Vegan Snickerdoodles

Made with 8 simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes these vegan snickerdoodles are sure to become a family favorite this holiday season.

White plate with three vegan snickerdoodles and a red container of coffee in the background.

Snickerdoodles have got to be my all-time favorite Christmas cookie ever. I used to have the perfect recipe. Then I became vegan and thought I’d have to give up this festive dessert forever. WRONG! I can guarantee that when you give these to your neighbors for a cookie exchange no one will even think that they aren’t the “original” thing. Prepare to be amazed by these perfectly light, fluffy, and delicate vegan snickerdoodles.

Why You’ll Love Them

The list I could write to explain why I love this cookies is endless. So let’s just stick with a few for now. You’ll be able to add to this list once you make them.

  • Simple: These cookies require 8 simple ingredients that I know you have on hand. They are also prepared start to finish in about 30 minutes. Yeah, you’re welcome.
  • Fluffy: The texture of these snickerdoodles is perfection. They’re soft, fluffy, and slightly chewy.
  • Kid-friendly: Kids will love helping you make the dough for these vegan delights. But what they’ll really love is helping you roll the snickerdoodle dough balls in the cinnamon sugar coating. Let them get their hands dirty.

Snickerdoodle Dough

To make this super simple snickerdoodle dough grab your stand mixer or a large bowl and a hand mixer. Begin by creaming the softened, room-temperature vegan butter. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Finally, mix in the applesauce and almond milk.

In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking soda. Be sure that these two ingredients are thoroughly mixed then gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients ⅓ at a time. Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix or you’ll end up with a tough cookie crumb. Place the dough in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for 15 minutes. The dough will still be slightly sticky but firm. 

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

The cinnamon sugar coating is just that: cinnamon and sugar only. It’s the perfect mixture of sweetness and spice. Don’t skip the coating!

While waiting for the dough to firm up, in a small bowl whisk together cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

Close up of a tray of vegan snickerdoodle cookies with sprigs of pine around the edges.

Baking the Snickerdoodles

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Remove the snickerdoodle dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into balls about the size or a golf ball (2 tbsp). Place the dough ball in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar coating and gently toss to coat. Finally, place the coated snickerdoodle balls on the prepared cookie sheet. Do not over crowd the cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until puffy but still slightly soft in the middle. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

Prepare these vegan snickerdoodles for your next cookie exchange. Have them for breakfast with a fresh cup of coffee. And, if you really want to, share them with Santa on Christmas Eve. I guarantee he’ll leave awesome presents once he gets a taste of these.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Cinnamon-manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber

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Vegan Snickerdoodles

Made with 8 simple ingredients and ready in 35 minutes these vegan snickerdoodles are sure to become a family favorite this holiday season.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday, Vegan
Keyword: 30-minutes, cookies, easy, holiday baking, holiday cookies, quick, simple, snickerdoodle, vegan cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Snickerdoodle Dough

  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened
  • cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Snickerdoodle Dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl using a hand mixer), cream the soften vegan butter.
  • Add the sugar and the vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Mix in applesauce and almond milk.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour and baking soda.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients ⅓ at a time. Mix until combined. Do not over-mix. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • In a small bowl whisk together cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Remove the snickerdoodle dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into balls about 2 tbsp large. Place in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar coating and gently toss to coat.
  • Place snickerdoodle balls on the prepared cookie sheet. Do not over crowd the cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes until puffy but still slightly soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
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Gingerbread Cookies

with vegan cocoa Royal icing

There’s nothing more Christmas-y than gingerbread cookies. A holiday tradition turned vegan and with the addition on cocoa icing, this 10-ingredient dessert is simple enough for a beginner. These cookies are soft, slightly chewy, sweet, and spiced to perfection.

Gingerbread man cookie resting on a red cutting board surrounded by more gingerbread men cookies.

Any of you who know me know that I love Disneyland. And perhaps “love” doesn’t quite cover it but we’ll just stick with that for now. Every year at Christmas time the Happiest Place on Earth rolls out their over-the-top, insanely delicious mouse-shaped gingerbread cookies. Up until I went vegan I used to to enjoy them as often as I could throughout the month of December. Alas, since going vegan I’ve had to give them up. Well…almost…

I’m not kidding when I say that these are the Disneyland copy-cat (or mouse) vegan version. They seriously taste JUST LIKE THE ORIGINALS! What’s even better is that mine are entirely vegan. From the chewy molasses goodness of the cookie to the sugary sweetness of the royal icing. You don’t have to give up your seasonal favorites when enjoying vegan desserts and these gingerbread cookies are proof of that.

Why you’ll love them

These vegan gingerbread cookies with vegan cocoa royal icing are:

  • Soft
  • Slightly sweet
  • Simple
  • Kid-friendly
Round gingerbread cookies with a drizzle of cocoa royal icing resting on a gold napkin and Christmas lights in the background.

Gingerbread Cookie

Just a few simple tricks for making this (and almost any cookie):

  • First, get out the butter about 15-30 minutes prior to making your cookie dough. This will allow the butter to come to room temperature, making it easier to cream with the sugar.
  • Second, make sure that all your dry ingredients are well combined. If you have a sifter use it! You want even distribution of all the spices and leavening agents.
  • Third, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly. Usually adding them 1/3 at a time is a safe rule of thumb to ensure that you don’t lose half your dry ingredients when you turn on your mixer.
  • Finally, do not over mix your dough. Mix the cookie dough until everything is just incorporated. Over-mixing will result in a tough cookie crumb.

Now you have two options when making these gingerbread cookies. On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a cookie cutter (or a glass cup) to cut out your cookies. Alternatively, you can roll about 2 tbsp sized balls worth of dough in your hands and gently press them down until they’re about 1/2 and inch thick.

Whichever you choose, bake the cookies on a parchment-line cookie sheet about 350*F for about 8 minutes. They are going to be soft and that’s ok. They will firm up on the cookie sheet for about 5-10 minutes after they’re removed from the oven.

Cocoa Royal Icing

The gingerbread cookies at Disneyland are dripped in chocolate. Instead, I decided to put my own twist on the classic royal icing by including the chocolate there, instead of dipping these cookies into chocolate as well as decorating with royal icing. If you want a traditional royal icing simply omit the cocoa powder and use an additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar instead.

You want the royal icing to be fairly thick. But not so thick that it will clog your piping bag. Test it by allowing a spoonful to drizzle from into the bowl. If the royal icing slides right off the spoon it’s going to be too runny and will not hold it’s shape on the cookie. Add more powdered sugar a tbsp at a time until you get a thicker consistency. You’re looking for the icing to very slowly flow from the end of a spoon. If it falls off in clumps, add more almond milk a tsp at a time.

Gingerbread man cookie resting on a red cutting board surrounded by more gingerbread men cookies.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Cardamom- essential oils, antioxidants

Cinnamon- manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber

Ginger- antioxidants

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Vegan Gingerbread Cookie with Vegan Cocoa Royal Icing

A holiday tradition turned vegan with the addition on cocoa icing, these 10-ingredient gingerbread cookies are simple enough even for a beginner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday, Vegan
Keyword: 10-ingredients, cocoa, cocoa icing, cookies, dessert, gingerbread, holiday baking, holiday cookies, holiday dessert, holiday recipes, icing, royal icing, simple, vegan icing, vegan royal icing
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Cookie Cutter
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients

Vegan Gingerbread Cookie

  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup bootstrap molasses
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ cup room-temperature water

Vegan Cocoa Icing

  • ½ powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp almond milk plus more as needed

Instructions

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

  • In a large bowl whisk flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a patal attachment (or a large glass bowl with a hand mixer) cream together softened vegan butter and brown sugar.
  • Add molasses and mix until combined.
  • Add sifted dry ingredients to molasses mixture ⅓ at a time, alternating with water.
  • Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. In the meantime, make vegan cocoa royal icing.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out gingerbread dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use floured cookie cutter of choice to cut shapes in cookie dough.
  • Gently remove surrounding dough from cut shapes and transfer cookies to greased cookie sheet. Do not over-crowd the cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. They will still be soft but not doughy. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transfering to a wire cooling rack. Eat as is or decorate with vegan cocoa royal icing. Store in an air-tight container on the counter for 3-4 days.

Vegan Cocoa Royal Icing

  • In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, lemon juice, and almond milk. Make sure that all clumps are whisked until the mixture is smooth.
  • Allow the icing to sit for 15-30 minutes while cookie dough is chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Once thickened transfer icing to piping bag and decorate cookies. Allow the icing to harden completely before storing.
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