cookie by myself.”
15. Butterbeer Cookies
Butterbeer is a mysterious flavor in the Harry Potter universe, and these Butterbeer Cookies are an interpretation of what that ubiquitous beverage might taste like. But even if you’re not into Harry Potter, you’ll still love these cookies! They are delightful sandwich cookies – sweet, buttery, warmly spiced, and topped with decadent, simple, homemade butterscotch.
16. Raw Dino Cookies with Lemon Raspberry Frosting
These Raw Dino Cookies are awesome! Pumpkin seeds and dried mango give a unique spin on an otherwise classic raw cookie dough. The raspberry-lemon frosting is pretty great, too – it’s just the right balance of sweet and tangy.
17. Raw Fig Newtons
Fig Newtons: you either love them or you hate them, but whatever your feelings towards the original cookie are, we guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for these Raw Fig Newtons. One bite of sweet figs wrapped in a chewy almond-chia dough will get you hooked instantly! Plus, they’re super good for you and make a perfect energy-boosting sweet snack.
18. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies
Not only are these Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies delicious and good for you, they’re also incredibly easy to make! They come together in one bowl and you’ll have warm, pumpkin-y cookies ready in less than 30 minutes. This is the perfect excuse to eat cookies for breakfast more often!
19. Soft Batch Tahini Snickerdoodles
If you’re wondering how to add more plant-based protein into your life, protein can be found in lots of unexpected places … like cookies! Especially cookies made with chickpeas and tahini! Enter these dreamy Soft-Batch Tahini Snickerdoodles, which are delightfully nutty, sweet, cinnamon-y, and absolutely packed with protein to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all day long.
20. No-Bake Samoa Cookies
These No-Bake Samoa Cookies are soft, chewy and decadent when dipped and drizzled in amazing dark chocolate and centered with a “caramel” filling. It’s everyone’s favorite chocolate and coconut cookie revamped with more wholesome ingredients!
21. Mexican Chocolate Brownie Cookies
These Mexican Chocolate Brownie Cookies are just right for satisfying that brownie/cookie craving. The chocolate chips get a bit of spice from cayenne pepper. Whether you love brownies or cookies, you’ll get both in one incredible dessert.
22. Chocolate Dipped Maple “Meringues”
These Chocolate Dipped Maple “Meringues” are made with the magic of aquafaba. Instead of the usual icing sugar, these are sweetened with maple syrup. Light and fluffy cookies dipped in chocolate – what could be better than that?
23. Totally Vegan Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies
Once you start using aquafaba, you need to make something fluffernutter. Mostly because it is a fun word to say, and the combination sounds delicious to someone craving salty and sweet. These Totally Vegan Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies have marshmallow fluff in between two delicious peanut butter cookies. Yum!
24. 5 Ingredient Fig and Banana Cookies with Cardamom
These Fig and Banana Cookies with Cardamom only take five ingredients to make. They have chunks of figs and a dash of cardamom and are extremely chewy and moist. Served with a strong coffee or chai tea, they will remind you of the Middle East and its unique spices.
25. Egg-Free Fortune Cookies
These Vegan Fortune Cookies are the perfect way to finish up your favorite Chinese carry-out type meal. You can insert your own fortunes for your friends, family, and colleagues too. Not only are they completely vegan, they’re also naturally colored with beet juice.
26. Maamoul (Date-Orange Stuffed Cookies)
These plump, tender Maamoul Cookies are filled with a sweet and spicy mixture of dates, orange, and ginger. These vegan treats have no refined sugar and just a touch of coconut oil. These are a nice change from the usual overly-sweet treats.
27. Harvest Cookies
These Harvest Cookies are one of the most popular “sweets” at Blossom Du Jour and Blossom Bakery in New York City. With cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and autumn spices, they’re actually a great option for breakfast, a snack or dessert. We love recipes like this. They taste great, but are also great for you!
28. 4 Ingredient Paleo Coconut Shortbread Cookies
If you love coconut, you are in luck! These Paleo Coconut Shortbread Cookies are easy to make and take about 20 minutes from start to finish! They have a strong coconut flavor due to both the coconut flour and coconut oil. You’ll love to sit down with a few of these cookies and a hot mug of tea … yum! These are tea or coffee dunkers for sure!
29. Raw Tag-Along Cookies
These Raw Tag-Along Cookies are a raw, vegan version of the Girl Scout cookies you may remember from childhood. Crunchy cookies are topped off with gooey peanut butter which is perfectly balanced by the rich dark chocolate. You’ll love these cookies. Scouts honor!
30. Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you believe that a cookie should be slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, you’ll love these Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookies. They have that perfect balance of sweet and salty. Plus, when they’re served in mini cast iron skillets, it really is the sweetest thing ever.
On National Cookie Day, all Green Monsters do double-duty as Cookie Monsters. What’s your favorite cookie?
Lead image source: Big Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies