Soft & Chewy Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles (AIP, Paleo)

What’s Inside: Naturally sweetened with dates and dusted in spicy cinnamon, these AIP, Paleo, gluten-free snickerdoodles are soft and chewy. Cozy up with wintery cookies on a chilly afternoon with a cup of tea and warm socks.

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What’s So Great About These Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles?

Well, that’s a loaded question! Where to begin …

I guess we can start with the fact that these sweet, spicy cookies are easy to make and will satisfy a sweet craving, without the junk. Trust me, you won’t miss the sugar-laden snickerdoodles of your childhood. This grown-up version is adult- and kid-friendly, as well as AIP- and Paleo-friendly, too.

Some key ingredients in this gluten-free snickerdoodle recipe include tigernut flour, dates, and ceylon cinnamon. You’ll learn more about them below, but believe me when I say they are game-changers when it comes to making healthy cookies that taste as good, if not better, than what you ate before embarking on a Paleo/AIP diet.

What Exactly Is Tigernut Flour, and What’s the Best Way To Use It?

If you’ve gone gluten-free, then you know just how many variations of four are out there — almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, cassava flour, just to name a few. But what about tigernut flour? This might be a new one.

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Let’s start off by saying that a tigernut isn’t actually a nut like the name implies. It’s a small root vegetable that grows in the Mediterranean and North Africa that is naturally gluten-free, AIP-, and Paleo-friendly, offering those with nut allergies a safe flour alternative. Yet, it has a subtle nutty flavor!

This grain-free flour has become a trend in the natural foods space and is beginning to make its way to store shelves across the U.S. more regularly. So even if you haven’t spotted it out in the wild just yet, just you wait! In the meantime, I find it online here.

Tip: I highly recommend sifting Tigernut flour before measuring it in cups, I like to do this in a large mixing bowl using a fine-mesh sieve or flour sifter. It’s worth the extra few minutes to kick the clumps out and ensure it bakes well (also it saves you on waste and you end up stretching the flour that way).

It’s also one of my favorite GF flours, and I’ve used it in a ton of my recipes, including:

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How Do You Omit Sugar in Cookies?

Well, you don’t completely! You just find the best quality sweeteners that agree with your body! You can achieve the necessary sweetness without any artificial sweeteners or excess sugar in this recipe primarily by using Medjool dates.

Not only are dates a low-glycemic natural sweetener, but they also aid in creating a soft, chewy cookie, which was exactly what I craved in this snickerdoodle recipe. Crunchy cookies have a place and all, but I do love a soft-baked snickerdoodle cookie!

The date purée also acts as a binding agent in place of eggs, keeping these snickerdoodles AIP-friendly and vegan.

These snickerdoodles are also rolled in a bit of cinnamon sugar … coconut sugar, that is (which is lower in fructose than traditional sugar)! It’s a snickerdoodle, after all! You can always omit if you need to.

Time-saving Tip: Make extra cinnamon sugar and store in an airtight container on your counter or in your pantry to use when making leftover frozen dough.

Gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookies

What Are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a wonderful blood sugar stabilizer. If possible, it’s best to use ceylon cinnamon in this snickerdoodle recipe, but regular cinnamon is fine, too. Just don’t omit it! This is a critical ingredient for these snickerdoodles and cannot be left out. It’s worth a run to the grocery store, if needed.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Tip: I love using ceylon cinnamon in all my sweet baked good recipes or desserts as often as I can because it helps stabilize blood sugar. I often use it in savory dishes, too! This is a staple spice in my cooking because of the rich, unique flavor combined with the nutritional benefits. It’s also safe on the elimination phase of AIP!

How To Store Snickerdoodle Cookies

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six days on the counter. (But trust me, they won’t last that long!)

These gluten-free snickerdoodles can also be frozen raw as dough or as fully cooked cookies.

  • To store as raw dough: Place the prepared snickerdoodle dough on a sheet of wax paper and form into a long roll. Wrap in the wax paper, twisted at the ends to seal it, and place the log in a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for up to three months.
  • Baking frozen raw dough: They may need to bake a little longer (an extra minute or two) than they would if using fresh dough, so keep an eye on them in the oven.

Tip: You can also freeze the raw dough in evenly sized balls so that you can just take out as many as you would want at a time to roll in the cinnamon sugar and bake at your leisure.

  • To store as baked cookies: Place any leftover baked cookies in a freezer-safe container or bag in the freezer for up to six months. I like to place small pieces of parchment paper in between in case you want to easily detach them one at a time.
  • Reheating frozen baked cookies: You can reheat in the oven at 275f degrees for 10-15 minutes for the best result.

What To Serve with Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodle cookies are the perfect chilly weather cookie. Cozy up a couple of them, warm socks, a good book, and one of these wintery drinks:

Gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookies
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Soft & Chewy Gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookies (AIP, Paleo)

Naturally sweetened with dates and dusted in spicy cinnamon, these simple gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies are light and tasty! They're also AIP-friendly and Paleo, so everyone can enjoy! Cozy up with these sofft and chewy cookies on a chilly afternoon with a cup of tea and warm socks.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: AIP, cookies, paleo
Servings: 8


  • Unbleached Parchment Paper
  • Baking/Cookie Sheet
  • Flour Sifter or Fine Mesh Sieve
  • Mixing Bowl



  • Preheat oven to 350f degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Make the date paste by soaking the Medjool pitted dates in hot water for 10 minutes and then pour it all into a food processor or high-speed blender to blend well into a paste. Set aside.
  • Make cinnamon-sugar topping mixture by combining 1 tsp cinnamon and coconut sugar in a bowl or on a plate (you’ll roll the cookie dough in these). Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add sifted flour (you may push flour through a fine mesh strainer in a separate bowl and then measure out the 1 1/2 cups or use a flour sifter). Add the cinnamon and baking soda and mix.
  • Next, add date paste to the bowl and melted coconut oil. Mix all together using a spatula or large spoon until your cookie dough forms.
  • Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and roll each one into a ball with your hands. Drop the balls into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll them until coated in a single layer.
  • Place each cookie ball on your lined baking sheet and press cookies down to flatten a bit (approx. 1/2-inch thick or a little less). Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden on the edges and cracks have formed.
  • Let cookies rest on a rack for 10 minutes before digging in. Store in an airtight container or cookie jar to keep them soft.
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Recipe Rating

  • MarisaDecember 7, 2020 - 1:15 am

    Would these work with avocado oil? Or would it be better to wait until I get my hands on coconut oil?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 19, 2020 - 5:15 pm

      I haven’t tried but I think it could work!! let me know 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MahonDecember 7, 2020 - 1:23 pm

    Could you use just date syrup instead of the dates and soaking water?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 19, 2020 - 5:14 pm

      I haven’t tested it but I don’t think it will be the same consistency at all so wouldn’t recommend it.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Wren-GrimwoodDecember 15, 2020 - 3:19 pm

    These look so delicious and full of Christmas flavours too.ReplyCancel

  • SharonDecember 15, 2020 - 3:56 pm

    These are the perfect gluten-free cookies that are great for he holidays. I love that people cannot even tell that they are gluten-free!ReplyCancel

  • ToniDecember 15, 2020 - 4:21 pm

    These are really perfect cookies for me! Thanks so much for the recipe! ReplyCancel

  • KatherineDecember 15, 2020 - 5:05 pm

    I love that these are healthier snickerdoodles. Cinnamon is perfect with the dates.ReplyCancel

  • KelliDecember 15, 2020 - 5:43 pm

    Love how few ingredients are in these! I have a friend who’s on the AIP diet and I never know what to make her. These would be a perfect holiday gift! ReplyCancel

  • Gayle ShumwayDecember 21, 2020 - 1:48 am

    Really, Mine tasted like sawdust, really gross, but I will eat them anyway.ReplyCancel

  • princiJanuary 16, 2021 - 9:46 pm

    Hi Alison,
    I really don’t like tigernut flour, but would like to try these cookies. I’m following AIP so is there another flour you can recommend instead? And the quantity?

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 19, 2021 - 8:09 pm

      I haven’t tried it with another AIP-friendly flour, but if you do please let us know!ReplyCancel

    • WendiMarch 9, 2021 - 1:17 am

      I used half of a cup arrowroot and a cup of cassava flour. It was so  dry I couldn’t even mash the ingredients together. I had to add tons of water and coconut milk. Maybe it was the flour because I followed the directions besides adding the liquids. I did not enjoy the cookies. ReplyCancel

      • Alison MarrasMarch 9, 2021 - 2:24 pm

        Hi Wendi, cassava flour can get very chalky so it wouldn’t be a good sub. Thanks for sharing your experience with changing the recipe. I’d recommeend using Tigernut or a nut flour if/when nuts are on the table for you to be safe.ReplyCancel

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