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Snickerdoodle Cookies

The very BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies. The secret? Cinnamon is added into the dough and the batter is rolled into a cinnamon sugar mixture just before baking! The end result is a flavor packed soft and chewy cookie that is hard to resist!

Snickerdoodle Cookies stacked on white table with glass of milk

These snickerdoodle cookies are a family favorite. Specifically, they are my mom’s go-to cookie. She looooooves this recipe. Every holiday season, when I start planning my cookie trays, she pipes in and requests a double helping of my Snickerdoodles.

These cookies are easy to make, soft and chewy, and perfect for sharing. Add them to your must-make list and give them a try. You will not be disappointed.

Recipe Features:

  • Soft and chewy: These cookies are soft and chewy every time you bake a batch.
  • Freezer Friendly: Roll the dough into your rounds and place in a zip top bag to freeze before baking. Frozen dough can last up to one year!
The best snickerdoodle cookies on cooling rack

What you’ll need:

This recipe has a fairly basic ingredient list. Along with the regular butter, sugar, eggs, and flour you will add some items that should already be in your pantry. For the full list of ingredients and their measurements scroll to the recipe card.

  • Baking Soda- Your baking soda freshness can make or break a cookie. Be sure to use fresh soda and replace the carton if it has sat for a while in the pantry.
  • Cream of Tartar- Snickerdoodle cookies have a beautiful crinkled top. This is thanks to the added cream of tartar. Cream of tartar does expire, so be sure to replace it regularly.
  • Cinnamon- Do not skimp on the cinnamon!
Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Step by step instructions:

  1. reheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie tray with parchment or silicone baking mats. (affiliate). Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter with the sugar in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer for two minutes or until the butter and sugar is light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape the sides of your bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Stir on low until incorporated.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and cinnamon in a large measuring cup. Gently stir with a fork until the ingredients are combined. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low/medium speed until the dough forms.
  5. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon mixture for the topping. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, I like to use this cookie scoop (affiliate), and roll in the topping mixture. Place on your prepared baking tray. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
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    Our favorite snickerdoodle cookie recipe

    Tips for perfect snickerdoodle cookies:

    • Make sure your ingredients are fresh. Cream of tartar, and other spices, can expire quicker than you think. Be sure to check the expiration date and use fresh spices for the best results.
    • Room temperature ingredients will incorporate better into your batter. I like to take the butter and eggs out of the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before I start baking.
    • Use a cookie scoop (affiliate) for easy and even cookie sizes.

    Why is cream of tartar added to Snickerdoodles?

    Here is the big question, do you really need cream of tartar for snickerdoodle cookies? The short answer? Yes. You do. Cream of tartar is the one ingredient that sets these apart from regular ol’ sugar cookies. Cream of tartar helps the cookies rise and add a slight tang to the already butter flavored cookie.

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    Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Yield: 24 cookies
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    The very BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies. The secret? Cinnamon is added into the dough and the batter is rolled into a cinnamon sugar mixture just before baking! The end result is a flavor packed soft and chewy cookie that is hard to resist! 

    Ingredients

    For the cookie:

    • 1 cup salted butter, soft
    • 1-1/3 cups sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    For the topping:

    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

    Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie tray with parchment or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
    2. Combine the butter with the sugar in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer for two minutes or until the butter and sugar is light and fluffy.
    3. Scrape the sides of your bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Stir on low until incorporated.
    4. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and cinnamon in a large measuring cup. Gently stir with a fork until the ingredients are combined. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low/medium speed until the dough forms.
    5. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon mixture for the topping. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, I like to use this cookie scoop, and roll in the topping mixture. Place on your prepared baking tray. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
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deborah hancock

Wednesday 26th of February 2014

i wood defintley fix the chocolate thin mints, i love the ones the girl scouts sell ,but i could make these all year long

Whatever DeeDee Wants

Saturday 28th of December 2013

Yum! I love a good Snickerdoodle!

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty

Friday 27th of December 2013

For the longest time I've been saying that I don't like Snickerdoodles.. and I can't remember why not. After looking at the ingredients, these totally look like something I would LOVE! Pinning!

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