Magical Snickerdoodles, a Nut-Free & Egg-Free Cookie Recipe

snickerdoodles resting on a cooling sheet

Snickerdoodles are magical because they cookies that vanish shortly after baking! They’re yummy, typically nut-free, and my recipe is egg-free. You can also make the cookie dough balls ahead of time and freeze them for a make-ahead option. And they’re easy to adapt for a dairy-free variation.

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Snickerdoodles, an Easy Cookie Recipe Made Egg-Free

When I shared my recipe for Chocolate Crinkles, I wrote about how much I loved baking with my kids when they were little. This snickerdoodles recipe is also a great cookie recipe to bake with children. My egg-free snickerdoodle recipe is easy and a family favorite to make and share with loved ones. It’s all about baking, spending time together, and, of course, eating cookies.

I adapted this recipe from a traditional sugar cookie recipe in Food Allergies for Dummies. I’m really challenged when it comes to rolling cookie dough and decorating, which is why I gravitate to scoop and roll types of cookies. You can make these cookies extra festive by pressing the cinnamon covered and rolled dough balls into a small saucer of sprinkles before baking.

Prep In Advance & Freeze

Prep ahead and freeze the snickerdoodle dough for fresh baked cookies on demand!

  • Sometimes I only bake a dozen snickerdoodles and then freeze the rest of the rolled cookie dough on a cookie sheet.
  • When I don’t have a lot of freezer space, I have frozen the rolled dough on sturdy paper plates.
  • Later, transfer the frozen snickerdoodle dough balls into a freezer bag to bake later.
  • It’s a great make-ahead option for when you want a small batch of fresh cookies or when you are preparing to make dozens and dozens of cookies.
nut-free, egg-free snickerdoodles resting on a cooling sheet
These snickerdoodles are amazing and egg-free!

Easy Egg-Free Substitute for Cookies

One of my sons is allergic to eggs and I’ve tried several kinds of egg substitutes. My favorite egg substitute for making cookies is a combination of water, oil, and baking powder. Using a combination of water, oil, and baking powder as an egg substitute doesn’t add any flavor or allergen to the cookies. This combination is very simple to use whereas some other egg substitutes require some special handling.

It’s important to check that your baking powder is fresh. Combine a small amount of baking powder and water together and if the baking powder is fizzy, then you know that the baking powder is fresh. Discard and create a new mixture of 1.5 tablespoon water, 1.5 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon baking powder after you cream the butter and sugar.

Rodelle Vanilla

I’m happy to be a Rodelle Vanilla brand ambassador because I love that they have peanut and tree nut free facilities and are very transparent about disclosing other allergens. So far I’ve shared a recipe for ice cream in a bag (perfect as an activity) and a review of some of the Rodelle products, Ma Lai Go, a Chinese sponge cake (not egg-free) that is served for dessert at dim sum restaurants, and the creamiest vanilla bean ice cream (I take one extra step to make the ice cream super creamy). If you want to learn more about their products, you can find more information on Rodelle’s website or order from Amazon (affiliate link).

More egg-free cookies, muffins, and bread recipes:

This recipe as written is free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, shellfish, fish, soy, and sesame.

If you are baking for someone with a milk allergy, you can easily use a milk free buttery substitute. I use Earth Balance’s buttery baking sticks but be sure to check all the ingredients (includes soy).

snickerdoodles resting on a cooling sheet
5 from 3 votes

Magical Snickerdoodles, a Nut-Free & Egg-Free Cookie Recipe

Snickerdoodles are magical because they cookies that vanish shortly after baking! They're yummy, typically nut-free, and my recipe is egg-free. You can also make the cookie dough balls ahead of time and freeze them for a make-ahead option. And they're easy to adapt for a dairy-free variation.

Course Dessert, snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, cookies, Snickerdoodle cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill the dough 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 165 kcal
Author Sharon Wong @ NutFreeWok.Com


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and powdered sugar until the butter mixture looks lighter in color (pale yellow).

  2. Add the vanilla extract and combine.

  3. In a small bowl, add the oil, water, and baking powder, stir (should be fizzy), and add that to the butter mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and combine until well mixed.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or use parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet, set aside.
  7. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  8. Scoop about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough, place into the bowl of cinnamon sugar, and use your fingertips to roll the dough into a ball, place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, repeat.

  9. Bake on a middle rack 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown, let it rest for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until cool.

Recipe Notes

Your cookies may turn out differently depending on how long you chill the dough, how long you bake them, and how long you leave them on the baking sheet after baking. Adjust the times accordingly depending on whether you like them soft and chewy or crisp.


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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


  1. I love freezing cookies as well, the only problem is I find frozen cookie dough delicious which means when I want to go ahead and bake the cookies there aren’t as many as I hoped 😛

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious! All my students, and their parents, loved them. I even got a few high-fives 🙂 They are simple to make and the egg replacement really is magical. The first batch I made didn’t “fizz” so I knew I did something wrong. The next batch was perfect. I’m making them again for Halloween celebrations and am confident the snickerdoodle fans will be happy.

    • I am jumping up and down clapping with joy about your comment!!! Yes, soooo happy the recipe is a success for you. It’s the smallest details like having fresh baking powder that can make or break your baking efforts. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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