Snickerdoodle Recipe

filed under: Cookies on August 23, 2018

A classic Snickerdoodle recipe that’s an easy kid favorite with the perfect crispy outside and soft and chewy inside covered in cinnamon and sugar.

I tested recipe after recipe to make sure this Snickerdoodle Cookie is the best! Perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy inside, you will never be disappointed with this Snickerdoodle recipe! It’s my favorite basic cookie recipe since my famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies.


4.91 from 62 votes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins

These are the BEST Snickerdoodle you will ever have. Perfect in every way!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snickerdoodle, snickerdoodle recipe
Servings: 54 cookies
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter, softened but not melted
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, (4 ounces total) room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups (352g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare three cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand-held mixer on the highest setting) cream together butter and sugar. (about 2-3 minutes)
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated.
  4. With the mixer on low (or off) add in the flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt.
  5. Using a 1-tablespoon scoop, scoop out rounded balls and place close together on one of the cookie sheets.
Cinnamon Sugar
  1. Mix the 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon in a wide bowl. I like to use a fork but a small whisk also works.

  1. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.

  2. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Carefully remove immediately from baking sheets and place on a cooling rack.

Recipe Video



Stack of Snickerdoodle Cookies


This classic cookie doesn’t need a whole lot of updating. According to my MIL’s church cookbook Snickerdoodles have been around since the 1900’s. And because I am unwilling to argue with grandmas, I’m just gonna go with that.

Snickerdoodles have a fun name which helps make up for their lack of chocolate amongst kids. I even had some fun while we were baking when I was explaining to the kids that Snickerdoodles got their name from the German pastry Schneckennudeln, which is German for (wait for it…) Snail noodles! Immediate kid favorite.

While researching all the classic snickerdoodle recipes I did notice is that a lot of them use shortening in addition to the butter. I thought that was brilliant (read at the end of this cookie recipe post to understand the difference between shortening in butter in cookies) and definitely wanted to give it a try!

Testing for the Perfect Snickerdoodle

I tested out a few variations within a basic recipe and after enlisting 6 recipes testers, I think we have found our PERFECT Snickerdoodle. More on that in a second…

First I want to share with you the changes I made to the basic recipes I found.

  1. Used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. Used freshly ground cinnamon with the sugar. Baked for 8 minutes. Used a 3-tablespoon scoop.
  2. Used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. Used freshly ground cinnamon with the sugar. Baked for 6 minutes. Used a 1-tablespoon scoop.
  3. Used all butter. Used 2 teaspoons Creme of Tarter in the recipe. Baked for 8 minutes. Used a 3-tablespoon scoop.
  4. Used all butter.Used 2 teaspoons Creme of Tarter in the recipe. Chilled the dough for at least an hour. Baked for 6 minutes. Used a 1-tablespoon scoop.
  5. Used all butter. No chilling. Baked for 8 minutes. Used a 3-tablespoon scoop.
  6. Used all butter. No chilling. Baked for 6 minutes. Used a 1-tablespoon scoop.


1 This cookie was delicious! We loved this flat crispy cookie and loved the flavor that freshly ground cinnamon added. The cookie isn’t as flavorful as cookies rolled in the regular cinnamon sugar blend, I think it’s because they flattened out so much. The center of this flat cookie was surprisingly soft. We loved this cookie more on day two.

2 This snickerdoodle was also delicious, but almost a bit dry. They puffed up dramatically and then the center fell. The flavor was great. We loved the freshly ground cinnamon but didn’t like the appearance.

3 We loved the all butter flavor of this cookie! The edges were crispy and the center was soft. I didn’t like how the centers fell, but the flavor made up for it.

4 If I was using this version of the recipe, I definitely prefer the bigger (3-tablespoon scoop) option from #3. The smaller seemed to be a bit drier.

5 While the flavor was great, I found a chilled dough to be a bit more difficult to deal with and the cinnamon sugar didn’t seem to cover every nook & cranny. These cookies also puffed up dramatically and then fell a bit in the center. The edges are crispy and the center was still a bit gooey, which was awesome.

6 This cookie had amazing flavor, just barely crispy edges, and a perfectly soft center.

Can you guess which was our favorite?

Plate of Snickerdoodle Cookies

Number 6! This was the PERFECT Snickerdoodle cookie in every way. All around amazing texture and just the right amount of cinnamon sugar goodness. I also have to admit I was so happy to see this cookie win as I think snickerdoodles should have a nice little crack in the top. (That’s just what I had growing up.)

Number 1 was a close second. We were shocked that a flat snickerdoodle cookie could be so amazing, but it really stood out as a fantastic cookie.

Broken Snickerdoodle Recipe Stacked

What is the difference between a sugar cookie and a snickerdoodle?

While cinnamon is a clear difference between the two cookies another flavor difference is from the cream of tartar added to the snickerdoodles.

Why do Snickerdoodles have cream of tartar?

The cream of tartar is an interesting ingredient. While it is used as a stabilizer in many ingredients the reason snickerdoodles have cream of tartar is that it adds a very distinct tanginess. It also aids in the chemical reaction with the baking soda to make the chewier texture. Fun fact: You can replace cream of tartar with fresh lemon juice! One teaspoon of cream of tartar equals 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice.

How to Bake a Snickerdoodle

The baking temperature is important as well as how you treat the cookie right out of the oven. I recommend baking them at 375°F and keeping a close eye on the first batch. (Just to get familiar with your oven.) You want the edges to just barely be starting to brown and for them to be a bit puffy in the oven. I baked these for 6-minutes, but you may need 7 or 8. (Every oven is different!)

Once you remove the baking sheet from the oven immediately get the cookies onto a cooling rack. But, be careful! It’s a hot pan and a delicate cookie. They will fall a bit and that’s ok.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookie Batter

Best Tips for Snickerdoodles

I highly recommend scooping out all the dough balls first. I simply lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and then started scooping. Once all of the dough balls are made, it is much easier to start dropping them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, rolling smooth, and dropping onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon to roll the cookie dough balls in. This ended up being the perfect amount. I had my doubts that it wouldn’t be enough to cover 54 cookies, but it absolutely did.

I tested the 3-tablespoon and 1-tablespoon scoop and we found the size of the 1-tablespoon scoop to be perfect. Using 3 tablespoons of batter ended up making a cookie that was just too big and too hard to cook evenly. (the edges would be crispy and the center doughy) I use this 1-tablespoon scoop.

Can you Freeze Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Absolutely! We like to freeze the dough when making double batches. I also prefer to freeze them already preportioned out. I have noticed that adding the cinnamon sugar right before baking makes a more flavorful cookie, but you could add the cinnamon sugar before freezing if you prefer.

How to Freeze Snickerdoodles: To freeze in pre-portioned cookies, prepare your dough, then scoop the cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. They can be placed close together. Set the cookie sheet in the freezer just until the dough is cold, about two hours. Then transfer the dough balls to an airtight freezer bag or airtight container that fits into your freezer.

A day before you are ready to bake the cookies, take them out of the freezer and place them in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, roll into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and bake as directed in the recipe below.

If you’re looking for the ultimate list of cookies to add to your collection of recipes consider checking out this amazing index of The 50 Best Cookie Recipes in the World. You won’t regret it! 😉

Love everything Snickerdoodle? Try my Butterscotch Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles!

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  • Lynn says:

    This was the best snickerdoodle recipe.
    They turned out perfect.
    I am Baker is my #1 go to for recipes

  • Jennifer says:

    I am getting ready to try your recipe to see if it is better than an older recipe I have used for years. The one I used had half shortening/half butter. It also used the bottom of a flat glass dipped in the cinnamon sugar mixture and then pushed down on each ball of batter. Makes a pretty round, flat cookie if anyone wants to try that.

  • Natasha says:

    Absolutely terrific!! Perfectly soft and chewy!

  • Phil Cohen says:

    I live in Alpine, AZ. Elevation 8050’ above sea level
    What adjustments do you recommend for high altitudes?

  • C C says:

    I always heard of snickerdoodle cookies and thought they were made with SNICKER pieces WRONG!!!!! I was about to cream some snicker bites and do my thing and incorporate my recipe for sugar cookies to make them I am so grateful that u have this blog because i can see the mess that i would have had WILL check in to see more recipes. Thanks a [email protected]@

  • Lisa says:

    I just made these and they were amazing!! 8 min was perfect for my oven. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Thank you for your recipe!

  • Mary says:

    Made a 1/2 recipe and they were perfect. Always like all butter. They raised up just perfect.

  • Mike says:

    I have been making these cookies for my daughters travel soccer team for the past two years. I must say all the mothers and fathers think I am the best thing since sliced bread. I have one little girl that is has that has a soft spot on my heart and always comes up to me and asks “Mr. Mike did you bring the cookies”? Jerks a tear a tear every time. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Mike – NJ

  • LonDyn Look says:

    Best recipe ever! I only had salted butter (Kirkland Signature) so I didn’t use salt, but it came out well and everyone in my family loves it! Thanks so much!!! This recipe provides the perfect crisp edge and chewy middle, without undercooking.

  • Jeffrey D Ketterer says:

    I fave tried this recipe & i love it. Have tried to figure out how your pictures show so much cinnamon & sugar. I roll in your sugar/ cinnamon mixture, but my end result don’t look as cinnamony & sugary as yours. Any advice?

  • Gus says:

    I also would like to know adjustments for high elevation as I am at 5000 ft above sea level. I did make your #6 recipe and they turned out very flat and somewhat over chewy centers. What are your recommendations for modification?

    • Amanda says:

      I would google high-altitude baking adjustments and have that in my kitchen at all times. After a 2 second google search, this is what comes up: Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
      Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
      Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.
      Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.

  • Olga says:

    It looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!

  • Jill says:

    So good!

  • Delisha Brown says:

    This recipe worked out well fur me. I’ve used all butter and the half and half idea so far. The children love them with my cinnamon spice blended sugar. I threw out my old recipe for Snickerdoodles and thinking about replacing my vanilla wafer recipe too cause I had an unfortunate mistake the first time that made my cookies like box wafers.So, This is a sweet recipe indeed.

    A million Thank you’s!

  • April says:

    This is the second time in 3 days that i am making this recipe! You ABSOLUTELY nailed it! i actually got 50 cookies out of it! my daughters boyfriend woke up and said “is it okay to have cookies for breakfast? i said nope…eggs, milk? why not! i had them in a airtight container and by the next morning there were 20 left and gone by noon! i even couldn’t stop! i had to put them out of the way and in the pantry!
    Followed it EXACTLY and used the best ingredients and WOW!

    • Amanda says:

      LOVE this April!!! So thrilled everyone enjoyed them! <3

  • Lisa Anderson says:

    Amanda I just love your recipes. I found another recipe that uses butter and coconut oil. My curiosity got the better of me so i decided to try it. I already knew i loved your recipe. So i made the others as well as yours at the same time to do a taste test. While the others were good they were too crisp and not enough chew in the middle.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Love that you tested different recipes and were able to determine what you prefer! Great job Lisa! (and thank you!)

  • Joan says:

    The snickerdoodle recipe is the same my grandmother, mother, sisters-in-law and myself use!

  • Sue Kohlman says:

    I have made these all my life ,started with my Mom at about 3or 4 ,I rolled the balls and rolled in sugar and nutmeg . Never used cinnamon ! Sometime do now ,but prefer the nutmeg .

  • Kirsten says:

    Got a headache reading and scrolling through all the old guff prior to recipe talk about make it confusing it puts me off everytime what happened to a picture and straight up recipe.

  • Patricia says:

    Can these be baked and frozen or can the dough be made into balls and frozen?

  • Faye Cudmore says:

    I can’t wait to try these…

  • Chantel Nill says:

    I loved it… guess which one I made? Almost can feel my Grandma right next to me 🙁

    I made # 6. Saw there was no chilling and ran as fast as I could to grab them out of the freezer:)
    Thank you!! Delish

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