Snickerdoodles Recipe

Snickerdoodles Recipe

Just the name “Snickerdoodles” is enough for us to fall in love. There is a lot more to love, though.

These are cinnamon sugar coated butter cookies that are chewy and almost cake-like in the middle with a little crunch around the edges. The cookies taste of sweetened butter, a hint of vanilla and then our favorite, a little tang from cream of tartar. The coating is made from a generous amount of ground cinnamon and sugar.

How to Make Snickerdoodles

These are a very simple cookie to make. Ingredients are common — flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Lift and a crinkly top is achieved with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar.

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. (Here’s a helpful article from The Kitchn about cream of tartar).

It is also often added to baked goods to help activate baking soda. In fact, cream of tartar mixed with baking soda is what makes baking powder.

This is from Joy Of Baking.com: to make the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of baking powder, combine a 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.

So why didn’t we just call for baking powder in the recipe?

In our recipe, we call for 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar. I suppose you could use baking powder in place of the baking soda and cream of tartar, but then it wouldn’t be a Snickerdoodle.

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

Snickerdoodles Recipe

To make them, we cream butter and sugar together for a few minutes, add two 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. Easy!

Snickerdoodles RecipeSnickerdoodles top our list of holiday cookies. They’re simple, smell amazing when baking in the oven and are completely delicious.

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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.
Yield: 28 to 30 cookies
You Will Need
For the Cookies:
  • 2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour (we use Gold Medal unbleached 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
For the Coating:
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Directions
  1. Mix Dough: Sift or whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and the salt together then set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.Snickerdoodles-Recipe-Steps
  4. Make Coating: In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
  5. Bake Cookies: Preheat your oven to 400º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use silicon baking mats.
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. Storing the Cookies: Baked and cooled cookies will keep, stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Also, keep in mind that 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.
Notes and Tips
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 (affiliate link), Smitten Kitchen and Cooks Illustrated.

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51 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 17, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Awe, snicker doodles always remind me on my mom!

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    • Joanne December 18, 2013, 11:47 am

      Aww, that’s so sweet!

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    • Maria September 25, 2014, 2:01 pm

      Remind me of my mom too ;-) she made them for all occasions. This recipe is the greatest snicker doodles ! Sooooo good

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  • Ella January 13, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Made these today and boy oh boy they were GOOD!! Sharing your receipe with friends,family and co workers!!

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    • Joanne January 15, 2014, 3:03 pm

      Thanks so much! So glad you loved them :)

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  • Clint February 23, 2014, 8:06 pm

    My 10 yr old and I just made these and they are awesome. We will keep this recipe. I did lower my oven to 375 because I used a dark cookie sheet. We cooked them for 13 minutes. PERFECT!

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    • Adam February 26, 2014, 1:11 pm

      Love it when the kids make our recipes :) So glad they worked out nicely for you!

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  • -- February 27, 2014, 5:24 pm

    why does it need to be chilled

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    • Joanne February 28, 2014, 9:51 am

      The dough can be a little sticky, so chilling makes them easier to roll. Also, chilled dough will not spread as quickly in the oven, making them less thin.

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  • Jessica March 12, 2014, 11:24 pm

    This recipe was spot-on! I made these with my girlfriend and I think we gained 5 pounds haha. Amazing!

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    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 3:14 pm

      So worth it, right :)

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  • Garrett April 26, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Thanks so much for the Recipe, it was awesome!

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  • marie May 7, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I made these today, and I really needed them for church tonight. 400 degrees was to high and a dozen of them burned. I will have to go buy some to make up for what I need. Will try again at 350. Wish I had time to make more.

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    • Joanne May 12, 2014, 5:52 pm

      Hi Marie, Sorry your cookies didn’t turn out well! 400 degrees should have worked, but if you do give them a try next time you could try lowering the temperature a little.

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    • Sarahg October 11, 2014, 6:35 pm

      Do you have a thermometer inside your oven? I’m used to using an oven thermometer due to the fact that many older or just not good ovens (like the one in my apartment) cannot be trusted based on what temp you set your toggle to. Make sure you know exactly what temp your oven really is! You’d be surprised!

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  • Leslie and Brian May 23, 2014, 11:19 pm

    These turned out so awesome. After rolling into big balls I rolled smaller ones and put them on top of the larger ones to bake. They turned out thick and too yummy! We love this recipe and it is the best.

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    • Leslie and Brian May 23, 2014, 11:20 pm

      Also we used parchment paper!

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  • Nancy May 28, 2014, 12:50 am

    Trying these tonight! Got a house full that loves sweets! :) Will let you know how they turn out!!!

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    • Joanne May 28, 2014, 12:25 pm

      Hope they turn out well for you!

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  • Paulina May 28, 2014, 8:18 pm

    So, I’ve NEVER ate snicker doodle cookies. But my boyfriend really loves them so I went searching for the perfect snickerdoodle and came across this one and thought it’s perfect and I saved it for a rainy day. Well, that rainy day came up and I halved the recipe so I could see how they turned out. I did something horribly wrong! They came out very thick and puffy, which I didn’t want, and sort of salty, even though I used unsalted butter just like the recipe called for. I don’t know what I did wrong and I need help! I’m going to try again tomorrow using the measurements called for. But still, if anyone could help… I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • Paulina May 29, 2014, 8:24 am

    I just made these last night and they didn’t turn out so well. I halved the recipe and thought I did the math right. They tasted very salty and were very thick and puffy, which I didn’t want. Are there any tips for me?

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    • Joanne August 8, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Hmm, we’re really not sure what happened. Did you use table salt instead of kosher salt? You can use table salt, but it is good to keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

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    • Gal August 15, 2014, 3:07 pm

      You need 0.4 tsp of table salt if you do not use kosher salt. So basically a little less than 1/2 tsp of table salt. If you read the note and added 1 tsp table salt…it’s too much.

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  • Amber May 30, 2014, 8:50 pm

    I don’t suppose you’d know how many calories are in each cookie?

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    • Joanne August 8, 2014, 12:04 pm

      Hi Amber, At the moment we do not provide nutrition facts for our recipes. It is something we are considering, though. For now, a great resource is this url: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

      It allows you to copy the ingredient list of our recipe and paste it into the form. Then it outputs nutritional facts. Hope that helps.

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  • Cookie June 6, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! This was possible the best cookie recipe i have ever made, or tasted. please make more recipes :)

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  • Indi June 30, 2014, 1:09 pm

    How did you come up with the recipe based on the three recipes? Was it a hunch or did you try all three and figure out what was not quite right with each?

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    • Joanne August 8, 2014, 11:15 am

      Hi Indi, We love researching a ton when we’re working on new recipes for the site. The three recipes linked to in the post were the most inspiring and our favorites when trying them.

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  • Shelly July 1, 2014, 8:08 pm

    I have a question. I only have salted butter. With that work if I cut out the salt in the recipe? I want to make these tonight and I live 30 min from town.

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    • Joanne August 8, 2014, 11:14 am

      Yep, salted butter will work. Just consider reducing the salt called for in the recipe a bit.

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  • mariaelena July 2, 2014, 10:54 pm

    Delicious! Variation, I used 4oz of cream cheese, only used 14 tbsp of butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 3 cups of flour. Also added more cinnamon. Baked them at 375 instead of 400°.

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  • Lisa Fekete July 24, 2014, 3:05 pm

    I love snickerdoodle cookies!! I have made them for many years, but this is the best snickerdoodle cookies I have ever eaten!! I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out perfectly!! Thank you!

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  • Lisa Fekete July 24, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Sorry I forgot to mark the stars!!

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  • Jillian August 1, 2014, 11:28 am

    I don’t have cream of tartar in my house, so I was wondering, how much baking powder do I use in place of the baking soda and cream of tartar? thanks!

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    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 12:40 pm

      Hi Jillian, you could just omit the cream of tarter if you like. The cookies should still work with only baking soda added.

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  • mali August 12, 2014, 12:43 am

    Awww please help. I just did thid recipe. Bit they came out like ñittle hot dry cakes. Totally disapointed. Idk where i went wrong. The Picture looks delicious :(

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    • Joanne August 13, 2014, 12:05 pm

      Bummer! We’re not sure, either. It’s possible your oven runs a little hot (most ovens do)? You could try baking at a slightly lower temperature next time.

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  • impulsebaker August 22, 2014, 7:53 pm

    Tried to whip these up for a craving tonight and my dough was NOT workable even after refrigerating for 1.5 hours… Added more flour and they are in the oven now. Smell lovely, but I hope the addition didn’t destroy the recipe… Thoughts??

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  • Kylie August 23, 2014, 6:39 am

    I lost my normal recipe and was told to make some for a potluck, (snickerdoodles are my specialty) and they taste fine. but my biggest issue was the outside was really thin and crunchy. The middle was pretty soft though. The only thing I can figure that would do this is that I was using foil instead of parchment? I followed everything else to a T. I used a cookie scoop, dropped it into the topping and placed it on the cookie sheet, didn’t push it down or anything. Any ideas?

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    • Kylie August 23, 2014, 6:40 am

      also as an FYI, with my cookie scoop, about 2 tsp. and a double batch made 158 cookies….definitely wasnt expecting that many! lol just so people know!

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  • Shannon September 1, 2014, 9:55 pm

    I followed the recipe, and for some reason my dough never formed. What do you suggest that I do

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    • Joanne October 23, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Hi Shannon, I’m not sure why your dough would not have come together. Was it crumbly? If so, next time try wrapping it up and refrigerating for a few hours then take it out and knead it. If that doesn’t work, you could try kneading in a few teaspoons of milk or water.

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  • Stacy September 7, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Looking forward to trying these cookies. Do they freeze well, after baking?

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  • Claudia September 10, 2014, 10:16 am

    My family loved these cookies exclaiming they were the best cookies I ever made. Thank you for the clearly written instructions. These were delicious.

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  • Amber September 18, 2014, 12:14 am

    Hello!

    I had a snickerdoodle at a meeting today and I hadn’t had one in years! I was inspired to make my own. I found this recipe this evening and thought I’d give it a try. I whipped it up while I made dinner. It was a snap! I used salted butter because that’s all I had, so I reduced the salt just slightly. I baked them at 400 degrees for 8 minutes and I placed my cookies on parchment paper. I think that is so important for consistent, even cooking. They turned out PERFECT!!! They look exactly like the photo. They’re nice and soft on the inside and very chewy. Thank you, thank you!

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  • Becki September 30, 2014, 6:59 pm

    How many does this recipe make?

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    • Joanne October 3, 2014, 11:13 am

      28 to 30 cookies

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  • gela October 6, 2014, 9:02 pm

    These were amazing! Not too sweet but just enough to get a hint of it. The only thing I altered, is the baking time by 4 more minutes – my oven cooks a little longer. Cheers!

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  • Brittany October 23, 2014, 7:02 pm

    I made these for school and everyone loved them!!!!! SUCH a great recipe! i added some cinnamon to the cookie dough as well and then sprinkled some on top when they came out of the oven. I will definetly be using this recipe again!

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    • Joanne October 24, 2014, 12:03 pm

      That’s great, Brittany. More cinnamon is never a bad call when it comes to Snickerdoodles!

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  • Lara October 16, 2014, 4:55 am

    I just tried the variation of 12 tablespoons of the gold’n soft 50% vegetable oil with 4 tbs of vegetable oil, preheated my oven to 350, baked 9.5 minutes, let cool 5 minutes, Perfect! I could not wait. I had to experiment and it’s 1:51 am now. Hubby and I are having them with coffee. He just said “I can see why, you could eat a bunch of those” ***Smiles***

    I just followed you on twitter and will try the “Chimichurri sauce” on our Turkey (we are having one in 3 days when it thaws:)

    Thank You!

    Lara

    Reply

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