Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles- soft inside, crunchy outside & full of peppermint flavor!


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First Love

Snickerdoodles are probably my favorite cookie of all time. I just love the soft inside and then crispy outside with a burst of cinnamon flavor. I make snickerdoodles every Christmas. 6 Christmas ago I was just starting to date my hubby and hadn’t yet met his family. I sent a bunch of snickerdoodles with him to his parents and won them over. The first time I met his dad, he asked,

“Is this the girl who made the cookies?”

I won over his dad with cookies! From then on we made them for any special family event.

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside & full of peppermint flavor! Crushed candy canes add the perfect touch.

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles

American Gluten Free DecemeberI have been wanting to try something a bit different with my snickerdoodles for a while and when I got my American Gluten Free Box (read more about it HERE) and saw the Orly Blends flour and the sugar crystals I felt inspired. I was already in a peppermint mood after my No-Bake Mint Slims Peppermint Pie, so I thought why not take it to the next level.

I usually use GF Jules flour in everything, but since I had the Orly blend (this isn’t sponsored, I just had it on hand) I thought I’d give it a shot. It worked great. No one could tell the cookies were gluten free. There was no grainy texture. If you can’t have corn these flour blends are a great option. It was really awesome to get a whole bag in my American Gluten Free box and not just a sample.

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside & full of peppermint flavor! Crushed candy canes add the perfect touch.

Peppermint Goodness

This recipe is really easy and should work well with any 1:1 gluten free flour blend as long as the blend is not bean based. I used a peppermint oil, though I’m sure you can use peppermint extract.

I used a peppermint oil, though I’m sure you can use peppermint extract.

The hardest thing about these cookies (if you can even call it hard) is the crushed candy canes. They will stick together a bit once they are crushed. The best way I found to combat this was to crush them in the food processor with the sugar crystals. I would just take out a little at a time so I could pulse them to loosen them up.

Now, if Peppermint isn’t your thing, you’ve got to try this Healthy Ginger Snap Recipe from Food Faith Fitness. Prefer lemon? The Gluten Free Iced Lemon Cookies from My Gluten-Free Kitchen are divine! Perfect for holidays!

Enjoy these delicious cookies! Happy Holidays!

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside & full of peppermint flavor! Crushed candy canes add the perfect touch.
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4.38 from 8 votes

Gluten Free Peppermint Snickerdoodles


  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy free butter like Earth Balance buttery bars
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour I have used GFJules and Orly London Blend- both contain Xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 finely crushed candy canes
  • 1/4 cup sugar or white sugar sprinkles I used Imperial Sugar Crystals


  • Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, peppermint extract, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Add gluten free flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  • Beat until combined.
  • Roll into one inch balls.
  • Roll balls into the mixture of candy canes and sprinkles.
  • Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.

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    December 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    5 stars
    I just made these cookies as a request for my daughter who loves peppermint. They are great! The kids are not fans of gluten free anything but they didn’t notice that they were gluten free. They were not grainy – just a nice soft middle with a hint of crispness on the edges -great. The husband liked them too. They were not too sweet and the contrast between the soft cookie and crunchy candy cane topping was nice. Next time I will add a bit more peppermint extract as my family is a huge fan. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      December 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      I am so happy to hear that! We love snickerdoodles and these are definitely one of my favorites!

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    Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman
    December 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    What a pretty, festive spin on an old favorite!

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    December 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I love that these are GF. It’s hard to find a good gluten-free snickerdoodle and then add the peppermint on…. I’m down! YUM!

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    Platter Talk
    December 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    These are very pretty cookies to add to a festive cookie platter. They almost sing Jingle Bells!

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    December 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I have yet to bake with peppermint this year, but it is one of my favorite flavors for the season! These cookies look delicious! Thanks for the motivation. Holiday baking here I come!

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    December 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    What lovely cookies! I’d love to find these on a cookie plate!

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    December 16, 2016 at 11:12 am

    What gorgeous little cookies! I love how festive they look. So perfect for my holiday party!

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    December 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

    My mom loves snickerdoodles, so I think I’ll make these for her this Christmas 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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    December 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Gonna have to make these cause they look amazing..

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    December 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    My oldest just requested Snickerdoodles and while we love the original she might love these even more with the peppermint twist!

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    Alisa Fleming
    December 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    These are perfection! I love how perfectly soft and chewy they look.

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    Sharon @What The Fork
    December 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of snickerdoodles. I have yet to make them gluten free but this recipe looks like a winner! Love the peppermint addition too!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    December 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Oh my goodness these look amazing! Can you mail me some!!!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    December 14, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Such a fun combo of all our cookie favorites!

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