Snickerdoodles! (vegan + gluten-free)

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Meet my favourite holiday cookie of 2014 – the vegan and gluten-free Snickerdoodle! I’ve been testing all kinds of Christmas cookies this year and I decided to pick the best of the bunch and share that recipe with you before the holidays. The humble-looking Snickerdoodle doesn’t get enough respect in my opinion; it’s often overshadowed by spicy gingerbread, decorated sugar cookies, and fancy flavoured shortbread, but I think that needs to end today! My favourite kind of Snickerdoodle is chewy with a crisp edge, craggy/textured/crinkly, and of course, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Oh yea. I can’t get enough of the doughy, cinnamon-y simplicity.

It’s been a goal of mine to make my vegan Snickerdoodle recipe gluten-free. I actually found that I prefer this version over the one with wheat flour that I posted on the blog 4 years ago; there’s just something so flavourful about the nutty, sweet, and buttery combo of oat flour and almond flour that I adore! Whenever you want your cookies to have a lovely chewiness to them (and light buttery flavour), add a bit of almond flour into the mix. A little bit goes a long way though. I made the mistake of making a shortbread cookie entirely out of almond flour and it was way too chewy/tacky (and stuck to the teeth!) – lesson learned. I’ll nail that shortbread recipe some day, but for now…snickerdoodles!

Other exciting things about this recipe:

1) Prep time = 15 minutes, Bake time = 10 minutes

Yes, that means you can be eating these bad boys in under a half hour!! Isn’t that what it’s all about?

2) Snickerdoodles make your house smell amazing. This is the perfect recipe to pop into the oven before guests arrive.

3) For the fat component, I used virgin coconut oil instead of vegan butter. I’m happy to say it worked great and meshed with the flavours so well! Thumbs up for healthier fat swaps.

One last thing. I experimented baking the dough as balls (image left, below) and also flattening with a fork (image right). When I flattened with a fork, the cookies came out quite flat and spread out (as you’ll see in most of the photos), but when I left the dough as balls they had a bit more thickness and lift to them and weren’t as spread out. I think I prefer not flattening them out – plus it saves an extra step too. Just an FYI. You can always try some rolled and some pressed with a fork and see which you prefer!

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Snickerdoodles (vegan + gluten-free)

Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

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Classic Snickerdoodles made vegan and gluten-free! These cookies are crispy around the edge, chewy in the middle, and coated in a cinnamon sugar. I KNOW. For a non-gf version, try my other Snickerdoodle recipe made with whole wheat pastry flour.

Yield
10-12 cookies
Prep Time
Cook time

Ingredients:

Wet ingredients:
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed + 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar (see note)
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond milk (optional, see directions)
Dry ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Cinnamon sugar topping:
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl or mug, mix the flax and water to make the flax egg. Set aside.
  2.  In a medium sized bowl stir together the sugar, melted coconut oil, and vanilla until incorporated. Add in the flax egg and stir until combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (oat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and pinch of cinnamon). Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well. The dough will be very dry at first, but it will come together if you get in there with your hands and knead it a few times. Add the optional almond milk if your dough is too dry. You need to be able to form balls of the dough without it cracking, but you don't want it super wet either (or it will spread out too much when baking).
  4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Take about 1.5 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Roll in cinnamon sugar and place on baking sheet at least a couple inches apart. Repeat for the rest.
  5. Bake for 10-11 minutes. (I baked for 10 minutes and the edges were slightly crispy after cooling.) For a soft cookie, bake less time. For a crispy cookie bake longer. Cool for about 3 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.

Tips:

Tip: If you don't have store-bought oat flour you can make it at home. Simply add rolled oats into a high speed blender and blend on the highest speed until a fine flour forms. 2) I don't recommend subbing the cane sugar for coconut or Sucanat sugar - in my previous trials it came out too dry.

PS – See all my cookie and square recipes here!

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Contest Winner:

Congrats to Elicia K. for winning the big OSG Holiday Giveaway!! We have sent you an email to collect your info. Thank you for everyone who participated and gave us all kind of awesome flavour ideas for our tea! I would like one of each please.

We are gearing up for Adriana’s first Christmas and I can’t wait to experience it as a family of 3! I’m looking forward to a bit of downtime over the holidays too. While it’s been a great year, it hasn’t left me with much free time and I’m hoping to wind down and chill out with friends and family as much as possible to close out the year. And hockey, LOTS of hockey!!! hah. I’m not sure when I will be posting a recipe next, but if you’d like to see what we’re up to you can follow my weekly posts on the Baby blog until then (you can also follow @theglowspot and @ohsheglows on Instagram). And of course, take a peek at my recipe archives – there are about 500 vegan recipes to chose from.

Anyway, I’m really excited for 2015 and have some fun news coming your way in the New Year! I’m so thankful for your support this year, and every year. It’s definitely been a year I will never forget. I hope you all have an amazing holiday surrounded by family, friends, great food, and good cheer!

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Olga December 20, 2016
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These were delicious, I baked them for 12 minutes without flattening them out first and they were soft inside and a bit crunchy on the outside.
Next time I will have to double the recipe. My yield was 10 cookies and they lasted less than 20 min.
My 3 year old loved rolling the balls of dough in the sugar/cinnamon mix.

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Dawn November 19, 2016

Hi there!
I can’t wait to make these and I’m wondering if it’s ok to make them ahead of time and freeze them for a few weeks?? Just trying to organize for Christmas and get things done when I have the time.
Thanks! :)

Dawn

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Janine May 6, 2016
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I just made a batch and they’re wonderful!! Perfect!! I followed the recipe exactly -except I substituted coconut flour for the sorghum. I only wish I had doubled the recipe! Off to make a second batch.

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Angela Liddon May 6, 2016

I hope you enjoy the second batch as well as the first, Janine! :)

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Liz April 24, 2016

What about a substitution for the oat flour due to oat allergy? Need them to be gf.

Thanks!
-Liz

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Rachel April 13, 2016

I don’t have sorghum flour or arrowroot powder. All I have is oat flour, almond flour and tapioca flour. What can I use to substitute for those ingredients?

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Kathryn March 27, 2016

Hi, I was wondering if I could use one flour instead of combining the flours? I don’t need a gluten free recipe so could I use all purpose flour? Thanks.

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Angela Liddon April 8, 2016

Hi Kathryn, if it was just oat flour, I would say that a 1:1 ratio is probably fine, but swapping almond flour is a bit trickier since it doesn’t behave like most flours. I would suggest using this recipe instead: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/11/24/my-favourite-snickerdoodles/. Hope this helps!!

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Emma March 20, 2016
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I never leave reviews but I HAD to. THESE COOKIES ARE THE BEST ALLERGY FRIENDLY COOKIES IVE EVER MADE/EATEN. Period. The freaking best. I did have to substitute raw turbandino? The kinda chunky one? And I used that , cinnamon, and beet sugar to roll cookies in because the consistency was closer to cane

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Angela Liddon March 22, 2016

Thank you for the review, Emma! This was so great to read. :) Happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies!!

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Scott February 20, 2016
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I had never heard of a snickerdoodle before. Looks delicious. I will need to check it out.

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Shirley January 27, 2016

I cannot find sorghum flour anywhere. Is there something I can substitute? Thanks!

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ellen January 12, 2016

What does the asterisk after the oat flour mean? I cannot eat oats of any kind, and I wonder how many celiacs do. What could I use instead of oat flour. Nor can I afford any nut flours. The best I can do is put them in the food processor.

Thanks.

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Noreen January 4, 2016

In the snikerdoodl recipe can I leave out the flax seeds?

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Laura December 13, 2015

Thank you for the recipe. I’m wondering if Earth Balance Soy Free Vegan sticks would work or Spectrum shortening (or possibly a combo of the 2). I made a GF, dairy free snickerdoodle recipe for my daughter, and I used coconut oil. She didn’t like it. She could taste too much coconut, and since she wasn’t diagnosed with food issues until she was 17, she knows the difference between her favorite snickerdoodle and all of my other attempts! Please, let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you for the egg free recipe, too. We went egg free last Friday after more extensive testing.

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Natalie November 12, 2015

Are you suppose do or push down the cookies before baking them?

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The Cook September 22, 2015

I’ve made these a couple times and they are so good! I substituted the coconut oil for Earth Balance and the cookies turned out really good. What a wonderful recipe, Angela!

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martha groh September 21, 2015

Hi. Like your website. I’m doing McDougall/Forks Over Knives & they use NO oil. Sometimes applesauce will work.
Can the snickerdoodles be made w/out oil or substituting something? Thanks.

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kelvin September 14, 2015

Hey, these are the first vegan cookies ive made, i had to sub some stuff, like swapping coconut oil for olive oil, and excluding a couple of ingredient i dont have at home. Also i added dark choc and olive oil to make a choc coating after they had cooled. Then they taste just like dark choc digestives. Amazing!! Thanks so much for putting the recipe on. Even though i couldnt follow it exactly, it still gives a great template to experiment with!

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Jessica July 20, 2015
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Even with some substitutions (Namaste GF flour blend in place of all 3 flours, raw sugar for cane sugar, corn starch for arrowroot, baking powder for baking soda)……ok sort of a lot of substitutions…….they turned out amazingly, which so seldom happens when fooling around with vegan/GF bakejobs!! Since the dough was quite wet I expected them to be melded into one sheet of deliciousness (soooo fine with that)///10 minutes later the doughballs were totally upright! Decided to mash them down with fork and bake for another 10 minutes, which was a good idea. Ended up with gorgeous crackled cinnamon sugar crust and a chewy inside! This is a stellar recipe I will be repeating and sharing. Thank you!

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