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Brown butter gluten free snickerdoodles are a must-make for your holiday cookie platter! Simple to make, egg free, and the dough is edible!

stack of 4 gluten free Christmas cookies (snickerdoodles)

Christmas (holiday season in general) is the most wonderful time of the year, especially when one of your favorite holiday activities is baking gluten free Christmas cookies!

I think almost everyone has a favorite holiday cookie. These Vegan Christmas Cookies used to be my favorites, but then I fell in love with chocolate.

At that point, I became obsessed with Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Everyone I gave them to begged for the recipe! But then, I had my first taste of snickerdoodles.

overhead photo: homemade brown butter gluten free snickerdoodles nestled in a loaf pan

Gluten free snickerdoodles

Cinnamon and sugar in a soft, egg-free, gluten free Christmas cookie? What more could you ask for? Well, there IS something that makes them better. BROWN BUTTER.

Whether you bake them to give away to friends and family, or keep them for yourself, you simply MUST make a batch of these brown butter cookies. Why? Because the nutty flavor of brown butter will take your taste buds to a new dimension!

Recipe ingredients and substitutions

overhead photo: ingredients in measuring cups to make gluten free snickerdoodles

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. I have some suggestions below for making it vegan friendly as well.

Note: This is just a partial list of ingredients for the purposes of notes and substitutions. For a list of all ingredients and amounts, see the recipe card below.

  • oat flour– if you make your own, be sure to use gluten-free rolled oats
  • almond flour Don’t use almond meal; you want to use fine ground almond flour
  • raw sugar– You could also use coconut sugar, or any cup-for-cup sugar substitute of your choice.
  • unsalted butter– If you only have salted on hand, just omit the salt listed in the recipe. Otherwise, your cookies will be overly salty.
  • non-dairy milk– The type you use really doesn’t matter. However, I do think the flavor of almond milk or vanilla almond milk will give you the best tasting snickerdoodle cookies.
  • apple cider vinegar– This acid will activate the baking soda. Other options are to use white vinegar or another acid, like lemon juice.

How to brown butter for cookies

If you don’t know how to make brown butter, don’t worry; it’s really easy. it’s just a simple cooking technique that is similar to making clarified butter. I use the same method that The Kitchn uses.

As the butter cooks over medium heat, the milk solids (lactose) cook out. A minute or so later, as it continues to cook, the yellow color of the melted butter will turn brown. It smells and tastes nutty and delicious!

Watch your butter!

Brown butter can become burnt (unusable) butter if you allow it to cook too long. One of the best ways to prevent this is to use a light colored pan, like anodized aluminum, stainless steel, or white enamel.

  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Use a pan with a light-colored bottom so you can see the color of the butter change.
  2. Swirl the pan while the butter is cooking so it cooks evenly.
  3. Watch the pot. The butter will begin to foam as it melts, then the color will change to a nutty-brown. When you smell the nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and pour the browned butter into a glass bowl.
brown butter in a bowl and on a spoon above it

There will be some dark brown bits in the bottom of the pan. If you’d like, you can use those, too!

How to make brown butter cookies

If you want to watch the process from start to finish, check out this quick video!

After you brown the butter, it’s time to create the gluten free snickerdoodles cookie dough.

OH, by the way… the raw cookie dough is completely safe to eat, and it’s sinfully delicious. You have been warned! Haha.

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients (minus the brown butter) in another bowl.
  3. Add the bowl of dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

NOTE: At this point, depending on what type of gluten-free flour you use, you may find that the dough is too dry. If this is the case, just add a tiny bit of additional milk to thin it out.

  1. Add brown butter to the cookie dough, then gently mix to combine.
  2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT! If you don’t allow the dough to firm up, your cookies will turn out very puffy and cake-like. Refrigeration will help the cookies to remain flatter, so they will bake up with perfectly crispy edges.

If the dough for your snickerdoodle cookies is thick enough to roll into dough balls, then you will not have to chill it for very long.

The longer you chill the batter the easier it will be to form into balls. Plus, crispier cookies.
For softer/puffier cookies, chill the batter for 1 hour or less, and use a cookie scoop to drop the dough balls onto the baking sheet. Then, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top. *Feel free to get carried away with the cinnamon sugar.* hehe

  1. Roll the cookie dough in cinnamon sugar, then place them onto a baking sheet and bake until they’re golden brown!
thick homemade snickerdoodle cookie with bite taken out of it

Recipe Notes for Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

Freezing the Dough

If you’d like to freeze the dough to bake at a later date, I suggest forming the dough into balls first. Place them on a sheet pan in the freezer and after they’re solid, transfer them to a plastic freezer bag.

overhead photo: unbaked gluten free snickerdoodle cookie dough on parchment lined baking sheet

Baking Brown Butter Cookies from Frozen Dough

To bake the cookie dough right from the freezer, reduce the oven temperature to 325°F. and increase the baking time by 2 or 3 minutes.

overhead photo: homemade brown butter sugar cookies

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stack of 4 gluten free Christmas cookies (snickerdoodles)

Brown Butter Gluten Free Snickerdoodles (Egg Free)



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    45 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    15 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour

  • Yield:
    9-12 cookies

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

Brown butter gluten free snickerdoodles are a must-make recipe for holiday cookies! Simple to make, egg free, and the dough is edible! 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp oat flour (188g)
  • 1/4 cup fine almond flour (28g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (will reduce to 12 tbsp brown butter)
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk (125ml)
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, or other acid like lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • topping: cinnamon sugar, or a combo of cinnamon and brown or coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Make the brown butter (I used the technique from The Kitchn)

  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Use a pan with a light-colored bottom so you can see the color of the butter change.
  2. Swirl the pan while the butter is cooking so it cooks evenly.
  3. The butter will begin to foam as it melts and the color will change to a nutty-brown. Once you smell the nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and pour the browned butter into a glass bowl.

Make the cookie dough

  1. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients; oat flour, almond flour, 2 tsp cinnamon, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Mix to combine and set aside.
  2. Combine your wet ingredients (minus the butter): Milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  3. Gently pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix to combine. If batter is too dry, add more milk (this depends on the gluten free flour you use).
  4. Add 1-2 tbsp of brown butter to the batter and gently mix again.
  5. Place batter in fridge for 30 minutes (or up to 24 hrs.). Alternatively, freeze batter for 15 minutes to chill and thicken. If your batter is thick enough to roll into dough balls, then you will not have to chill long. See notes if the batter is still too soft after chilling.
  6. While batter is in fridge, mix 1 tsp of cinnamon with a few tsp of crystal/fine cane sugar.
  7. Remove the batter from fridge. Using a medium size cookie scoop, place batter into your floured hands and roll into a ball. Coat with cinnamon sugar and place on cookie sheet. Repeat until all batter is used up. For flat cookies, use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Check at 10 minutes for doneness.
  9. Remove cookies from oven and allow them to cool on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • You can make this dough ahead and freeze for later.
  • Batter thickness and color will depend on what type of sugar you use.  For soft cookies, chill batter for 30 minutes or less and use a cookie scoop to make into a drop cookie. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top.  
  • Vegan option. You can’t really brown vegan butter, but you can substitute the butter with melted vegan butter and 1/4 tsp almond extract for a nutty, buttery flavor.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 6.7g
  • Sodium: 131mg
  • Fat: 2.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.5g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 6.1mg

Keywords: brown butter snickerdoodles, gluten free cookie recipe, gluten free Christmas cookies, holiday baking recipes

This recipe post was originally published on November 30, 2016. The recipe was re-tested, and new photos and a video were added on November 23, 2020.

Have you ever made brown butter cookies? What’s are your favorite types of gluten free Christmas cookies? And go! 

Cheers friends!

LC