Christmas Snickerdoodles cookies

Cookies for the Santa with Dietary-Restrictions

If Santa is anything like Scott Calvin, he needs cookies that are dairy-free. Why not make them Top 8 Allergen-Free? Shake things up for Santa and make him some snickerdoodles cookies!


Scott Calvin from The Santa Clause
Judy makes Scott Calvin her special hot chocolate recipe that she worked on for 1200 years. I’m sure it didn’t have dairy in it.


Lactose Intolerant Santa
We got you covered, Santa!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (if you’re not, you should be. Sign up for my mailing list to get updates when there’s a new blog AND get a FREE Beginners Guide to Dietary-Restriction Friendly Essentials checklist), you know that we’ve made a cake from Namaste. It was delicious.

We’ve been meaning to make these cookies for a while, so why not make them for Santa? It’s early, so a trial run for Santa. GFS wants to be on the “Nice” list.

If Santa is lactose intolerant like Scott Calvin, make him cookies that are top 8 allergen-free Click To Tweet

As I mentioned before, these cookies are free from the Top 8 allergens. That means that these cookie are free from wheat, soy, dairy, shellfish, fish, peanut, tree nut, and egg. For this recipe, we did use eggs. However, you can use an egg alternative such as Veganegg if you have an allergy or want a paleo friendly recipe.


Namaste Cookie Mix
Namaste Foods is Top 8 Allergen Free


2 eggs/egg substitute
1/3 c butter or margarine (we used Earth Balance Soy-free Butter)
1/3 c shortening

*For Snickerdoodles
2 tsps cinnamon
3 tbsp sugar

*Pro tip #1: you can replace shortening with 1/4 c of coconut oil; microwave until liquified

-Heat oven to 400
-Spray cookie sheet
-Combine eggs/egg alternative, butter, and shortening/coconut oil until creamy
-Slowly add dry mix, incorporating well after each addition.

*For Snickerdoodles
Combine cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl.

Cinnamon and Sugar mix
When you want to add pizazz to your picture


Reinderer bowl
Optional: Christmas themed bowl

Place on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. If your oven is special like ours, bake for 15 minutes.

*Pro tip #2: Let mix stand for approximately 10 minutes before adding to cinnamon & sugar mix. We didn’t do this with the first batch of cookies and it was very sticky. By the time we got to what was left in the bowl, it was much easier to work with.

Cookie dough
This is what happens when you don’t let the dough sit first. It’s a bit sticky.


Snickerdoodle Cookie dough
Dropping the dough directly into the cinnamon & sugar makes it easier to coat.


Snickerdoodle cookies
You may not want to share with Santa.

Cool on wire rack.

*Optional: Fold a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, coconuts, raisins, or dried fruit. Bake as directed above.

Yields: 17 (this varies depending on dough size)

Verdict: any Santa would enjoy, whether he has allergies or not. Don’t forget to leave out almond, soy, or rice milk! There’s also So Delicious Holiday Nog if you’re feeling extra classy.

If you liked this recipe, you might like pumpkin muffinspigs in a blanket, and pancakes.

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46 thoughts on “Cookies for the Santa with Dietary-Restrictions”

  1. That’s one of my favorite scenes from The Santa Clause! It was so funny back in the 90s because lactose intolerance and dietary intolerances in general were still not mainstream and as common as they are now. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. These look so tasty! My husband is GF so I am always looking for recipes that he can eat, but are good. A lot of GF baked goods miss the boat in the texture dept. so i am excited to try this one!

  3. Okay so firstly……….. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Sam, 3K views that’s awesome!!! I’m so happy for you and hope it’s 6K by March. You’ve worked so hard to get here and totally deserve it. And your snickerdoole Santa cookies look yummy BTW 😉

    • Thank you so much, Michelle! I really appreciate it. 😀 I’ll take 6K views too. lol They were yummy! We even gave one to my aunt to try without telling her what it was and she really liked them. 🙂

  4. Congrats on surpassing 3000 views! With gluten-free recipes like this, I’d say it’s probably well-deserved. These do look tasty. Thanks for the pro tips, too. I’m not much of a baker, so any advice to make it easier always helps.

  5. These gluten-free cookies is a must try. Perfect treat for our Christmas night. I will definitely give it a try. I am sure that my twins will really love this.

  6. These cookies look absolutely delicious and wonderful! It’s so great to see a recipe for those who are intolerant to certain ingredients. thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. What a great option for people with allergies! I myself I’m allergic to tree nuts (almonds/hazelnuts/walnuts/pecan, etc) every sweet cookie and cake around here contains nuts!!

    • I’m not allergic to nuts, but I’m not a fan of them in my food. My mom brought me a red velvet cake from someone she works with and it had nuts in it. -__- Hidden nuts are the worst!

  8. I really love baking especially this coming Christmas and New Year’s Eve. and these snickerdoole cookies look so delicious and tasty. A perfect treat for my niece and nephews.

  9. These cookies are definitely one of my favorites. I have yet to try gluten free. I am going to have to try this recipe as I believe my husband is as of lately allergic to gluten. Thank you for sharing this great recipe, I cannot wait to try them.

  10. I just tasted some cookies made from prepacked chocolate mix recently and they somehow didn’t feel as delicious as I thought they should be~ I shall try this brand out and hopefully it taste better!


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