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Cut Out Dairy Free Sugar Cookies

Whether you’re thinking ahead for Christmas-time or you just want to snack on a sweet treat today – these dairy free sugar cookies are a delicious snack!  They’re easy to make, and you can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters for fun shapes.

How to make dairy free sugar cookies

These are probably one of the easiest dairy free dessert recipes you could find.  I guarantee almost all of these ingredients are probably already in your kitchen:

  • Earth Balance dairy/soy-free spread (or another dairy free butter of your choice)
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder

You’ll mix the ingredients together and then you’ll need to refrigerate the dough prior to rolling.  This helps the butter spread to firm up, so when you roll it out, it doesn’t get too mushy.

Sugar cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Disc of sugar cookie dough

After you refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, you can roll it out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to make your shapes.

PS – How stinkin’ adorable are these cookie cutters I used?!  I found these on clearance at Target for 90% off in the Christmas clearance section.  They were Hearth & Hand with Magnolia brand and came in these fun shapes like goats, hammers, houses, etc.  Any other Fixer Upper fans in the house?!

Hammer, car, and goat cookie cutters

Allergens in this recipe

These dairy free sugar cookies are naturally free of dairy, soy, and nuts.  If you’re soy-free, be sure to choose the red container of Earth Balance as that is the one that does not contain soy.

Red container of earth balance spread

These cookies do contain egg and wheat (gluten).  If you need modifications for those, you can try one of the options below – though I have not tested these yet.

Gluten free:  Use a gluten-free flour blend rather than all-purpose flour.  Most good quality blend should work.

Egg free:  I’ve seen some recipes utilize the following combo for an egg-free version – 1 tbsp milk alternative + 1/2 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 tsp extra baking powder.  Again, I haven’t tried it in this recipe, so if you test this as egg free – let me know what works for you!

Dairy free sugar cookies in various shapes

Can you freeze the sugar cookie dough?

Yes!  My favorite way to do this is to make the dough and then instead of shaping into a disc, shape into a log.  You can wrap this in plastic wrap and then store it in a zip top bag in the freezer.

When it comes time to bake the cookies, just defrost for a little bit in the fridge (ideally you want it still fairly firm when you are ready to bake). Then slice into cookie rounds and bake.  It’s not quite as cute as the cutout ones but it’s easy and quick!

Close up of a goat-shaped dairy free sugar cookie

Is there a dairy free icing for these sugar cookies?

Are we the only weirdos that don’t usually bother with icing on our sugar cookies?! LOL.  Don’t get me wrong, I love making frosting for my sugar cookie bars – but for cut out cookies I usually skip over it.

Clearly I’m in the minority though based on some opinions from friends, haha – so if you want to make icing to go with these, go for it!

All you need to do to make icing is mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 tsp vanilla.  Then add non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon at a time until the icing reaches the texture you like (I generally go with around 1 tbsp per cup of powdered sugar).

One more tip – wait until your cookies cool completely prior to icing them, otherwise it tends to slide off and not look as pretty.

A child eating a dairy free sugar cookie

I hope you enjoy these dairy free sugar cookies!  If you get a chance to try them, please let me know in the comments how you liked them.

Dairy free sugar cookies in various shapes
4.25 from 4 votes
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Dairy Free Sugar Cookies

These dairy free sugar cookies are perfect for cookie cutters! Enjoy at Christmas time - or really anytime!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free christmas cookies, dairy free sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate Dough 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 98 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance dairy-free soy-free spread (or another vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Cream Earth Balance and granulated sugar using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or whisking well. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Add in salt, flour, and baking powder, and stir until everything is combined.
  3. Flatten dough into an eight-inch disc, and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper). Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • I prefer using my KitchenAid for combining all the ingredients, but you can certainly do this by hand as well.
  • This recipe makes approximately 20 cookies, but the specific yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.  Smaller cookie cutters = more cookies; larger cookie cutters = fewer cookies.

Nutrition analysis (approximate per cookie):

98 calories, 5 g fat, 1 saturated fat, 89 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 1 g protein, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 3%

Share:  If you tried these dairy free sugar cookies, what did you think?  What are the most fun cookie cutters you’ve seen lately?

18 thoughts on “Cut Out Dairy Free Sugar Cookies”

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  2. 5 stars
    I’m allergic to dairy so I was excited to see a simple recipe to try! My husband and I made these cookies and they are so yummy 😋! Thanks for posting!! Daryl Hearn

    1. I haven’t in this recipe, though I have used shortening in my pie crust recipe. I find shortening doesn’t have as rich of a ‘buttery’ flavor (in my opinion) so I prefer the non-dairy butters in things like cookies. That said, I’m sure you could give it a whirl – if you do, let me know how they come out!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is really great! It just wouldn’t have been Christmas without cutout cookies. My husband couldn’t tell the difference between these and regular cutout cookies. Thanks!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      You could definitely use frosting! Many store bought frostings are actually dairy-free. If you want to make your own, you could whip up a thick “butter”cream with dairy free butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a splash of dairy free milk.

  4. Hello! Keen to make these for my lactose intolerant niece. Just wondering if you know the measurements by weight? Many thanks!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      Hi Olivia! Unfortunately I’m in the US so I don’t typically measure in weight – I’m not sure of the measurements off the top of my head, but I bet if you search for a conversion chart, you might be able to find some estimates you could use. Sorry I don’t have exact weight measurements for you!

  5. 2 stars
    The dough was delicious but way too sticky to flatten and make cutouts. Ruined my Easter decorating plans. I tried adding more flour but didn’t want to add any more for taking away from the sweetness.

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you! We’ve tested this multiple times and haven’t had problems, but results could certainly vary based on the brand of dairy free butter used (we’ve always had success with Earth Balance) and how the flour is measured. If it were me, there are a few options if they were too sticky: like you mentioned, add more flour, but see if the sweetness needs to be adjusted at all with some extra sugar too, or b) make drop cookies (not ideal, but still delish if running into problems!). I hope you found a way to have a lovely Easter regardless! 🙂

  6. I have made sugar cookies for a long time,and always use the same recipe, but I needed one that was whey free,so I found your recipe. I was concerned if they would be good,or if they would spread. Well let me say,that they were amazing! I dont even like sugar cookies, but oh my goodness, I love them. Thankyou for this recipe the cookies are wonderful! I will definitely be making these from now on!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      Aw, thanks so much for the kind words Lori! I’m glad you enjoyed them. This is definitely a favorite around our house as well 🙂

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