Delightful cookies for a vegan Christmas

vegan cookie recipes

Rum Balls

Recipe updated on December 3rd, 2006


  • 3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs or digestive biscuits
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rum or bourbon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup

The trick to keep this vegan is to make sure the cookies are vegan.
Read the labels carefully, you can find vegan cookies and even vegan (no butter or honey) graham crackers.
Using a kitchen machine, or blender or food processor or a rolling pin (depending on what you have available), turn the cookies into fine crumbs.
Combine wafer crumbs and chopped nuts.
Add remaining dry ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly.
I mix the corn syrup and rum together and then add to the crumb mixture, using a big spoon or fork, mix all together well. It will be a sticky mass.
You can put it in the refrigerator for a short time to harden a bit before making the balls, sometimes this makes it easier, or less sticky.
Roll into balls 1 inch in diameter then roll balls in either confectioners’ sugar or finely chopped nuts.
Makes 40-48 balls. Store in a cookie tin or Tupperware tightly sealed.
They flavor with time so by the time Christmas comes around they are quite tasty.

Almond Crescents


  • 1 cup margarine, room temperature
  • 2 & 1/2 cups four, unbleached
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp. almond extract

Beat together margarine and sugar until very light and fluffy.
Blend in extracts.
Mix in flour and almonds.
Using about 1 T of dough for each, shape into logs and bend into crescents. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350F until light brown.
While warm, roll crescents in confectioners’ sugar.
Cool on racks and store in a tightly sealed container.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Date & Rice Krispy Logs


  • 1 pkg. dates, seed removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups rice krispies
  • 1 cup coconut flakes

Remove the seeds from the dates and chop them into small pieces.
Place the dates in a large mixing bowl and add the hot water.
Stir the dates and allow to soak the water (about 15 minutes).
Continue stirring until the dates form a sticky mass.
Add the rice krispies and gently mix well.
Pour the coconut flakes onto a plate or a piece of wax paper.
Using a spoon, take about 1 tablespoon of the rice krispy mass and roll it into a little log shape.
Roll the little log in the coconut flakes and set into a cookie tin.

If there is a Turkish or Middle Eastern grocery store, you can buy date paste already prepared.