Vegan snickerdoodles

Vegan snickerdoodles

vegan snickerdoodles plate

Nothing says Xmas like the smell of cinnamon, am I right? And orange zest, and nutmeg and cloves, but cinnamon is right up there and I think it’s one spice that pretty much everyone associates with Christmas time. This is why I have been hell bent on perfecting vegan snickerdoodles, cinnamon coated sugar cookies with a gorgeously pillowy texture. I first sampled them when strolling around a Christmas market in London’s Southbank, many years ago and I have fallen in love with their flavour and texture ever since.

I got them from a very passionate and very cold (it was a tough day for the stall holders as it was properly cold and to add insult to injury the market was near the Thames) Canadian baker who had a stall with all sorts of Christmas cookies and I remember how sad I got when I took the last bite.

This year, I have decided that it’s time to veganise these beauties and I have been at it for a while now. Finally, I’ve settled on a combination of flax egg or aquafaba (whichever one you have handy) and a bit of pumpkin puree. It may seem strange to employ two different egg replacement methods in one humble cookie, but I feel like the combination of the two of them offers the best texture. I must admit that these aren’t still quite as delicious as the ones I had in the Christmas market, but they are pretty close and I am aware that eating stuff al fresco always tastes better! These are soft and pillowy with slightly crispy edges rather than chewy, which I got quite close to but it still needs some testing so you’ll have to wait till next year 🙂 . Anyway, I hope you will enjoy these!

vegan snickerdoodles making of

vegan snickerdoodles batter

vegan snickerdoodles coating

vegan snickerdoodles drying rack

vegan snickerdoodles stack

10 min
9 min
10 min
9 min


  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, plus extra ½-1 tsp (optional)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  1. Place ground up flax seeds in a small bowl with 45 ml / 3 tbsp of water, set aside to jellify. If using aquafaba, skip this step.
  2. Measure out coconut oil and leave it out somewhere warm (like at some distance from a working radiator) so that it softens rather than melts.
  3. Once softened, beat coconut oil and both sugars with an electric whisk.
  4. Once combined, whisk in jellified flax until well combined and gooey. If using aquafaba, add at this step.
  5. Next, whisk in pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.
  6. Finally, fold in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. You may also want to add ½-1 tsp of cinnamon to the batter itself, if you love cinnamon.
  7. Refrigerate the batter for 90 minutes. If you want to speed things up, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  8. Before you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 175° C / 350° F and line a large baking tray with a piece of greaseproof paper.
  9. Mix 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 3 tbsp of caster sugar on a large plate.
  10. Divide the batter into 12 equal size pieces (mine weigh 43 g / 1½ oz each), roll into a ball, coat in cinnamon sugar and then place on the baking tray, leaving plenty of space around each cookie as they will spread.
  11. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until the edges are just barely set.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool off a little before transferring to a drying rack as they will be very fragile straight out of the oven. Cool the cookies completely before eating. Store in an airtight jar for up to 3-4 days. If you want to freeze them for later, freeze them after you coated them in cinnamon sugar but before baking. Use baking paper or freeze on a baking tray initially to make sure they don’t stick together.

*It’s a crucial ingredient in snickerdoodles and so it cannot be swapped out for anything else, I’m afraid.

14 g
9 g
7 g
2 g
25 g
*per snickerdoodle
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2 reviews, 13 comments
Hi - if I freeze these before baking do I need to defrost them or can I cook them straight from the freezer? Thanks
    Yes, exactly - straight from frozen will work - they will simply take a couple minutes more. x Ania
I am so obsessed with this receipt that I made it three times over Christmas! The taste and texture of these is perfect - they honestly are incredible.
Top tips:
1. I personally think that refrigerating worked better than freezing - when I froze the mixture, it didn't bake as well
2. Be careful to measure the pumpkin puree carefully - too much and the mixture will run
Get that right and this recipe will blow your mind, and earn you many compliments!
    Thanks so much for your high praise, Fiona. I'm delighted to hear that these were such a heat with you. I second your observations, refrigerating and waiting is best but you know how we are these days, the the most patient ;) so that's why I suggested freezing as an alterative for the impatient! When it comes to baking accurate measuring is of utmost importance, mismeasuring can make or break (literally) a cake. x Ania
Hi Ania,
I'd love to make this recipe, but I can't use coconut oil (I'm following the OMS diet). Can I use olive oil instead? I'm worried it might make the texture runnier.
    Hi Assia,
    Yes, it will make it more runny for sure. Firstly, I would recommend using light/mild olive oil and secondly you may need to use a bit more flour possibly, which may throw the ratios out a little. It's worth a try. Ania
Perfect, thank you so much! x
Hi Ania, I'm excited to try these. Can I sub the pumpkin puree for applesauce? Thanks!
    Hi Alice,
    I have not tested with it, but I am pretty sure it will work very well (just make sure it's smooth, obvs ;) ). Hope you'll enjoy them. x Ania
Cream of Tartar stabilises egg whites, helps to activate baking soda and stops sugar from crystallising. I made the snickerdoodles and left out the cream of tartar and they have come out fine. Lovely recipe with the pumpkin - I used sweet potato and replaced the coconut w=oil with vegan butter. Can't wait to try the Florentines and Mince pies next. Thanks :-)
    Hi Marijan,
    I am glad you enjoyed these despite skipping cream of tartar, thanks for letting me and other readers know! Yes, it does all the things you mention, plus it also gives these cookies their characteristic tangy taste. I hope you'll enjoy my other recipes too! x Ania
If I wanted to make these oil free, what would be a good substitute?
    Hi Sam,
    You could try almond/cashew butter or 50% almond/cashew butter + 50% pumpkin puree, but I have not had the time to test this combination. Ania
sorry, but what is tartar?
    Here is the technical explanation. This is what it is called in German, I think: Zahnsteincreme (Sahne von Zahnstein). Hope this helps! Ania
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