Snickerdoodle Cookies

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Snickerdoodle Cookies are a soft slightly tangy vanilla cookie with a crispy edge and cinnamon-sugar coating making them a favorite Christmas Cookie, for the lunch box, or just a sweet treat.

A stack of Snickerdoodle Cookies with 1 Snickerdoodle resting against the stack on it's edge.

Who can pass on a soft vanilla cookie with a crispy edge rolled in cinnamon and sugar?

I was in charge of dessert last week for our small group and decided on Snickerdoodles since they are fairly easy to make and always seem to be a favorite.

Not me, I ate way more then my share doing quality control before we even left the house.

I usually make the cookies with half shortening and half butter but I was out of shortening on this particular day and didn't miss the shortening a bit!

They are good either way and all butter made for a more flavorful cookie. 

I also sometimes make these Brown Butter Snickerdoodles when I'm in the mood for the nutty flavor of the brown butter. 

You can never go wrong with either Snickerdoodle recipe! 

Here's how to make these soft Snickerdoodle Cookies:

Granulated Sugar, Brown Sugar, and 2 sticks of Butter in a stainless steel mixing bowl fitted with a white paddle attachment.

Cream together: 
  • 1 cup Slightly Softened Butter or 1/2 cup Butter and 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 3/4 cup Granulated
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar 
Until light and fluffy.

Scrape sides of bowl as needed.

Butter beaten with sugar with a broken egg in the middle.

Add 2 whole Eggs, one at a time. Beating well between each addition.

Beat in: 
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cream Of Tartar 
Until well incorporated.

Scrape sides of bowl as needed.

Flour added to Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough in a mixing bowl.

Add 2 3/4 cup All-Purpose Or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and mix until well combined.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough

If time allows I like to refrigerate the dough for 10-20 minutes before rolling into balls.

Cinnamon and Sugar in a small glass bowl.

In a small bowl combine: 
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Ball in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Scoop dough into a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball.

Roll each ball into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Snickerdoodle Cookie dough balls being pressed with a glass on a cookie sheet.

Place snickerdoodle balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

Using the bottom of a glass gently press cookies until tops are flat and form a disk.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes until cookies are lightly brown around the edges.

I'm sure you'll love Snickerdoodle Cookies as much as we do! 

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles Cookies are a soft tangy vanilla cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar coating that are a must make Christmas Cookie or for a sweet treat.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 12 MTotal time: 22 M


  • 1 cup Butter, Slightly Softened But Still Firm
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cream Of Tartar
  • 2 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, Ground


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt and cream of tartar until well combined.
  5. Stir in flour until well incorporated.
  6. Refrigerate dough for 10-20 minutes if time allows for easier shaping.
  7. In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  8. Scoop dough into heaping tablespoons and roll into balls. Roll balls into cinnamon sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Gently press top of cookies down to form a disk.
  9. Bake cookies for 12 minutes until lightly brown around the edges.
  10. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before removing cookies to a cooling rack.



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  1. Cinnamon and Sugar is the best! Sounds delicious.

  2. You can never go wrong with snickerdoodle cookies.

  3. These sound like the perfect cookies!

  4. My cookies came out so flat. Should the recipe use baking powder instead of baking soda?

    1. Hi! I would check your baking soda to make sure it's still fresh. Baking Soda with Cream of Tartar forms a similar reaction as baking powder. Thanks, Serena


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