Snickerdoodles

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With their crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don’t know anyone who can resist snickerdoodles.

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are sweet, buttery sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. With their whimsical name, crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don’t know anyone who can resist them! Since they are easy and fun to bake, they make a great family baking project — kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and roll them in cinnamon-sugar.

What you’ll need to make 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.

How to make Snickerdoodles

dry-ingredients

Begin by whisking together the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs.

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Beat until combined.

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Then add the flour and mix until the dough comes together into a crumbly mass.

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Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, then pinch off tablespoon size pieces of dough and form into balls.

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Roll the balls in cinnamon-sugar and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

ready-to-bake

For softer cookies, bake for about 8 minutes. For crispy cookies, bake for about 10 minutes. The 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

The recipe is modestly adapted from one of my most dog-eared cookie books, Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies. My only changes were to increase the cinnamon and adjust the baking time.  

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Snickerdoodles

With their crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, 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

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 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 1-1/2 cups of the sugar until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until the dough comes together into a crumbly mass. Using your hands, gather the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining two tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon. Pinch off tablespoons of dough and shape into 1-1/4-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes for soft, chewy cookies (the cookies will look puffed) or 10-11 minutes for crispy cookies (the cookies will have puffed and started to settle down); shift 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 rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Note: These cookies are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are made. If you plan to store them, use the bake time for soft, chewy cookies. Crispy 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.) To Freeze After Baking: 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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Reviews & Comments

  • Delicious Cookies. Recipe worked perfectly, and everyone loved them!

    • — Bonnie Drozda on November 3, 2019
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  • I am the new hero of my friend’s teenagers! I thought I’d try these at the last minute (the recipe is SO easy and quick!) and boy, were they a hit! I am now “known” for “my” Snickerdoodles because of this recipe! I tried both doughy and crispier and both were good! Highly recommend you make these but you might want to double the recipe so there are more to share! They go FAST!

    • — DallasColoradoBear on June 21, 2019
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  • We tried this recipe and it is soooo good! Made this numerous times. My daughter even brought these cookies to a cookie party and hers was just gone in minutes! Delicious and easy to follow baking instructions! Way to go Jen! Love, love them.

    • — Mary on April 11, 2019
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  • Absolutely delicious and our kids had a lot of fun making these!! We actually made these twice this past week and took them to parties with rave reviews. These will certainly be on our rotation to make again and again. Thanks for another solid recipe!

    • — LisaR on January 2, 2019
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  • These snickerdoodles came out beautifully- very buttery and full of cinnamon. I like a chewy cookie and this had a more tender crumb. It also made for the perfect texture cookie for ice cream sandwiches. Will definitely make again!

    • — Maryam on December 20, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s so yum and I don’t even remember how many times I have already made these. Quick question: when freezing these cookies before baking should I coat it with cinnamon sugar and then freeze it or when I am ready to bake it?

    • — salina on December 19, 2018
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    • You could go either way here, Salina – I’d probably do it before and bake directly from the freezer.

      • — Jenn on December 19, 2018
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  • My entire family really loved these. They provided a perfect little study break during finals. My 12 year old son declared that we absolutely have to make these a tradition. I very rarely hear that from him. If you’re looking for a classic snickerdoodle cookie recipe to give your family a lovely treat, definitely give this a try!

    • — lamama2018 on December 16, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,
    I love your web site. But I mostly make the dinner dishes. When I tried the snicker doodle recipe, the cookies turned out tasty but really flat – in shape. Can you tell me what did I do wrong?

    Thanks!

    • — Rosalina on October 6, 2018
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    • Hi Rosalina, sorry to hear you had a bit of a problem with these. Did you refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes prior to rolling them into balls? If the dough is too warm, they won’t puff up as much.

      • — Jenn on October 7, 2018
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  • These snickerdoodles were so tender & had a great chewy consistency. Will definitely make these again.

    • — Angela M. on October 3, 2018
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  • My husband loves snickerdoodle cookies and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one. These were heaven. We patiently waited 5 minutes once they were out of the oven and they were amazing. I have a convection oven and baked them 8 min. My only adjustment was the cinn-sugar ratio at end which was 3:1 instead of 2:1. My batch made 53. Jenn nailed it again.

    • — Ari on December 3, 2017
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  • This is my family’s FAVORITE cookie….it is requested for all our family gatherings and I bake a batch for all the grandkids’ birthday. YUMMMM.
    I have used this recipe for over 50 years using 1/4 cup less flour. Made them your way and they were a hit. Thank you for all your great recipes.

    • — Linda Marshall on November 30, 2017
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  • This Snickerdoodle recipe reminds me of my childhood! (50 years ago). I made them with my grandchild to keep the legacy of baking going. I would NOT change anything about the recipe because it’s just like my mother made

    • — Sharon Cook on November 30, 2017
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  • My favorite cookie as a child, and these taste just like them! Delicious and memorable you will not be disappointed if you love cinnamon. I prefer the softer version, as that’s how I remember them.
    Thank you for another great recipe!

    • — Nancy on November 30, 2017
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  • These cookies are absolutely delicious.
    My granddaughters asked me to make snicknerdoodles which I am not particularly fond of. But I made them for them and they now keep asking me to bake them. I have to admit they are wonderful.

    • — Erika on November 30, 2017
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  • Made these for Thanksgiving and they were great. I halved the recipe because there is already too much to eat at the feast. I made the dough 3 days early and refrigerated it. I realized when baking my second batch that I pulled the first batch out of the oven a minute or two too soon. The second batch puffed and then cracked a little and they were better than the first.

    • — Kaylie on November 28, 2017
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  • I just have to say that I have tried MANY of your recipes and every one is fantastic! Thank you so much! I really want to try this snickerdoodle recipe, but would like to add pumpkin puree. Any thoughts on that?
    I’ve looked at pumpkin snickerdoodle recipes, but I trust your expertise!

    • Hi Athena, Glad you enjoy the recipes! It may work to add pumpkin puree to this recipe, but instead, I would suggest trying these pumpkin cookies of mine. You could also stick with the snickerdoodle recipe and add a pumpkin flavored icing to them. (I don’t have a recipe for an icing like that, but I bet you could find one online.)

  • Do you have any suggestions for high altitude adjustments? I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 6900 feet. Snickerdoodles are my grandsons fave cookie and I’d like to give these s try but am afraid they will come out flat.
    By the way I made your Caramel Toffee Crunch Cheesecske two times in the last few weeks and it came out beautifully!!!!

    • Hi Veta, Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience with high altitude baking so I’m hesitant to give advice. King Arthur has a great resource though. Here’s the link.

  • I just pulled these out of the oven and ate 3 almost immediately. They are so delicious, Jenn! I followed your recipe exactly and my cookies are perfect. They look identical to your cookies. No modifications necessary, in my opinion. When is that cookbook coming out, Jenn? I need it yesterday. ?

  • These are delicious!! I baked for only 8 minutes and the next day they were sooo soft and buttery. Thank you, Jenn, for another fantastic recipe!

  • Hi Jenn,
    I would really like to make this recipe but I don’t have cream of tartar. It would be great if you could give me substitutions for it or is it essential to have that particular ingredient?

    • Hi Kathie, I actually think you could get away without the cream of tartar for this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • This recipe was so easy and so good. I’ve got a new oven and have not had much luck with my cookies as they have been coming out flat, but these cookies came out beautifully puffed up and had a great soft and almost cake-like texture.

  • Hi Jenn, I am wondering if I can sub AP flour with cake flour for this and all your cookie recipes? If yes, do I need to do any changes in the amount? Will the texture be different?

    This chewy cookie is awesome! I can’t stop eating them! Instruction is easy to follow, this is my go-to snickerdoodle!

    • Hi Serena, Cake flour makes very delicate baked goods so I wouldn’t recommend it for cookies; you’ll get much better results with all purpose flour.

      • What kind of baked goods use cake flour?

        • Hi Serena, Different flours contain varying amounts of protein. Cake flour has the least amount of protein and yields very light baked goods (like angel food cake). In general, it’s good for for baking cakes and other baked goods that have a high amount of sugar. Hope that helps!

    • Trying to make some goodies for family when the new Grandbaby comes. Can I freeze these baked or better to freeze dough and bake later? Thanks.
      Love your recipes.

      • — Leigh on October 12, 2019
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      • That’s nice Leigh! These can be frozen either before or after baking, so it’s really based on what you prefer. See the very bottom of the recipe for freezer-friendly instructions. 🙂

        • — Jenn on October 13, 2019
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  • Delicious!

  • Not really sure what I did wrong here but (I thought) I followed the recipe and my little balls didn’t really flatten out… so they kinda stayed round. They looked funny but tested good 🙂 I liked the “crumbly” consistency these ended up having

    • Sorry to hear that they didn’t look like you expected– Perhaps you used too much flour? (The flour should be gently spooned into the measuring cup.) Also, it could be that the dough was a bit too cold when you pulled it out of the fridge. Let me know if you have better luck if you make them again!

  • I honestly thought that these snickerdoodles were the BEST!!! Tossed out the old recipe!!!

  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made many different Snickerdoodle cookies in the past and this one is the best. The extra cinnamon is a must and I love the buttery taste. It’s the only way I make Snickerdoodles now.

  • I’m so thankful I found this recipe! This recipe like most of the other recipes on this website have been amazing so far! I had a great time making these cookies with my family. It was especially great for the kids being simple,easy, and quick. With the perfect puff and mouthwatering crust it is the perfect cookie. It is a delicious snickerdoodle cookie definatley worth trying.

  • I have left a review about this recipe earlier too but wanted to add more to it. It is very true that they are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven . After couple of days the Doodles turned out to be very hard. My kids still liked that way too. My daughter is planning another baking episode shortly to bake these.

    • — Madhuri Krothapalli
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  • This recipe is perfect! I have been looking for a snickerdoodle recipe for quite some time and so many stale cookies went into the garbage!
    They have a nice crispy exterior and a soft center, heavenly!
    I found that refrigerating the dough overnight gave me better results, they didn’t flatten at all, perfect in appearance. I also added a little nutmeg to the cinnamon and sugar of one of the batches, delicious.
    Thank you Jenn!

  • I haven’t made these cookies yet, but I can’t wait to try this recipe (it has to be better than the one I used). I remember making them many years ago for a Girl Scout badge and they turned out so hard that when a friend threw one out of the car window it bounced and didn’t break.

  • I have never been much one to bake. I love these cookies and I had to try it. The cookies came out delicious. I made little gift bags for the kids at school and they just loved them. Great recipe!!!

  • Love Snickerdoodles and this recipe reminded me of that. Can’t wait to make some for Christmas. Thank you.

  • My grandson and I were looking to make cookies today, I just happened to look at my mail and I saw your recipe for snickerdoodles. OMG! They are the best cookies, no contest, period. We had so much fun making them too, the recipe is pretty kid friendly… and grandma friendly! Thanks for sharing Jennifer, you’re wonderful and so are your cookie recipes ! Thanks

  • This is a wonderful recipe. The doodles are awesome and your pictorial presentation is very helpful and a feast to the eye. Next time,I was wondering about adding little dry ginger powder , your advice on that would be helpful.

    • Hi Madhuri, Glad you enjoyed the cookies. You could add a little ginger to the cinnamon-sugar. Nutmeg is also very good.

  • ***** Snickerdoodles are my daughter’s favorite homemade cookie and this one is even better than the one I have used. Thnk you! I love your photos of the food as you go through the steps of your recipes. It is so helpful and gives me confidence. 🙂

    • This recipe turned out great! I ended up quartering it because it’s just my husband and I. But they turned out just like the pictures. Additionally I added a splash of vanilla.

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