Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles


This is just a super basic snickerdoodle cookie recipe. They taste delish and are probably one of the best gluten-free cookies I’ve made.


  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tartar (you have to have this)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (for rolling)


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Beat together sugar, butter, shortening, and eggs. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt.
  3. Shape dough into 1-1/2 inch balls — this is going to be trickier with a GF batter because it’s sticky. What I did was took to spoons and made a “ball.” I did not roll the ball around in my hands to make it smooth — this would have been messy and sticky. Just simply drop the “ball” into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll it around. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Viola! Just a basic recipe that tastes so good.

Do you like snickerdoodles?

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  1. 1

    Um, you have my address, so feel free to send a batch to Parma whenever you get a moment. :)

  2. 3

    OO! I’ll have to try these. Hubby is gluten free. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 4

    I am newly GF and normally I’m a big cookie maker for Christmas time, but I am lost as to the rules of flour and xanthan gum. I have Wegman’s all purpose baking flour which has xanthum gum in it, so do I still need to add your recommended 2 tsps to the recipe? I am desperate for a snickedoodle recipe, as this has always been one of my favorite cookies at Christmas. It seems as though the rest of your recipe matches my traditional one and that makes me happy!

    • 5

      Hi Linda! I would omit the xanthan gum when using the wegmams mix – I recently have been using the wegmans mix for a lot of baking as well (didn’t used to live near a wegmans) and have found I’m cooking a lot less with xanthan gum than before! Hope you love these cookies – they are delicious, they just take patience bc the batter is sticky!!

  4. 6

    I used Bob’s Red Mill GF AP flour.
    I nixed the xanthan gum, used flaxseed meal in its place.
    My shortening was coconut oil.
    How many did you make with this?
    I used only half the dough and made 32! I wrapped the rest of it up in saran wrap to make more later (or else fiancé and I would eat 64 cookies in a couple days!)

  5. 10
    Amy Levocz says:

    I just made these cookies minus the xanthum gum… instead just added one egg white to the recipe… i think they came out great! Melt in your mouth, but watch them.. a little too long in the oven will make them crumbly! Thanks for this recipe!

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