Snickerdoodles

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With their whimsical name and iconic tangy flavor, I don’t know anyone who can resist snickerdoodles.

With their whimsical name and iconic tangy flavor, snickerdoodles are impossible to resist. They are similar to sugar cookies, but with the addition of cream of tartar – which gives them their signature tang – and a sparkly cinnamon-sugar coating. Fresh out of the oven, the cookies are perfectly soft in the center and crisp on the edges. They are best enjoyed fresh, but you can revive day-old cookies by popping them in the microwave for a few seconds.

Bookmark this recipe for a fun family baking project. Kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and roll them in cinnamon-sugar before baking.

What you’ll need to make Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodles ingredients

As you can see, the ingredients are very basic. Unlike most snickerdoodle recipes, which call for a combination of butter and vegetable shortening, this one is made will all butter, which gives the cookies wonderful flavor. I’ve tried other recipes with additional flavorings and spices, such as vanilla and nutmeg, but everyone always seems to prefer this pure and simple version.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by combining the  flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl.

dry ingredients in bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked dry ingredients

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the butter and sugar.

butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixerBeat until creamy.

beaten butter and sugar

Add the eggs.

adding the eggs

Beat until combined.

batter with eggs incorporated

Add the dry ingredients.

adding the dry ingredients Mix until the dough comes together.

snickerdoodles dough

Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

snickerdoodles dough wrapped in plasticMeanwhile, mix the cinnamon and sugar for rolling the cookies.

cinnamon and sugar mixture

Pinch off tablespoon-size pieces of dough, form into balls, and arrange on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

rolling snickerdoodle balls in cinnamon sugar

Bake for about 8 minutes, until puffy.

baked snickerdoodlesLet the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

snickerdoodles cooling on rackThe cookies are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven but will keep for a day or two in an airtight container. The dough can also be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for several days.

Snickerdoodles 

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Snickerdoodles

With their whimsical name and iconic tangy flavor, I don’t know anyone who can resist snickerdoodles.

Servings: About 56 cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes, plus at least 30 minutes to chill dough

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with 1½ cups of the sugar until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until the dough comes together. Using your hands, gather the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap (dust your hands with flour if the dough is sticky); refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining two tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon. Pinch off tablespoons of dough and shape into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, shifting the cookie sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Note: These cookies are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are made. However, the cookies can be reheated briefly in the microwave for that fresh out of the oven texture. The dough may also be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months: Roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) The baked cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (56 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 79
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 46mg
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

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Comments

  • Fan-freaking-tastic…

    Really easy recipe to follow and they turned out amazing.

    I made the mistake of using the medium size cookie scoop and it only yielded 30 cookies or so. Everyone swarmed the batch and they didnt last the day! So SO delicious – I won’t be making that mistake again.

    Thanks for being consistently amazing!

    • — Alexis - Coquitlam, BC on September 11, 2022
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on September 12, 2022
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  • I made these for my friend who couldn’t stop raving about them. Since it does make so many, I rolled them and put them in the freezer for him to enjoy later. However, I wanted to know your thoughts on baking them from frozen, time and temperature?
    Thanks again for another great recipe. I work in a store that carries your book and I always highly recommend!!!

    • — Jenn Latessa on September 4, 2022
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    • Hi Jenn, so glad your friend enjoyed these! You can bake them directly from frozen without adjusting the temperature; you’ll just need to allow an extra one or two minutes in the oven. (You may find this how-to helpful.) Also, thanks for singing your praises about the book! 💗

      • — Jenn on September 6, 2022
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  • Is there a way to adjust the ratio to make less cookies?

    • — Tess on August 8, 2022
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    • Sure, Tess, you can cut the recipe in half if you’d like. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 9, 2022
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  • Hi! Love your recipes and your cookbook, Jenn! Question: Can I refrigerate the dough for longer, like the night before, then bake the next day? Thanks!

    • — Andrea on June 23, 2022
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    • Sure (and so glad you like the recipes)! 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 23, 2022
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  • Absolutely PERFECTION! Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite cookie, but after making these, I’ll never make sugar cookies again. The buttery flavor of these cookies is amazing. They are simple to make and taste divine. Instead of refrigerating the dough, after mixing I simply used my small-size cookie scoop, rolled the scooped dough in the sugar/cinnamon and was ready to bake. I also rolled some just in plain sugar. Both are equally as fantastic. Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Peg Reiter on May 26, 2022
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  • Wow Jenn! These are perfect! I’ve been making snickerdoodles for 40 years and thought I had the best recipe (no vanilla!), but I thought they could be chewier. This recipe is exactly the same except for 1/4 cup more flour. It made all the difference! Crispy, chewy, melt in your mouth! What really puts these over the top is the cinnamon/ sugar ratio! It seemed like a lot of cinnamon to me, but no, they are heavenly! Thanks for another winner!

    • — Kathy Bettes on March 5, 2022
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  • Amazing, tasted perfectly, although they cooked in about 10min, not complaining though lol

    • — Alexis on February 19, 2022
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  • Time is inaccurate, it has a 30 min chilling time

    • — Isabel on January 26, 2022
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    • You’re right, Isabel – I’m sorry! I’ll update the recipe with the chilling time. Thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 28, 2022
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  • These are exceptional!

    • — Nicole on January 7, 2022
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  • Absolutely delicious and easy! Thank you!

    • — Marlene on December 22, 2021
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  • Awesome recipe, and easy to make too! Made for my bridge club, everyone wanted the recipe.

    • — Candy on December 17, 2021
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  • I don’t have an electric mixer. Are these measurements for mixer use only? It’s just me, my mixing bowls, and elbow grease! I’m making these for my coworkers so I love that the dough can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge.

    • — B on December 16, 2021
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    • Hi B, it will take some elbow grease but it will work. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2021
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  • These are the best snickerdoodles I’ve ever made!
    Thank you so much for sharing ❤
    We recently lost my grandma in April of this year and it’s been very hard getting back into baking bc it was “our thing.”
    I made these for my grandpa today (his fav cookie) and he ate 9 in a row! He said they were so good and his face lit up with a smile -which doesn’t happen too often.
    Your recipes have brought so much joy to my family, please keep up the awesome content!
    God Bless you & Merry Christmas!

    • — Alexis V on December 11, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2021
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    • I was wondering what I can substitute for cream of tartar. Any Ideas?

      • — Just wondering on December 14, 2021
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      • Hi, You can get away with skipping the cream of tartar here. Hope you enjoy the cookies!

        • — Jenn on December 14, 2021
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      • Baking powder! 3 teaspoons of baking powder = 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar & 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

        • — Ryan on December 15, 2021
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  • In preparation for Christmas, I like to make cookie dough ahead of time and freeze. Do you see any problems with freezing the dough balls?

    • — Sandra on December 5, 2021
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    • Not at all. See the bottom of the recipe for freezer-friendly instructions. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2021
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  • My family and I absolutely love these cookies! Such an easy recipe, with perfect results each time. Thank you!

    • — Mollie on September 19, 2021
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  • We made these bigger so our yield was half of what the recipe says. So so delicious!!! And they have stayed soft 4 days after.

    • — Lindsay on May 18, 2021
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  • These cookies are my go-to snickerdoodle cookie and are a hit with my son’s soccer team. They are slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside when baked for 8-9mins. When we’re keeping them for ourselves, I typically divide the dough into 4-5 balls so that I’m able to freeze some of the dough for later use. There’s nothing like coming home to warm snickerdoodle cookies after school.

    • — Claudine on January 29, 2021
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  • So yummy! Everything I’ve tried comes out delicious. The snickerdoodle cookies came out beautifully, full of cinnamon with a tender chewy bite. We loved it so much that we made ice cream sandwiches with them.

    • — Maryam Edward on January 28, 2021
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  • Jenn,
    Can you please add the weight measurements to this cookie recipe. I have gotten so well trained to measure with my scale because it comes out perfect every time!!!

    I love ALL of your recipes – your directions are so well written and in a logical order. I am working my way through your cookbook and your website. Almost done – ready for your next cookbook release!!!
    Thanks,
    Julie

    • — Julie on December 24, 2020
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    • Hi Julie, So glad you enjoy the recipes! If you look in the top right corner of the recipe, you’ll see a button that allows you to toggle between metric and cup measures.

      • — Jenn on December 26, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn, my granddaughter, who follows a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, requested snickerdoodles for the holidays. I plan on using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour and vegan butter sticks (Country Crock) in your recipe. I’ll chill the dough well. What do you think?

    • — Carol,Lamond on December 9, 2020
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    • Hi Carol, I haven’t tried it with these alternatives so I can’t say for sure, but I suspect it should work. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on December 9, 2020
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