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Vegan Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles have always been one of my favorite cookies. These come out soft, slightly chewy and have a great texture on the outside because they're rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before baking. Not to mention that creamy tang from the vegan cream cheese.


These cream cheese snickerdoodle cookies are so ridiculously good and super easy to make. They have the classic snickerdoodle puffiness with a nice mild tanginess because of the cream cheese. Whenever I bake I like to use the new Country Crock Plant Butter Sticks with Olive Oil. The flavor is super buttery and it behaves just like the real thing and because they come in sticks they're convenient for most baking recipes. I also used the Trader Joe's Vegan Cream Cheese. It's super soft and light so it works perfect in this recipe. You can make these by hand and they will come out just fine but I've been taking the easy route and using my standing mixer. It's especially great for creaming together butter and sugar which is the key to great cookies. This recipe also calls for cream of tartar which gives these cookies the classic "snickerdoodle" flavor. So it's a must have ingredient in this recipe.

Some Supplies You'll Need to Make These Cookies

  • Sheet pan or Cookie Sheet - I use a large commercial size sheet pan so that I can make a lot of cookies at one time. You can also use 2 pans or just bake in batches.

  • Parchment Paper or a Silicone Baking Mat- This will prevent the cookies from sticking and burning.

  • Cooling Rack - A cooling rack is essential for making cookies especially if you wan t them soft and chewy and preventing them from getting hard.

  • A Hand/Standing Mixer or Whisk - You can do them by hand but using a mixer will ensure that the butter and sugar cream together nicely.

  • An Ice Cream Scoop - This will help you scoop out the exact amount each time so that every cookie is the same size.

  • Cream of Tartar - Cream of Tartar gives snickerdoodles their traditional tangy and chewiness. If you don't have cream of tartar you can substitute by using 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Just be sure to omit the baking soda from the recipe as well. The cookies will still be delicious.

Things You Should Know About Making Snickerdoodles

  • Because of the high temperature and cream of tartar and baking soda the cookies will puff up after a few moments in the oven. Once you take them out you will need to gently press them down gently with the back of a spoon. This cool feature makes them so much fun to make with kids.

  • The key to getting a chewy cookies is to remove them from the oven before they are actually done cooking. As they rest and cool they become soft and chewy.

  • These can be made ahead of time and the dough can be rolled into a log shape, wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the ridge for 2 weeks or frozen in the freezer for months.


Using an ice cream scoop will make sure all of your cookies are the same size. Once you scoop them out just gently roll them into the cinnamon sugar mixture.. Do not fatten the cookies. After they bake you will gently press them down to flatten them a little.

The signature snickerdoodle puff popping up. This is exactly what you want.

Once you remove them from the oven let them sit on the pan for about a minute. Then use the back of a spoon to gently press them down. Now move them from the sheet pan and put them on a cooling rack. Don't worry about them cracking a little, cracks are a snickerdoodle signature.


Some of the items I used:


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