Best Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

This Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe combines a favorite cookie with Christmas Sprinkles! Chocolate Christmas Cookies are the perfect holiday treat! Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies are chewy, tender cookies on the inside with a crispy bite. Festive sprinkles add the perfect colors of the season! Bake them as cookies or serve them as cookie dough bites!

If you love holiday baking as much as I do, check out my Vegan Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Both will have you swooning!

Three cookie dough balls with sprinkles on a table. The text reads, "Christmas Sprinkle Cookies Dough Bites".

When I was a kid I loved Christmas. Who doesn’t love waking up to gifts by a tree!

But there are times when Christmas isn’t quite as much fun as an adult. I’m not a big fan of shopping in the first place, let alone thinking about being forced to go shopping in crowded malls. Ach! I refuse to do it!

I have MIAS.

Mall Induced Anxiety Syndrome. Baking makes MIAS a lot better. Trust me, these chocolate holiday cookies work wonders!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • The addition of peanut butter, adds flavor and reduces the amount of vegan butter needed (saving money while not reducing the quality of the cookies)
  • Using apple cider vinegar adds tenderness to the cookies that makes the cookies irresistible
  • Colorful Holiday Sprinkles makes these cookies perfect for the holidays!

How to Make Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

It’s easy to make these chocolate chip Christmas cookies! Begin by creaming together vegan butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Use a mixer on medium speed to get it nice and fluffy.

Then add the ground flaxseed, cornstarch, and unsweetened almond milk. Mix that all together. Add apple cider vinegar, vanilla and almond extracts and mix one more time.

Scoot the butter mixture to one side of the bowl. On the other side combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together and then incorporate it into the peanut butter batter.

Add chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and stir until combined.

Use a cookie scooper to drop rounded spoonfuls of cookie dough about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until cookies are done, but still soft in the center.

Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for a minute or two on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

A collage of photos shows the process for making chocolate chip Christmas cookies.

Hmm. The more I think about it, cookies can be the solution to a lot of problems.

I may need help.

A cookie sits on top of a glass of almond milk with more cookies behind it.

But seriously, there’s nothing wrong with good ol’ Choc Chip Christmas Cookies here or there. And as much as I hate to admit it, I do like sharing these cookies. They make great holiday gifts.

Christmas chocolate chip cookies are definitely better than a fruit cake. 🙂

A cookie dough scoop holds cookie dough.

The Best Christmas Choc Chip Cookies

Oh, holiday chocolate chip cookies…you had me at the dough.

I mean, seriously. That is one thing about vegan cookie dough that you absolutely HAVE to love. There’s no worries of raw egg issues because our cookie dough is egg-free. I just have to say it. Yay!

I also love that this holiday chocolate chip cookie recipe yields tender cookies, loaded with chocolate chips and sprinkles. Another favorite about these festive chocolate chip cookies is that in addition to the vanilla, I also include some almond extract. That makes these cookies taste a little like a good ol’ sugar cookie. Power to the sugar cookie!

A stack of cookies with festive sprinkles beside them.

I also like that when I give these Christmas Sprinkle Cookies out as a gift to a neighbor or a friend, they smile real big. I believe they call that an ear-to-ear grin…and it’s my favorite.

We bought all the ingredients for these cookies at our local grocery store – straight from the peanut butter, flax seeds, and sprinkles. How cool is that!

Finally, I love that these cookies are colorful. It’s one part about Christmas that I really do like – bright colors!

Marly’s Tips

  • Add some chopped nuts, like walnuts or peanuts to the dough
  • Replace the vanilla with mint extract for a mint chocolate chip favorite!
  • Serve these as cookie dough balls, covering each with more sprinkles!
  • Make these into bite-size cookies by reducing the size, just be sure to bake them a little bit less so they don’t burn!

More Vegan Holiday Baking Ideas

If you love vegan holiday baking, here are some more vegan holiday recipes for you:

Baked cookies and cookie dough balls on a plate.

I hope you like these Christmas Sprinkle Cookies as much as we do. Do you know what would make me even happier than a kid in a candy store? If you made these cookies and shared a picture of them with #NamelyMarly on Twitter or Instagram. So for now, let’s all be shiny happy people holding hands!

The best part about these Christmas Sprinkle Cookies is sitting down after the baking and enjoying them with a nice tall glass of almond milk. Yum!

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies will have you pushing Santa out of the way to have more. They’re moist and tender and filled with chocolate and sprinkles!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup almond milk , unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Christmas sprinkles plus extra


  • Place the butter, peanut butter, and sugars in a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, mix on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about one minute.
  • Push the butter mixture to the edges and in the middle combine the ground flax seeds, cornstarch, milk, vinegar, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir to combine. Now, using the mixer, slowly incorporate the flax seed mixture in with the butter mixture. Continue mixing until light and fluffy again.
  • Push the butter mixture to one side and combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Use your mixer to combine the flour mixture with the margarine mixture. Mix to combine.
  • When the dough is just right, add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix some more until the sprinkles are incorporated throughout the dough.
  • When you’re ready to bake the cookies, turn your to 350F.
  • Use a cookie dough dispenser to drop cookie dough roughly 1½ inches apart on your cookie sheet. Pour some additional sprinkles on a plate and grabbing one ball of cookie dough at a time, dab the top of the cookie dough ball into the plate of sprinkles to give the top a nice coating of sprinkles. Place it back on the cookie pan and gently smash the top of the cookie to ensure that the new sprinkles are embedded in the cookie dough ball. Repeat with each cookie.
  • Place the prepared pan of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. These cookies are best when they’re slightly undercooked so be careful not to over bake. You’ll be rewarded with a dense, rich, moist cookie!
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool slightly before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Of course you might want to have one (or two) while they’re still slightly warm. You’ll love them!
  • Repeat until all the cookies are done. Store in an airtight container.

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Regarding Peanut Butter: Substitute an equal amount of stirred almond butter for the peanut butter or simply use 1 cup of vegan butter if you prefer not to use peanut butter.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Finally, if you’re ready for some vegan or vegetarian holiday baking recipes, you’ll love these:

Whatever cookies you’re setting on a plate for Santa, enjoy! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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25 Responses to Best Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    • Hi Lindsey!! I hope you like these cookies! I made them for our Thanksgiving dessert table and they were gobbled up right away. 😉 Thanks for you note – I adapted the recipe to include the peanut butter in the first step. Let me know how it worked for you!

  1. BEST IDEA EVER: after you make the cookie dough balls, stick’em in a plastic bag and throw em in the freezer. AMAZING <3

  2. If I need to substitute out the peanut butter due to my little ones allergies what would you use to replace it? Also I was thinking just add more vanilla extract if I can’t use the almond extract? I would appreciate any advice!
    – Momma of a little one with A LOT of allergies 🙂

    • Hi Tabatha! Thanks for your note. I would probably just use a whole cup of Earth Balance (instead of a half of a cup) and leave the peanut butter out. You can also substitute the vanilla for the almond extract. Or, if you want to try something different (and if you don’t have allergies to this), you could sub some raspberry flavoring for the almond extract. I find adding raspberry extract to a cookie, especially one with sprinkles, gives it a little extra splash of flavor! Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Sarah. Thanks! I wouldn’t hesitate to use coconut oil in this recipe. It might change the texture slightly, but it should result in a very tasty cookie!

  3. Made these today. My family can’t stop eating them! I was hesitant because we are not fans of peanut butter cookies. But these cookies are DELICIOUS!

    • I’m so glad you liked them Bonnie! I think it’s the almond extract that hides the flavor of the peanut butter a little. I’m going to make another batch and have them for our Christmas dessert tray next week!

    • Hi Jamie! It’s not a dumb question. Earth Balance is a vegan butter spread. I can find it at Target, Walmart, health food stores and even my local grocery store. You can use it in place of butter. Also, for this recipe just use all vegan butter in place of the peanut butter. Hope you love these sprinkle cookies!

  4. These are absolutely some of the best cookies that I have ever eaten. I substituted Almond Butter for Peanut Butter because my stomach can’t tolerate Peanut Butter. These will be cookies that I make the whole year through.

    • Hi Tracy! I’m so glad you liked these cookies! I love your idea for swapping the almond butter. I will add that as a note in the recipe! ❤️

    • Thanks Marly. I can honestly say these are probably the best cookies I have ever eaten. I saw one of the earlier post where you said you can swap my favorite Earth Balance Buttery Spread for the nut butters and I am going to try that too. Nut butters just don’t agree with my stomach, but I can tolerate a small amount of Almond Butter to a point. Love these cookies. What a great idea to put the sprinkles in the cookies. Less mess and you can taste the sprinkles better.


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