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Dairy-Free Cookies

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From brownies to shorbread, cookies are traditionally prepared with tons of butter and other dairy-derived ingredients, but this collection is proof that you don't need dairy to make your cookies delicious. Browse through and find a dairy-free version of a favorite, or discover something new!

Brownies

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Brownies are one of the most popular desserts for outdoor parties, baby showers, graduation parties, and parties for kids, and with good reason. They're easy to transport, easy to serve, and--best of all--super easy make in a hurry. Oh, and they're REALLY good, too. And you can add pretty much anything you like to your brownies: walnuts, raspberry preserves, bananas, peanut butter, dates, cola, avocados--in my book, they're all fair game.

Most brownie recipes contain a scary amount of butter, but they don't have to be made with dairy ingredients at all! Here are just a few dairy-free and vegan favorites that brownie-lovers (dairy-free, vegan, or not!) will love:

  • Banana Brownies
  • Chocolate Avocado Brownies
  • Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownies
  • Pumpkin Brownies
  • Vegan Chocolate Cola Brownies
  • Vegan Fudge Brownies
  • Vegan Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies
  • Vera's Delicious Brownies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

    © 2012 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    There is a reason that the chocolate chip cookie is probably the most popular cookie in the U.S., and although traditional chocolate chip cookies are definitely not dairy-free (see: loads of butter), they're actually pretty easy to make for your lactose-free life. This collection of Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies contains 12 of my favorite dairy-free versions of the All-American favorite. The best part is that they are so easy to make, but taste like the real thing. You'd never know that they don't contain butter!

    Here are a few favorite dairy-free renditions of the most popular cookie:

  • Best Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies
  • Dairy-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dairy-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chip Cookies
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondies
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • Vegan Molasses Chip Cookies
  • Ginger Cookies & Spice Cookies

    Molasses is one of my favorite tastes of the winter season, but it's not only delicious, it's also rich in calcium and other nutrients. So, although these Dairy-Free Gingerbread Cookies aren't what I would call "health food," you can still whip up a batch and feel good about it!

    Here are just a few more of my favorite dairy-free molasses-rich spicy treats for the holiday season or anyday:

  • Best Ginger Snowcap Cookies
  • Dairy-Free Molasses Cookies
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  • Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
  • Vegan Molasses Chip Cookies
  • Holiday Favorites

    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cookies can be a sweet part of any celebration, but especially during the winter holidays. Here are two collections of dairy-free holiday cookies that you'll love:

  • Dairy-Free Christmas Cookies
  • Vegan Christmas Cookies
  • Oatmeal Cookies

    © 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    I genuinely love a good oatmeal cookie. Because we all have different things that we look for in a good oatmeal cookie, here are several favorite options:

    For the Chocolate Chipper: These Dairy-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies contain eggs, so they're not for the vegan oatmeal cookie lover, but for anyone who is allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on his or her unhealthy fats, these are the cookies for you! Prepared with only a few tablespoons of heart-healthy canola oil and a couple of eggs, they're significantly lower in fat but still so melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

    For the No-Baker: These Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Cookies are among my favorites, and not just because they're healthy, vegan, and super simple to prepare, but because, well, they're really good, too. You'd never know that they take next to no time to whip together!

    For the Wheat-Free: These Flourless Peanut Butter Oat Cookies are pretty hard to beat if you're dairy-free and gluten-free. Prepared with just six ingredients, these treats are whipped together in under 20 minutes from start to finish, too!

    For the Vegan: I have several vegan oatmeal cookie favorites, and in addition to the No-Bake Chocolate Cookies listed above, these Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are at the top of my list when it comes to dairy-free, egg-free oatmeal cookies. With pecans, coconut, and dried cranberries, what's not to love?!?

    Here are some of my other favorite dairy-free ways to make oatmeal cookies delicious:

  • Banana Oatmeal Cookies
  • Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
  • Lacy Wheat-Free Oatmeal Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies & Other Nut Cookies

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    Second perhaps only to the chocolate chip cookie, the peanut butter cookie is quite possibly the most popular U.S. cookie. Here are some favorite ways to make them dairy-free:

  • All-Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake
  • Dairy-Free Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Flourless Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
  • Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Vegan Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Of course, other nutty cookies like pecan sandies and mexican wedding cookies take the center stage in some get-togheters, especially during the holidays. These often contain a ton of butter, so here are some butterless ways to make your nutty cookies better than ever:

  • Honey & Cashew Thumbprint Cookies
  • Mexican Wedding Cookies
  • Tahini Cookies
  • Vegan Pecan Sandies
  • Vegan Russian Tea Cakes
  • Vegan Cookies

    © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    And if you thought that baking without butter was tough, try baking cookies without eggs, too! I'm just kidding. It's probably easier than you think! Browse through this collection of Vegan Cookie Recipes or look through this list for some of your favorites:

  • All Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Blondies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes
  • Iced Shortbread Cookies
  • Lemon Curd Thumbprints
  • Maple Dijon Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Raw Date Cookies
  • Vegan S'mores Bars
  • Vegan Sugar Cookies
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