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chocolate sugar cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).

Rich chocolate sugar cookies are perfect for cutting into holiday shapes! This is a fun and festive treat the whole family will love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword chocolate sugar cookies, gluten free holiday cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 80 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


  • 5/8 cup vegan buttery spread (1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons), softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Whisk together the gluten free flour blend, cocoa powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the vegan butter spread and the sugars in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and mix until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Form the dough into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Lightly dust a surface and the rolling pin with cocoa powder.
  7. Roll the chilled dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.

  8. Place the shapes on the cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, switching positions halfway through baking time.
  9. Allow cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  10. Once cool, dust cookies with powdered sugar if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can make this dough ahead of time and freeze it if you wish. Just allow it to thaw before attempting to roll it out.

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for 4-5 days.

If you can't have applesauce, try prune puree, beet puree, or even mashed banana.

If you aren't gluten free, go ahead and use regular all-purpose flour.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.