Vegan Cookie Brands To Fill Your Cookie Jars With!

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Would you believe me if I tell you that there are many vegan cookie brands out there? If you have been avoiding cookies thinking that they contain dairy and other animal products, fear no more!

Here I will share with you plenty of brands you can look for next time you crave a cookie. I will also tell you how to choose vegan cookie brands! Because you know, brands are just infinite! Well if I were you, I’ll be stocking up my pantry so my cookie jars don’t go empty!

Now let’s get to it!

Cookies Vs Biscuits: What’s A Cookie Made Of?

It’s actually not surprising how much confusion there is between a cookie and a biscuit. Have you seen how both the Brits and Americans describe them?

Cookies mean “little/small cake” in Dutch.

Biscuit means “twice baked” in Latin.

According to a blog from Oxford Dictionaries:

“A British biscuit is an American cookie and an American cookie is a British cookie and an American biscuit is a British scone and an American scone is something else entirely.”

So confusing, right?

But to get that out of the way let’s stick to the more popular definitions:

Cookies are soft, moist, and more flavorful, while biscuits are plain with a lighter texture and flavor. There’s also the cookie sandwich, which actually looks like 2 biscuits with a filling in the middle.

In terms of ingredients, biscuits only have few and simple ones, usually just flour, butter, and sugar. On the contrary, cookies have probably at least around 10 ingredients! Here are the most common cookie ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter/Fats
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Leaveners
  • Shortening
  • Oil (palm)

Flavors & Garnishings:

  • Spices
  • Nuts
  • Cocoa/Chocolate
  • Extracts
  • Coconut
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange/lemon rind

However, when you buy from commercial brands, you’ll notice there’s just so much more ingredients. Here are the most common additions:

Preservatives:

  • BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHA (butylated hydroxytoluene) – prevents oils from going rancid. The FDA classes these antioxidants as GRAS, but according to NIH, it may be carcinogenic in high doses. A safer alternative is Vitamin E.
  • Citric Acid – an organic acid which is a safer preservative. However, too much of it can erode teeth enamel.
  • Sodium benzoate (E211) – a man-made preservative with antifungal and antimicrobial properties. However, there are also concerns about it being potentially carcinogenic.

Enhancers:

  • Ammonium Bicarbonate – a raising and leavening agent that works like baking powder. Although it is a known irritant to the lungs, it is considered food-safe in small amounts.
  • Dextrose/Glucose – a sweetener, usually in place of sugar or an addition to it.
  • Milk derivatives (casein, caseinate, milk solids/protein, whey, lactose) – works as emulsifier and/or binder, and can also be a source of protein.
  • Sodium/Trisodium Citrate – preservative, stabilizer, emulsifier, buffer, or flavor enhancer.
  • Lecithin – may come from eggs or soy, and can act as stabilizer or emulsifier.
  • Food colors/dyes – enhances food appearance.
  • HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) – a highly processed sweetener that raises health concerns.
  • Cornstarch – a thickener that also makes cookies more tender
  • Artificial flavors – cheaper alternative to natural flavors

Commercial cookie brands also often use hydrogenated oils and refined ingredients. These make cookies so unhealthy!

According to a blog from Oxford Dictionaries: “A British biscuit is an American cookie and an American cookie is a British cookie and an American biscuit is a British scone and an American scone is something else entirely.”

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How To Choose Vegan Cookies

  1. Look for simple and fewer  ingredients.
  2. Avoid chemical and unhealthy additives (see list above).
  3. Watch out for animal products that are usually hidden in dairy ingredients and milk derivatives.

What To Avoid

  • lecithin
  • milk and its derivatives
  • eggs
  • butter

Vegan Vs Non-Vegan Cookies: Are Vegan Cookies Healthier?

It’s quite common for people (especially non-vegans!) to think that “vegan” food is “healthy” food. Well, in many cases, it is. But of course, that’s not always the case especially when it comes to desserts and treats!

You probably already know how foods high in sugar are so bad for you. That’s why sweets are only for treats! The same goes with cookies.

Without butter and eggs, vegan cookies can be healthier depending on the rest of the ingredients. Most cookies have anywhere around 10 grams of sugar per piece. But who eats just one cookie? I doubt you can!

Unhealthy Ingredients In Cookies

  • Refined flour – anything refined is unhealthy, period.
  • Sugars – can you believe it’s actually worse than fat?
  • Corn syrup – just as bad as sugar, sometimes worse! Learn more about corn syrup here.
  • Oils – even vegetable oils are not okay for frequent consumption because technically, they’re still fats. You can read more about it in this article.

If you’re vegan cookie takes away or at least significantly reduces these ingredients, then that’s definitely healthier. Go for vegan cookies that are low sugar, zero trans fat, high protein, and high fiber. One of the best ways to get this is to bake your own cookies so you can choose what goes in it.

However, don’t make this as an excuse to eat more cookies! Healthier vegan cookies can make treats less unhealthy but it doesn’t make them a “health food”. If you really want healthier snacks, go for fruit and/or vegetable salads.

It’s quite common for people (especially non-vegans!) to think that “vegan” food is “healthy” food. Well, in many cases, it is. But of course, that’s not always the case especially when it comes to desserts and treats!

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Best Vegan Cookie Brands

Have you been scouring the snack aisle for vegan cookies? There are so many brands you’ll see and decoding the ingredients list can be a headache! Commercial cookies often come with a long list of ingredients. And the more ingredients there are, the harder it can get to figure out if its vegan or not.

But don’t worry, I have made it easier for you. I did all the research on vegan cookie brands and their ingredients. Now all you need to do is just read!

Here are the best vegan cookies I’ve seen so far:

Brand:

Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie

Vegan Varieties:

All Complete Cookies and Crunchy Cookies

Features:

  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • GMO-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • High protein
  • High fiber

Brand:

Nana’s Classic Gluten-Free Cookies

Vegan Varieties:

All gluten-free, wheat-free, and original cookies

Features:

  • No refined sugar (uses natural fruit juice as sweetener)
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Kosher-Parve
  • No hydrogenated oil

Brand:

Chunkie Dunkies

Vegan Varieties:

All cookies

Features:

  • Organic
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Raw
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free

Brand:

Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies

Vegan Varieties:

All cookies

Features:

  • Organic
  • No preservatives
  • Uses sustainable palm
  • Mostly organic ingredients
  • Fairtrade
  • Environment-friendly packaging

Brand:

Enjoy Life

Vegan Varieties:

Check their vegan products here.

Features:

  • Allergen-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Free from dairy, lactose, casein, sulfite
  • Sustainable palm oil
  • Non-GMO
  • With Kosher, Halal, and FODMAP friendly variants

Commercial cookies often come with a long list of ingredients. And the more ingredients there are, the harder it can get to figure out if its vegan or not.

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Other Store-Bought Vegan Cookies

Here are other must-try vegan cookies you probably already see in the groceries:

  • Girls Scout (Thin Mints, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks A Lot)
  • Lotus Biscoff (Speculoos)
  • Nabisco Nutter Butter
  • Trader Joe’s Vegan Cookies
  • Sweets From The Earth
  • Michelle’s Naturally
  • Gourmet Treats Baking Co.
  • Keebler Vienna Fingers
  • Kookie Cat
  • Alternative Baking Company
  • Emmy’s Organic Cookies
  • Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cookies (Choco Chip Organic Bunny, Cocoa & Vanilla Gluten-Free Bunny)

Quick FAQs

1. Where does Whole Foods’ vegan cookies come from?

Whole Foods Market’s vegan cookies are supplied by many third-party brands like Uncle Eddies, Lenny & Larry’s, and Enjoy Life. You can easily find vegan cookies in WF stores near you by using their store locator and product filters online.

2. Are Tate’s cookies vegan?

No. All of Tate’s Bake Shop cookies contain dairy, either milk or eggs, or both.

3. Are vegan cookie calories less than non-vegan cookies?

It depends on the ingredients, really. Although low-calorie cookies aren’t really a thing, both vegan and non-vegan cookies may have such variety. Most cookies have anywhere between 100 to over 200 calories per serving. Low-calorie cookies would have around 35 calories per piece.

Vegan Cookie Jar Mix Ideas

If you love having a personal touch on    the gifts you give, then DIY is the way to go! Now, how about a convenient cookie mix in a jar? If you are yet to try this, check out these vegan cookie jar mix ideas and recipes!

For the jar decoration, you can always choose your own or look for inspirations and ideas online. And if you like some fancy labels, just print the instructions along with your message on cards or stickers.

Vegan Cowboy Cookies Mix in a Jar From Vegan Richa

This chocolate chip cookie mix with oatmeal, coconut, and pecan nuts is full of texture and chunk! The recipe also calls for applesauce and/or oil, which you can’t add in the layers. But you can just grab a bottle or can of ready-to-use applesauce from the grocery and include it with the jar.

Yields: 16-30 cookies

Materials

  • 32 oz mason jar
  • Strings or ribbons
  • Name tag or card
  • Paper for printing instructions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (125 g) unbleached flour
  • 3/4 tsp (0.75 tsp) cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) sugar powder
  • 3/4 cup (60.75 g) oats
  • 2/3 cup (53.33 g) shredded coconut (adjust to your preference)
  • 3/4 cup (135 g) vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans

Additional ingredients to make the Cookies (for the recipient):

  • 1/4 cup (2.16 oz) + 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (0.33 cup) + 1 to 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions For Layering In The Jar:

  1. In a big bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until even, then set aside.
  2. In a 32 oz mason jar, add the oats, then add coconut, tap to settle, then add chocolate chips, then 1/2 cup sugar. Tap to settle. Add the flour mixture. Tap a couple of times to settle, so that there is space for the pecans. Add the chopped pecans. Add as many as you can.
  3. Close the lid. Add instructions (see below) and decorate the jar as you please.

Baking Instructions To Put On The Jar

To bake the cookies you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup (2.16 oz) + 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (0.33 cup) + 1 to 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Mix everything together until even. Make a well in the center.
  2. On a small bowl, combine applesauce, 1/3 cup oil and vanilla extract. Give it a whisk to combine evenly. Pour the mixture in the well you made in the center of the dry ingredients and mix all together.

Add a bit more oil if the mixture is too dry. The dough should start to take form and look crumbly. For best results, chill the mixture in the fridge for an hour .  

3.               Preheat the oven to 350⁰ F. Line your baking sheet or tray with parchment paper. Scoop small, even portions from the dough and roll into a ball then. Flatten each ball into a disc and place on the baking sheet.

Make sure you have enough space in between for when the cookie expands while baking.

4.               Bake for 11 to 13 mins. More if you made bigger cookie sizes. Cool for 10 minutes. You can use the mason jar to store the cookies. They can last for up to 2 days in room temperature, but longer if you keep them in the fridge.

Notes:

  • To turn this into gluten-free cookies, use any gluten-free flour of choice or a mixture of 1/4 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup starch.
  • Omit the pecans if you want nut-free cookies.
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Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar From Vegan Huggs

This fruity Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a classic taste with a bit more texture. It’s lightly crispy on the outside, but soft & chewy inside with a bit of zing! You can dunk it in your favorite vegan milk, or even eat it raw!

Yields: 25-30 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Materials

  • 1 liter jar (or 1 quart)
  • Strings or ribbons
  • Name tag or card
  • Paper for printing instructions

Additional ingredients to make the Cookies (for the recipient)

  • 3/4 cup softened vegan butter
  • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk (or water)

Instructions For Layering In The Jar:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then whisk together. Carefully pour this mixture into the jar (you can use a funnel). Gently pat down this first layer with the back of a spoon.
  2. Next, pour the white sugar in, making sure you have an even layer.
  3. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon on the next layer.
  4. Pour the oats next, then the cranberries, and then the chocolate chips.
  5. Close the jar tight. Now you can dress it up with colorful ribbons and strings. Don’t forget to print and add the name tag and instructions!

Baking Instructions To Put On The Jar

To bake the cookies you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup softened vegan butter
  • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup vegan milk (or just water)

Instructions:

  1. Pour all the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix evenly, then make a well in the center
  2. On a smaller bowl, combine the butter, vanilla, and milk. Whisk until even and smooth.
  3. Pour the butter mixture in the center of the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until you get a crumbly dough. If too dry, add 1-2 tsps of your vegan milk.
  4. Your dough is ready for baking! Line your baking sheet with parchment and preheat your oven to  350⁰ F.
  5. Scoop and roll the dough into small balls then flatten each ball into the baking tray.
  6. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until the edges are crisp and light golden brown in color.
  7. Avoid overcooking! The cookies will normally look a bit raw on top. Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool.
  8. You can eat them warm or put them in the jar for storage.

BONUS: To learn how you can make your very own vegan cookies at home, check out the video below!

Conclusion

There are so many cookie brands today that offer a vegan range. What’s more, they’re mostly more delicious than you might expect!

But remember that cookies are just treats so keep it that way. If you really can’t help a bite, choose cookies that are low in sugar and are free from additives.

If you want truly nutritious snacks, munch on some fruits instead!

So tell me, what’s your favorite vegan cookie brand and flavor? Let me know on the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this article in your favorite social media platform.

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