Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

This Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe is even better than store bought gluten free snickerdoodle cookies!

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free White Rice Flour, 24-ounce (Pack of 4)Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free White Rice Flour, 24-ounce (Pack of 4)

When I saw that this month’s Secret Recipe Club recipe assignment, C Mom Cook, had a gluten free snickerdoodles cookies recipe on her blog, I went no further. I just had to make these! Shelley baked her Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe for a new friend as a thank you. But little did she know that she now has made them as a thank you for me!

You see, I spend way too much money buying Udi’s Gluten Free or Trader Joe’s gluten free snickerdoodles. In fact, I’ve stopped buying their gluten free snickerdoodles cookies, because I can eat the whole box in about 30 minutes. Shelley’s awesome Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe that I baked up are no exception. The kids and I thought the snickerdoodles cookies were fantastic and just as good as the ones that Udi’s and Trader Joe’s makes. I’m sure you’ll love them, too!

So what’s a snickerdoodle anyway?

I bet you don’t know the difference between a sugar cookie and a snickerdoodles cookie. Both cookies are made with flour, sugar, butter or oil, and sometimes eggs. However, sugar cookies are rolled in sugar. Snickerdoodles are rolled in a combination of sugar and cinnamon. Yep, that’s the difference – cinnamon!

According to Wikipedia, The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudel, which is a type of pastry. There’s also a possibility that snickerdoodle is just a nonsense word originating from a New England tradition of wacky cookie names.

Try this easy to make Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe as a gift for all your gluten free friends. They'll thank you for it!

Tips for making Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

This gluten free snickerdoodles cookies recipe is so easy to bake up. You probably don’t need to buy any special ingredients, since most of us gluten free folks have white rice flour in the pantry. If you’re a baker, brown sugar is a staple and most of us always have butter, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and eggs on hand.

The biggest change I made was making the snickerdoodles dairy free by using a buttery spread. Feel free to use your favorite non-dairy buttery spread or real butter. Either will work.

One note of caution! You must use white rice flour in this gluten free snickerdoodles cookies recipe. Shelley didn’t specify in her Easy Rice-Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe, so I experimented and did a two-thirds gluten free white rice flour and one-thirds brown rice flour. The cookies ended up too dry unfortunately, so I did a second batch using 100% rice white flour. It’s the only way to go.

Now that you know how to make gluten free snickerdoodles, keep these gluten free cookies in mind as a thank you for all your gluten free friends. They’ll make great gifts and they’re perfect for cookie exchanges!

This Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe is even better than store bought gluten free snickerdoodle cookies!

Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttery spread (or butter), softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon cinnamon)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar evenly on baking sheets.
  3. Cream together the buttery spread and sugar. Beat in the egg. Stir in the white rice flour and baking soda. Stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Scoop dough and roll into balls approximately one-inch in size. If dough is too sticky to handle, add a little more rice flour by the spoonful.
  5. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar. Flatten ball with the palm of your hand to form into a cookie, and place it on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies for 12 minutes until golden.
  7. Remove baking sheets from oven. When sheets are cool enough to handle, carefully remove cookies and place on a cooling rack.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Total Time: 42 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 24 cookies
  • Serving size: 1 cookie

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Originally published on September 8, 2014. Updated with new pictures.

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10 thoughts on “Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

  1. Amy

    Followed recipe exactly but did add some nutmeg and a pinch of salt. They were a huge hit with family and they all disappeared. Thank you!!

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  2. Jorge acosta

    So I found my self using 3 times as much of my homemade rice flour and also using 3 teaspoons of baking POWDER and it worked out just fine if any body would like to try this recipe. The cookies rose and spread. Hope this helps!

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    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Heather, my mother-in-law has celiacs and I’ve been cooking for her for 13+ years (and way before I developed a sensitivity to gluten). So thanks for recommending my blog to her. Have her check out Udi’s Gluten Free’s community site, too! Lots of great info and recipes there, too.

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  3. Shelley C

    Oh, yay! I am so glad that you liked these, and that they passed the test of true gluten-free-snickerdoodle fans! And very good to know about the white rice flour – I have very little gluten-free experience, but that happened to be what I had, so it’s good to know that it makes a difference. Thanks for the lovely post!

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