Snickerdoodle Cookies

Whip up a batch of classic Snickerdoodle Cookies that are as fun to make as they are to eat! Perfect for sharing, gifting, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, Snickerdoodles are a timeless treat that will bring smiles to any gathering. These tasty cookies coated with cinnamon sugar are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They’re great for Christmas or any time of the year.

A plate of homemade snickerdoodle cookies and a glass of milk beside it.

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One of my earliest memories was making snickerdoodles when I was a Girl Scout. Since then, I have made these cookies for cookie exchanges and when I wanted something sweet and tangy. 

If you haven’t tried these chewy snickerdoodle cookies before, you are missing out. These cookies are rolled in cinnamon and sugar to give them a wonderful crunchy crust.

What makes Snickerdoodle the perfect cookie?

You can never go wrong with a traditional cookie like this one. And these are by far the best Snickerdoodle cookies you’ll ever make! Once baked, you’re first met with a slightly crystalized coating from the cinnamon and sugar.

Then, when you take a full bite, you’ll notice they’re perfectly buttery, chewy, and soft. These cookies are simple yet irresistible. They are a clever dessert option that will please everyone, as they are free of nuts and chocolate.

What are Snickerdoodles?

Snickerdoodles are basically sugar cookies that are rolled in sugar and cinnamon. By rolling the cookie into the mixture of cinnamon and sugar, you make a crispy coating with the perfect amount of spice.

Their crinkled appearance is somewhat of a trademark. It’s more than likely that everyone will recognize this baked good when you bring it to parties.

What do Snickerdoodles taste like?

Snickerdoodles have an intricate flavor due to the cream of tartar that gives them their famous tangy undertone. The cream of tartar wonderfully balances the sweetness in the cookie and amplifies the taste of the cinnamon!

Their unique flavor is almost indescribable and far from bland, which is why they’re the perfect baked good to make when you want to impress someone.

Why you’ll love this recipe for snickerdoodle cookies

Do you need to make cookies, but you don’t have any chocolate chips, peanut butter, or oatmeal? I bet you have what you need on hand to make these Snickerdoodle cookies.

These are simple cookies to make, and you don’t need a lot of exotic ingredients to put together this classic cookie. In fact, this recipe for Snickerdoodles requires less than ten ingredients!

They are easy to make, too. The process of making the dough can be done in a matter of minutes. And since you chill the dough, they bake into perfectly round cookies with a gorgeous, uniform appearance. I like using a cookie scoop to create the balls, which guarantees they’re all the same size.

It’s the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe and you’ll want to make it again and again.


Here’s what you’ll need for this Snickerdoodle recipe:

  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cream of tartar – gives the cookies their chewy texture
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
Snickerdoodle cookies ingredients on a tray.

How to make the best Snickerdoodle cookies

Here are the simple steps to make this snickerdoodle cookie recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease baking sheets or line them with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to mix the butter, sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until a dough forms.
  5. Transfer the dough to the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour.
Collage of making dough for snickerdoodle cookies.
  1. Make the cinnamon sugar mixture in a small bowl.
  2. Roll the dough into balls, then roll the cookie dough balls in the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place the sugar-coated dough balls on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
Collage of baking snickerdoodle cookies.

What to serve with homemade snickerdoodles

Enjoy a warm Snickerdoodle with a glass of milk or some hot chocolate. Since the cookies have such an excellent taste and texture, you might prefer eating them plain.

However, you can also make them into sandwich cookies by filling them with frosting or even ice cream. Alternatively, dip them in Cool Whip.

The cinnamon sugar on the cookies tastes especially delicious when paired with something creamy. And they taste phenomenal in a lineup of other cookies if you want to serve them at a dessert buffet.

Four snickerdoodle cookies on a plate.

How to store these cookies

Keep these cookies stored at room temperature for best results. Either place them in an airtight container or a resealable bag.

You can also freeze them for later. I suggest individually wrapping them before putting them in a larger freezer bag or freezer safe container to prevent freezer burn.

How long do they last?

When stored at room temperature, these cookies last a good five days. In the freezer, they last 2-3 months.

A snickerdoodle cookie being held over a glass of milk.

Recipes for cinnamon lovers

Check out more of my easy recipes for cookies and the best dessert recipes on CopyKat!

A plate of homemade snickerdoodle cookies and a glass of milk beside it.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are sweet and buttery cookies with a delicious cinnamon flavor.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Snickerdoodles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 95kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  • Mix the butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and eggs thoroughly using an electric mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  • Form the dough into balls.
  • Mix the cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl and roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Place the sugar-coated dough balls on the greased cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.



Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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