These vegan snickerdoodles are light, soft, and fluffy with a cinnamon sugar crisp coating – perfect for impressing the entire family! Plus, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, uses just one bowl, and is made with 10 simple ingredients!
Soft Vegan Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles
Last week, I posted my recipe for star-shaped vegan cinnamon cookies (called Zimtsterne); this week, I thought I’d go for something similar, but a little more well-known in the US, with these simple vegan snickerdoodles. With the holidays around the corner, it’s just the time to enjoy all-things cinnamon. Not that I need an excuse to enjoy any type of vegan cinnamon cookies, or any cookies (by the handful!).
What Are Snickerdoodles?
Snickerdoodles are a soft, chewy vanilla cookie coated with delicious cinnamon sugar – for a lightly crisp/crunchy topping. Traditional snickerdoodles are made up of butter, oil, sugar, and flour (and often egg). They are similar to soft sugar cookies but with the bonus of cinnamon and a lighter, pillowy texture and slightly tangy flavor thanks to the cream of tartar within the recipe.
Unlike sugar cookies, snickerdoodles are crisp and lightly chewy, with a crinkly ‘cracked’ exterior and slightly tart flavor. In fact, the main difference between the two is the use of cream of tartar – which reacts with the liquids in the cookie dough and helps the cookie rise and gives it the signature slight ‘tang.’ It also helps to give the cookies their signature chew – as it prevents the sugar from crystallizing and becoming crunchy, though mine turned out rather soft and not as chewy.
Not only is my vegan snickerdoodle recipe gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, but the cookies are still perfectly cinnamon sweet, light, and fluffy – Friends and family would never guess that they’re vegan!
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
The Step-By-Step Instructions
For the full ingredients list, measurements, complete recipe method, and nutritional information, read the recipe card below.
Step One: Prepare the flax egg by mixing the flaxseed and water and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and line a pan with parchment paper.
Step Two: Add all of the dry ingredients to the food processor and blend for 10 seconds (or use a mixing bowl and spoon). Then, add the wet ingredients and mix until a soft dough is formed (refer to the images).
Note: If you believe the dough is too soft and you will have problems shaping it, then you can place it in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to firm up.
Step Three: Mix the cinnamon sugar in a small bowl.
Step Four: Shape the cookies using a slightly heaped tablespoon of dough per cookie and rolling into a ball. Roll each ball in the cinnamon mixture and then place on the baking sheet 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) apart.
Note: This recipe should make 8-10 vegan snickerdoodle cookies
Step Five: Bake the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes and then remove and allow them to cool before enjoying.
Note: They’ll be quite soft when first removed from the oven but will firm up while cooling.
How to Serve
As delicious as these cookies are alone, that’s not the only way to enjoy these dairy-free snickerdoodles. Other options include:
- With a glass of your favorite dairy-free milk (or a thick milkshake).
- Use the vegan snickerdoodles to make a delicious vegan ice-cream sandwich (i.e., with this Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe).
- Make a few snickerdoodles into a cookie cake by layering them up with a little simple vegan buttercream or the frosting used here.
- If you’re feeling extra indulgent, then you can use them to dip into this Chocolate Pudding.
- Make mini snickerdoodles and use in place of Vanilla Wafers for this Vegan Banana Pudding (Southern Style)
How to Make Ahead & Store
To Make Ahead:
You can make the gluten-free snickerdoodle dough ahead. Keep the dough covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking.
The dough is also freezer friendly, for up to 2 months. I prefer to do this with the rolled, cinnamon coated cookie balls that are ready to bake. You can bake them from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
To Store The Vegan Snickerdoodles:
Store the baked snickerdoodles in an airtight container at room temperature between 5-6 days or within the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
The baked vegan cinnamon cookies are also freezer friendly for up to 2 months. Simply allow them to thaw before eating.
Useful Recipe Notes
- Flour: I used white rice flour for a gluten-free version. However, if you aren’t gluten-free, you can use 1 cup (120 grams) of regular wheat flour. You might need to adjust the amount of flour slightly. If the dough is too soft, simply add more flour and if it’s too dry, add more vegan butter.
- Cream of tartar: If you don’t have it, you can substitute the cream of tartar and the baking soda with 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder. You could also use vinegar in its place to add tang, though it won’t affect the texture the same way.
- Flax Egg: You could try to substitute the flax egg with another egg replacer, such as applesauce, aquafaba, or pumpkin, for these eggless snickerdoodle cookies. Though I haven’t tried either- so I can’t guarantee the results.
- Butter: If you use a hard butter rather than a soft spread, you may need a splash of plant-based milk to the dough, so it isn’t too crumbly.
- Sugar: The sugar you use will affect your vegan snickerdoodle cookies’ inner and outer texture in different ways.
- You can use a small ice-cream scoop for slightly larger cookies – increase the recipe amount if needed, and you might need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.
If you love these gluten-free snickerdoodles as much as I do, then you might like some of these other (holiday) bakes:
- Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars) German Christmas Cookies
- Vegan Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel
- Vegan Gingerbread Cake
- Homemade Marzipan Recipe
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies (Keto, Vegan)
- Chocolate Stuffed Cookies
- Homemade Hazelnut Truffles
If you try the vegan snickerdoodle recipe, I’d love a comment and recipe ★★★★★ rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan/ #elavegan – I love seeing your recreations.
For the snickerdoodles:
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seeds + 2 1/2 tbsp water)
- 3/4 cup (120 g) rice flour or all-purpose flour (*see notes)
- 1/2 cup (60 g) almond meal or almond flour
- 1/4 cup (50 g) organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
- 3/4 tsp cream of tartar (*see notes)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp (40 g) vegan butter softened (I used vegan margarine) or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp (30 g) maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon sugar for rolling:
- 3 tbsp organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Watch the video in the post for easy visual instructions.First, make the flax egg by mixing ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To a food processor (or mixing bowl) add almond meal, rice flour, organic cane sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice), cream of tartar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Blend for 10 seconds. If you don't have a food processor, just mix with a spoon.
- Then add maple syrup, vanilla extract, vegan butter, and the flax egg. Mix again until the mixture holds together. The dough will be quite soft, not hard or firm (check the step-by-step photos above).Note: If you believe the dough is too soft and you will have problems shaping it, then you can place it in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to firm up.
- To make the cinnamon sugar for rolling, simply add organic cane sugar and cinnamon to a small-medium bowl and stir with a spoon.
- Use a slightly heaped tablespoon of the dough, roughly shape it to a ball and place it in the cinnamon sugar bowl. Coat the ball from all sides with the cinnamon sugar and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Do this with the remaining dough, leaving about 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) between the balls. The recipe makes 8-10 cookies.
- Don't flatten them, just pop them in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely. They will be very soft at first but firm up once cooled. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for a few days or in the fridge for up to 10 days. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 2 months.
Video Of The Recipe
- Flour: I used white rice flour for a gluten-free version, however, if you aren't gluten-free you can use 1 cup (120 grams) of regular wheat flour. You might need to adjust the amount of flour slightly. If the dough is too soft, simply add more flour and if it's too dry, add more vegan butter.
- Cream of tartar: If you don't have it, you can substitute the cream of tartar and the baking soda with 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, however, then the cookies won't spread much.
- Flax Egg: You could try to substitute the flax egg with another egg replacer, such as applesauce, aquafaba, or pumpkin, for these eggless snickerdoodle cookies. Though I haven't tried either- so I can't guarantee the results.
- More tips and step-by-step photos are in the blog post above.
- The recipe makes just a small batch of 8-10 cookies. Double the recipe, if you wish.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically