Chocolate Snickerdoodles

by Sarah

in cholesterol free, Cookies, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Egg-Free, Nut free, vegan

chocolate snickerdoodles

As the Spork and I travel on the East coast, we are staying at an Airbnb where the homeowners have two dogs. It took a lot of convincing on my part, and grumbling from him (he’s not really into dogs, especially the poop and slobber), but I convinced him this is the best place to stay and it is amazing. I look forward to coming back in the evening so I can play with the dogs, and set a special alarm in the morning to make sure I get up early enough to play with them before I leave for the day. Both dogs are Lakeland terriers, and love playing tug-of-war with people using their chew toys. Having wanted a dog since as young as I can remember, I am loving every minute with these two. We have become fast friends, and I think the Spork is secretly worried I may become the dog-lady (cousin of the cat-lady?) someday.

In the evening, when I turn the key to enter the apartment, I hear the two dogs scratching at the door, jumping in excitement once the door opens. When I go from room to room, they tail me jumping and bringing their toys to where I’m sitting so we can play. I wonder if this is what it’s like to have a dog? Or do most dogs mellow out if they see the people every day? I am trying to savor every moment with these two, and hoping that I can also be a dog’s person someday too.

chocolate snickerdoodles

Like these two sweet, charming dogs, these chocolate snickerdoodles are also a pleasant surprise. Dark, crinkly, and mysterious – they taste moist and soft, with a cracked shell glittering with cinnamon and sugar crystals. They go perfectly with a cup of milk (or soy milk, or almond milk), and I’m planning on adding these to my Christmas cookies to-bake list.

chocolate snickerdoodles

You may wonder how a chocolate snickerdoodle adds to the regular snickerdoodle, which is already very delicious. I find that the chocolate gives this snickerdoodle a decadent, luxurious taste, that goes even better with milk than the regular snickerdoodle. This recipe is adapted from the book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar‘s Mexican hot chocolate snickerdoodle recipe. The original recipe makes for a spicier snickerdoodle, which is delectable as well. And now it is time to go to sleep! The doggies are fast asleep after a tiring evening playing with the Spork and I – I am off to set my “early alarm” so I get up when the dogs do and we can play!

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hocolate Snickerdoodles
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Moist chewy chocolate snickerdoodles with the perfect cracked crust
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, maple syrup, soy/almond milk, and stir quickly with a fork to mix well. Add extracts and stir again.
  3. Add dry ingredients, and mix until dough is pliable. Meanwhile mix topping ingredients and dump onto a plate.
  4. Roll dough into 1.5 inch diameter balls, and pat into the sugar topping mixture. Flatten into a 2-inch wide disc. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up. Place 2 inches apart, as cookies will spread.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes at 350F. Remove, and let cool for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet. Then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


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1 Nagi@RecipeTinEats August 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I want to see photos of the dogs!!! I’m such a dog lover :)

As usual Sarah, the fact that you can make things like this completely dairy free….it blows my mind.

I seriously think you should consider writing a cookbook. I mean it.


2 Sarah August 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Nagi! I would love to write a cookbook someday! I will share photos of the dogs in my next post (it’ll be about my trip!). They are both so cute, I am going bananas over the fact that the homeowners have dogs. Although they are siblings, the two dogs have very different personalities – one is a lot more mellow than the other, but the more energetic one is also very, very smart.


3 Sonali- The Foodie Physician August 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

These look like cookie perfection to me!!! Chocolatey, crinkly with a bit a cinnamon- yum! Beautiful as always :)


4 Sarah August 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Sonali!


5 Beeta @ Mon Petit Four August 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

So glad you’re enjoying your time on the East Coast, Sarah! I used to grow up wishing for a dog too. My mom was always against it. She didn’t want to take care of the dog and knew that ultimately she would be with me being a kid and all, preoccupied with school, friends, activities. I didn’t understand what she meant until I “grew up” and got my own dog (a shih tzu) when I was 22. They are definitely a big commitment and require just as much work as a small child, BUT they’re so worth it! :p They always go crazy when you come home but they pretty much sleep or just hang out all day if you take them for regular walks and give them a 15 minute sesh of play time with the chew toys or playing fetch. They give unconditional love though and always want to be by your side, no matter where you go or what you do. I definitely recommend getting a dog once you think you’re ready and have the time for one! :)

As for these cookies, they look so decadent and luxurious. I can totally understand what you mean when you talk about them being more rich and suitable for a glass of milk than traditional snickerdoodles. I love your chocolate take on them and the way they look. I’m definitely pinning this one! :)


6 Sarah August 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Hi Beeta! Thanks for sharing your story about getting a dog! I know exactly what you mean when you say you wanted a dog but your mom said it would be a lot of work. That’s also how my parents felt about getting a dog when I was growing up. Your description of dogs sounds so perfect, I am looking forward to being able to have a dog someday in the (hopefully near) future! I’m really enjoying playing with these two dogs during my stay, I can imagine if I had a dog / dogs I would have so much fun playing with them. So happy you like the cookies!


7 Joanne August 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

The dogs sound so fun! I didn’t realize that people left their pets at AirBnB, but good to know.

I so love a good snickerdoodle…but this chocolate version is kind of blowing my mind right now!


8 Sarah August 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

Thanks Joanne! I will be on the hunt for dog friendly AirBnB’s from now on after this amazing stay.


9 Thao @ In Good Flavor August 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

These chewy, chocolatey, and healthier snickerdoodles are a great twist on the standard. Great recipe!


10 Sarah August 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

Thank you Thao!


11 amanda August 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

I wish I had a big plate of these yummy cookies!


12 Sarah August 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

Thanks Amanda!


13 Julia B August 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Hi, Sarah
I hope you get a dog soon! Speaking from experience, I know they will greet you as it if it’s the first time every day, even if you go out for an hour. They do settle down after a while, though how much depends on the breed. I saw a quote from a dog rescue site the other day, not getting it exact but it was something like “As soon as we found each other [dog and owner], we were both instantly happier.”

Sorry for the off-topic post–I love your site! Julia (from PWR)


14 Sarah August 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

Hi Julia! It’s great hearing from you! :) Thanks for the insight on how excited dogs are when their humans return home, and how happy it is to have a dog. I can’t wait to adopt a dog in a few years when I am done with residency. Glad you enjoy the site! :)


15 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking August 8, 2015 at 10:17 am

I can tell you doogs never get tired of their owners coming home, until they’re pretty old and walking is a hassle so you get the head perk / the trot instead of the tackle. Two is a bit too much for me – we have a (now aging) American Eskimo who is gooorgeous.

Nice work with the snickerdoodles. Enjoy your trip!


16 Sarah August 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

From your description dogs sound like wonderful companions! American Eskimos are so pretty, kind of like a smaller version of the samoyed – both super cute!


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