The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins

This easy Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe is perfect for the holidays and ready in less than 30 minutes!  Soft and chewy cookies with cinnamon sugar flavor and everything you love in a Christmas cookie.

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

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Once upon a time, I set out to create the perfect snickerdoodle cookie recipe. One without any fanfare, or chilling or waiting, but that still resulted in delicious, soft and chewy classic cookies. And here you have it: the best, chewy, and – most of all – easy snickerdoodle recipe!

These cookies are the perfect combination of sweet cinnamon sugar flavors, with that slight tang that you want from a snickerdoodle. This is also one of my quickest cookie recipes, coming together in less than 30 minutes! Pure perfection. I especially love making these cookies during the holidays; they’re perfect to serve on Christmas cookie platters!

What Are Snickerdoodles?

Snickerdoodle cookies are very similar to classic sugar cookies. While traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar, snickerdoodles are rolled and coated in cinnamon sugar.

The main, distinct difference though, is that snickerdoodles are made with cream of tartar. This ingredient, combined with baking soda, is what gives these cookies their unbelievable chewy texture and softness, along with a hint of tangy flavor.

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

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • All Purpose Flour: For the most consistent results when making classic snickerdoodles, all purpose flour is king.
  • Cream of Tartar: This is the key ingredient that gives classic snickerdoodles their distinctive tang and chewy texture.
  • Baking Soda: The secret to the cookies’ levening along with the cream of tartar.
  • Butter: Unsalted and softened.
  • Sugar: I use a combination of granulated sugar and light brown sugar for the best flavor and texture.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Additional Sugar & Cinnamon: For rolling.

How to Make Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Make the Cookie Dough: Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla, then mix in the dry ingredients just until you reach a nice cookie dough texture.

Prepare the Topping: In another bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating.

Roll the Dough: Shape the dough into round balls approximately 2 tablespoons in size. Roll the cookie dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place them on a cookie sheet.

Bake: Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes. They may appear undercooked, but avoid leaving them in too long! Snickerdoodles will firm up once they’ve left the oven.

Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips for Success

  • Adapt the Batch Size: This cookie recipe can easily be halved; dividing all the ingredients by half will make 16 gorgeous cookies instead.
  • Make Snickerdoodles Ahead: You can prepare the dough in advance and keep it covered in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking. Just roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar and then bake to serve.
  • Make Sure to Not Over Bake: Keep a close eye on snickerdoodles as they’re baking. Take them out of the oven as soon as the edges begin to turn golden. If they look under baked, you’re doing it right!

Variation Ideas

If you love snickerdoodles as much as we do in our household, you know that one version just isn’t enough! 

  • You can mix up classic snickerdoodle cookies with variations like my Chai Snickerdoodles or these festive Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.
  • Frost your snickerdoodles with a sweet cream cheese frosting or top them with an easy vanilla glaze.
  • Add in chocolate chips, oatmeal, or desiccated coconut into the cookie dough for something a little different.
  • For a holiday twist, mix in crushed up candy canes for peppermint snickerdoodle Christmas cookies!

How to Store Homemade Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodle cookies can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. For the best results, place a piece of white bread in with them. (The bread trick is totally real and will keep these cookies soft!)

Can I Freeze These?

To freeze these snickerdoodle cookies, place the baked and cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop this into the freezer. Once the cookies have frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Thaw the frozen cookies at room temperature before serving.

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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 Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies is the perfect holiday cookie recipe. No chilling or waiting required, just quick and delicious snickerdoodles, ready in less than 30 minutes!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon for the topping.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Notes

  • 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; just divide all ingredients by half to make 16 gorgeous cookies instead.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

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 dough..so 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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