Skinny Snickerdoodles

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}

Have you ever eaten a snickerdoodle?

The first time I tried one was only a few years ago, when we lived in College Station, Texas. My boss at the time brought us a few from a place called Must Be Heaven and I almost fell on the ground after biting into one. I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing!

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}

After that I went home dreaming of snickerdoodles and eventually set out to recreate a healthier version at home. I’ve made a few variations in the past using whole grain flour but I decided to try a gluten-free and vegan version using oat flour.

I also used coconut oil which resulted in a surprisingly buttery texture and flavor. I know it seems silly to call a butter-less cookie buttery but I can’t think of a better way to describe them. Creamy maybe?

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}

Either way, I was very pleased with the result. However, I will say that I think chilling the dough is a necessary step. They tend to spread a lot so if you skip it then you might have an enormous and thin cookie on your hands. If that’s what you like then I say do-it-to-it but I prefer my cookies to be nice and thick with a soft center.

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 20

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}


1 and 1/2 cups oat flour*

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (could sub soymilk or coconut milk)

1/2 cup unrefined melted coconut oil or melted vegan butter

1/8 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon for rolling


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cream of tartar then sift together.
  2. Pour in the melted coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla extract then stir until a dough has formed.
  3. Cover and chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. This step helps to keep them from spreading out too much while cooking.
  4. Scooping out a few tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and then coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Place the cookies several inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then chill the cookies for at least an hour in the refrigerator or thirty minutes in the freezer.
  6. When you are ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350°F and remove the cookies from the refrigerator or freezer.
  7. Once the oven is preheated, bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. It is difficult to tell when they are done because of the cinnamon coating but they should be done within that time. They will be very soft and appear under-baked but once they cool, they become harder. Allow to cool for at least thirty minutes.


*Be sure to use gluten-free oats for gluten allergies. You can also make your own oat flour by using a food processor to grind them down.

Store in an airtight container for up to one week. I found the cookies were better the next day since they are very soft on the first day.

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Skinny Snickerdoodles {vegan and gluten-free}


What’s your favorite kind of cookie to enjoy around the holidays?

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  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye December 18, 2013, 9:55 pm

    Ohh baby do these look good! I love my cookies to have a nice thick center as well!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes December 18, 2013, 10:18 pm

    I love snickerdoodles and this is a great version of them! Will definitely try!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 19, 2013, 2:48 am

    I honestly don’t know if I could pick a favourite holiday cookie… Snickerdoodles are definitely up there, but so is chewy chocolate gingerbread, crinkle cookies, and shortbread. Gah! So many delicious choices. And speaking of which, these look fantastic, Sarah. Pillowy centers and the cinnamon/sugar combo make me swoon.
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  • Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie December 19, 2013, 4:11 am

    I like the name Skinny Snickerdoodle! I’m always up for a lighter version of a cookie. By the way, I think Snickdoodle wins best cookie name of all time.
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  • Megan @ Meg Go Run December 19, 2013, 5:14 am

    I love just plain old sugar cookies. :)

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 19, 2013, 5:26 am

    I actually just made snickerdoodles for the first time this week – I really liked them! And I’m super impressed that you managed to come up with a vegan and gluten free version ;-)
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  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food December 19, 2013, 5:48 am

    My husband didn’t know what snickerdoodles were! It’s on my pre-Christmas list to make a batch for him, cause they’re the best!
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat December 19, 2013, 6:09 am

    What a great cookie recipe! I’ve actually never made snickerdoodles before, but I certainly do love to eat them. Evaporated cane juice is an ingredient that is new to me. Where in the store can you find it?
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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 19, 2013, 6:11 am

    I get SO excited every time that I see vegan dessert recipes!! Thanks for sharing :).
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  • Julia December 19, 2013, 6:27 am

    Snickerdoodles have always been one of my favorites, and I’ve been meaning to make a GF version. SO excited to try these out and even more excited I don’t need to figure out the recipe on my own! Yipppy!!!
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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 19, 2013, 7:01 am

    My favorite Christmas cookies are gingersnaps, but I love snickerdoodles too, and I’m planning on making them Saturday to bring to a dinner w/ friends. Yours look delicious even all healthified. :)
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  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron December 19, 2013, 7:11 am

    Wow! These look amazing, and I can’t believe they are a “skinny” recipe. Well done Sarah! I pinned these and can’t wait to try them out :)
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  • Alexis @ Hummusapien December 19, 2013, 7:26 am

    Mmmmm I just bought a bag of oat flour so these are calling my name! SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIIIIEEEEEE! :)

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven December 19, 2013, 7:52 am

    NOT HOLDING YOU TO IT IF IT MEANS NO MORE COOKIES!!!! Seriously, these are to-die for. I am obsessed with snickerdoods and you so yeah…you get the point.
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  • Amber December 19, 2013, 7:57 am

    I don’t have a favorite around the holidays. I love them all year round! Well, we did get an abundance of sugar cookies at the office as a gift and those have been really good.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Snickerdoodles are high up on my list. :)

    Happy Thursday!
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  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey December 19, 2013, 8:21 am

    These look great! Thanks for the oat flour recommendation. I’ve been looking for an alternative to whole wheat flour because I feel like the taste is extremely overpowering. Oh, and my favorite kind of cookie is and always will be chocolate chip!
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  • dishing up the dirt December 19, 2013, 9:14 am

    Girl, I love a good snickerdoodle ! these sound amazing and vegan too boot? Send some my way please!
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  • Elise @ December 19, 2013, 9:17 am

    I honestly don’t think (or cat remember) having a snickerdoodle cookie. I get snickerdoodle coffeee all the time which I’m obsessed with, so if it’s anything like that I’m all full it!
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  • cait @pieceofcait December 19, 2013, 10:08 am

    thanks for sharing! I tried making GF snickierdoodles before but didn’t turn out well :( so with this recipe now I know they will! :)<3

  • Jackie December 19, 2013, 10:41 am

    Wow. These sound awesome!!!!

  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles December 19, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I want those in my belly NOW! Snickerdoodles are a favorite in both mine and my husband’s family, so these would be a HUGE hit!!
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 19, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Yum these look delicious and I love that they use oat flour! :)

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  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness December 19, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Yum! I’ve been baking holidays cookies with my family this week. My favorites are always the ones with peanut butter, especially 7 layer bars!

  • Cailee @ December 19, 2013, 5:28 pm

    These look amazing!! And I am gluten intolerant!! …so perfect for me! Thanks for sharing :)
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  • Pauline L December 20, 2013, 2:31 am

    Hi! The cookies look scrumptious! I was really surprised that you wrote about College Station and Must Be Heaven! When I saw that you lived there, I thought, “No way!” I currently go to A&M and think of CS as being uncommon and almost in the middle of nowhere. And it’s so cool that you know Must Be Heaven too! I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve been there but the gluten free scene has grown a lot
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    • Sarah December 24, 2013, 8:44 am

      Hi Pauline! That is too funny that you live in CS! It is such a small town but the University is growing so much that I think it will be more common with time. Glad to hear they’re diversifying their food a little bit too. There were so many fried chicken places when I was there, it was ridiculous!!

  • Becky@TheSavedRunner December 20, 2013, 6:15 am

    These look so good! I’m so glad you were able to “healthily” such a yummy dessert. I am definitely pinning this!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 20, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Thick cookies with a soft center are my favorite thing! These look delicious, and I love the fact that they’re healthy too! You can’t beat a skinny cookie that tastes great as well :–)
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  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 21, 2013, 5:41 pm

    The only snickerdoodles I’ve ever had were the Enjoy Life ones in the package. I bet these are way better ;)
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  • sonia the mexigarian December 23, 2013, 11:41 am

    ah my god. snickerdoodles. love em. I have been eating waaaay too many sweets as well and am cutting back on sugar and dairy in take in 2014 as well. I love a good chocolate chip cookie, but my favorite are linzers :) a pain to make, but my favorite.

  • Jeannie March 27, 2014, 1:05 pm

    These cookies are delicious …but mine keep coming out thin and huge. The first time I froze them for 30 minutes. The second time I refrigerated them for one hour.
    I did sub rice milk for the almond milk. Could this be the reason they are so thin?
    Thanks for any help….

    • Sarah March 27, 2014, 1:15 pm

      Hi Jeannie! These cookies do spread a lot and I don’t think subbing rice milk would change that. I found that freezing them overnight helped but I didn’t defrost them before cooking. Also, maybe try rolling them into smaller balls? Hope that helps!

  • Jeannie March 28, 2014, 8:17 am

    Thanks Sarah. I’ll try your suggestions!

    • Sarah March 28, 2014, 8:54 am

      You’re welcome! I thought about it some more and I think using a little applesauce in place of some of the oil might also help. The coconut oil seems to be the main culprit for causing the cookies to spread.

  • Lexa September 11, 2014, 6:50 am

    You really should have put the chill time in the prep time. It gives the illusion that the cookies are quick to make.

    • Sarah September 11, 2014, 7:01 am

      I’m sorry for the confusion! I’ll be sure to make note of the chill time.

  • The Wellness Wife December 10, 2014, 8:44 am

    I love a good snickerdoodle! Thanks for the recipe idea! I’m always looking for ways to clean up traditional recipes. Definitely pinning to make at the holidays or my next tea party!
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  • Leilapi April 21, 2015, 4:29 am

    If I were to use butter in substitute for coconut oil, would I soften it or melt it ?And would I still chill the dough?


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