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.
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).
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:
- cream of tartar
- baking soda
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 at 350 degrees 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.
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!
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.
For more snickerdoodle recipes, check out:
- White Chocolate Snickerdoodles
- Snickerdoodle Bars
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow
- White Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles
- Eggnog Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
- 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)