The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins

This easy recipe for The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies is the perfect quick cookie recipe that is done in less than 30 minutes!

If you love snickerdoodle recipes you should also try my yummy Chai Snickerdoodles recipe!

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies stacked in two piles on a wood table

This Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Doesn’t Require Chilling

I absolutely hate when I find inspiration to bake cookies and then I find out the recipe I was looking at is finicky. To me, finicky cookies = room temp eggs, sifting ingredients, or chilling the dough for long hours. I am way to impatient for all that mess.

I understand that sometimes dough really does have to chill for a while…but if that’s the case, it’s usually just not the cookie for me! I just don’t have that kind of patience when it comes to cookies. I can take all the time in world to make layered cakes, but don’t expect me to spend a lot of time waiting on a cookie. 😉

Two stacks of snickerdoodle cookies next to a white jar with straws

These Snickerdooles Are Ready In Less Than 30 Minutes

One night this weekend, I got it in my head to make classic snickerdoodles. Then when I started googling around, all I was finding were recipes that required lots of waiting. I don’t even wait for my butter to get to room temp! I just pop it in the microwave at half the power for a few seconds. Seriously, did I mention how impatient I am?

I started trying out snickerdoodle recipes and before you knew it, I spent the whole weekend developing the best classic snickerdoodle recipe that has no silly requirements. These are the perfect mix of chewy and tangy that you want from a snickerdoodle…and they are done in less than 30 minutes. Perfection.

P.S. This is my third “The Best” cookie recipes. Make sure and check out The Best Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. I seriously have dreams about those White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies…mmm salty/sweet!

Yield: 32 large cookies

The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Two stacks of snickerdoodle cookies next to a white jar with straws

This easy recipe for The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies is the perfect quick cookie recipe that is done in less than 30 minutes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar & 1 tablespoon cinnamon for rolling


Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Set aside.

In a stand mixer (or large bowl), cream together the butter and sugars until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until dough comes together.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon for the topping.

Shape 2 tablespoons of dough into rounded balls. Roll dough in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and set it onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining cookies.

Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies may seem undercooked, but will continue to firm up after they are removed from the oven. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days with a piece of white bread. (The bread trick is totally real and will keep these cookies soft!)


This cookie recipe can easily be halved. I like to make a big batch because...hello -- cookies. But if you need less cookies in your life, just divide it all by half to make 16 gorgeous cookies instead.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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10 Responses
  1. Donna

    I made these last night and went exactly by the recipe and they are so good ! At first I thought the dough was too sticky and I had done something wrong like maybe putting in 2 eggs and it only called for 1 … In your instructions it says “add the egg” not eggs and I hit the panic button. ha ha …….Anyway they are perfection. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe.

    1. Jessica

      So glad you liked them Donna! I changed it to say “eggs” in the recipe directions so there will not be anymore confusion. 🙂

  2. Toni

    Loved these! Mine turned out to be super duper delicious (a little bit too big, as I had trouble with putting the dough on the baking paper whoopsi) and with a fantastic consistency :3 Great recipe!

  3. Nuray

    Hi Jessica! I just wanted to let you know these are amazing! They are def the best snickerdoodles ever and i actually made them slightly better by adding cinnamon chips…..there isnt even one left over! Big hit! Also your measurements are always spot on! Thank you!!!

  4. Joanne

    I wonder if there are actually people there who actually follow the instruction to bring eggs to room temp…because I never do! But I am a fan of no-chill cookie these sound heavenly.

  5. Danae @ reciperunner

    Snickerdoodle cookies are my favorite! I’m with you I hate cookies that require all those extra steps, especially refrigerating the dough. I can’t be trusted with cookie dough in the fridge, I’ll eat it all before it even makes it to the oven! Saving this recipe for sure!

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh man!! These cookies look perfect. I don’t mind if cookies are quick or long to make, but I DO like awesome cookies, and these totally fit the bill!

  7. Adrienne | Appetites Anonymous

    Yum yum yum!!! I don’t have much patience so I love that this recipe doesn’t require much waiting! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

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