gluten free snickerdoodle

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gluten free snickerdoodle

This is not your Mom’s snickerdoodle recipe.

Snickerdoodle. What an awesome name for a cookie. An awesome name for an awesome, delicious treat!

I remember going to school with a lunchbag in hand, filled with a healthy lunch and a homemade dessert.  Snickerdoodles, granola bars, fruit leather… my mom showered us with food love. But I didn’t realize how good I had it.  At lunch time I would look around and see all the other kids pull out their Oreos, their Chewy Quaker Chocolate Dipped Bars, and their Fruit-Roll-Ups.   Why did I so desperately want those?  They all taste like cardboard to me now!

My kids will probably have the same experience, but they’ll grow up to thank me, just like I’m thanking my mom.  Mom, you’re the best.

But this is not my mom’s snickerdoodle recipe.  Gluten free recipes weren’t really a thing back then.  Amazingly though, it’s just as delicious as those cookies you grew up loving!

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  


Gluten Free Snickerdoodle

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed + 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon gluten-free oat flour (see note)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the ground flax and water in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Once the flax and water have formed a gel add the rest of the wet ingredients to the flax mixture.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir to combine.
  6. In a small dish, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  7. From the dough into small balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar.
  8. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 9 minutes.


  • To make a gluten free oat flour, take your certified gluten free oats and pulse them in a food processor, high powered blender, or coffee grinder.


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