Grain-Free, Nut-Free Snickerdoodles

Today is a special cookie day! My recipe is being featured on Dish Towel Diaries along with a giveaway of my book! Check it out and enter to win here .

As for that recipe, it had to be gluten-free (for that site) and dairy-free (for me). This was a recipe I made a few months ago for a cookie exchange with friends Lori and Katie.

I am pretty new to grain-free baking, so I opted to play it safe with my first coconut flour cookies by using this tested recipe from Jamie Oliver with just a few alterations to meet with my diet needs. I am still working on the egg-free / vegan version; thus far the results haven’t been postable. As  is, this is a slightly cakey cookie (but with a rather addictive texture) that is just sweet enough – a nice step back from the sugar-rich holiday season.

I also decided to use some coconut sugar to add depth to the flavor. If you prefer a refined sugar-free cookie, I think you could use coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice (Sucanat) for all of the sweetener. On the contrary, if you want to go simple and more traditionally “Snickerdoodle,” just use all white granulated sugar and skip the brown.

Coconut Flour Snickerdoodles

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, and optionally Refined Sugar-Free. Recipe slightly adapted from JamieOliver.com.

Cookies:

  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar (see note above for unrefined)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar, Evaporated Cane Juice, or Brown Sugar (I used the coconut sugar from Blue Mountain Organics)
  • 4 Eggs, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, melted (I buy Nutiva brand here)
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Flour (I buy Bob’s Red Mill brand here)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 375ºF.

In a mixing bowl, beat the 1/2 cup of white sugar, coconut or brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coconut oil together (make sure those eggs aren’t cold, otherwise the coconut oil may solidify and leave little chunks).

In a small bowl, stir the coconut flour and salt together, and then stir them into your wet mixture.

Let it sit for 5 minutes. If the dough appears too soft or wet to handle, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. It will set up quite a bit as the coconut oil chills and solidifies.

Combine the two topping ingredients in a small bowl.

Scoop the dough and roll it into balls. Jamie suggests using a small melon ball scooper, but I did them by hand and they were just a little smaller than a golf ball.

Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, place the cookies on a baking sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat – I use a baking mat), and flatten them a bit. They don’t spread much.

Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will darken slightly. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes, before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies (sorry, I forgot to count!)