If you love chai flavors, you will love these soft Gluten Free Chai Snickerdoodles. They are full of chai flavors and are so easy to make! Make a big batch in under 30 minutes! Dairy-free option.

A plate full of chai snickerdoodles.

I am really excited about this homemade gluten free chai snickerdoodles recipe. You get all of the spicy flavors of chai tea in a sweet cookie form! These cookies are perfect for the holidays!

If you love snickerdoodles, I have a few delicious snickerdoodles flavors for you to try, including my classic Gluten Free Snickerdoodles, Frosted Gluten Free Snickerdoodles (a Crumbl copycat recipe), Gluten Free Gingerdoodles, and Gluten Free Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.

Why I love these chai cookies:

  1. They are full of holiday chai flavors.
  2. These chai snickerdoodles are perfect for a cookie exchange party!
  3. Kids love to help make these because they get to play with the cookie dough!
  4. You can easily freeze these cookies, so you can have cookies at any time!

Allergen Information:

These homemade chai snickerdoodle cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, oat-free, and nut-free. You can make them dairy-free if you use dairy-free butter.

Made these last evening for my husband’s men’s group. The plate came back empty😉

Cindy W., Facebook comment.

Try all of my yummy gluten free cookie recipes. You are sure to find a few new favorites!

A mason jar filled with gluten free flour sitting on the counter.

Flour Blends Tested:

1. King Arthur Measure for Measure—This blend works really well in my recipes. I don’t have to let the flour blend rest in the batter.
2. Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Blend—This blend also works well, but this flour blend does benefit from resting the batter for 15 minutes before baking. The rest allows the rice flour in this blend to soften, so you don’t have gritty baked goods.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

These cookies are made with simple ingredients. The big note is to be sure your spices are gluten free. McCormick and Penzey are very good about declaring whether their spices contain gluten ingredients.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan or guar gum, add one teaspoon to your dry ingredients.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free to avoid any metallic aftertaste. Be sure your baking powder isn’t expired. Check to make sure your baking powder is gluten free.
  • Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract.
  • Eggs – Size large eggs.
A stack of four chai snickerdoodles.

Gluten free cookies are easy to make. For best results, I am sharing some of my best cookie baking tips, but you can also read my gluten free baking tips for more details.

  • To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using the spoon or leveling method. To use the spoon method, put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour. To use the leveling method, use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
  • Be sure to ensure your oven temperature is accurate periodically.
  • Use a cooled cookie sheet when baking. Don’t take a hot cookie sheet and put the batter on it, or I promise the cookies won’t turn out. They start baking immediately, and it messes with the shape of them. Use a couple of sheets and rotate them out when making large batches of cookies.
  • Don’t let the cookies sit on the pan too long. After they have baked, only let them sit up to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. The pan will still be hot and continue baking them otherwise.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend.

Step 2: Soften the butter in a smaller bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Whisk to blend the ingredients.

Photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix into a nice cookie dough.

Step 4: This is what your cookie dough should look like. If your dough is wetter, add more flour. Each flour blend is a bit different, so you may need to adjust things a little.

Photos of steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.

Step 6: Use a small cookie scoop to scoop up cookie dough. Roll into a ball and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

The chai snickerdoodles ready to bake.

Step 7: Use the bottom of a glass to push down the cookie dough balls. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the cookies from the oven. (Note: if you make larger cookies, you may need more baking time.)

Move the cookies to a cooling rack.

A gluten free chai snickerdoodle on a small white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you store chai snickerdoodles?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days.

Can you make these cookies dairy-free?

Yes, use your favorite plant-butter substitute to make these chai snickerdoodles dairy-free.

Can you freeze Christmas cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies easily. Just put room-temperature cookies into a zip-style freezer bag. They will keep fresh in the freezer for up to 4 months.

If you love chai, try this easy Chai Concentrate recipe.

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A stack of four chai snickerdoodles.

Gluten Free Chai Snickerdoodles

Sandi Gaertner
These delicious Gluten-Free Chai Snickerdoodles are full of warm chai flavors. They are easy to make in under 30 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 115 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Be sure to put the rack in the middle of the oven. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and all spices. (Note: do not put the coating ingredients into the bowl.) Use a wire whisk to blend these all together.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the softened butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk to blend
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix into cookie dough.
  • In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon and mix.
  • Use a small or medium cookie scoop to scoop dough into balls. Roll each dough ball into round balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto the cookie sheet.
  • Repeat until you made all of the cookies. Use the flat bottom of a glass to press down each cookie.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.

Notes

  1. I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure and Bob’s Red Mill 1:1. Other blends will work; just keep an eye on the moisture level of the dough. Some blends are starchier and need more or less liquid.
  2. If your blend doesn’t have xanthan gum or guar gum, add one teaspoon.
  3. Store these cookies in an airtight container. They will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.5mg
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    VERY GOOD! Love the chai spice. Used King Arthur 1:1 flour and subbed coconut sugar for a portion of the sugar. Just got a stand mixer so used that for prep. EXCELLENT 🥰

  2. 5 stars
    These are great the whole family loved them. Making another batch already!
    My cookie scoop must be small cause I got about 40 cookies from the recipe. I also needed a stand mixer as the softened butter just didn’t want to whisk by hand.