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Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

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They are soft and chewy with the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar and that signature snickerdoodle tang. A classic snickerdoodle cookies recipe is just what we need!

I love how bloggers have created such unique recipes, but I still very much crave the classics like our oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies that my dad used to make with me as a little girl. I also 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.

a photo of a stack of three soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies with the top cookie broken in half.

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.

Snickerdoodle Cookies Ingredients

There’s nothing unexpected in this recipe, so here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Unsalted Butter (or half shortening, half butter)
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

a photo of a ball of snickerdoodle cookie dough sitting a white bowl full of cinnamon sugar.

How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies

You are going to follow the same basic cookie steps for this one except for rolling the dough cinnamon sugar right before baking. That’s my favorite part and what really sets snickerdoodles apart from other cookies (as well as the cream of tartar…we will get to that below). Here are the steps:

  • Preheat oven.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Combine butter and sugar in a stand mixer and beat until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and combine.
  • Make the cinnamon sugar in a small bowl.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Either bake or refrigerate.

These instructions in greater detail can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

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.

a photo of seven balls of snickerdoodle cookie dough that have been rolled in cinnamon sugar all sitting on a white plate.

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.

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.

a photo of a stack of three soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies with the top cookie broken in half.

How Long Will Snickerdoodle Cookies Keep? 

Stored in an airtight container, homemade cookies will keep for 3-4 days.

If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them. To freeze, cool completely, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours. When frozen, transfer to a heavy duty freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for 3 months.

Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?

This cookie dough freezes great. Once you have rolled the dough into balls and rolled them in cinnamon sugar, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours. When frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and store for up to 3 months.


I don’t know a single soul who doesn’t love snickerdoodles. There is something magical about them that take you right back to your childhood. This has been my go-to snickerdoodle cookies recipe for years. It’s timeless and they stay soft and chewy for days!

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a photo of a stack of three soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies with the top cookie broken in half.

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

4.29 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter softened or 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs slightly whisked
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Cinnamon


  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter and the sugar 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 then roll in the cinnamon sugar. At this point you can bake or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until cracks just start to appear.
  • They will crack more as they cool.


Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 129IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

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    • Let us know how it goes!!

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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 😀

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    • Yes they will!!

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

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    • Thank you so much Christina.

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    • Thanks Christina!

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

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  • 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!

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    • Shoot, I need a sibling to send me a box too!

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