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You'd Never Know It's Vegan: Crispy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Jillian is a food-allergic adult and mama with years of personal experience to share with the greater food-allergic community.

Thin, crispy vegan oatmeal cookies.

Thin, crispy vegan oatmeal cookies.

I have been experiencing major cravings for a thin and crispy oatmeal cookie. You know, the kind I can probably buy in any supermarket if I didn't have multiple food allergies to deal with? If you're like me, you're always looking for new allergy-friendly recipes to try.

It's a challenge that has turned into an addiction. I see something I want to eat in the "real world" (i.e. loaded with allergens), and I just have to figure out a safe version of it so we can enjoy it, too! With a growing list of foods we need to avoid, more and more store-bought items are out of our reach.

The recipe below is dairy- and egg-free, but I have noted substitutions if these are not off-limits for your family or if you are not following a vegan diet.

Preparation and Baking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

About 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup all purpose flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 tablespoons dairy-free margarine or butter alternative**, such as Earth Balance
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice or water***
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/2 cups rolled oats


*The all purpose flour can be substituted fully or partially with whole grain wheat flour or whole grain pastry flour, if desired.

**Real butter can be substituted if you don't have a milk allergy or dairy intolerance.

***One egg can be substituted if you do not need to avoid eggs.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat together the margarine or butter and sugar on low speed until just combined.
  4. Increase the speed to medium, and cream until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add water (or egg, if using) and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  6. Now add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
  7. Add the oats, and mix until well combined.
  8. Drop the dough in mounds about two tablespoons at a time, about 2 to 3 inches apart. They will spread quite a bit when baking.
  9. Wet the bottom of a glass, and press down to flatten each cookie as pictured below. You may need to re-wet the glass every other cookie to prevent the dough from sticking to the glass. Then they can be rounded off around the edges using your finger, if you like.
  10. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until they are beginning to brown slightly on the bottom. If you are baking these cookies without egg, they will still feel soft when done, so go by the color of the cookies. For my oven, they took about 16 minutes. Once they begin to cool, they will crisp up.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool before transferring them to an airtight container.
  12. These cookies can be frozen in between sheets of wax paper for a treat anytime! Just take them out to defrost, or zap them briefly in the microwave and allow to cool to crisp up again.

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Photo Guide

Completed dough.

Completed dough.

Flattened and shaped cookies, just before going in the oven.

Flattened and shaped cookies, just before going in the oven.

These cookies turn out nice and crispy.

These cookies turn out nice and crispy.

Cool and ready to eat.

Cool and ready to eat.

Please share this recipe with your friends and family that would like to enjoy a treat without eggs or milk!

© 2018 Jillian Erin


Liza from USA on April 06, 2019:

I love oatmeal cookies. I've made several times, but I never made with dairy-free margarine. Thanks for the recipe!

Michele on February 11, 2019:

These are very yummy! I used flax egg and not as much baking powder because I wanted a flatter cookie. I also added a little Chinese Five Spice! Thank you so much for this recipe!

A on November 30, 2018:

Is it possible to make this gluten-free?

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