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.
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.
Begin by whisking together the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs.
Beat until combined.
Then add the flour and mix until the dough comes together into a crumbly mass.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, then pinch off tablespoon size pieces of dough and form into balls.
Roll the balls in cinnamon-sugar and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
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.
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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- 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
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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