The Best Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies are crispy, buttery and so light. Every bite, is going to immerse you in the flavor of butter . The maple leaf shape of these sugar cookies and the colors are gonna remind you of all things beautiful about the fall season. Everything you see in the photo below holds some anecdotes and deep meaning for me and Akshita. It is our hope that it will bring out some memories for those of you who have had the fortune of being through at least one fall.

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fall leaf cookies on a wooden board

Fall……my favorite season. The change of colors of the trees around you, along with a change in your mood. Its the time when you wouldn’t mind taking a long walk, enjoy the light cool breeze and the view. Growing up in India, I never had the experience of knowing fall, besides in movies. Tropical climate is not much fun and full of colors. Its warm and warmer and the occasional rain picking up the humidity. Its filled with a thicket of green, which I gotta admit is still beautiful. Different kind of beauty though. There’s no concept of change in clothes with seasons. Works for me since I hate shopping!

Dough cut out in in shape of maple leaves placed on a baking tray

First experience with fall was just amazing. Seeing the colors of the leaves change and a street covered with the fallen leaves does not seem like an unwanted mess anymore. Its like a fluffy rug decorating your neighborhood. Fall , to me, is a time of the year when everyone is dressing up warm and comfortable and still goes out, enjoying a walk in the park, picnics, barbecues and pumpkins.

Check out our another one of our fall favorite recipe : Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Maple leaf shaped vegan sugar cookies arranged in the shape of a wreath

Few of the main snippets of fall in my mind, are the times when me and my friends used to go out drinking . We used to stay out late till the bars closed. After this we used to grab food from food carts and walk around in the campus grounds of Iowa State University. I love that campus. We would soak up the beauty and the silence and slowly find our way home. Happy times. Everyone’s attitude was enjoy it while it lasts; winter is coming. Even now, when I see a street with maple trees all now, it brings back these memories.

Since we are closing in on the end of fall, we wanted to make a dessert that reminded everyone of the beauty of fall, even in the midst of this pandemic. This will be an easy recipe. It does not need a lot of prep work besides the butter, which similar to the Coffee Bean Cookies . But we do have to roll out the dough for this one. So lets get started here!

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Maple leaf shaped & colored cookies placed laid out as a wreath

The Best Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

Fall leaf sugar cookies inspired by the beautiful fall color. Right on time for Thanksgiving. We can't promise that you won't fall in love with them!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup Vegan unsalted butter/ Vegan margarine Softened at room temperature
  • 3 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened almond milk + 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder + 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Food color (red, orange, green, yellow) Preferably gel color


  • Using a mixer, fluff up the vegan margarine/butter and sugar together
  • Add vanilla and almond milk, and beat until well mixed
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add half of the dry ingredient to the wet ingredients, mix and add the second half.
  • Use your hands to mix in thoroughly
  • The dough might be a bit dry and crumbly but its normal. Just press the dough together and it should come together
  • Split the dough into 4 equal parts
  • Add green, red, yellow and orange to the dough, one on each part and mix well
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour
  • Rip out small portions from each color and arrange it as shown in the video
  • Roll out the dough using a rolling pin to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. If you like having really thin crispy cookies, 1/8 inch thickness is perfect
  • Using the cookie cutter, cut out the dough out. Keep the remaining dough for using in the next roll. Do not overwork the dough, else you will end up with a solid brown cookie.
  • Move the cut out dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes
  • Let them cool for about 10 minutes before digging in!
Keyword fall cookies, fall leaf, maple leaf, sugar cookies, vegan cookies
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