Have you ever wondered how to make snickerdoodle cookies that are soft, chewy, and cinnamon-sweet? Well, you need this easy snickerdoodle recipe in your life!
Snickerdoodle cookies are definitely one of America’s most popular and most baked Christmas cookies. I mean, it’s easy to see why though. These cookies are soft, buttery, chewy, and loaded with cinnamon-sugar flavor.
Snickerdoodles are basically sugar cookies but with two big differences. First, there’s the addition of cream of tartar. This ingredient is a hidden gem in the kitchen and gives the cookies their signature soft (and totally addictive) texture. The second thing is that you roll snickerdoodles in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, which obviously take them to the next level.
Fortunately, this snickerdoodle recipe is super easy to make and follow. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together using a stand mixer, roll the dough in cinnamon sugar, and bake for about 10 minutes. Yep, your batch of the ever will be ready to dive into in no time at all!
Alright, let’s learn how to make snickerdoodle cookies!
- Unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Granulated sugar
- Eggs, at room temperature
- All-purpose flour
- Cream of tartar
- Baking soda
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies
Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking pad.
Cream butter with sugar for about 2 to 3 minutes, at medium speed using a stand mixer, until it’s light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and beat until well incorporated.
Add and mix dry ingredients in a few batches to avoid a flour storm. Stir with a spatula to make sure you get everything at the bottom of the bowl.
Use a medium cookie scoop (the size of two tablespoons) and scoop out the dough into balls. Roll with your hands until round and smooth.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar with cinnamon. Roll each cookie dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture until completely covered.
Then place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The edge of the cookies should be a little crispy.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Because they’re the softest cookies you’ve ever met, they need time to cool otherwise they might fall apart when warm.
Then it’s time to enjoy a (or two or three).
- Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- You can also freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. You can either freeze the dough altogether before you dip it in the cinnamon-sugar topping. Alternatively, dip the cookies and then individually wrap them before placing them in the freezer, so you can enjoy one snickerdoodle cookie whenever you crave one!
- Another option is to freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months.
- Don’t skip the cream of tartar! It gives the snickerdoodles their signature tangy flavor and chewy texture. But if you REALLY don’t want to use it and don’t mind not technically having a classic snickerdoodle cookie and more of a , you can substitute the cream of tartar and baking soda for two teaspoons of baking powder instead.
- If you need more cinnamon in your life, we won’t tell anyone if you add a teaspoon or two of ground cinnamon to your cookie dough.
- There’s no need to chill the cookie dough. Another reason to love this .
Can I make my snickerdoodle cookies in advance?
Yes, you can definitely make this ahead of time. First, they’ll last at room temperature for up to 5 days. But you can also prepare the dough and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Let it come to room temperature before rolling the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar and baking.
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- 1 cup unsalted butter or 2 sticks, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking pad.
- Cream butter with sugar for about 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed, using a stand mixer, until it's light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well incorporated.1 cup unsalted butter, 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, 2 large eggs
- Add and mix dry ingredients in a few batches to avoid a flour storm. Stir with a spatula to make sure you get everything at the bottom of the bowl.2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt
- Use a medium cookie scoop (size of 2 tablespoons) and scoop out the dough into balls. Roll with your hands until round and smooth. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with cinnamon. Roll each cookie dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture until completely covered, then place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
I couldn’t find how many cookies this recipe made.
Makes about 24. Thanks for asking!
Makes about 24 🙂
Perfect for the holidays! These look amazing!
our fav cookie
I LOVE a soft chewy cookie! Thx for the freezing tips as it is helpful to make the dough and freeze it until you want to bake them.
This is one of my kids favorite cookies.