Vegan Cranberry Cookies Recipe (Gluten Free) (2024)

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Made with gluten free oat flour, creamy nut butter, and plenty of festive cranberries, this Vegan Cranberry Cookies Recipe is a better-for-you cranberry cookie perfect for every occasion. Whip up a batch for holiday parties, tasty gifts, on-the-go snacks, or even quick breakfasts!

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Crazy for Cranberries

This time of year cranberries seem to be everywhere and in everything! With recipes like Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken, Slow Cooker Gluten Free Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce, Easy Cranberry Basil Shrimp co*cktail, and more, I’m not sure there are many foods that cranberries don’t pair well with. However, my favorite way to use this festive fruit is in this cranberry cookies recipe. Paired with warm spices and sweet molasses, recipes don’t get better than this!

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Not only are these cranberry cookies soft, sweet, and delicious, but they’re also made with whole food ingredients for a dairy-free, grain-free cookie everyone can enjoy! Plus, they’re so nutritious you can even eat them for breakfast. In fact, they make the perfect option for a post-workout snack to help you refuel with natural sugars and carb sources to keep you satisfied. Whether you’re making them to leave out for Santa, serve at holiday parties, or have a quick grab-n-go option throughout the week, I guarantee you’re going to love this cranberry cookie recipe! So, if you’re ready to get baking, keep reading to find everything you’ll need to know from the ingredients list to instructions, health benefits, and more!

Key Gluten Free Vegan Ingredients

These cranberry vegan molasses cookies are super simple to make and is very similar to traditional gluten free sugar cookies, with a cranberry twist! Take a look below to find everything you’ll need.

  • Gluten Free Oat Flour – Used to form the base of the dough, oat flour is a great gluten free option that provides whole grains and fiber.

    Pro-Tip: For a budget-friendly option, you can easily turn gluten free oats into oat flour! We teach you how here.

  • Arrowroot Starch – Arrowroot starch works to add structure and texture to these cranberry cookies eliminating the need for eggs. However, if you don’t have arrowroot starch on hand, tapioca starch works just as well!
  • Spices – We included cinnamon and ginger to create a rich, warm flavor that pairs nicely with the sweetness of the sugar and cranberries.
  • Nut or Seed Butter – Any creamy nut butter such as almond or cashew butter can be used. Or, swap it out for sunflower seed butter, if you prefer!
  • Dried Cranberries – A great source of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, dried cranberries provide a pop of color and a sweet and slightly tangy taste. If you want extra chunks in your cookies, feel free to add more dried cranberries! Just make sure they are dried and not fresh, because fresh cranberries throw off the ratio of wet and dry ingredients.
  • Molasses – The secret ingredient that makes these cranberry cookies stand out from the rest, molasses adds sweet flavor and health benefits, but we’ll get to those later!
  • Baking Staples – As with most baked goods, you’ll also need a few staple ingredients such as baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and non-dairy milk.
  • Sugar – For these cranberry cookies, you’ll need 3 different sugars including raw cane sugar, brown sugar, and sparkling cane sugar. However, they’re used for more than just sweetening the dough. For instance, the brown sugar helps create slightly chewier cookies while the raw sugar helps the cookies spread. When combined, they create one truly irresistible treat.

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Foodie Swap: To reduce the sugar content, try replacing the brown sugar with a sugar substitute like Swerve Monk Fruit Brown Sugar blend.

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Health Benefits of Molasses

As if the nutritional benefits of cranberries weren’t compelling enough, it turns out molasses packs plenty of health benefits, too! For instance, not only is it a great source of Magnesium and Potassium, but 5 tablespoons of molasses (preferably blackstrap contains 95% of your daily allowance of iron.

In addition, due to the fact that it is a natural sugar, it is digested more slowly than other sweeteners and can help stabilize blood sugar, keeping insulin levels in check.

How to Make the Best Cranberry Cookies Recipe

These cranberry cookies might look fancy, but they’re super easy to make! Take a look below to see how they’re done.

  • Preheat. To begin, preheat your oven, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Beat. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the nut butter, raw sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until well combined. Add the molasses and vanilla to the mixture, and continue to beat until smooth.
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  • Mix. Working in batches, gently add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients, stirring in between each batch. Add the milk, and mix, scraping down the edges of the bowl. Once the ingredients are well combined, gently fold in the cranberries.
  • Form the Cookies. Add additional milk, and gently mix until the batter is firm enough to roll into a large ball. Then, use a medium-sized cookie scoop to portion out the dough, and roll it into balls.
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  • Bake. Roll each ball of dough in the sparkling sugar, and place it on the baking sheet, pressing down slightly. Bake until the cranberry cookies are golden brown.
  • Cool. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the cookies cool for 10-15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
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Storage Tips: Portion raw cookie dough into balls (without sugar coating) and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 20 minutes or until firm. Transfer frozen dough balls to an airtight container or ziplock bag and return to the freezer.

Baking Tips and Tricks

Don’t Overmix. Be careful to mix, whisk, and stir the ingredients until they are just combined and smooth. Continuing to mix will result in dense, tough cookies.

Adjust the Baking Time. For a softer, chewy cookie, bake for 11-12 minutes. Or, if you prefer crispy cookies, leave them in the oven for closer to 14 minutes. Just make sure they’re still soft when you pull them out!

Decorate. Thanks to the use of vibrantly colored cranberries, these cookies are plenty festive as they are. However, if you want to spruce them up even more, try pressing additional cranberries or dairy free white chocolate chips into the cookies right after pulling them from the oven. Or, add a drizzle of melted chocolate or a sweet powdered sugar glaze on top!

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Cranberry Cookies Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh cranberries instead of dried?

We don’t recommend it. Fresh cranberries will have a different liquid component which is likely to through off the balance of wet and dry ingredients in the dough.

How long do cranberry cookies last?

Leftover cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze this cranberry cookies recipe?

Yes! Store baked cookies in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Or, freeze cookie dough balls for up to 3 months.

Should I soak dried cranberries before baking?

It’s not necessary to soak dried cranberries before baking! We already tested, tasted, and re-tested this cranberry cookies recipe to make sure that all the portions and flavors are in check. So, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the recipe card below!

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More Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes

Whether you’re preparing a cookie tray for Santa, contributing to a bake sale, or just spending a cozy day in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered with all the best gluten free cookie recipes!

  • Vegan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
  • Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Peppermint
  • Flourless Candied Ginger Molasses Cookies

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 22-24 minutes
  • Yield: 2224 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

Made with gluten free oat flour, creamy nut butter, and plenty of festive cranberries, this Vegan Cranberry Cookies Recipe is a better-for-you cranberry cookie perfect for every occasion. Whip up a batch for holiday parties, tasty gifts, on-the-go snacks, or even quick breakfasts!

Ingredients

Units Scale

  • 1 ¾ cup to 2 cups (195 grams) gluten free oat flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch or tapioca flour (grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • ½ cup creamy nut butter or sunflower seed butter for nut free option
  • ½ cup fine sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
  • 4 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 Tablespoons non-dairy milk, divided
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sparkling sugar or sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the nut butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  4. Pour in the molasses and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Gradually, in batches, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The batter will be very thick.
  6. Mix in 4 Tablespoons of milk and scrape the batter down from the sides of the bowl. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  7. Add an additional 4 Tablespoons of milk, and gently mix until the batter is firm enough to roll into a large ball. If the batter is too thick, add an additional Tablespoon of milk. If the batter is too thin, place it in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.
  8. Place the ¼ cup sparkling sugar in a shallow bowl or on a plate.
  9. Roll cookie dough, 1 Tablespoon each, into balls. Roll each ball in the sparkling sugar and place on a cookie sheet, pressing down slightly.
  10. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. For chewier/softer cookies, bake for 11-12 minutes. For crispy cookies, bake longer or about 14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

Storage Tips:Portion raw cookie dough into balls (without sugar coating) and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 20 minutes or until firm. Transfer frozen dough balls to an airtight container or ziplock bag and return to the freezer.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-14 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 10.1 g
  • Sodium: 169.3 mg
  • Fat: 3.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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FAQs

What makes cookies not vegan? ›

Animal ingredients in cookies

Butter and eggs are the most common animal products found in cookies. In addition to butter, dairy can also make its way into store-bought cookies in the form of whey. While not as common, there are a number of boxed cookies that use honey for added sweetness.

What is gluten-free in cookies? ›

Do Consider These Ingredient Options. Look for these products which are usually gluten-free: almond flour, amaranth, brown rice flour, buckwheat, chick pea flour, corn flour, flax, hazelnut flour, millet, peanut flour, potato flour, quinoa, sorghum flour, soybean flour, teff, and white rice flour.

What can I use instead of butter for cookies vegan? ›

Here are some of the best vegan substitutes for butter.
  • Olive oil. This should be in everyone's kitchen. ...
  • Macadamia oil. A natural oil made from the cold pressing of macadamia nuts. ...
  • Rice oil. A delicate oil with a subtle flavour that is appreciated in baked goods. ...
  • Extra virgin coconut oil. ...
  • Avocado pulp.
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What binds vegan cookies? ›

Ground flax seeds

This is made by combining ground (not whole) flax seeds with water and leaving to sit for 15 minutes until the mixture becomes thick, almost the same consistency as a regular egg. The binding properties of flax seeds make this a great addition to cookies, brownies and other sweet treats.

What gluten-free flour is best for cookies? ›

What's the best gluten-free flour for baking? Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1-to-1 baking mix is my favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend for baking. It has a mild texture and plenty of "stick" thanks to a blend of sweet rice flour, brown rice flour, and sorghum flour, plus some starches and xanthan gum.

Which gluten-free flour works best in cookies? ›

Almond flour is a grain-free, protein-rich flour that lends well to cookies, cakes, and more! Almond flour is made from blanched almonds, meaning without skins (as opposed to almond meal, which is made from raw almonds with skins). This is why it has a fluffy, light texture and pale golden color.

What happens when you use gluten-free flour in cookies? ›

Gluten's elasticity allows batters and doughs to trap air released by leavening agents (yeast, baking powder, or baking soda), which is how they're able to rise. Without this protein, gluten-free baked goods have the potential to be grainy, dense, and crumbly, but they don't have to be!

What is the difference between a vegan cookie and a regular cookie? ›

Regular Cookie: A regular cookie typically contains ingredients like eggs, butter, milk, and sometimes honey, which are all sourced from animals. Dairy and Eggs: Vegan Cookie: Vegans do not consume any dairy or egg products, so vegan cookies are free from these ingredients.

What's the difference between vegan cookies and regular cookies? ›

Vegan cookies are cookies which were made without any kind of animal or animal-derived products. Vegan ingredients are plant-based, with some vegans even rejecting products such as honey. What is this? They do not contain eggs, butter, or any type of animal milk, opting for plant-based alternatives instead.

What is different about vegan cookies? ›

True vegan treats should not contain any ingredients that involve or have ever involved any animal product, by-product, or derivative. We understand how difficult it can be to not only find a vegan cookie, but a vegan cookie that tastes delicious.

What cookies are considered vegan? ›

Vegan Cookie Brands
  • Munk Pack Protein Cookies (Mail-order and retail distribution)
  • 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)

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