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BEST VEGAN SNICKERDOODLES

Simple and delicious, these cinnamon sugar coated Vegan Snickerdoodles can be made traditional with cream of tarter, or without. It’s an easy recipe that everyone with love!

best vegan snickerdoodles on a cooling rack

Let’s make vegan snickerdoodles!

With everyone getting into the holiday spirit, this is one of the busiest times of the year. When you’re craving something sweet or need a little something to take along to holiday festivities, these vegan snickerdoodles are soft, chewy and easy to make, you’ll have plenty of time to include them into your busy schedule. This classic snickerdoodle cookie recipe is sure to be a hit with friends and family, they are the best!

What Is A Snickerdoodle?

Old-fashioned snickerdoodles are a type of sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before baking. The batter is very simple and easy to make. Snickerdoodles typically have a cracked surface, and can be either soft or crisp, depending on the ingredients used. Once done, I especially love the sparkly cinnamon sugar top!

Sugar Cookie Vs. Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies use the same basic ingredients – flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes vanilla. However, there is one specific ingredient that snickerdoodle cookies have that sugar cookies don’t, and that is cream of tartar, giving snickerdoodles their wonderful distinctive tang.

 easy vegan snickerdoodles cream sugar and butter, add applesauce and vanilla

Cream of Tartar: Making Snickerdoodles With And Without

Cream of tartar adds a ‘subtle tang or underlying sourness’, giving the snickerdoodles its traditional tangy taste and also makes snickerdoodles chewy by preventing the sugar in the cookie dough from crystallizing into crunchiness.

But if you don’t have cream of tartar on hand, or prefer to make snickerdoodles without it, you can easily substitute the cream of tartar AND the baking soda with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

So, for a traditional snickerdoodles cookie, use the cream of tartar. And if you just want a spectacular sugar cookie, without using cream of tartar, feel free to substitute with baking soda, as mentioned above, for a still great cookie that everyone will love!

vegan snickerdoodles dough in a mixing bowl with wooden spoon

How To Make Snickerdoodles

You’ll love how easy they are to make, it takes just a few simple steps:

  • First cream together the butter and sugar. You can use a stand alone mixer, hand mixer or simply cream using a spoon and bowl (which is how do it). Then add in the applesauce (or its substitute) and vanilla, mix to combine. Add the flour mixture into the batter and mix just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Dough should be firm and thick. If the dough is too soft, chill it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to 1 hour until it stiffens a bit. This will help keep them from spreading too much.
  • Next, using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon or 1 tablespoon scooper, you’ll roll the cookies into about 1 inch ball, and finish them off by rolling the balls in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Recipe will yield about 28 cookies.
  • While baking, keep an eye on them after 8 minutes, they shouldn’t need any more than 10 minutes. Cookies are done when edges are slightly golden and center soft. They will be tender and puffy, but will flatten and harden slightly as they cool. My favorite snickerdoodles has a slightly crispy edge, and a chewy, soft center. The longer you bake the snickerdoodles, the crisper they will become.

vegan snickerdoodles being rolled and dipped in cinnamon sugar

Tips & Variations

The ingredients for these vegan snickerdoodles are so few, that I suggest buying the best ingredients possible!

  • The Butter: I absolutely love and recommend sourcing Miyoko’s European Style Vegan Butter. It is the best and doesn’t leave any funny aftertaste.
  • Added Moisture: In place of eggs that are typical in snickerdoodles, we’ll be using 1/4 cup applesauce. You can’t taste it and it will add the extra moisture needed. Feel free to substitute the applesauce with a flax egg (1 heaping tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water, let set for 10 min.) or use 1/4 cup of your favorite unsweetened non-dairy milk.
  • The Sugar: I used organic pure cane sugar – and I only call for 1 cup in this recipe. Typically, most snickerdoodle recipes call for upwards of 1 3/4 cups, but that was a bit too sweet for me. Feel free to up the amount to 1 1/4, 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cup to suit your sweet tooth.
  • The Flour: I used King Author White Whole Wheat Flour, but you can sub in light spelt or all-purpose flour. Use a gluten-free flour blend to make these gluten-free.

best vegan snickerdoodles on a cooling rack

How to Store + Freeze Snickerdoodles

Dough

  • To refrigerate dough: You can always make the dough ahead of time and bake the snickerdoodles later as needed. Keep the dough covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready, roll the dough into balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Alternately, you can roll the dough into balls ahead of time, chill, and before baking roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar.
  • To freeze dough: After rolling the cookie dough balls in cinnamon sugar, place them on a small baking sheet or plate that will fit in your freezer and freeze until solid. Once the dough is frozen, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Baking from frozen: When baking frozen snickerdoodle dough, you do not need to thaw the dough. Simply place the frozen, cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet and bake for 2 – 3 minutes longer than the recipe recommends. Easy as can be!

Baked Cookies

  • Counter: Store cooled snickerdoodles in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days.
  • Refrigerator: The will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
  • Freezer: Snickerdoodles also freeze well and can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months in a freezer safe bag or container. Let thaw on the counter for a couple of hours or in the refrigerator for a day before eating.

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BEST VEGAN SNICKERDOODLES

Simple and delicious, these cinnamon sugar coated snickerdoodles can be made traditional with cream of tarter, or without. Easy recipe! Adapted from Food Network.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes approx. 28 cookies
  • Category: Dessert, Cookie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 cups (350g) flour (spelt, white whole wheat or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • generous pinch of mineral salt
  • 1 cup (225g) vegan butter, at room temp (I love Miyokos)
  • 1 cup (225g) organic pure cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsweetened applesauce (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For rolling:

  • 3 tablespoons organic pure cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper, or lightly grease with oil.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, using a spoon, mix together the sugar and butter until creamy, about 2  minutes. This can also be done with a stand alone mixer or hand blender (I usually just use a bowl and spoon). Then add the vanilla and applesauce, mix to combine. Add flour mixture and stir just until flour is incorporated. Dough should be firm and thick. If the dough is too soft, chill it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to 1 hour until it stiffens a bit. This will help keep them from spreading too much.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for rolling. Roll dough into about 1 inch balls. To keep them uniform, use either a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon or 1 tablespoon scooper.

Place cinnamon sugar rolled balls on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between balls. Bake in center of the oven for 8 – 9 minutes. For a little crispier cookie, bake for 10 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes on the pan, they may be too soft just from the oven to move to a wire rack. Once cooled, enjoy!

Makes about 28 cookies

Store cookies covered on the counter for up to 3 days. Keep them fresher longer by storing them in the refrigerator for up 10 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 2 months (let thaw before eating).

Notes

If you don’t have cream of tarter on hand, or prefer to make snickerdoodles without it, you can easily substitute the cream of tartar AND the baking soda with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

In place of applesauce, feel free to use a flax egg (1 heaping tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water, let set for 10 min.) or use 1/4 cup of your favorite unsweetened non-dairy milk.

Recommended Equipment: I love this silpat or parchment paper to line my baking sheets. And using a tablespoon trigger cookie scoop (affiliate links) helps keep the cookies uniform when scooping. For more of my favorite cooking tools, shop my kitchen essentials.

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63 Comments

  1. Followed the recipe but my cookies pretty much stayed as balls. Any ideas?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I’m not sure what could have happened, but I had a few others say the same. The taste was great, but they didn’t flatten during cooking. Next time, make sure the ingredients are at room temp, and if that doesn’t help, you can try gently pressing them a tad before baking.

  2. Awesome! Definitely one of the better vegan recipes I’ve baked and they are still great a few days later. I’m taking a baking class and used this as a base for a chocolate dough – still impressed!

  3. These are amazing! You can’t tell they’re vegan at all. I’ll definitely make these again. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

  4. Katherine says:

    These are the BEST vegan snickerdoodle cookies I’ve everrrrr had! I made three dozen for my nephews first birthday to has a severe dairy allergy and everyone loved them. People kept asking me “these are vegan?” They are so delicious! I’m making more for Easter for my family.

  5. I love all the attention to detail you give in the instructions and tips. I followed the recipe as listed, using a flax egg instead of the applesauce. I was especially excited to find a recipe that uses less sugar, but I didn’t take into account that this recipe uses only 2.5 cups of flour, so the flour:sugar ratio is still pretty high. I LOVE sugar, yet these cookies were hurt-my-teeth sweet. The texture was perfect, though. Can I use half or one third of the listed sugar without affecting the texture? Should I sub any omitted sugar with more flour? If anyone has successfully decreased the sugar, please let me know! Snickerdoodles are my fave cookies! :)

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for the details, it’s super helpful! Yes, you can reduce the sugar without affecting anything. You can also try using coconut sugar which is isn’t quite as sweet as pure cane. I would definitely give reducing the sugar a try!

  6. Made this recipe with gluten free flour. They came out perfect!

  7. Laura Hofmeister says:

    These are AMAZING!!! I made so many batches to give away this Christmas and they were a hit. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Quick question…can I use regular butter at the same quantity? Ran out of vegan butter and making some for friends who aren’t vegan so hoping I can make that quick substitution.
    Thanks!! :o)

  8. Simple yet delicious recipe. Has the perfect amount of sweetness!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for sharing, Sophie!

    2. Hi! Do you think I can sub applesauce with sweet potato purée? Thank you!

      1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

        Yes, you should be able do that just fine! The color may be a little darker, but that should work well in place of applesauce. Enjoy!

        1. It worked perfectly and came out so delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  9. WOW!! these cookies are AMAZING. the only reason i gave 4 stars was the thickness. i would be happier if they were a little less thick, but that is an easy fix. next time i will just flatten them a little with a fork. Other than that, these cookies are SPOT ON!

  10. Ridiculously delicious and so easy!

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