Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies are made with no refined sugar, dairy or grains and don’t even require an oven to bake! The perfect holiday treat for everyone in your life.

Remember the plight of the Snickerdoodle LARABAR? I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. But it’s Christmas/[the holidays if we are being politically correct], so I had to make them into cookies instead. And they have five ingredients, one of which is salt so it doesn’t even count. They’re Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, raw vegan — basically, unless you have a nut allergy specific to cashews, you can nosh on these cookies.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I had my first snickerdoodle in elementary school. My social studies class (which was my favorite class, BTW) had colonial school days where we all sat on benches and wrote on hand-held chalkboards and dressed up like it was 1776. It was clearly my favorite day ever because Felicity was my favorite American Girl doll and I had tried on just about every colonial dress in my grandmother’s costume shop until I found the perfect blue dress of my dreams. (It’s so East Coast to have that much of a need for colonial dresses… I don’t think anyone on the West Coast remembers that Williamsburg and the Mayflower and Pilgrims were a thing.) Also involved in colonial school days? Snickerdoodles.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Apparently snickerdoodles were a traditional colonial cookie. Everyone was required to bring in two dozen snickerdoodles and there were like two dozen kids in my class so obviously we ate snickerdoodles for a straight month, not that I’m complaining. Also thinking about the work from parents that went into colonial school days makes me never want to have kids because I can not deal with that type of pressure.

Since everyone knows what a snickerdoodle tastes like (and I swear these taste like snickerdoodles, you know I wouldn’t lie to you), I want to just let you know how huge of a dork I was in elementary school because it kind of relates back to Christmas. I was so obsessed with every American Girl doll and especially Felicity that I wanted to live in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve actually been there no less than three times — once with both of my parents, once with school (re: colonial school days) and once with my dad on our way home from the Outerbanks when I was in middle school.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I planned on going to college at William and Mary when I was little just so I could live in the same town as a fictitious doll. My craziness clearly started at an early age. I should chat with my therapist to figure out what this all means, especially because I lost my shit last winter when it rained too hard in SF and the power was out and I didn’t have cell service so I was bored.

Okay, it’s the holidays and you have things to do so whip up these raw snickerdoodle cookies and relish in the fact I’m secretly kind of nerdy. (An ex-boyfriend once asked what the nerdiest thing about me was… I said my obsession with North Korea but clearly it’s my obsession with American Girl dolls. And yes, I had all the original seven. Duh.)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 15 cookies
  • 1 cup dates, soaked for at least 10 minutes
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
  1. Put dates and cashews into your food processor and combine until a ball forms. Occasionally scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and continue to combine.
  3. Place ball in refrigerator in a covered dish for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll mixture into 1" balls then pat down with your hand or a spoon to make into a cookie.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or the freezer for up to one month.

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11 comments on “Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on December 15, 2015 7:05 am

I think I had 5 American Girl Dolls? Felicity, Josephina, Samantha, and then 2 AGofToday–one that looked like me and one that had brown hair. I also had Penny the horse and Felicity, Kirsten, and Samantha’s beds, as well as the patio set and the bunk beds. I LOVED AG.
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Dietitian Jess on December 15, 2015 8:52 am

Raw cookies sounds so good- I guess that’s the cookie dough lover in me! Oh American Girls- that takes me back! I think there were books too that went along with the dolls?
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on December 15, 2015 9:44 am

I’m not 100% sure we even had American Girl dolls here in Canadaland? And if we did, then I totally wasn’t in the loop because I never had one. Then again, I never even owned a Barbie, so… there’s that :lol:
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Smitha @ Running with SD Mom on December 15, 2015 11:29 am

I never had one single doll. But my sister and my daughter both have tons. But those Snickerdoodles? GET. In. MY. BELLY!
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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on December 15, 2015 12:08 pm

I’m not sure if this is nerdier or just plain weird – but I had a cockroach farm growing up – yup – they were alive and my mom freaked out when she found it in my room. Like Amanda I never owned a Barbie – but my daughter had enough for the both of us!
BTW – these 5 ingredient cookies sound delicious!
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Tianna on December 15, 2015 2:05 pm

yummy! these sound delicious! I will have to try them out :) thanks for sharing!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 15, 2015 4:14 pm

Yay! Like “lazy” snickerdoodles ;) (I’ve never been able to find that seasonal larabar!!!)
Hahaha! I always hated the trends growing up so I hated American Girl Dolls, never had one, never cared :P
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Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite on December 15, 2015 6:39 pm

What a yummy idea! I love snickerdoodles!
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Dani @ Dani California Cooks on December 17, 2015 12:47 am

This reminds me of our conversation about american girl dolls on Sat night!!
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GiGi Eats on December 17, 2015 12:49 pm

Raw is dangerous for me because…. I will jut eat the whole bowl before even making the cookies. Wait a second…. Regardless as to whether or not cookies need baking, I am still head first in the bowl! LOL!
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Laura on April 23, 2016 1:26 pm

I just came across your blogsite. Being from Scotland, I’ve no idea what American Girl dolls or Snickerdoodles are, but your recipes look great!
And now I’m about to Google Snickerdoodles!
Thanks for sharing your food ideas :-)

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