Ultimate DIY Vegan Cookie Board

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 15, 2017



This may have been the most epic blog post and photo shoot we’ve ever tackled on Oh She Glows. As my last post before the Christmas holidays, I think it’s safe to say we’re going out with a bang this year! This cookie roundup has a little something for everyone on your list, and I hope my treats inspire you to create your own vegan dessert board—big or small—this holiday season. If you make one and share it online, I’d love to see. Be sure to use the hashtags #ohsheglows, #osgcookies, #GETINMABELLY, and #SantaGoesVegan…okay, I suppose the last two are optional.

Yesterday morning all I could think was “WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO!?” There I was: in the throes of a nasty cold, buzzing around the kitchen and decorating cookies at the speed of light while Arlo played quietly with his educational toys screamed at my legs . I wish you could’ve seen me running between my kitchen and photography studio during naptime, pleading with the Nap Gods for five more minutes of photoshoot time. Luckily it all came together with some major hustling.

Check out these two behind-the-scenes photos! Who else finds their kitchen in organized chaos this time of year? ;)


Can you spot the gingerbread escapee below? LOL. It’s like a scene straight out of Shrek.


As you’ll see in the graphic below, we’re playing around with a new photo feature. Please humour me by hovering over the red dots near each cookie grouping to display a fun pop-up box. I actually find all that clicking around quite satisfying…almost like popping bubble wrap! I’d love to hear whether you like this sort of thing; if so, we’ll do more in the future. 

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1. Gluten-free Snickerdoodles

A festive favourite. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and a dash of turbinado after baking. Recipe is online here. Or find the non-gluten-free version here.

2. Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats

Riffing on the classic Rice Krispie Square, these treats can be iced and sprinkled in advance for a pop of colour. I like to cut them into triangles for “tree” shapes around the holidays. Recipe available on the Oh She Glows Recipe App and on the blog.

3. Eggnog Crunch Biscotti 

A great companion to coffee or a latte, these crispy eggnog biscotti have a wonderful nutty flavour too. If you don’t have vegan eggnog on hand any plant-based milk works in a pinch. Recipe on Oh She Glows.

4. Gingerbread People

What’s a holiday spread without gingerbread buddies? These are fun for kids to help make too. Recipe from the Oh She Glows Recipe App (inside the Cookie Lover’s bundle).

5. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

With a quick prep and 10-minute chill, these bites are perfect for whipping up just before guests arrive. Recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, page 235.

6. Triple Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Kid- and freezer-friendly for easy prep, any leftover cookies are perfect for breakfast the next morning, not that you’ll have any to speak of! Arlo LOVES these cookies. Recipe from Oh She Glows Every Day, page 205.

7. Ultimate Flourless Brownies

Rich and decadent, these gluten-free brownies with an almond butter base will make your kitchen smell amazing before guests arrive. Recipe from Oh She Glows Every Day, page 199.

8. Pillowy Pumpkin Snacking Cookies

Nut-free and kid-friendly, these cookies are a lighter complement to the board’s richer desserts. Recipe from Oh She Glows Every Day, page 217.

9. Lightened Up Magical Coconut Bars

Lightened up without butter and using unsweetened coconut, these bars still feel totally indulgent. Recipe on Oh She Glows.

10. Chewy Molasses Spelt Cookies

A holiday classic. I like to dip half in white chocolate and decorate with chopped candied ginger to punch up colour on the plate. Recipe is on the blog and in Oh She Glows Every Day, page 219.

11. Chocolate Macaroon Truffles

Rolled in matcha, these truffles add a sweet festive look to the board. For a more traditional macaroon flavour, you can stir shredded coconut into the truffle mixture. Extras make a lovely host gift too! Recipe on the blog.

12. Chocolate-Almond Espresso Cookies

Rich and perfect for dunking in after-dinner coffee or tea. Dip cooled cookies in melted vegan white chocolate for the ultimate treat. From Oh She Glows Every Day, page 207.

13. Peanut Better Balls

Peanut butter balls were a Christmas treat in my house growing up, and this lightened-up freezer-friendly version is perfect for making ahead before putting together your board. Recipe on the blog and in Oh She Glows Every Day, page 231.

14. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

My twist on the classic peanut butter cookie. They’re gluten-free and freezer-friendly, too. From Oh She Glows Every Day, page 213.


Cookie board styling ideas:

If you’re looking for some festive styling ideas for your cookie board, feel free to play around with some of the following: fresh cranberries, clementines (bonus points if they have green leaves attached!), greenery (such as lacy cedar), or hand-written labels.

This post wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to Nicole, OSG’s recipe tester extraordinaire, for all of the baking help. You should’ve seen the truckload of cookies she delivered this week! #cookiemotherlode

Well friends, I won’t be posting again until the new year as I’m working away on the blog redesign and also preparing for a couple TV segments next week (one of which is live on Your Morning on December 19th!). Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Insta Stories for all of my riveting day-to-day updates…heh. And if you have any recipe questions for me, I’ll be on stand-by to help troubleshoot, as always!

Last but not least, I want to wish you all a fantastic holiday season! I’m so grateful for your continued support, friendship, and enthusiasm for what I do. With love and immense gratitude,

Angela xoxo 

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pictaram December 20, 2017 at 2:06 am

Best cookie board ever!! Thank you for sharing these recipes! Making 14 types of cookies is such a great work!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017 at 8:26 am

Thanks so much for the cookie board love!


Bea Rakos-Szegleti December 20, 2017 at 5:15 am


This looks amazing! Thank you for your inspirational and funny posts in 2017.
I wish you a joyful holiday season.

Bea, one of your biggest fans in Hungary :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

Aww Bea you’re so sweet! Thank you so much for the love and support.
Have a great holiday, too! Best wishes


Healthy Language December 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

Wow!! Now I really can’t wait no more for the holidays!
I am definitely going to make these!
x AC


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

Happy baking!


Carolyn Christy December 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

I have to say this is the most beautiful cookie display, and blog post i have EVER seen!!!!!
I just had to comment and tell you that you really out did yourself this time!

I love following your blog and insta stories! Thank you so much for sharing!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

Wow, thank you Carolyn!! It was a lot of work so I’m so thrilled to hear such kind words about it. :)
Merry Christmas to you as well and all the best in 2018!


Karen December 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

I know you can’t put every recipe on here but I have to tell you my family’s favorite holiday cookie we have tried so far is your peppermint crunch cookie! My kids keep asking when we are going to make those again…which the answer is, in a couple days! Happy holidays!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Hey Karen, Aww that’s so cute your kids keep asking you about that one! So glad you love it. :)

(For anyone wondering it’s in the cookie lover’s bundle in the OSG recipe app)


Amy December 20, 2017 at 11:44 pm

OMG this looks divine! Those eggnog biscotti are calling my name!! I made your gingerbread people last year and they were a huge hit. Now if only the baby will give me some time to bake :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2017 at 8:35 am

Hey Amy, So glad to hear the gingerbread people were such a hit! Enjoy that biscotti if you try it out. It’s a “way back play back” on the blog…haha.


Louise December 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

This does not look humanly possible to me! I am impressed with some of the commenters who also get so much cooking done. I would like to try every one of these cookie recipes but at best that would mean one a month. Better to focus on daily meals but this is a goal. These are absolutely beautiful and I’m sure taste even better. Certainly much better than the Christmas cookies customers have had sent or even some home baked. It’s all in the love though! Thank you so much for your blog. Enjoy the holiday1


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

I hope you have a great holiday too, Louise!


Ali C. December 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Thank you so much, Angela – this is such a beautiful post and it is perfectly timed right before the holidays. I’ve read your blog since the beginning and I am so grateful for you! My friends and family rave about your recipes. You are the reason I made the switch to vegan a few years ago. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

Aww thank you Ali…that’s so awesome to hear! Have a great holiday!


Tara December 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I love the red dot photo feature that tells me what each item is. I was just on another food blog post *WISHING* they had they literally 2 minutes ago, and then you had it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

What do you mean you were on another food blog?! hahaha…jk jk. ;) So happy you love the red button feature! Looks like we’re going to have to do it again soon! I have some fun ideas up my sleeve. Happy baking Tara!


Kathy December 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Hi!! I love the red dots hovering over the pic feature! So helpful!!! And easy to click!

I bought my friend one of your cookbooks and I may just have to buy one for myself!

Thank you for keeping it real on your blog!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Hey Kathy, Thank you so much for the red dot feedback…really great to hear it’s been so well received. :)
And my goodness thanks for gifting my cookbook, and for thinking of it in your own house too. That’s the best compliment ever. Have a great holiday!


Kathy December 23, 2017 at 6:25 am

I set my alarm early, 5:15, to roll out of bed and make cookies this a.m. (don’t judge me! :p). I had bought all of the “normal” (read: non-vegan and glutinous) ingredients and had resigned myself to the fact that I’ll make cookies for others, but won’t be eating any myself.

Just on a whim, I opened OSG…I shoulda known!

I am blown away by the variety. This is the most beautiful spread I have ever seen, and they are healthy!! LOVE the red dots. It makes it easy to navigate which one is where and what I need to print, etc.. Thank you for the timing of this and all of the work you put into your blog, app, cookbooks, etc…I have a safe place to find many GF vegan recipes I know will taste amazing and turn out beautifully.

I’m adding to my spread the Zucchini Walnut Raisin bread, in mini loaf pans, as gifts; and the smoky coconut “bacon” in small treat bags, and your luxurious Sunflower seed butter and pumpkin pie spice mix in small Libby jars. Thank you, thank you Angela!

Now what to do with all that regular butter, flour and sugar? Donate to a food pantry!! :) Merry Christmas to you and your family, Angela, from ours. We are so blessed by your presence.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Hi Kathy, Your comment put such a big smile on my face! You are such a sweetheart. I’m so delighted to hear how much you love the blog post…sounds like the timing was meant to be. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas too, and all the best in 2018. :)


Village Bakery December 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

What a beautiful post, Angela! Thank you so much for this. Your photography is amazing!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 23, 2017 at 10:47 am

Thank you so much for the love! Have a great holiday :)


Karen Rogers December 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

I was trying to figure out how to reach you to let you know that I was shopping for collectable cookbooks and yours was listed on the one site I was on. I have both of your books but sadly not first editions. This is so wonderful that you are a collectable author! Congrats! I am a faithful follower and will continue to share your blog and emails with my friends and family! https://www.abebooks.com/books/cooking/collecting-cookbooks.shtml?cm_mmc=AMZ-_-Storefront-_-BDEX-_-imagecook


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2017 at 7:11 am

Oh wow, thanks for letting me know Karen! I’m so honoured to be featured as a collectable modern cookbook. :) And I appreciate your kind words and support too!


Una December 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

This is absolutely stunning!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

Thank you, Una! It was fun to create. :)


Deliverr December 28, 2017 at 4:22 am

This sounds and looks so delicious!!!, Thanks for sharing.


Danielle December 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

Hi Angela,

these look so yummy!! I happened to spy with my little eye Almond Blizzard Biscuits..but no recipe? Those look so yummy! Are you holding out on us ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2017 at 8:43 am

Hey Danielle, The recipe is in the OSG recipe app :) hope this helps!


Julie December 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Loved the article thanks and some stunning photos as well, look forward to reading more in the new year!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2017 at 9:51 am

Thanks Julie! Happy new year :)


Danielle December 31, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Happy new year, Angela. Hope you had a great holiday season with your family, especially Arlo’s first! Just wanted to reply that I like the red dots and pop up windows. Can’t wait to upgrade my phone to something other than a Windows phone so I can install your app! Also, your one bowl double chocolate chunk cookies are a favorite in our home. Sending best smiles your way.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2018 at 8:00 am

Hey Danielle, Happy New Year!! I’m so happy to hear you love the red dot feature. Looks like we’ll have to do it more. :) And if you end up getting the app I hope you love it. It’s been such a fun project to work on over the past year or two. All the best to you in 2018!


Jill January 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Great post! Love the photos and the new use of the pop up boxes identifying the cookies! It’s brilliant! I am a visual person so I think to see what a recipe looks like finished. Love you,love your site, love your recipes! Thank you for sharing!



Angela (Oh She Glows) January 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Hey Jill, Thank you so much for the love! I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and recipes so much. :)


Veronique Malouin January 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Hi Angela, Happy New Year! This is a beautiful and so inspiring post (like all your posts!) that summarizes so many desert and sweet snacks ideas! My family and I are vegan Mon-Fri for more than 6 months now and we love your site and your app and your recipes. Thank you for being so inspiring and making this lifestyle change of ours so easy and so fun!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the recipes so much, Veronique! Thank you for all the support. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2018!


Kristen January 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

Angela, This post and those cookies are absolutely gorgeous! You have out done yourself! Great job!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

Thank you, Kristen! :)


ashley January 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Wow, this is incredible, Look the styling ideas!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2018 at 8:50 am

Thank you Ashley! :)


Ethan Thomas March 14, 2018 at 8:34 am

Hello Angela (Oh She Glows)

I am feeling very hungry now after my seeing your delicious blog post :P . Keep posting stuff like this


Photographer May 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Look those colors! Christmas is here.


Sasha Jamison August 7, 2018 at 1:27 am

These are the BEST cookies I have ever made- vegan or not! I just made them as the start of my son’s 6th birthday and they were perfect. I will be saving this recipe for sure. Now I need to look up your other recipes- are all your cookies this good??


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2018 at 8:37 am

haha thank you! Which cookies did you make?


Sandra Smith October 12, 2018 at 11:46 pm

Hi, The photos and recipe are amazing, this recipe is water mouth, can’t wait to try it, These are the best cookies I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing.


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