Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles

by cakeduchess on October 11, 2011 · 39 comments


It was a blustery, rainy weekend. I was too lazy to check the weather report online to see what exactly was going on. The winds were gusting at around 40 MPH. I was completely unmotivated to drag the kids around in that kind of weather. 

More importantly, it doesn’t thrill me to get caught in the rain with the kids. It’s not that I don’t like the rain.  I really do love rainy days. You know, I’m not in the position to get preoccupied about my hair getting messed up and frizzy or my make-up running. Who are we kidding? I’m a mom that is always on the rush. Worrying about my hair days are long over. And that’s what cute baseball caps were made for, right?
So I announced to the kids that we would bake! What else could we do besides watch the Zhu Zhu Pets movie. The weather continued to deteriorate. I will watch almost any movie with my kids, but this Zhu Zhu Pets movie was putting me over the edge. It was time to get off the couch and make COOKIES! And HOLY COW, these were AMAZING cookies. Can you tell by all my caps-locked letters how MUCH I love these cookies? Seriously.great.cookies.They were so good that I took them outside in a drizzle with the crazy wind and photographed them.

Here’s why I usually don’t make cookies:

1) They are round and cute.
2) They are portable. (if you can resist not eating them while bringing them somewhere)
3) They could be finished in one huge bite or a smaller bite.

I decided to do it in 2 smaller bites.

That is what I did on that rainy, windy, miserable day. I drowned my sorrows in these cookies. The fact that they were vegan made not feel any guilt or discomfort about consuming a couple extra. As a home-baker, it was my duty to test the texture and the flavor. Could they really be so good without any butter? Yes, these vegan cookies were super good without any butter. Or eggs.
Besides eating the cookies, we also had fun baking them. I made the first tray of cookies by myself. The kids took a break from the movie and decided to see what they could sneak from the batter. There were little hands coming at me from every angle. I let them finish rolling out the rest of the dough and they loved dipping the cookies in the sugar. Fabrizio helped Luca shape his cookies.  It was a family afternoon of baking.
Just the way I like it.


I am normally not a snickerdoodle fan, per se. If they are on a tray of Christmas cookies…that is the one cookie I won’t eat. But the cinnamon and chocolate in this cookie were meant to be a couple. I sometimes like desserts with a little surprise kick! The little bit of cayenne in the recipe is just right. The cookie texture is crisp and moist in the middle. That’s my kind of a cookie.

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles
slightly adapted-recipe by Isa Chandra: The PPK

Makes 24 cookies


For the topping:
1/3 cup sugar (I used organic turbinado sugar)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cookies:
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons rice milk (or any other milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used all-purpose flour instead)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (I made one batch w/cayenne and one w/out for the kids)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the topping ingredients together on a large dinner plate. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together the oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix in the extracts.

Sift in the remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added, mix until you’ve got a pliable dough.

Roll the dough into walnut-size balls. Pat the dough balls into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2-inch discs. Transfer the dough balls to a baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread). This should be easy as the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes; they should be a bit spread and crackly on top. Remove the cookies from the oven, let them cool 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

Go ahead and try to eat just one!

Hope you’re week started off great. Thanks for stopping by.Smile

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Dionne Baldwin October 11, 2011 at 3:07 am

Ooo vegan cookies! And Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles?? I see a bigger jean size in my future!

Their loss really. :( They missed out on your smiling personality and sweet treats!

I hope you enjoyed your rainy day! Now go hide that movie if you haven’t already.


Jenn October 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

These look awesome! I wonder how this recipe would convert to gluten free, I think I will have to give it a try :)


Yuri - Chef Pandita October 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Love your vegan baking, Lora :) Your kids are too cute! xoxo


The Mom Chef October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Is your family heading in the vegan direction? I know you have friends that are now and have seen a lot more vegan recipes from you since then.

These do look delicious. We enjoy our eggs and butter so I’d probably try to add them back. :)

I like the addition of the cayenne. Nothing like that touch of heat in the back of the throat.


Becky October 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

These cookies are gorgeous. I love cinnamon in anything. Who would think that these are vegan? Bookmarking for other vegan family members.


Claudia October 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Cinnamon and chocolate were born to be together. And rainy days are made for baking. Send us some of your rain… and cookies. I’d welcome them both open arms!


foodwanderings October 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Thank you these are definitely a keeper. As I told you I might make these with another cookie from your site, for the guys when we bring them picnic lunch in between games (again) in two weeks in PA. They will be so happy as I never bring dessert always focus on the savory.:) So yay!


The Vanilla Bean Baker October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Now, not only have you got me wishing that you would bake more cookies but I’m also wishing that I had a batch of these in my cookie jar right now. They look so good and chewy. A rainy afternoon made so much better with the entire family in on this baking.


Goddess of Baking October 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I am going to bake these today but i noticed in the recipe there is two flour measurements. Can you let me know how much flour. Thanks!


Cake Duchess October 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hi Goddess-It’s 1 2/3 all-purpose white flour. The original recipe calls for 1 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour. Next time I bake them I will try w/the WW pastry flour.:)


Reeni October 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

I love snickerdoodles! You upped the ante with the spicy chocolate! I’d rather be at home baking…than almost anywhere else! xoxo


Happy When Not Hungry October 12, 2011 at 1:28 am

Wow these cookies look so delicious and I love the touch of cayenne too. Yum!


Jamie October 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

Ha ha ha I see a chef in there helping! And I am no snickerdoodle fan but yum anything chocolate goes! And even better on a blustery day. Perfect! And these look so absolutely delicious! Bookmarked this recipe! Yum! What a fun family activity!


Virtually Vegan Mama October 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

These look so delicious Lora and I love anything spicy! =)



Junia October 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

i love how these are butter free cookies!! whooohoo for vegan baking :) i love isa’s recipes too :). have a great day! xoxo


Tony Storm October 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

woohoo! mexican food! i do eat that everyday tho.. (since im mexican haha)


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I love the bit of spice in these, especially the cayenne! Now, you know that those molasses chocolate chip cookies are my all time faves now right? So I trust your cookie expertise and love the addition of maple to these…another of your cookies I must make!


Nancy October 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Snickerdoodles are an all time favorite cookie in our house and I have no doubt that these will be too!! I’m with Barb in loving the cayenne in these… can’t wait to try them out!!


Jen October 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This looks so delicious! Unfortunately, my husband and I went to the Keys last weekend where the weather was also horrible. Should have stayed home and baked cookies!


Lizzy October 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Oh, that photo with the bite taken out is making my mouth water! How chewy and delicious these must be. When my kids were little, it was Barney that I couldn’t watch for more than about 3 minutes…I love the idea of baking as a distraction :) Smart mama!


Aggie October 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love these! Love even more that they have a kick!


Bestfoodies October 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I love your reasoning for why you don’t usually make cookies! They look scrumptious!


marla {family fresh cooking} October 13, 2011 at 1:42 am

Love that organic turbinado sugar you put on the tops of these great looking cookies!


Cookin' Canuck October 13, 2011 at 3:11 am

I think the Zsu Zsu pet would have sent me over the edge, too. Baking sounds like a great remedy and these cookies sound so darn good.


Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow October 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Yum!! They look so tasty!


Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny October 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Yummy! These look so delicious, love your pictures! :)


Rosita Vargas October 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

Lucen exquisitas y crocantes ,saludos a los cocineros pequeños,perciosas fotos,abrazos,hugs,hugs.


Ilke October 14, 2011 at 1:43 am

Like that kick in the chocolate too! But once you have too many becomes a kick in the butt! Hate that!! :)
Hope you have a beautiful weather this weekend.


Roxana GreenGirl October 14, 2011 at 2:23 am

Hooray for the vegan cookies! they look amazing Lora! Love the cayenne touch ;)

I got goose skin only reading zsu zsu pet, oh How I don’t get thee


Priscilla - She's Cookin' October 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’m with Roxana – hooray for vegan cookies, especially with a kick of cayenne! Baking over Zsu Zsu pets movie, hmmm, tough choice ;)


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } October 15, 2011 at 2:38 am

Never had a vegan cookie, but this is one that I think I need to make. Delish!!!!


Sandra October 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

It is raining over here too..but sometimes I do like just to relax with the sound of rain..
Your cookies look wonderful as well as this recipe! Your have beautiful your photos!!!
Wishing you awesome evening!!


Baker Street October 20, 2011 at 2:37 am

Love the vegan version! Lovely take on snickerdoodles!


Erin October 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

Yum! These cookies look absolutely amazing. I have cinnamon and chocolate together. Perfect activity for a rainy day!


Susan Lindquist October 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

These look wonderful! Love finding new cookie recipes!


momdecuisine October 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

Those look wonderful! I love baking with the kids. I know what you mean about a certain movie ready to push you over the edge! Great post!


Amee October 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Those look great – my kids always ‘help’ me too, so cute!


Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) October 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Okay, I have a fondness for snickerdoodles, and I’m not sure it I like saying the word or the word “snicker” is in it. I love that you made them vegan and went out of the box here. They almost look healthy. Hee Hee. They’d make a great cookie gift. I’m with Erin..rainy day baking!


Give me money January 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

look beautiful


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