Soft & Pillowy Vegan Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free Option!)
This is the only vegan snickerdoodles recipe you’ll ever need! Chewy and pillowy soft, these undetectably dairy free vegan snickerdoodle cookies are easy to make and completely egg free, dairy free, gluten free, and low in sugar!
The only vegan snickerdoodles recipe you need to make:
As cookie season is quickly approaching, I thought I’d whip up a batch of one of my favorite and surprisingly easy vegan cookie recipes of the fall and winter months.
You know those softy and chewy snickerdoodle cookies that basically just melt in your mouth and have that nice tang to the chewiness?
Yeah, that’s what we have right here.
No joke, these are the best snickerdoodle cookies that I’ve ever tasted, and my family shockingly concurred. Every time I’ve made a batch for testing, they’re gone by the day’s end! They’re one of my most highly requested vegan Christmas cookies to make every season because they taste just like the classic.
(P.S. if you love veganized classic recipes, definitely check out my vegan chocolate chip cookies, vegan peanut butter blossoms, and vegan gingerbread cookies for more holiday treats!).
And you wouldn’t even know that these easy snickerdoodle cookies are not only healthy and lower in sugar than traditional, but they’re also completely dairy free, vegan, and gluten free.
And if my mom can’t tell that they’re healthy, then chances are you won’t be able to either haha! She has a knack for these things 😉
What’s a snickerdoodle cookie?
So many people actually think of snickerdoodles as basically a cinnamon sugar cookie…which it is, but there’s another trick to it that really makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle and that is…
Cream of tartar!
Now, cream of tartar is actually dairy free and vegan, despite its name. The white baking ingredient actually comes as a byproduct of the winemaking process! Adding cream of tartar to your vegan snickerdoodles give it that classic snickerdoodle cookie taste!
What does cream of tartar do in snickerdoodles?
Cream of tartar is the key ingredient to making a snickerdoodle cookie taste like a snickerdoodle. It not only reacts with the baking soda, giving the classic Christmas cookies their signature puff and chewy texture, but it also provides a bit of tanginess associated with snickerdoodles. This is also why you don’t need any baking powder. The cream of tartar is naturally acidic, which reacts with the baking soda, creating the rise!
Ingredients and substitutions
These are just about the easiest snickerdoodle cookies you’ll ever make. Mainly because all you really need is two bowls, a spoon, a cookie scoop, a hand mixer, and a baking sheet. And the cookie dough only needs to chill for about 20-30 minutes.
Oh, well, you do need a few ingredients in addition to those baking essentials, or else you wouldn’t get any cookies now, would you?! Check these out:
- Flour: you can use all purpose flour or a gluten free 1:1 baking flour.
- Vegan butter: This recipe also works with coconut oil.
- Unsweetened applesauce (check out my trick for making your own here): you can also use dairy free yogurt or vegan sour cream, like Forager Project, here.
- Sugar: You can also use coconut sugar to keep these vegan snickerdoodles entirely refined sugar free too.
- Vanilla extract
- Cream of tartar: As we mentioned, cream of tartar is what makes a snickerdoodle cookie a snickerdoodle, and yes, it’s vegan!
- Cinnamon Sugar Mixture: This is a combination of granulated sugar and cinnamon, which we’ll roll our vegan snickerdoodle cookie dough in right before baking!
Overview: How to make easy vegan snickerdoodle cookies:
For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.
Now that we have our ingredients down, let’s go over how to make these this easy snickerdoodle recipe!
To make these easy vegan snickerdoodle cookies:
- Whisk together the dry ingredients. Start by whisking together the flour, leavening agents, and cream of tartar, then set that bowl aside.
- Cream together the vegan butter and sugar. Then add in the applesauce and vanilla, and mix until light and fluffy, using a hand mixer!
- Add in the dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the cookie dough, just until mixed.
- Roll the snickerdoodle cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop about 1 tablespoon worth of cookie dough and roll into a small cookie dough ball. Either sprinkle the cinnamon sugar or roll the cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar to evenly coat, then place it on a the cookie sheet. Repeat for all the cookies.
- Bake! Once baked, you can lightly tap the baking sheet onto the table, using oven mitts. This will help the cookies de-puff a bit, and turn out to be the best vegan snicerkdoodles ever!
Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookie Tips & Tricks
Of course I have tips and tricks for making the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe, I mean, how could I not include this part?! I want these cookies to be the best dang cookies you’ll ever taste. Here are some of my best cookie tips:
- You can use gluten-free or regular AP flour! With some exceptions…I have not tested these cookies with a blend of almond flour and coconut flour. But the flours that do work are as follows: regular all purpose flour (go organic if you can), gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill, but not their regular gluten free flour here), and cassava flour for a Paleo flour.
- Use either vegan butter or coconut oil. I personally go for the vegan butter here (my personal favorite is Miyoko’s). You can also use coconut oil if vegan butter is unavailable! Now, if you don’t like the coconut taste that comes with coconut oil, go for the refined coconut oil.
- Swap in coconut sugar for the cane sugar. To make these vegan snickerdoodle cookies also Paleo, simply use cassava flour and coconut sugar! The only caveat is that the cookies might look more caramel colored due to the fact that coconut sugar is brown!
- Use a cookie scoop! This is the best tip for making perfectly round cookies. Great for if you’re making these for a cookie exchange!
- Bake longer than you think you’ll need. Because these are vegan snickerdoodles, they need a bit more time in the oven to make sure that they’re baked completely through and that the middles will set. You won’t need more than 10 minutes, but go for more towards the 10 minute mark if you can. Then definitely let the cookies sit for a little before enjoying!
You’re just going to love these easy and secretly healthier vegan snickerdoodle cookies. They seriously come together so easily and make for the most perfect Christmas cookie for cookie exchanges, parties, or just because you want something cinnamon-y and sweet!
If you make these cookies, let me know in the comments below, and as always, I absolutely love seeing your creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there! I truly just have the best community, you guys always knock my socks off.
Happy vegan snickerdoodle cookie baking!
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Soft & Pillowy Vegan Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free Option!)
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This is the only vegan snickerdoodles recipe you’ll ever need! Chewy and pillowy soft, these undetectably dairy free and vegan snickerdoodle cookies are easy to make and completely egg free, dairy free, gluten free, and low in sugar!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 tbsp cinnamon
- 5 tbsp granulated sugar
- Please read through all instructions before beginning.
- Prep: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Whisk the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, then set aside.
- Cream together the wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together the sugar and softened butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then add in the applesauce and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
- Make the cookie dough: Add in the dry ingredients, and use a silicone spatula to fold until the flour is just mixed into the dough.
- Chill: Place the snickerdoodle dough into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
- Coat the snickerdoodle cookie dough: When you’re ready to roll the dough into balls, use a cookie scoop or your hands to form 1.5 tbsp sized dough balls. Roll one snickerdoodle dough ball in the cinnamon sugar or sprinkle it evenly around using a spoon. Place it onto the baking sheet and repeat for the remaining dough. You should get between 12 small cookies, depending on how big you make them.
- Bake: Place the cookies into the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes, or until spread and the tops are slightly puffy. Then remove from the oven and tap the pan lightly on the countertop several times again.
- Cool: Let them cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before enjoying to let the cookies set.
- Storage: Store on the countertop for up to 3 days, the fridge for a week, and the freezer for up to a month.
Please read the post for all tips and tricks!
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 173
- Sugar: 18.8 g
- Sodium: 179.4 mg
- Fat: 3.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 33.7 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 1.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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Oooo these are so soft and delicious! The perfect fall cookie! 🙂
Thank you so much!! Hope you love!
Yum!!! Just made these today and everyone loved!!! Thanks girly : )
Oh my goodness!! I’m so happy to hear it!!! Thank you so much for trying 🙂 Enjoy!
These look DELICIOUS can’t wait to make them today! Should I use salted or unsalted vegan butter?
Hi Claire! AW thank you!! You can use salted vegan butter, but if using unsalted, just add in 1/8 tsp!
I’m so excited to make these!! But I was wondering if I would be able to sub coconut oil for vegan butter?
Aw so happy to hear it!! Yes, you can! They might not spread as much (make sure you follow the pan-banging instructions), but they will still be delicious!
I could not be more impressed with these cookies! They’re so soft, and the sweet vanilla spice flavors brought on ALL the nostalgic holiday feelings. I substituted almond butter for the vegan butter and the texture still turned out great! They probably didn’t spread as much, but I was really pleased with them. Baking your recipes brings me so much happiness. Thank you for what you do!
Aw I am just so happy to hear it!! And wonderful to hear it works with almond butter! Thank YOU for trying them!! Really means the world 🙂 Enjoy!
These were such a hit! I made these while I was babysitting my cousins and they loved it! These were gone really quick, next time I’ll have to make a double batch! 😉
Aw I’m so happy to hear it!! Enjoy! 🙂
Made these for my annual Christmas cookie box. Absolutely scrumptious!! I’m a cinnamon fiend and these did not disappoint. Flavor and texture are simply 10/10. I’d never know they’re gluten free, vegan, and “healthier”! ❤️
These cookies are delicious, moist, and soft. I made them for the first time for a guest (who is vegan) to our Christmas celebration, and we all thought they were so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!