Paleo Snickerdoodles

November 16, 2011 in Categories: by

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Snickerdoodles are a fairly simple chewy cookie that is rolled in cinnamon and sugar prior to baking.   I was inspired to create a paleo version of these cookies after my girls gobbled up a box of Trader Joe’s gluten-free, vegan Snickerdoodles.  This recipe is every bit as tasty and has more nutritive value, plus it’s way cheaper to make your own!  Store any leftovers in a plastic tub in the fridge (if you have any leftovers!  My husband and kids LOVE these!).  Makes about 20 cookies.



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1.    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt coconut oil on low power in the microwave or in saucepan on low heat.
2.    Combine almond flour, coconut flour, egg, molasses, coconut oil and spices in a medium bowl.  Stir well to combine.
3.    Add baking soda and stir well to incorporate.
4.    Chill dough in fridge at least 30 minutes prior to rolling. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
5.    Combine sugar and extra cinnamon and place on a small plate or shallow dish.  Remove cookie dough from fridge and roll tablespoonfuls into 1-inch balls.  Roll cookie dough balls in cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat completely and place on cookie sheet.  Do not flatten cookies prior to baking.
6.    Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.  Enjoy!

Do Do you need help finding any ingredients?  Check out  Important Pantry Items for the Paleo Baker.


Yum, made these cookies today, they didn’t flatten much, (just used ground almonds as live in UK), but they were delish as mini chewy cakes with a crunchy crust, I will make a batch up for bonfire night as they taste a bit gingerbread like, thanks for recipe. Xx

I just made them with a “flax egg” in place of the real egg. I also used garam masala in place of the cardamom since I didn’t have any. They came out good – flavor was too strong from the garam masala, but the texture was great. Nice and soft, and chewy on the inside. The flax egg worked!

I didn’t think these resembled snicker doodles at all. They are tasty, but more like a molasses cookie. Mine did not flatten much either. It always makes be wonder when I follow a recipe exactly and it turns out looking nothing like the picture that’s shown. I guess I’m ok with it as long as they turn out tasty and edible.

wondering the same! I’m staring at a very small amount in the mixing bowl. not sure I’ll get many cookies out of this!

LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! Mine did not flatten out like yours did, but they taste amazing. I substituted yacon syrup for the molasses since i have diabetes. I ended up with 2 dozen cookies. Maybe I didn’t make them big enough and that’s why they didn’t flatten out as much….I don’t know….but I do know I will be making these again!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Thank you Cindy. I always replace all liquid sugar with yacon so it is nice to hear someone else tried it first and it works.

I just made these and they look NOTHING like the picture. I’m not sure how yours turned out looking blonde, but mine looked like gingerbread. Are you sure there is supposed to be molasses in them? An entire 1/4 cup?

Made these and they were good, though they look nothing like the picture (Molasses seems to make them dark!) They did not really remind me of snickerdoodles either! (ate what the world would deem as “normal” foods till I was in my early 20s in late 20s now….so I still remember the taste :) But still a good cookie.

Is there a nut free version of these? I would love to try them with my family, but we have had to go nut free recently and I am looking for treats for my kids so they won’t be tempted to eat things that they cannot due to allergies. :(

Hi! I to would like to know if the almond flour can be substituted. I like the nutritional value but my husband is allergic so would like to be able to make him a batch as well.

These are nothing like snicker doodles. The molasses is way too strong. I like them but my kids didn’t like them at all. Have you tried honey as a replacement???

Hi , yes, I used half molasses and half honey. To me it is a good balance and molasses doesn’t taste too strong. Hope it works for you too! :-)

I plan to make try these with Maple Syrup and again with Molasses. But right now, we are still enjoying your fabulous Paleo Brownies- so divine! thank you. You are always a step ahead… or maybe I just luv following in your steps. <3

Hi! I’m enjoying these cookies right now and they are amazing!! I’ve added 1 more Tbs coconut flour, 2 Tbs gound flaxseed and I used half molasses and half honey. I’ve made some balls and flattened them a bit (just like I do for meatballs) then I’ve baked them 8 minutes covered with an aluminium foil and 8 more minutes after removing the foil and I got a perfect balance of crunchy outside and soft inside. Next time I’m not going to roll them in sugar anyway because it’s turned out too sweet , I’m no longer used to such a taste. Lovely winter treat!

Not having a clue of what a snickerdoodle tastes like, I can’t compare this recipe with the original. That being said, I have to thank you for it. I enjoyed it a lot.

Mine only yielded 10 cookies, so I guess I made them very large. They did look like the pics, with the exception that mine burnt a bit on the bottom.

Additionally, I agree with a commenter that sugar makes it non paleo. I used coconut sugar, but it is still sugar.

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