Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

Can you keep a secret?  We all have our fair share of secrets.  There are those we hold about ourselves.  The thoughts and facts too embarrassing, hurtful, or damaging to share with others.  Some we hold onto from childhood, perhaps realizing as we age that they are silly and we share them with others.  Or maybe we realize they were bad and still need to be shared.  There are always those few we’ll hold onto forever and ever for better or worse.  Some secrets remain only deep within us, though we share others with our closest loved ones, swearing them to secrecy as well.

Then there are the secrets others tell us that we hold on to.  Some are super important and we uphold our secret keeping duty as a friend.  Don’t forget about the fun secrets: surprise parties, Christmas presents, secret plans.  These are the hardest to keep because they are so awesome we can’t wait for the surprisee to know what’s in store.  And, come on, admit it, sometimes when someone tells us a secret, we tell one or two other people.  You might tell your spouse and I might tell Mom or Dad.  But they are sworn to secrecy too, so it’s still a secret, right?

Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

I’m a pretty good secret keeper, though there is almost nothing I keep from Mom.  Seriously, like nothing.  At Christmas, don’t press me because I’m a moment away from a secret blabbing meltdown at all times.  Personally, my life is a whole lot simpler and better without many secrets.  It’s the way I like it.

These cookies have a secret, but I’m letting you in on it.  You ready?  They’re gluten free.  That’s right these Brown Butter Snickerdoodles in all their cinnamon sugar glory are totally gluten free.  I have been intrigued by gluten free baking and this Sunday Supper seemed like the perfect time to experiment.  I used Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour and some xanthan gum.  Oh, yeah, I got all molecular gastronomy on these cookies!

Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

They baked up super soft, with perfectly underbaked centers.  They are light golden brown and taste similar to regular Snickerdoodles only better because they have tremendous depth of flavor from brown butter.  If you’re gluten free, or even if you’re not, make these cookies and see if anyone knows their secret.

Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s other Sunday Supper dishes!


  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut & Soy Free Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding by girlichef
  • Dairy & Nut and Sugar Free Blueberry Tangerine Muffins by Vintage Kitchen
  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Soy Free Homemade Mango Jam Recipe by Masala Herb

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Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

Gluten Free Brown Butter Snickerdoodles #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 16 cookies


2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed

2 ¾ cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour

¾ teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon milk (I used almond milk)

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar


In a medium saucepan, cook the butter over medium heat swirling occasionally, until the butter turns deep golden brown. Watch carefully as it can go from brown to burned very quickly. Immediately pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-low for 5-7 minutes, until it is room temperature.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together.

When the butter has reached room temperature, stop the mixer before adding 1 cup of granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Beat on medium for about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the bowl before beating for about another minute. With the mixer running on low, drizzle in the egg mixture and mix until well combined, about 1 minute.

Stop the mixer. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then mix it in on low for about 15 seconds. Add another third and mix it in, followed by the final third. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir the dough by hand once to make sure there are no dry ingredients lurking in the bottom of the bowl. Form the dough into a ball in the center of the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, stir together remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar.

Form the dough into about golf ball sized balls (I like big cookies!) and roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until fully coated. Place on the prepared sheet. Cookies will spread a lot during baking, so space them as far apart as possible. Once all the cookies are coated, bake for about 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cookies have spread, puffed, and cracked. Cool completely on pans. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in a 350 degree F oven for 5-10 minutes for that fresh baked cookie taste.


Recipe adapted from Baked Elements

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  1. I agree that some recipes are even better gf. Brown butter and cinnamon, love the flavors Laura! And with food blogging all secrets are out there. Very few surprises nowadays.

    • Blogging has really left the world without many secrets. Everyone wants to share everything in their lives with everyone . . . not sure that’s always a good thing!

  2. I have a hard time keeping secrets from my mom and Michael, it’s rough, lol!

    And I loooove that these amazing brown butter snickerdoodles are also GF! So cool!

  3. I’m impressed with your gluten free baking! 🙂

  4. These look yum! Need to make a batch to keep on hand for summer lunches.

  5. Andrea (From the Bookshelf) says:

    Anything with brown butter is for me! Add peanut butter to that and I’m there!

    • Ooooh, pb brown butter cookies sound great. I think I need to get to the kitchen! Thanks, Andrea 🙂

  6. These look like the perfect gluten free cookie. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    This post made me smile, as my Mom made me Snickerdoodles growing up, and they still remain a favorite. And while I don’t need to eat gluten free, this version sounds amazing! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  8. Wow do those look delicious! I love the addition of brown butter to the Snickerdoodle! The gluten free part is the icing on the top.

  9. Love the browned butter in these snickerdoodles. It’s making want to run to the kitchen and bake them right now.

  10. Gluten free snicker doodles? What a great idea! They look delicious.

  11. Even my “normal” snickerdoodles don’t look this good, I’m jealous!

  12. I never met a Snickerdoodle I didn’t like and now I must try your recipe! It’s simply perfect!!

  13. Laura, these look scrumptious. I don’t care if they are gluten free. Snickerdoodles are snickerdoodles. And besides, these have browned butter!

  14. always on the lookout for gluten free treats… thanks

  15. Love these GF cookies and the brown butter and cinnamon sounds fantastic 🙂

  16. Gluten free snickerdoodles… sounds heavenly! They look amazing and probably better than my regular snickerdoodles!

  17. We love Snickerdoodles, you’re so smart to make them gluten free!

  18. These look amazing, I’ve got to try them.

  19. gluten free and browned butter?
    very clever Laura!!!!

  20. I can’t believe these are gluten free! That’s a secret I Would not have known just by looking at them (and tasting them, I’m sure) I’m a good secret keeper, too 🙂

  21. I want to grab one of these snickerdoodles right off the screen! So delicious! I can’t believe that they are gluten free!

  22. Snickerdoodle perfection, these cookies look beautiful! I can’t believe they’re GF!

  23. These look like beautifully chewy snicker-doodles. I bet they have great flavor from the browned butter!

  24. Oh My ! These look good ! Am hungry now ! Beautiful pics ! Love the cinnamon ….

  25. Snickerdoodle cookies are one of my favourite cookies. I have some flavoured sugars that I have been thinking about trying to use with a snickerdoodle recipe. I can’t wait to try it

  26. This is the best kind of secret! I love that I’m getting so many gluten free recipes to share with my mom this week!

  27. Your cookies sound awesome. That’s no secret!

  28. Lol, I’m TERRIBLE at keeping secrets, especially if it’s super juicy. I always want to blab to everyone. These cookies look amazing, Laura! Wow, gluten free has really come a long way in the past few years. I’d never have known these were gluten free if you didn’t say so. And mad props on using browned butter – it’s my new obsession!

  29. GF baking is not easy! Bravo for attempting it with cookies! I love browned butter. And snickerdoodles!

  30. These turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing

  31. Where can I get the recipe for Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies?

  32. I found it. Thanks. I didn’t expect it to be at the bottom of a LOT of other information.


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