I have always loved Snickerdoodles, but it occurred to me today that I have never made a vegan version before.
A Snickerdoodle is a type of sugar cookie that is rolled in cinnamon sugar and has a beautiful crackled surface. They are often over-looked when it comes to cookies, but I just love their simplicity and short ingredient list.
You can make Snickerdoodles crisp or soft depending on your preference and you can also determine their thickness with an adjustment to the temperature of the dough before cooking. If you bake the dough at room temperature the cookies will be flatter and spread out more, but if you bake the dough when it has been chilled in the fridge the cookies will remain thicker and more pillowy.
This Vegan Snickerdoodle is the first cookie in my Favourite Vegan Holiday Cookies feature. From now until the end of the holiday season, I will be featuring a new vegan holiday cookie at least once a week. If you have any suggestions for cookies you would like to see, let me know. I won’t be able to get to all of them, but I will try to make popular requests! :)
Shall we begin?
These vegan Snickerdoodles have a crisp edge with a soft centre and they are a breeze to throw together. Instead of all-purpose flour, I amped up the nutrition in these cookies by using whole wheat pastry flour. I also reduced the sugar substantially while still creating a delicious tasting cookie. If you prefer, you can use 1 cup of all-purpose flour for a more classic Snickerdoodle. This recipe makes about 10 cookies, but it can easily be doubled if you’d like a bigger batch.
Inspired by Joy of Baking.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar* (see note)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 flax egg (1/2 tbsp ground flax + 1.5 tbsp warm water)
- 1/4 cup Earth Balance (or butter)
- Cinnamon sugar: 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon, mixed together
Directions: In a small bowl, mix the 1/2 flax egg. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl cream the sugar, Earth Balance (or butter), and vanilla until incorporated. Add in the flax egg and beat for about 60 seconds. In another bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (cream of tartar, baking soda, flour, and pinch of cinnamon). Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir well. Use your hands to knead together the dough. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 375F and take about 1.5 tbsp of dough and shape into a ball. Roll in cinnamon sugar and then press the ball with a fork to flatten slightly. Repeat 9 more times to make 10 cookies.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. (If you want chewy cookies bake for 10 minutes and if you want crispy cookies bake for 12 minutes.) Cool for about 10 minutes. Makes 10 cookies.
Note: I have heard that you might be able to get away with substituting the cream of tartar and baking soda with baking powder. However, I have not tested this out myself. If you try this leave a comment and let me know how it worked out.
There are not many ingredients at all in these cookies! Very easy to throw together.
I also made a mini-batch because sometimes you just want a handful of cookies and not enough to feed the entire neighbourhood. ;)
However, you can easily double or triple this recipe should you wish.
Cream together your Earth Balance (or butter), sugar, and vanilla…
Beat in the 1/2 flax egg…
Add dry ingredients…and stir.
It will look something like this. Now get in there with your hands and squish it all together!
Form a slightly flattened ball and cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Chilling the dough results in a slightly thicker and more pillowy cookie. However, if you don’t mind flatter Snickerdoodles you can bake them right away. The cooking time might differ slightly though.
Make your cinnamon sugar.
I reduced the sugar a lot in this recipe and I got away with it because I knew the cookies would be rolled in cinnamon sugar. There is no sense in making a super sweet cookie when you will be rolling it in sugar. The result was PERFECT too!!
After chilling, roll into 10 balls.
Roll in cinnamon sugar.
Flatten slightly with a fork.
Now bake for 10-12 minutes at 375F. I baked mine for 10.5-11 minutes and the result was a crispy edge and a soft middle.
I am in love with the slightly crunchy edge and soft centre and light cinnamon flavour.
These Snickerdoodles are definitely in my top 5 cookies of all time!
What are your favourite holiday cookies?
These cookies looked so good, I had to make them tonight! They’re delicious! Mine turned out a bit fluffier than yours. I think maybe because I used just baking soda, I don’t have any cream of tartar.
I absolutely love snickerdoodles. Love this recipe!
I have vivid memories of eating snickerdoodle dough right out of the freezer as a kid! :)
Yummy! Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies. I’m a cinnamon lover and this cookie satifies my cinnamon cravings. The last snickerdoodle I had was right out of the freezer and it was really good. Thank you for this recipe.
Those Snickerdoodles look awesome!
OMG pleeeeeease vegan cut-outs with frosting! Making cut-out Christmas cookies = best holiday memories!
Where can you buy Earth Balance? Does Loblaws have it?
Yes they do :)
These look great! My favorite cookie is Espresso Chocolate Chunk cookies! They’re rich and chocolaty and go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.
These look scrumptious! I’ll have to figure out a gluten-free version – snickerdoodles are my FAVORITE cookie!
I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and love it – it’s nice to “meet” a fellow vegger!
I’ve never has a snickerdoodle before or even heard of one. I feel so out of the loop. So, I’ll definetely be making these bad boys!
My favourite holiday cookies are shortbread cookies. They’re loaded with butter and sugar, but worth every bite. :D
These look really good too. I love anything cinnamon flavoured!
Can I come live with you for the next month? I’ll clean up, just feed me cookies. Wait, scratch that, cleaning up after you probably involves every single thing in the whole kitchen being dirty, every single day. :P
…OK I thought about it again and I’ll still do it. Feed me. ;P
I love Snickerdoodles! And I love that the recipe is for a small batch– large batches are bad news in my house! (I’ll eat them all before I have a chance to give them away!) ;)
Thanks for sharing!
Can you make smores cookies Angela :) Thanks!!
And these look deeeeliisssh!
These look lovely!
My fave cookie is Ginger cookies with the crystalized candied ginger baked in!
Perfect with a cup tea :)
Snickerdoodles are totally one of my all-time favorite cookies! I rarely make them, but when I do – I have a secret family recipe that is absolutely to die for! I’ve never tried a vegan version before either, but that’s something I should consider!
I love Gingerbread Men and Shortbread or anything with ginger, cinnamon and all spice, really I just love cookies.
I have never had Snickerdoodles before, but, they look easy to make.
I just made a great batch of snickerdoodles for a bridal shower! Mine were light and pillow-y. :-)
Not sure if you are all pumpkin’d out, but I hope you’re not cuz: my mom used to make pumpkin cookies once a year and they were amazing! do you think you could make a pumpkin cookie recipe for me? Pretty please?
These sound great!
My favorite cookies of all time are called Monster cookies from a local bakery here. Basically, they have oatmeal, PB, and M&M’s…soo YUMM.
I recently took a different take on this and made Monster Cookie Bars – and boy oh boy did they turn out awesome! However they weren’t completely vegan because the recipe I based the bars on called for condensed milk and I couldn’t think of how to get around that. I have also made Oatmeal PB Chocolate chip cookies that rocked, but again not all vegan. I’d love to see your take on this awesome combo!
I made snickerdoodles the other week for the first time. IN the uk a snickers bar is a chocolate bar with peanut and caramel, so I always thought they were to do with that. But when I read the recipe andrealised they were cinnamon I went for it- delish! I love carrot cake cookies for something unusual :)
that’s what Eric thought it was too!!
Great recipe – thanks! Now I can save some of the money I’ve been spending buying these from Liz Lovely!
Looks great Angela! Please could you give us your twist on a “healthed-up” peanut butter cookie? My mom used to make the sugary-buttery version when I was a kid which I adored, but would love to try a healthier version!
Mmm, I love snickerdoodles!
I love Snickerdoodles! This recipe sounds fantastic and look forward to the other cookies you have in store!
My favorites are gingerbread cookies. They just scream Christmas!!
I havent had them in ages but I love snickerdoodles! This sounds deeeelish!
I dont know if this is a holiday cookie, but I’m a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie girl all the way!
I made your Carrot Cake Cookies last night… then had to make another batch because they were so good. Definitely trying these next!
My favorite cookie of all time is a bacon chocolate chip cookie. Not too vegan-friendly though! ;)
I also love snickerdoodles do you also make the chocolate ones. I am wanting to make a vegan version of a traditional holiday cookie this year depending on how you know them they are called Empire biscuits or Belgian cookies. Two sugar cookies held together with jam then iced and either a small pc of cherry or a little silver ball on top. Delicious
Wow, I think you got me on these, not usually my favorite but reading the ingredients I will try them out.
My fav holiday cookies are hands down my chocolate chip shortbread cookies and my peanut butter and chocolate balls dipped in white chocolate. :)
Ok, I have a pan in the oven as I type this. Kid critics will be home from school soon. Super easy to make and I left all the stuff out for them to help make another batch! Coffe and coco will go nice along side too! Thanks!!!
Ok just had one and it was yummy. I DID substitute with baking powder for cream of tartar and they were fine.
This is kind of unrelated, but I’ve been reading for a few months, but totally missed all of September & your trip to Paris (due to lack of internet!) So I don’t know if you mentioned this, or know about it…but thought you would like to know if you didn’t!
yes I did see that!
I didn’t know snickerdoodles before, but they look amazing !! I have to make some soooon :)
It would be great to see some x-mas cookie dough balls on your blog – maybe with some chocolate & cinnamon & toasted almonds inside :)
I really like shortbread!
I have used a chia egg, but not a flax egg … do they work equally well?
Quick question – after “1/2 flax egg” in the ingredient list, you note the ingredients for the flax egg. Is the amount you specify = to 1 flax egg (and so therefore, we need to half that), or is that the amount to make 1/2 flax egg which is needed for the recipe?
Thanks so much! I look forward to trying these!
the correct amount is in the recipe, so nope no need to half it!
In response to your question about subbing baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar, yes, you can do that in general. 1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. I was originally thinking that it would be simple to plug in 1 teaspoon of the baking powder to replace the soda and cream of tartar in this recipe, but then I noticed the amounts are reversed. So, maybe in this case it’s best to stick with the recipe as written ;-).
I made these cookies last night, and although i didn’t flatten them out with a fork enough they turned out delicious! crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and not too overpowering. delicious! :)
I love just about anything with the great smell and flavor of cinnamon. This is the perfect cookie to launch us into December and the start of holiday baking!
Thank you so much for this recipe! My husband’s favorite cookies are snickerdoodles and I’ve never found a vegan recipe for them that has worked. I made these the other day and they are PERFECT! Looking forward to your other cookie recipes!
i would love love love a vegan buckeyes recipe!!
Made these with the baking powder… turned out beautiful. These have become my favorite holiday cookie…
These were delicious, I left out the cream of tartar all together and I did not press them down and they turned out soft and slightly chewy, very good!
I tried these cookies about 10 days ago. I have not had much success baking cookies in the past, and I was not sure that these would turn out very well. To the contrary! I am now on batch #4! My family can’t get enough of these delicious cookies! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. :-)
My daughter declared snickerdoodles her favorite cookies last Thanksgiving…I was looking for a vegan version and just made a batch of these. They were a big hit! She said they are just like the non-vegan ones if not better (better for me bc these are healthier :) So glad I found your site. Thanks!
Oh my god! I made these tonight and they came out perfect! Perfectly pillowy and soft with crispy edges. I am so happy!! These are delicious!
Thanks for this great recipe! I just made these, following your recipe to the letter, and they turned out really well — so delicious and exactly as you described: crisp on the inside and a bit chewy inside. Mine weren’t quite as picture perfect as yours… guess I’ll have to make them again soon to practice! ;)
Oops, I meant crisp on the *outside*.
I’ve recently switched to an all-vegan diet, and I love your blog! I can’t wait to try these cookies out, but isn’t white sugar refined with bone char? Would beet sugar be a good substitute?
Hey Crystal, Look for organic cane sugar – that’s what I use or you can sub any granulated sugar of your choice I assume.
These are delicious! I did try the baking powder version because I didn’t have any cream of tartar on hand (I used 3/4 tsp. baking powder) and they turned out great.
I tried replacing the cream of tartar with baking powder and it did NOT work! They ended up being extremely dry and crumbly on the outside and totally uncooked on the inside. Huge mistake on my part.
I just made these for my kids Christmas party at school, and they are delicious! The best part is my kids absolutely loved them. Thanks for the great recipe!