Classic Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe


Classic Snickerdoodles that are soft and chewy even the next day!


I love how bloggers have created such unique recipes, but I still very much crave the classic. I love oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies like my dad used to make with me as a little girl. I adore a yummy, creamy chicken and pasta and there’s nothing like homemade pizza. Don’t worry, I still love the new creations as well like our brownie bottom, chocolate and caramel middle and chocolate chip cookie topped brownies, but sometimes you just need a classic snickerdoodles recipe.


Classic Snickerdoodles that are soft and chewy even the next day!


And not just any recipe because this is one of those cookies that loves to crisp up. In fact, growing up we always stuck a slice of bread in the cookie jar to keep our cookies soft. But this recipe doesn’t even need that. I’ve adapted Mom’s old recipe to be a little more on the soft side the next day instead of just freshly baked and I think you’ll agree that they are pretty darn delicious.

In fact, I’ll go sneak one right now before the kids are out of school.


What is the Difference Between a Sugar Cookie and Snickerdoodle Cookie?

What’s the difference between sugar cookies and snickerdoodle cookies? Let’s take a look.

The most important difference is the tanginess of the cream of tartar which you can read about below.


Why is There Cream of Tartar in Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Cream of tartar gives that distinct tangy flavor and they are just plain ol’ sugar cookies at that point. The cream of tartar also gives that classic chewy texture we all love.


Do you Have to Have Cream of Tartar in Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Alright, do you HAVE to have cream of tartar in snickerdoodle cookies? I mean, no you don’t have to but snickerdoodles are known for that soft and chewy, and especially tangy taste which only comes from using cream of tartar because of the acid in it.


Classic Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

Classic Snickerdoodles that are soft and chewy even on the next day
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Classic Snickerdoodles Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: 100 Best Cookies Recipes on the Planet
Keyword: Cookies, dessert, snickerdoodles
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs slightly whisked
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter for 30 seconds to smooth it out.
  • It is essential that the butter be softened.
  • Add the sugars and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again for a few seconds.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  • Add to the wet ingredients and beat for 30 seconds.
  • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll the dough into balls and in the sugar.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until cracks just start to appear.
  • They will crack more as they cool.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.4g | Protein: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 17.9mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 8.2g
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13 comments on “Classic Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe”

  1. They look so delicious. I will try this classic recipe this weekend. It may be easy for me. Anyway, thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    At the first time, I came this website I am very interesting with the video and its music…Read this post I also have some ideas for my cooking, thank you so much.

  3. 4 stars
    Look delicious. I ‘ll add this dish on the menu in the party with my family on weekend.

  4. 4 stars
    Look delicious! These pictures are stunning. My son likes cookie very much, I’m sure he will like this dish. Thank you!!!!!!

  5. I love these cookie n! So simple but yet so delicious! I will have to make these for hubbys card game to have with coffee. They will love me even more 😀

  6. 5 stars
    I love its color so much. Sophisticated. Say thank to your Mom for me. I’m in love with this recipe already.

  7. I agree…sometimes there’s nothing else like a classic! These look so fluffy and soft! Yummmy.

  8. Classic and delicious! Snickerdoodles one of my brother’s favorite cookies. I really need to send him a box of these. Homemade, soft, and chewy…so much more special than store bought!