BEST Snickerdoodle Recipe

Super soft and full of cinnamon – this Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe is sure to be a hit! They’re one of our Most Requested cookie recipes and always get so many compliments!

One of the most classic cookie recipes, we make these snickerdoodles all the time! Almost as often as our chocolate chip, sugar, or M&M cookies! It’s a recipe everyone loves, and it’s so easy to make.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I LOVE Snickerdoodle Cookies! My family searched for the best Snickerdoodle recipe for a long time, and we finally found THE ONE. We’ve been using it for as long as I can remember now. It’s just as classic as our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies recipes.

Why is it called a Snickerdoodle? From Wikipedia: The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln (“snail noodles”), a kind of pastry. Not sure how that word adapted, but I do admit that there is something sweet and fun about the word.

What’s great about this recipe is that it’s easy and cookies always turn out SOFT, which for me is pretty much a requirement for a good cookie. 🙂

We know there are tons who love this cinnamon cookie, but if you fall under that category, then I suggest giving this cookie recipe a try. We love changing it up as we did with these White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles (more white chocolate chips plus pumpkin spice).

Snickerdoodle cookie dough batter

How to Make Snickerdoodles:

We love that these cookies are so simple that even the kids can help out!! The snickerdoodle ingredients needed for this recipe include:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • cream of tartar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon

You begin by mixing together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside and cream together the butter and sugar followed by adding the eggs until it is well blended.

From there you add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix well and then shape dough into 1 inch balls.

Mix these balls into your cinnamon and sugar mixture and place on an un-greased pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.

These cinnamon cookies are baked to perfection and result in the easiest, most delicious cookie!!

What’s the perfect cinnamon/sugar ratio for snickerdoodles? We love using 3 tablespoons sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

How to keep snickerdoodles soft?

A soft snickerdoodle is essential. There are a couple tricks to making and keeping your snickerdoodles soft and chewy, including:

  • Do NOT over bake them! Our recipe says to bake for 8-10 min. Depending on how soft you want them, take them out of the oven after 8 minutes. Let them sit on the baking sheet for a minute and then take them off and put them on a cooling rack. 8 minutes cook time will insure a soft chewy cookie – even after they have cooled.
  • To keep them soft and chewy, store them in an airtight container. Throw in a little piece of bread into the container with your cookies. The bread will absorb the extra air in the container and make the cookies stay fresh for longer! Most cookies can stay fresh when stored in an airtight container at room temp for about 3 days. 

Snickerdoodle cookie balls rolled in cinnamon and sugar

Snickerdoodles FAQ

Is there a substitute for cream of tartar? Yes – you can always substitute fresh lemon juice or white vinegar for cream of tartar. We’ve also used baking powder as a substitute which works but does not provide that tangy flavor cream of tartar usually adds.

Do I need cream of tartar for snickerdoodles? Although cream of tartar is typically used in snickerdoodle recipes to add a unique tangy taste and chewy texture, you can still use a substitute for it. It is one of the key ingredients that transforms it into a tangy, chewy cookie differentiating it from a typical butter sugar cookie.

Can you freeze snickerdoodles? Put them into a freezer bag or container and make sure they are air-tight. You can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat or serve them, just let them thaw in their container on the counter. They will taste just as yummy the day you made them!

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Nothing can beat a warm, cinnamon and sugar covered cookie. That is why we love these snickerdoodles so much! We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

4.93 from 401 votes
Super soft and full of cinnamon - this Snickerdoodles recipe is sure to be a hit! They're one of our all-time favorite cookie recipes and always get so many compliments!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 118 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  • Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. (Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies)

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the BEST Snickerdoodle recipe! My family’s favorite soft cookie with just the right amount of cinnamon. These are usually gone shortly after they are out of the oven – we love them that much!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these several times over the summer for ice cream sandwiches. They come together in minutes! So good. My girls love helping with these too.

  3. 5 stars
    Love love love snicker doodle cookies
    I have actually made chocolate ones abs they are so good. And I like the plain ones too

  4. 5 stars
    Love this classic! Made these last night and they were just what I was hoping for! Definitely saving as a new go to recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I love soft and chewy snickerdoodles and these absolutely hit the mark! Yum, yum, yum! Thanks for the tips on how to keep them soft and chewy, an absolute necessity with these cookies.

  6. 5 stars
    I just made snickerdoodles for the first time using your recipe and they turned out great! My friends love them so I put some in a cute container and left them on their doorstep for Christmas. I baked mine for 11 minutes because my oven sometimes likes to underbake things, but next time I’ll follow your advice and bake for a shorter amount of time. They’re still really good, but a little crunchier than I’d prefer. Thank you for the recipe – happy holidays!

  7. 5 stars
    These were delicious. Just the right balance of chewy and a slight crisp to the tops. Will definitely use this recipe again in the future.

  8. 4 stars
    Taste is better as they cool. Still for some reason they are very thin like paper. Can anyone tell me why?

    1. There are a few reasons cookies might spread more…over-mixing the butter, sugar, it might need a little more time in the fridge, & google has a couple more reasons. Not sure if those were any of the reasons, but I hope that helps!

  9. 5 stars
    They are delicious. I thought they had a little too much cinnamon, but that is just my preference. Don’t be alarmed that they don’t look ready when you take them out of the oven they will deflate and sturdy up as they cool.

  10. 4 stars
    Turned out poofy and nice…but it’s impossible to not taste the baking soda. I will use 3/4 or 1/2 amount next time.

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