Gluten-free Snickerdoodles on a cooling rack.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

Recipes, Christmas, Dessert, Fall, Gluten-Free, Snacks
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Gluten-free snickerdoodles are the easiest cookies you can make during the holiday season. Not only are they flavorful, but they require 10 simple ingredients.  

With a simple blend of wholesome ingredients and a dash of cinnamon magic, these gluten-free snickerdoodles are a warm invitation to indulge in the cozy, festive flavors of the season.

Ingredients

  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour- Make these gluten-free snickerdoodles with a high-quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend that contains xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is the miracle ingredient that gives gluten-free baked goods structure. If your gluten-free all-purpose flour blend does not have xanthan gum, add 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the dry ingredients. 
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon gives the cookies a warm flavor that makes you want to keep eating until they are all gone. 
  • Cream Of Tartar: Gives the Snickerdoodle cookies a tangy flavor and helps with the texture. 
  • Salt- Balances out the cookie’s sweet flavor and enhances the other flavors in the cookies. 
  • Baking Soda– Helps the cookies rise and spread. 
  • Unsalted Butter- Adds richness and flavor, contributing to the cookie’s soft and chewy texture. 
  • Granular Sweetener- Gives the cookies a crispy coating. I used monk fruit sweetener, but you can use any sweetener you prefer. 
  • Eggs- Binds the cookie dough together. 
  • Vanilla Extract- Adds additional flavor. Use pure vanilla extract for best results. 

How To Make Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

To make the cookie dough, mix the gluten-free all-purpose flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl until combined. 

Whisking the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Put the butter and granular sweetener in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. You can also make the Snickerdoodles in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment to make the cookie dough. 

Mixing the butter and sugar-free sweetener.

Mix in the egg until combined. Next, add the egg yolk and pure vanilla extract. Mix until combined. 

Adding the eggs and vanilla extract.

Add the gluten-free flour mixture and mix until combined. 

Mixing the dry ingredients into the cookie dough.

Cover the Snickerdoodle cookie dough with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

Set your oven to 350 °F and let it preheat. 

Scoop the Snickerdoodle cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, placing each cookie 2 inches apart. 

Scooping the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

To roll the cookies, mix the cinnamon and granular sweetener in a shallow bowl until combined. 

Roll each cookie into the cinnamon sugar, then place them back on the baking sheet. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes, then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture again. 

Bake the snickerdoodles for 8-11 minutes until they are slightly golden around the edges. 

Let the snickerdoodles cool undisturbed on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Put the Snickerdoodles on a cooling rack to cool completely before serving. 

Gluten-free Snickerdoodles on a cooling rack.

Tips For Making Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

The more cinnamon sugar, the better. Make sure you coat the Snickerdoodles well with cinnamon sugar. It will give you the perfect crispy coating. I like to coat my snickerdoodles and let them sit for a few minutes before rolling them in the cinnamon sugar again.  

Chill the cookie dough. Chill the Snickerdoodle cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight before baking. The Snickerdoodle cookie dough will be easier to handle and won’t spread too much in the oven. 

The more space, the better. Snickerdoodles rise in the oven, then fall and spread. If you place the cookies too close to each other, they will stick together. Trying to separate the cookies can cause them to break. Place the Snickerdoodles 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. 

What Does Cream Of Tartar Do In Snickerdoodles

As I mentioned above, cream of tartar plays a significant role in Snickerdoodle cookies. It gives the cookies a subtle tangy flavor. It also prevents the sugar in the coating from crystallizing, creating a crunchy, sugary coating. 

What Can I Use Instead Of Cream Of Tartar In Snickerdoodles 

If you don’t have the cream of tartar, you can still make Snickerdoodles. Simply replace the cream of tartar and baking soda with a teaspoon of baking powder. Note the Snickerdoodle cookies will have a slightly different taste if you use baking powder. 

Why Did My Snickerdoodles Spread Flat

The gluten-free Snickerdoodles will spread. However, they should not be flatter than a pancake. If this happens, you probably used too much baking soda or did not chill the dough. Chilling the dough will prevent the Snickerdoodles from spreading too quickly as they bake in the oven. Although it takes a little longer to enjoy the cookies, chilling the dough is a very important step, so don’t skip it. 

Gluten-free Snickerdoodles on a cooling rack.

Storage Instructions

Gluten-free Snickerdoodles will last for 4 days at room temperature. Be sure to store the Snickerdoodles in an airtight container. Additionally, if you are storing more than 1 layer of cookies, place pieces of parchment between each cookie to prevent them from sticking together. 

Can You Freeze Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough

Yes, you can freeze Snickerdoodle cookie dough. Follow these instructions: 

  1. Scoop the Snickerdoodles cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can place the cookies closer together since you are not baking them right away. 
  2. Roll the cookies into balls. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar and place them back on the baking sheet. 
  3. Flash freeze the Snickerdoodles for 4 hours until frozen solid. This will prevent the Snickerdoodles from sticking together. 
  4. Place the cookies into a ziplock bag, remove the excess air, and freeze the cookies. Freeze the gluten-free Snickerdoodles for up to 6 months. 

Baking Instructions 

  1. When you are ready to bake the gluten-free Snickerdoodles, set your oven to 350°F and let it preheat. 
  2. Remove the Snickerdoodles from the freezer and roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. 
  3. Bake the Snickerdoodles for 12-13 minutes until they are slightly golden around the edges. 

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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

0.0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Sarah Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: Gluten-freeDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

cookies
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

11

minutes
Calories

94

kcal
Chill Time

30

minutes
Total time

51

minutes

These scrumptious gluten-free Snickerdoodles boast a perfect blend of cinnamon sweetness and a soft, chewy texture. They are a treat that everyone will enjoy. Bake up a batch of warm, cozy Snickerdoodles and savor the joy of a classic cookie made gluten-free!

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Ingredients

  • Cookies:**
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup granular sweetener (I used monk fruit sweetener)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Cinnamon Sugar:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup granular sweetener

Directions

  • Cookies:
  • Whisk the gluten-free all-purpose flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl until combined.
  • Place the butter and granular sweetener in a large bowl and beat it with a hand mixer for 2-3 minutes until fluffy (alternatively, you can make the cookies in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment).
  • Add the egg and mix until combined. Next, add the egg yolk and pure vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Add the gluten-free flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Cover the Snickerdoodle cookie dough with plastic wrap. Chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Set your oven to 350 °F and let it preheat.
  • Scoop the Snickerdoodle cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, placing each cookie 2 inches apart.
  • Cinnamon Sugar:
  • Mix the cinnamon and granular sweetener in a shallow bowl until combined.
  • Roll each cookie into the cinnamon sugar, then place them back on the baking sheet. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes, then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture again.
  • Bake the snickerdoodles for 8-11 minutes until they are slightly golden around the edges.
  • Allow the gluten-free snickerdoodles to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Place them on a cooling rack and let the Snickerdoodles cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • I used monk fruit sweetener to make these cookies. If you use regular sugar, the may be cookies will be higher in calories.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 16
  • Calories: 94kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 11.4g
  • Protein: 2.1g
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg
  • Sodium: 156mg
  • Potassium: 7mg
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Calcium: 6mg
  • Iron: 0mg

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  • Sarah

    Hello. Welcome to my food blog! I am a recipe developer/content writer and creator. Food is universal. Its more than something you eat. Food is an experience that can be enjoyed alone or with others. It can affect your physical health and your mood. I love food and I believe it affects how we feel which is why I started this blog that provides you with delicious healthy recipes, useful tips and tricks, guides, and informative articles.

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