Easy Snickerdoodles Recipe with Soft Chewy Centers

Easy snickerdoodles recipe with crispy edges and soft and chewy centers. Jump to the full Snickerdoodles Recipe. Or, watch our quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how to make them.

These soft and chewy snickerdoodles are made with butter, a hint of vanilla and our favorite, tangy cream of tartar. Then they are rolled in cinnamon and sugar. These are the best cookies.

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Easy Snickerdoodles with Crispy Edges and Soft and Chewy Centers

These are easy. The ingredients are simple — flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Then the crinkly top is achieved with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar. We love easy cookie recipes, take a look at these Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips — they are delicious and so simple.

Easy snickerdoodles recipe with crispy edges and soft and chewy centers.

To make the snickerdoodles, we cream butter and sugar together for a few minutes, add eggs then mix in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and some salt.

The dough is chilled for 30 minutes then rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Chilling the dough is pretty important. The time in the fridge helps the flour absorb some of the moisture from the eggs and butter, which helps make them more chewy. It also makes rolling the cookies in the cinnamon-sugar go smoothly. We actually chill these chocolate chips cookies overnight.

The dough is chilled for 30 minutes then rolled in cinnamon sugar.

We often chill our cookie dough — these You might be wondering about the cream of tarter. It’s is important, here’s why.

What is Cream of Tartar and Why Does It Need to Be in My Cookies?

Cream of tartar is actually a byproduct of wine making (there’s our random fact of the day for you). More importantly, cream of tartar is often used to stabilize egg whites or cream while whipping them.

It is also often added to baked goods to help activate baking soda.

The cream of tartar adds tanginess and chew to the cookies — transforming these from butter-sugar cookies to snickerdoodle cookies.

Easy snickerdoodle recipe with crispy edges and soft and chewy centers.

How to Make The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip CookiesYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: These Easy Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. They really are the best and are so simple to make. They are easy to freeze, too!

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Snickerdoodles Recipe with Soft and Chewy Centers

  • PREP
  • COOK

Every time we make a batch of these cinnamon sugared cookies we fall in love all over again. Chilling the dough for 30 minutes or so is important, here. It’s a little sticky so the chill helps make rolling the dough into balls and then into the cinnamon sugar easy.

Makes approximately 28 cookies

You Will Need


2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

16 tablespoons (226 grams or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

Cinnamon Coating

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • Make Dough
  • Sift or whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and the salt together then set aside.

    In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. (Or, use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment). Reduce speed to low. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

    Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the flour mixture in three parts, just mixing until it disappears. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill dough at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

    • To Finish
    • Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use silicon baking mats.

      In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.

      Shape heaping-tablespoon-sized mounds of cookie dough into balls. Roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. (A medium cookie scoop is helpful here).

      Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cookies have puffed a little and the tops look set. The cookies should be light golden. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. (The cookies will fall a little as they cool).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Baked and cooled cookies will keep, stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  • You can freeze this cookie dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, scoop and roll individual dough balls and place onto the baking sheet (they can be close together), and then place in the freezer until hard, about 30 minutes. Transfer frozen dough balls to an airtight container or plastic bag.
  • We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.
  • Recipe adapted and inspired by The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, Smitten Kitchen and Cooks Illustrated.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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148 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Mixhael April 7, 2017, 2:06 pm

    It was good after I properly mixed it but I at first made the incredibly stupid mistake of not scraping the bottom of the bowl and mixing again. I know, dumb. I made them again and they were amazing. Nice and fatty.

  • Gid March 14, 2017, 2:08 pm

    It was fantastic!!! The whole batch didn’t last, gobbled all up in less than 6 hrs. Had to hide them from the kids and husband. The taste and texture were better than the one I bought from Panera Bread, really like it. Thank you so much for all of your recipes. I tried a mixture of baking recipes, dinner, and dips, they all very easy to follow and don’t require exotic ingredients. ALL came out very delicious and not blend as other recipes from other site. Looking forward to trying some new ones from you guys.

  • Athena January 11, 2017, 6:03 pm

    I was wondering if you happened to know the nutritional information for these cookies. I’m trying to make them for my work because they’re so delicious, but need the nutritional info to make them. 🙂 thanks

  • Sandy December 26, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Looking for advice, I want to add Irish Cream liquor to the snicker doodle recipe.
    What would the the amount of flour to add to the amount of liquor?

    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 1:46 pm

      Hi Sandy, adding the extra liquid and flour might affect the texture of the cookies. With that said, I’d start with a couple tablespoons of the Irish cream and see if the cookie mixture actually needs any additional flour.

  • Jen December 25, 2016, 3:20 pm

    I made these and they were a bready, crunchy mess. 400 degrees was far too hot!

  • Rochelle December 11, 2016, 1:43 pm

    I have made snickerdoodles many times and they were good – but these were amazing! The recipe made more like 30 cookies and they spread more than I expected – so some of them look more like square-doodles. So yummy – I will be making these again!

  • Misty December 7, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Wow! Fantastic recipe! We made these last night as an act of kindness to our neighbors. We had a few left over and were very impressed with how they taste. They’re perfectly soft with while still being a nice solid cookie in your hand as you eat. Saving this as my go to recipe.


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