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With their whimsical name and iconic tangy flavor, who can resist a snickerdoodle?

snickerdoodles on plate.

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 snickerdoodle 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. Let 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 on plate.

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Snickerdoodles

With their whimsical name and iconic tangy flavor, who can resist a snickerdoodle?

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

  • I followed the recipe exactly as written and the result was an outstanding snickerdoodle cookie! They have the perfect texture and a clean buttery flavor inside with a crispy cinnamon sugar exterior. I might try adding a little vanilla or butter flavor to the batter next time around to take them over the top but honestly these are fantastic as written. So glad I chose this recipe first! Thanks for another winner Jenn!

    • — Farmgal87 on December 30, 2023
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  • Followed recipe to aT. These are wonderful, such a comfort food. My husband isn’t much for cinnamon , first cookie there was a good non-verbal hum, he couldn’t/wouldn’t stop eating them lol. The first batch, I think I left in a minute too long. Got a little too firm but very edible! Just gotta watch them. Thanks for the recipe!!! Happy holidays 🎉

    • — Lynne Rasmussen on December 26, 2023
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  • Perfect recipe!

    • — Jo on December 23, 2023
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  • I don’t have cream of tartar in my pantry and can’t run out to get it. Should I just omit it? What I can substitute this with?

    • — Jennifer on December 19, 2023
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    • Hi Jennifer, it’s fine to omit it. 😊

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2023
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  • Mr. Scrooge has no creativity. Any cookie looks festive with a dash of fine red or green sugar – especially snickerdoodles & chocolate chip. Jenn, your recipes are wonderful!
    Sheryl (with Christmas sugar)

    • — Sheryl F. on December 10, 2023
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  • What happened? All flat and spread out! All the ingredients I used were fresh.

    • — Helene on December 1, 2023
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    • Hi Helene, Sorry you had a problem with these! Did you refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes?

      • — Jenn on December 1, 2023
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      • I actually had it frozen for several days. As per the recipe instructions, I baked directly from frozen and gave them an extra minute or two. Needless to say I tossed the whole bunch.

        • — Helene on December 2, 2023
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        • That’s strange – so sorry that you needed to toss the cookies! Is there any chance you may have mismeasured any of the ingredients?

          • — Jenn on December 6, 2023
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  • Amazing! I am known to fail every cookie recipe… these turned out so well. They taste like sugar cookies when lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar and like snickerdoodles when heavily coated. Rich, chewy, and crispy all at once. Another Jenn Segal success! Thank you!!!

    • — SY on November 25, 2023
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  • These cookies are so delicious, easy, and fast to make! I have been baking for a long time and so far these are the best snickerdoodles I have ever made. Thank you so much!
    -E

    • — E on March 19, 2023
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  • These cookies are so delicious, easy, and fast to make! Thank you so much!
    -E

    • — E on March 19, 2023
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  • Yasssss Queen!!!!! These cookies are goooooooooooooooood. The BOMB, Slayyyyyyy

    • — Queen Slay on March 3, 2023
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  • I love this recipe! I’ve made it so many times. Recently my cookies have been falling flat, would you happen to know what I’ve been doing wrong?

    • — Alex on December 21, 2022
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    • When you say they’re falling flat, can you be more specific? Do they spread out too much? Did you refrigeate the dough for at least 30 minutes?

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2022
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  • Excellent cookie recipe! I made these for gifts but could not keep my husband and son out of them. I’ll be making another batch soon. Thank you so much!

    • — Marsha on December 18, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but just want to ask if you have ever browned the sugar prior to using in your Snickerdoodle recipe? I have read some “Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle” recipes and wonder if you have a version? (Your website and recipes are ALWAYS my First go-to)!! Browning the sugar sounds like it would add amazing flavour!
    Thanks in advance,
    Mary in BC Canada🍁

    • — Mary Paul on December 5, 2022
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    • Hi Mary, I can’t say that I’ve ever browned sugar for snickerdoodles, but it sounds very interesting! I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it. 😊

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2022
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      • Thanks Jenn, for sure I’ll get back to you……………..in the meantime, Wishing you and yours all the Best of The Season!!
        Cheers,
        Mary

        • — Mary Paul on December 6, 2022
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        • You too Mary! 💗

          • — Jenn on December 6, 2022
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  • Thank you so much for another amazing recipe! I can always turn to you for well-tested, easy to understand recipes that are delicious! I appreciate you!!

    • — Susan on November 18, 2022
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on November 18, 2022
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  • 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

  • Time is inaccurate, it has a 30 min chilling time

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

  • These are exceptional!

  • Absolutely delicious and easy! Thank you!

  • Awesome recipe, and easy to make too! Made for my bridge club, everyone wanted the recipe.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

    • 💗

    • I was wondering what I can substitute for cream of tartar. Any Ideas?

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

      • Baking powder! 3 teaspoons of baking powder = 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar & 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

  • 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?

    • Not at all. See the bottom of the recipe for freezer-friendly instructions. 🙂

  • My family and I absolutely love these cookies! Such an easy recipe, with perfect results each time. Thank you!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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!

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