Recipe for Snickerdoodle Cookies

cinnamon sugar cookies leaning against each other in a row.

I don't really have a close relationship with snickerdoodle cookies in general. However, even I can appreciate this recipe. These cookies are soft and chewy, buttery, and of course coated in cinnamon sugar. Besides, what else are you going to do with that cream of tartar you've had in the pantry for 3 years?

Tips for making snickerdoodles

Don't overmix the dough: I feel kind of like a broken record on this one. Nearly all of my cookie recipes turn out better when mixed just until the ingredients are incorporated. Anyway, that means less work for you, so it's really a win-win.

Coat with plenty of cinnamon sugar: I'm not sure this really needs to be said, because obviously. We aren't talking a light sprinkle here. Create a real love connection between those dough balls and the cinnamon sugar...then coat them again. I really don't think you can overdo this.

Bake until barely browned: The cookies will be very soft when they first emerge from the oven. You'll know they are done when the edges are just barely browned. More like a whisper of color.


How long do snickerdoodle cookies stay fresh and soft?

For best quality eat these cookies within 4-5 days or freeze them to enjoy later!

What is cream of tartar?

Cream of tartar is also known as potassium bitartrate. It is an acidic compound that is used in this recipe to both keep the cookies soft (because it prevents the crystallization of sugars) and to add a bit of tartness to contrast the cinnamon sugar! It's also often used for meringues because it stabilizes the egg whites by preventing the bonding of proteins. Don't have any? No worries, here are some substitutes for cream of tartar.

Can snickerdoodles be frozen?

Snickerdoodles freeze well. Simply place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for a couple of hours. Then remove the cookies from the baking sheet and place them in an air tight bag or container. When you are ready to eat them either let them thaw on the counter for an hour or two or toss them into the microwave for 15-30 seconds.

Other dessert recipes you might like

Four snickerdoodles overlapping on a floral plate.

These snickerdoodle cookies are easy peasy. Get your dough mixed up, foster it's relationship with the cinnamon sugar, then sit back and wait for it to bear fruit, so to speak. Can't we all use a little more love in our lives?

Keep your belly full, your mind engaged, and your heart open.

Snickerdoodles stacked on a floral plate.

Chewy Snickerdoodles

A soft and chewy cinnamon sugar coated cookie.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 18 cookies



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

Cinnamon sugar

  • cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, or the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until it is smooth and well combined. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla to the bowl and continue to mix it until well blended. Then, mix in the cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Pour in the flour about 1 cup at a time, mixing until just blended before adding the rest. Once the flour is fully incorporated, stop mixing.
  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Individually, scoop about 1 ½ tablespoon size dough balls and roll them between your palms until slightly smooth. Place the dough balls into the bowl of cinnamon sugar and rotate them while using your other hand to sprinkle more cinnamon sugar over the top. Once completely coated, place the dough balls onto your prepared baking sheet and press down lightly with your palm to flatten the balls just slightly.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 9-11 minutes. Cookies will still be soft upon removal from the oven.
Keyword chewy cookies, christmas, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, comforting, cookies, dessert, holiday, snickerdoodles, soft cookies
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.