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Scrumptious Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy Free Desserts, Dairy-Free Recipes with 13 Comments

Alisa Fleming ~ My family is dotted about geographically, so we aren’t always together at the holidays. To fill the void, my husband and I have created some of our own holiday traditions. One, for me, is cookie baking (his is cookie eating, naturally). Though most baking is done in the weeks prior to gift to friends and family, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are my times to relax in the kitchen … no one to email, no posts to write, all the stores are closed, errands can’t be run … the perfect moments for some low-pressure experimental baking combined with some Christmas cheer.

This year, I will be working on making the scrumptious, seasonal gluten-free snickerdoodles recipe below both egg-free and vegan. Gluten-free vegan cookies are actually not very difficult, but up that a notch to grain-free and Houston, we have a problem. True, almond flour works pretty well, but my husband won’t touch almonds (and neither can many of you nut-free foodies), so coconut flour it is. Coconut flour actually offers a wonderful texture and a lightly sweet flavor that lends itself perfectly to gluten-free snickerdoodles. But, it has zero binding power. Most coconut flour recipes use loads of eggs (yes, the one below uses quite a few) to add both liquid (coconut flour soaks it up!) and baking “glue.”

Those of you who can eat eggs will likely love this recipe. The original base recipe is from JamieOliver.com, but I adapted it to be dairy-free, changed the sugars up a bit, and expanded on the directions. As is, this is a slightly cakey cookie (but with a rather addictive texture) that is just sweet enough – a nice step back from the sugar-rich holiday season.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles Recipe - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Grain-Free

I decided to use some coconut sugar to add depth to the flavor of these gluten-free snickerdoodles. If you prefer a refined sugar-free cookie, then I think you will really like my Grain-Free Coconut Crazy Cookies recipe in Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Cookbook.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles Recipe - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Grain-Free

Scrumptious Grain-Free Snickerdoodles
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Serves: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

  • ½ Cup White Sugar (see note above for unrefined)
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar, Evaporated Cane Juice, or Brown Sugar (I used the coconut sugar from Blue Mountain Organics)
  • 4 Eggs, brought to room temperature
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil, melted (I buy Nutiva brand here)
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Flour (I buy Bob’s Red Mill brand)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the ½ cup of white sugar, coconut or brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coconut oil together (make sure those eggs aren’t cold, otherwise the coconut oil may solidify and leave little chunks).
  3. In a small bowl, stir the coconut flour and salt together, and then stir them into your wet mixture.
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes. If the dough appears too soft or wet to handle, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. It will set up quite a bit as the coconut oil chills and solidifies.
  5. Combine the two topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Scoop the dough and roll it into balls. Jamie suggests using a small melon ball scooper, but I did them by hand and they were just a little smaller than a golf ball.
  7. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, place the cookies on a baking sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat – I use a baking mat), and flatten them a bit. They don’t spread much.
  8. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will darken slightly. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes, before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. VeggieFebruary 4, 2013 at 6:15 amReply

    These snickerdoodles look amazing! As I have problems with gluten this recipe is just perfect for me, thank you so much!

  2. AmethystjeanMarch 4, 2013 at 8:22 amReply

    You say these are egg free/vegan in the blog…and then they’re not. Do you have a vegan version?

    • Alisa FlemingMarch 4, 2013 at 10:03 amReplyAuthor

      I’m sorry, where did I say that they were egg-free? Most of the recipes here are egg-free and vegan, but this isn’t one that I’ve adapted to work without eggs at this time.

      • MindyApril 2, 2013 at 12:12 amReply

        Since this one uses coconut flour and globs of eggs I would use silken tofu but blend Til smooth in the blender. Will have to find exact measurements for egg replaced on google.

  3. Sarah SMarch 24, 2013 at 9:00 pmReply

    Hi, I also see where it says “This year, I will be working on making the scrumptious, seasonal gluten-free snickerdoodles recipe below both egg-free and vegan.” Do you discover a good egg-free variation of this recipe?

    Thanks. :)

    • Alisa FlemingMarch 26, 2013 at 6:56 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Sarah – I did come up with another one, but it really is a different recipe. Egg-free with coconut flour is difficult and a different animal!

  4. Nakia HazelDecember 15, 2013 at 5:27 pmReply

    You say above: “This year, I will be working on making the scrumptious, seasonal gluten-free snickerdoodles recipe below both egg-free and vegan.” but the recipe calls for 4 eggs. My children are highly allergic to eggs. Is there something else we could use? I was looking forward to making these for the holidays.

  5. ErikaMay 27, 2014 at 3:55 pmReply

    The dough tasted amazing! However when I cooked them they completely melted after
    5min. I followed the recipie exactly :( any suggestions on how I could try to fix them? Maybe adding more flower? I really want to eat them :)

    • Alisa FlemingMay 29, 2014 at 4:59 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Erika, this is very bizarre and has never happened to me (I’ve baked them dozens of times!). Are you baking at higher altitude? You used eggs, correct?

  6. nikSeptember 20, 2014 at 6:08 pmReply

    we LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. i’ve made tons of these cookies now. simple (if not a bit of a sticky mess while shaping) and delicious. thanks so much for sharing it.

    • Alisa FlemingSeptember 21, 2014 at 7:07 amReplyAuthor

      That’s awesome nik! Glad you are enjoying this recipe :)

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