The Best Snickerdoodle Recipe

I have made these cookies many times and they are a favorite in my family. These cookies have crispy edges, but are soft and chewy in the middle. The base for this recipe is a sugar cookie dough. The cinnamon is added by rolling the sugar cookie dough balls into a cinnamon-sugar mixture. There is less sugar than normal in this recipe due to the sugar coating that your dough will be covered in.

These cookies are so easy. A few weeks ago, I was planning on making macarons for my friend. I don’t know what went wrong, but they stuck to the pan, and had no feet. Strange because that had never happened to me before. I was scraping them off with a spatula, tears almost forming in my eyes, trying to get something off the pan. My fingers were burning from the pan, I was a mess. My mom told me to make something else, so I whipped up these cookies in an hour, and they came out perfect. Thats when I knew this recipe was definitely a keeper.

I remember watching Kids Baking Championship a while back and a boy made sugar cookies. But instead of calling them “sugar cookies,” he called them “snickerdoodles without the cinnamon.” Haha, that has no relation with today’s post but I just thought that was funny.

Again, everyone loves these cookies! I make these for family gatherings and for my friends all the time. They come out perfect each time. This recipe is kid-friendly (like most of my recipes) and I hope it becomes a favorite in your family like mine!


These cookies are best stored in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Can I substitute something for the cream of tartar?

I don’t know of a good substitute that would work but the cream of tartar isn’t mandatory. You can leave it out. The cream of tartar gives it a little more “chew.” Without it, it would be a bit more crunchy from the un-dissolved sugar, which is still tasty.


1 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 3/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

1/4 cup Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3-4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Then, after scraping down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs one at a time and mix on medium-low speed until they are fully combined. Add the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together (by hand) the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. On either very low speed, or by hand, gradually add the flour and mix until it forms a dough.
  5. Chill the dough for 15 minutes. While it is chilling, stir together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  6. Roll balls that are about 1 1/2 tablespoon. Roll them into the mixture, until they are well coated. Space them at least 2 inches apart on a prepared baking tray (lined).
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Then cool them on a cooling rack and enjoy!

If you make these, please let me know how they come out! I love hearing from y’all! (Ok the “ya’ll” sounded strange but I’ll keep it there for laughs) 🙂


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