GF Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

15 Cookies
20 min

These Gluten-Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies are soft and so good that you won’t even be able to tell that they’re gluten-free!

The BEST Snickerdoodles 

There are few things better than the perfect cookie. One of the hardest things about being gluten-free is finding good gluten-free cookies. Most gluten-free cookies have a harder consistency because people tend to overcook them to create that bind that gluten gives. So, what do you do when there’s a lack of good cookie options? You make them yourself! 

I love these snickerdoodle cookies because they have a pillow-like texture that is crumbly, without causing them to fall apart after one bite. The texture so closely resembles that of a “regular” cookie that you wouldn’t even know these snickerdoodles are gluten-free! 

Plus, if you’ve ever had anything with brown butter in it, then you know how intoxicating it is. All in all, these delicious sweet treats are a must-make.

The Brown Butter 

Brown butter is a signature ingredient for creating decadent cookies. It gets its’ name from the golden brown color yielded when the butter is melted and cooked down. But making brown butter can quickly go from great to burnt in just seconds. To avoid that, follow these steps:

  1. Cook the butter in a heavy-bottom pan 
  2. Melt over medium-low heat from the start!
  3. Stir continuously as the butter starts to melt
  4. Once the color moves from light golden to a golden brown, remove from heat
  5. As it cools, stir occasionally 

The butter should have a nutty aroma once it’s finished cooking. Make sure that you allow the butter to cool to room temperature before adding it to the recipe.

The Dough

Once the butter has cooled, strain it through a colander into a large mixing bowl. Add three-fourth cups of cane sugar to the bowl. To beat the sugar and butter together, use an electric mixer. Beat the ingredients for roughly two minutes until throughly combined. Then, add one room temperature egg and mix again for one minute. Finally, add one and a half teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and beat for roughly thirty seconds. 

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients. For the gluten-free flour, my favorite is  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. I love this flour because it yields a light and fluffy consistency, without having to combine multiple flours. Next, add three-fourth teaspoon cream of tartar, half a teaspoon of baking powder, and one fourth teaspoon of salt. The cream of tartar, although a small quantity, is the key to make true snickerdoodle cookies! 

Slowly sift in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, pouring in half at a time and mixing in between. Once the dry and wet ingredients are thoroughly combined, place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for one hour. Chilling the dough before baking allows the fat to solidify. So, as the cookie bakes, the fat will take longer to melt. This means that the cookie will spread less, allowing it to stay fluffy.

The Cinnamon Sugar Mixture 

After the cookies have chilled in the refrigerator for one hour, it’s time to preheat the oven! Preheat it to 375F and line to large baking sheets with parchment paper. Now for the cinnamon sugar mixture! 

While the cream of tartar may be the signature ingredient to the dough, the cinnamon sugar exterior is the key to perfect snickerdoodle cookies. Start by combining one-fourth cup of cane sugar in a small bowl. Then, add two teaspoons of cinnamon and mix. Take the chilled dough and roll a ball that is roughly two to three inches thick. Add the ball in the mixture and roll to coat the whole ball. Finally, place the ball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the dough.

GF Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies
Recipe details
  • 15  Cookies
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free baking flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium-low heat, stirring continuously
After five minutes, the butter should be a golden brown with a nutty aroma
Allow the butter to cool to room temperature, then strain through a colander into a large bowl
Add 3/4 cup of cane sugar to the bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar
Beat for 2 minutes until creamy, then add the egg and beat again for 1 minute to combine
Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and mix for roughly 30-45 seconds
Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl
Slowly sift in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, adding half at a time and mixing between
Once combined, refrigerate the dough for one hour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line two large baking trays with parchment paper
In a small bowl, combine the rest of the cane sugar and the cinnamon
Take the chilled dough and roll into a small ball, then coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture
Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat for the rest of the dough
Bake for 10 minutes until golden
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to five days
Arianna Litrenta
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