Vegan Holiday Cookies That Will Simply ‘Sleigh’ Ya: PETA’s National Top 10 Favorites List

For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

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While recognizing that there are more delicious vegan cookies this year than Santa could fit in a supersized sack, PETA made a list—yes, we checked it twice—and is naming its top 10 Favorite Festive Vegan Cookies. From extraordinary frosting-stuffed cookies to comforting classics such as chocolate chip and peanut butter, all of PETA’s winners are egg- and dairy-free delights to please even the most finnicky—or lactose-intolerant—holiday guest. Here are the sinfully delicious (naughty) cookies that made PETA’s (nice) list:

  • In the eastern U.S., winners include the gourmet stuffed Snickerdoodle-Do Cookie from Top Drawer Sweets in Jacksonville, Florida; the Marzipan Cookie—a crispy-edged cookie with a chewy center—from Sweet Maresa’s in Kingston, New York; and the nostalgic Oatmeal Raisin Cream Pie Cookie Sandwich filled with maple buttercream frosting from Celebrated in Richmond, Rhode Island.
  • In America’s heartland, winners include the zingy Ginger Pine-Apricot Cookie, sprinkled with pieces of dried pineapple and dried apricots, from Like Mom’s Only Vegan in Cincinnati; the chocolatey Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Spacecat V-stro in Ferndale, Michigan; and the classically delicious Peanut Butter Cookie from Gingersnap Vegan Bakery in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • In the western U.S., winners include the heavenly Matcha Sugar Cookie from Orange & Blossom Modern Patisserie in Portland, Oregon; the scrumptious Black and White Cookie from Ben & Esther’s Vegan Jewish Deli, also in Portland; the sprinkle-covered Birthday Cake Cookie, a perfectly sweet and festive treat from Quickie Too in Tacoma, Washington; and the Chocolate Raspberry Cookie, a decadent delight from Bake Me Vegan in Teton Village, Wyoming.

“Whether you are vegan or not, these craveable cookies deliver fabulous flavor without a single egg or splash of milk,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, who knows her vegan cookies, having eaten them for over 50 years. “From chocolate to cinnamon and ginger, PETA’s picks celebrate peace on Earth to all living beings in this season of goodwill.”

Each winner will receive a framed certificate from PETA and bragging rights for the holiday season.

Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals each year daily suffering and terrifying deaths and reduces their own risk of developing heart disease and cancer. PETA’s free vegan starter kit can help those looking to make the switch.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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