A grain-free, gluten-free twist on a classic American cookie recipe: Vegan Chickpea Flour Snickerdoodles! Soft, with crisp edges, these delicious vegan cookies come together quickly and easily.
Snickerdoodles–cinnamon sugar-dusted cookies with a distinct tang from the addition of cream of tartar–are much loved cookies by children and adults alike. So that everyone can enjoy them, I decided to craft a vegan version that is also gluten-free and grain-free!
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Easy to make
- Quick to bake
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
The wholesome ingredients for these healthy cookies are:
- chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour, or besan)
- cream of tartar
- baking soda
- vegan butter (also known as plant butter) or coconut oil, softened
- natural cane sugar
- unsweetened applesauce
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
If you are wondering about the applesauce, it is in the recipe to provide a touch of moisture to the dough. Without the applesauce, the cookies are crispy, but not as tender at the centers. With it, they are just right.
Step by Step Directions
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter and 1 cup of the natural sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add the applesauce, and vanilla, beating well.
- Gradually add the chickpea flour mixture to the vegan butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.
- Combine the cinnamon and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 -inch (2.5 cm) balls, and roll in sugar mixture. Place on prepared baking sheets, and flatten slightly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely.
Cookie Dough Tip
If the cookie dough does not look firm after first mixing, let it stand for a few minutes, or place in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes until it looks firm.
Vegan Cookie Baking Tip
Vegan cookies, such as these snickerdoodles, often do not spread as much as traditional cookies made with eggs. To encourage the flattened shape of the cookies, first roll the cookies, and then flatten with the bottom of a measuring cup or your fingertips.
How should I store vegan chickpea flour snickerdoodles?
Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can I use a different flour (other than chickpea flour)?
I have only made this recipe with chickpea flour. You may be able to use all-purpose flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour or spelt flour, but I have not tested it.