Gluten free holiday baking season is upon us! This easy recipe for gluten free brown butter snickerdoodle cookies is a must make Christmas cookie. Simple to make, egg free, and made with real ingredients. The browned butter gives these snickerdoodles extra flavorful! YUM!
I tried, I really tried. I wasn’t going to post any gluten free holiday baking themed Christmas cookies until December 1st. Which is tomorrow. But then I made gluten free brown butter snickerdoodles and my life was changed. That brown butter is so flavorful I didn’t even need to use egg. So yes, egg free and gluten free Christmas cookies. Oh that brown butter sure makes them magical. Which is why I had to get in the gluten free holiday baking zone a day early. That’s justifiable, right?
Speaking of browned butter. Why have I not made it more? That’s blasphemy! It’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. All you do is literally brown some butter in a pan till it kinda foams up. It’s a type of reduction. I guess I always felt like it was e a bit Martha-esque for me. We all know I am no Martha. I’m her scrappy step child. The one that throws a baked potato in some bread and calls is “herbed potato bread.” Or goes gah gah over turkey leftovers and zoodles! Scrappy, resourceful, and gluten free. I’ll take it.
But back to my two My 2 loves here ya’ll. Brown Butter and Snickerdoodle Cookies. Yep. Those flavors make me swoon.
I so desperately wanted to try and make these cookies vegan too. I really did. But sorry folks, I could not find a way to brown vegan butter because vegan butter has no milk solids. You can however use ghee and make this lactose/dairy free. Just sayin… it’s an option. Capeesh?
Which brings me to the next best allergy friendly “tweak” for my people pleasing brain. An egg free Christmas cookie recipe option. Yes, these gluten free brown butter snickerdoodle cookies are also egg free. Now let me back up and share REAL story of how this nutty buttery festive egg free cookie recipe came about, mmm k?
You see, I am a scrappy home chef, as mentioned above. I usually take what I have on hand and create a dish or baked good. Sure, I don’t like waste food, but I also don’t like to make multiple trips to the store. Okay sometimes I do if I need out of the house. LOL! You’ll get this if you work from home. But I digress… back to the brown butter snickerdoodle cookies story.
True story; these brown butter snickerdoodle cookies were on my original gluten free holiday baking game plan.
The idea came to me after I tasted a brown butter chocolate chip gluten free cookie recipe from a friend. After that memorable moment, I just knew I had to make my own version. I happily went to the store, feeling super excited (yes I get that way over gluten free cookies), prepped all the ingredients to recipe test, and realized I forgot the EGGS!!!! Come on, they put those eggs way in the back of the store on purpose. Ugh, I always forget them. Sneaky store layout.
Anyway, there I was, about to feel all fancy with my brown butter gluten free cookies, but I had no eggs. Enter scrappy Chef Cotter mode. We must continue! The baking must go on! I busted out a few older vegan cookie recipes and adjusted my original cookie plan.
Two recipes testing tries later and we have gluten free holiday baking SUCCESS! Soft, tasty, gluten free, egg free, brown butter snickerdoodle cookies.Print
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour (a [url] rice flour ∞http://amzn.to/2fJeVKX[/url] blend works or oat flour). You can use mulit-purpose gluten free flour but the baking time might vary. See notes for Paleo option
- 3 tbsp arrowroot starch or potato starch
- 2 tsp cinnamon (divided)
- 2/3 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 tbsp butter (brown butter)
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup almond milk (regular milk is fine if not dairy free)
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or other acid like lemon juice)
- topping cinnamon sugar or a combo of cinnamon and brown/coconut sugar.
- First preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients. Mix together.
- Make your brown butter. I used the technique from The Kitchn
- Melt butter over medium heat. Use a pan with a light-colored bottom so you can see the color of the butter change.
- Swirl the pan while the butter is cooking so it cooks evenly.
- The butter will begin to foam as it melts and the color will change to a nutty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and pour the browned butter into a glass bowl.
- Next combine your wet ingredients (minus the butter). Milk, vinegar, vanilla.
- Gently pour your wet into the dry ingredients. Add more milk if batter is too dry (this depends on the gluten free flour you use).
- Mix together, then evenly add your brown butter to the batter and gently mix again.
- Place batter in fridge for 15- 20 minutes.
- While batter is in fridge, mix 1 tsp of cinnamon with a few tsp of sugar.
- Remove batter from fridge.
- scoop with cookie scooper onto the baking sheet. press flat and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix on top of each cookie. You can also roll the dough into balls and coat the dough in cinnamon sugar first. Then press flat on cookie tray.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Check at 15 minutes if you are using multipurpose gluten free flour.
- Remove and let cool.
You can make this dough and freezer for later. Super easy!
To make paleo version, please use http://amzn.to/2fP1NE2. Also note that If you use oat or cassava flour, you might have to adjust the milk and baking time. Check at 12 minutes or so.
Nutrition Per Cookie for 15 Cookies
Can you believe it? The cookie Gods were on my side that day. Or maybe I like to think of the glass half full. Make that an almond milk glass so I can dip these cookies in them.
You’re “snickering” at my corniness, aren’t you?
And that concludes my corny Cotter moment.
Enjoy these gluten free cookies friends! Brown that butter, make that snickerdoodle spice, and bake away! And if you forget the eggs, no prob! I got ya covered!
Have you ever used browned butter in cookies? Favorite gluten free holiday baking recipe? And go!