Snickerdoodle Cookies

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You’ll never need another Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe after this one! Slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, just how they should be. Snickerdoodle heaven. Be sure to check out the rest of my cookie recipes while you’re at it!

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Snickerdoodle Cookies | Perfect Every Time

Give me every Snickerdoodle in the world. Man, do I love them! Today, I’m sharing the recipe for one of my favorite cookies ever! Snickerdoodle Cookies! My husband is a chocoholic and typically if I’m going to spend the time making cookies, it’s chocolate chip. But when I call the shots, I crack out this Snickerdoodle recipe. Practically foolproof and are the epitome of perfection. Soft, chewy, and just the right amount of cinnamon!

Cookie Dough in a bowl

Main Ingredients Needed

This snickerdoodle recipe is super simple and only requires 10 pantry staple items. Here’s what you’ll need to make perfect snickerdoodle cookies every time!

  • Vegetable Shortening – this helps to keep the cookies fluffy and soft. You can replace it with butter but the texture will be different.
  • Butter – the trick to a good snickerdoodle is to have to be puffy but not too puffy. Butter helps thin things out in the oven.
  • Sugar – to sweeten the cookies.
  • Eggs – for structure.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor.
  • Flour – to fill out the cookies and help make the dough.
  • Cream of Tartar – this is a common ingredient found in almost all snickerdoodle recipes. It gives the cookie its signature slightly tangy taste.
  • Baking Soda – to help the cookies rise.
  • Salt – to balance out the flavor.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Mixture – this is how the cookies get their iconic look, by rolling around in this mixture.

Can I make Snickerdoodles without Cream of Tartar?

Technically, yes but I would stick to the traditional recipe if you can! In a pinch you can simply replace all of the cream of tartar and baking soda with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies | Directions

Make sure to check out the very informative how-to video in the recipe card below! :)Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 lightly colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 1: Prep + Preheat

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 lightly colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Dough

In a large bowl, stir shortening, butter, and sugar together until light and pale in color. Whip in eggs and vanilla. Scrape sides of the bowl and stir again briefly. Add in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, then stir until incorporated. Scrape sides and stir again briefly.

In a small, shallow bowl, stir sugar and cinnamon together.

Using a cookie scoop {1 1/2 tablespoon size}, scoop dough into even mounds on the baking sheet. Roll each dough ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Step 4: Bake + Cool

Bake until puffed and look slightly underdone. Remove from oven and cool 3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling racks. As they cool, they will flatten out, which is totally normal! Like most homemade cookies, these are best served warm!

freshly baked snickerdoodles on a baking sheet

Storing Snickerdoodle Cookies

Make sure to store your snickerdoodles in an airtight container so they don’t dry up and harden. If they do start to harden place a piece of plain white bread in the container (this should regulate the moisture in the container). These cookies will last about 4 days on the counter.

Snickerdoodle Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet

Make-Ahead

Besides making these snickerdoodle cookies up to 4 days ahead of time, you can also freeze them!

Freeze. Simply make the dough as you would normally. Roll into balls and freeze in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Bake. To bake, start by thawing your cookie dough by transferring them to the fridge 24 hours in advance. This is to get the dough to be sticky enough for the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Next, roll those dough balls in the mixture and bake as directed. Enjoy!

Snickerdoodle Cookies stacked on top of each other all on a cooling wrack

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4.93 from 26 votes

Snickerdoodle Recipe

You'll never need another Snickerdoodle Recipe after this one! Slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, just how they should be. Snickerdoodle heaven.
servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins

Ingredients

cinnamon-sugar mixture

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 lightly colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir shortening, butter, and sugar together until light and pale in color, 1 1/2 minutes. Whip in eggs and vanilla. Scrape sides of the bowl and stir again briefly. Add in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and stir until incorporated. Scrape sides and stir again briefly.
    snickerdoodle dough
  • In a small, shallow bowl, stir sugar and cinnamon together.
    cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar
  • Using a cookie scoop {1 1/2 tablespoon size}, scoop dough into even mounds on the baking sheet. Roll each dough ball in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake 8-9 minutes or until puffed and look slightly underdone. Remove from oven and cool 3 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling racks. Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days.
    snickerdoodle cookies

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Nutrition

Calories: 191.02kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.25g | Protein: 2.12g | Fat: 8.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.67g | Cholesterol: 27.75mg | Sodium: 111.09mg | Potassium: 63.1mg | Fiber: 0.43g | Sugar: 15.1g | Vitamin A: 143.7IU | Calcium: 6.76mg | Iron: 0.76mg
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snickerdoodle, snickerdoodle cookies, snickerdoodle recipe

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51 Responses
  1. Kathy F

    Come on baby! I know how you feel – although my youngest is getting ready to turn 6! 😀

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Lynn B

    5 stars
    C’mon baby! This grandma of 3 girls ( ages 3yrs, 2yrs & 6 mos) loves babies, so I can’t wait to see you!!

    Lauren I don’t know where my identical recipe for scrumptious all-things-sugar Sncickerdoodles came from either, but it’s identical to yours, down to the extra teaspoon of sugar! When I roll mine in the cinnamon/sugar, I’ll give the little beauties a minute, then roll ’em again! I love the visual effect the extra cinnamon/sugar provides (And yes, a bit more sugary/cinnamony flavor too)

  3. Michele {Delish Dishes from Michele}

    I want to eat all the cookies!!! These look PERFECT! Yum! Crossing fingers for a speedy (and safe!) delivery! 😉

  4. Laurie

    Thank you for posting. I’ve been looking for a great Snickerdoodle recipe for years. I plan on making them this weekend. Bless you and I hope you have a safe delivery.

  5. Linda

    I also love Snickerdoodles more than chocolate! I had one question on the recipe. You say to use lightly colored cookie sheets and since you already have parchment paper on them, not sure why that is needed and actually what you really mean. My cookie sheets are a silver metal color.

  6. Sabrina Tran

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe of yours!!! I was wondering but could I make the dough in advance (a day or two)? Then when I’m ready to make it can I just take it out of the fridge and roll them in the cinnamon sugar?

  7. Kt

    5 stars
    So excited that I found this.. I lost my hand written copy of my original recipe, and your post is the only one that is practically identical to my old recipe! Thanks!

  8. Bonnie Haas

    OMG i have to make these. Tyler’s favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. the last recipe i used has equal parts of sugar and cinnamon and i didnt like it. this one sounds delish!

  9. Kathy

    5 stars
    I made your recipe for our Christmas department luncheon today! They turned out pretty and delicious (I had to taste test before bringing them in – LOL!) I know everyone will love them, because I did!

  10. Carol Speary

    5 stars
    I tried these Snickerdoodle Cookies and they were delicious – everything you said they would be. They were gone in a flash!

  11. Alicia M

    5 stars
    I just made these the other day, there’s nothing better than eating warm snickerdoodles with a glass of milk. ( FYI this recipe is from Betty Crocker. )

  12. April Novakowski

    5 stars
    I love making snickerdoodles. I have been making these cookies for years and they are an easy cookie to make, always make them at Christmas time but I use sanding sugar to roll them in, then hand out as gifts.

  13. Christina

    We love snickerdoodles in our house! Can’t wait to try a new recipe, we have one we use a lot, but love trying new recipes of our favorites.

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  16. Lisa

    5 stars
    Is there anything better than a well executed Snickerdoodle cookie? Total nostalgia cookie for me- it was one of the first I learned to bake. When I crave a cookie- THIS is always it.

    1. Pamela White

      Hi I have never left a reply until now. I have followed your blog since you were in Oregon.. You had just had your third child. Your life takes me back a lot of years when my first husband and I were raising our four children. I am old enough to be your grandmother. I have fixed a million meals and baked a trillion cookies I have lost my first husband, second son and my last child was born with a serious birth defect. My life has not been all sadness. I have had many days and years of happy times. I look forward to your blog and it makes my day when I see a post from your blog. Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your son. He is beautiful just like your three other children. I hope you have many more years of blogging.

  17. Jacque Avant

    I cant wait to try these cookies. One of my all time favorite. This recipe will be the best I have ever tried. Pretty sure. Love your description of them. Thank you for sharing them and congratulations on your 10 yr of Blogging. Keep up the good work.

  18. Jenny Coyle

    5 stars
    Ah-MAZING. Seriously. My cookies never look like the pictures- these did and they tasted even better!! So easy and delicous. Perfect for eating-my-feelings quarentine. Thank you!

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