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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies – The perfect snickerdoodle cookie recipe! Soft and chewy cookies filled with cinnamon flavor.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle cookies have long been a favorite of mine to make during the holidays since I was a kid. I love the cinnamon flavor and how soft and chewy they are. This recipe is my favorite and is so easy to make! You get about two dozen cookies but it can easily be doubled if you are making them for a party of the holidays.

Common questions about making snickerdoodle cookies

What is a snickerdoodle?

A snickerdoodle is a cookie that is typically made from butter, sugar, flour, and cream of tartar.  It is rolled in cinnamon sugar before being baking.  Sometimes the dough may have additional spices such as cinnamon or vanilla extract.  It is very similar to a sugar cookie taste and texture wise except for the fact it uses cream of tartar which impacts the taste and texture of the cookie.

How to make snickerdoodle cookies?

Making snickerdoodle cookies is very simple.  You beat the butter and sugar together before adding in egg and vanilla extract.  Next, you add in the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Once the dough is mixed together, you place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Then you scoop out the cookies and roll them in cinnamon sugar before placing them on a sheet pan.  Next, you place the sheet pan in the oven and cook the cookies for 12-14 minutes.

Do you have to use cream of tartar for snickerdoodles?

Cream of tartar is part of what makes a snickerdoodle cookie a snickerdoodle cookie.  It helps create that tangy taste and chewy texture.  It is possible to leave it out but it will have an impact on how the cookies turn out.

What is cream of tartar and what does it do?

Cream of tartar is a byproduct of grape processing that helps stabilize egg whites in recipes.

Is there a substitute for cream of tartar?

Some substitutes for cream of tartar include fresh lemon juice or white vinegar.  For each 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, use 1 teaspoon of either lemon juice or vinegar.

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Yield: 24 Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies - The perfect snickerdoodle cookie recipe! Soft and chewy cookies filled with cinnamon flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (for rolling)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (for rolling)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixture turns pale and fluffy (an additional 2-3 minutes).
  5. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture in 2-3 additions, stirring well after each.
  6. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon for rolling together in a small bowl, then using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop 1 heaping tablespoon of cookie dough into cinnamon sugar and roll around until fully coated.
  7. Transfer the sugar coated sugar dough to the baking sheet, then bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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