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Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Snickerdoodle cookies are soft on the inside with a delicious cinnamon sugar coating on the outside. These classic recipe for snickerdoodles is perfect for a sweet snack or it makes enough to share with all of your favorite people.

Looking for other delicious cookie recipes? Check out my recipes for Lemon Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Coconut Cookies or Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

cinnamon sugar cookies in a pile

Snickerdoodles

If I had to choose a favorite cookie, it would be a snickerdoodle. I don’t know what it is about snickerdoodles, but it is the cookies I would choose every time if there was a variety of cookies before me.

It must be the cinnamon and sugar or maybe even the texture. I love how these snickerdoodle cookies are soft and chewy. They are my favorite when they are cooked just a little longer and have a buttery crunchy edge all around the outside. Oh, I’m making myself drool over here!!

pile of three cinnamon sugar snickerdoodle cookies

Ingredients for Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

This is a pretty basic cookie recipe with flour, sugar, eggs and butter. There is one unique ingredient in snickerdoodle cookies which is the addition of cream of tartar. To make this simple snickerdoodle cookie recipe you will need:

  • butter– use unsalted butter in baking when possible to keep control of the amount of salt added to a recipe
  • flour– all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • cream of tartar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon

Full ingredient measurements and recipe instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

butter, sugar and eggs in a glass mixing bowl

Tips for Making Snickerdoodles

Start with room temperature ingredients when making this cookie recipe. To start, cream together the butter, sugar and eggs with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl.

The butter and eggs will mix a lot smoother if they are at room temperature. Mix for about 1 minute, until everything is well combined and the sugar is completely incorporated into the butter and eggs.

flour in a mesh strainer over creamed butter and sugar in a glass mixing bowl

Once the butter, eggs and sugar are mixed together sift the dry ingredients into the same bowl.

To quickly and easily sift the dry ingredients I like to place a mesh strainer right over the bowl with the wet ingredients. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt right into the strainer.

pile of sifted flour in a mixing bowl

Gently tap the side of the strainer until all of the dry ingredients have fallen through on top of the wet ingredients. You can see how soft and fluffy they are after being sifted through the strainer.

Next, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until a soft cookie dough is formed and all of the ingredients are well combined.

small bowl of cinnamon and sugar

In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. To make the snickerdoodle cookies, scoop out 1 inch balls of cookie dough. I like to use a cookie scoop to measure out the cookies, or you can use two spoons to form the cookie dough balls.

Roll the cookie dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until it is coated on all sides.

uncooked snickerdoodle cookies on a baking sheet

Place the snickerdoodles onto an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies will bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350º F oven.

Snickerdoodles are done when they are browned around the edges and still a little soft in the center.

Giant Snickerdoodle Cookies

If you are wanting to make giant snickerdoodles, scoop out large cookie dough balls (about 3 tablespoons) and form into a dome like ball after rolling in cinnamon sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until soft in the center and crisp around the edges.

Store the cookies in an air tight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

snickerdoodle cookies on a counter

Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies are rolled in a delicious cinnamon sugar outer coating.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: After School Snack, Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies, Dessert
Keyword: Snickerdoodle Cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 89kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, sugar and eggs until well combined.
  • Sift the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture.
  • Mix until a soft dough is formed
  • Combine the cinnamon and sugar for the coating in a small bowl
  • Form the cookie dough into one inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned on the edges. Place on a cooling rack to cool

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Notes

  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • to make large cookies, scoop 3 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Form into a cone like ball and cook for 13-15 minutes
  • store in an air tight container on the counter.
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Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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