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Snickerdoodles, Soft and Chewy

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It’s Day 3 of “12 Days of Christ­mas Cook­ies” and my cook­ie selec­tion is anoth­er clas­sic. Snick­er­doo­dles mix the warmth and spice of cin­na­mon into a tra­di­tion­al sug­ar cook­ie. They’re a lit­tle crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the mid­dle. Mmmmm…a per­fect cook­ie, in my mind! The oth­er nice thing is they are so sim­ple to make. For me, it would­n’t be a Christ­mas cook­ie plate with­out a few Snick­er­doo­dles round­ing things out.

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  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 25 min­utes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tea­spoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tea­spoon soda

For rolling the cook­ies in:

  • 2 Table­spoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Cream the but­ter and sug­ar togeth­er in the bowl of your *stand mix­er (or in a large bowl, by hand).
  2. Beat in eggs.
  3. Add flour, cream of tar­tar and bak­ing soda.  Mix to combine.
  4. Chill the dough for 30 min­utes to an hour, so the it will be easy to work with.
  5. Mix togeth­er the cin­na­mon and sug­ar for coat­ing cookies.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch diam­e­ter balls and roll the balls in the cin­na­mon sug­ar mixture.
  7. Place on a greased or lined cook­ie sheet and bake at 350° for 8–10 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 15 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 10 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Desserts, Cook­ies
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Ingredients for Making Snickerdoodles

It’s all the stan­dards, real­ly. To make Snick­er­doo­dles you’ll need but­ter, sug­ar, eggs, flour, cream of tar­tar, bak­ing soda, cin­na­mon and a lit­tle extra sug­ar for rolling the cook­ie balls. I’m guess­ing you have all of it in your pantry, already. Some of you may not have cream of tar­tar on hand and you might even won­der what it is and if you could leave it out. lol I see those wheels turning.

Cream of Tar­tar is an acidic by prod­uct left over from mak­ing wine. It is a white pow­der that serves sev­er­al pur­pos­es in cook­ie bak­ing. First, it leav­ens (helps things to rise). Sec­ond­ly, cream of tar­tar can pre­vent over-brown­ing in baked goods. It also enhances fla­vor, by min­i­miz­ing bit­ter­ness that can come from bak­ing soda and by adding a slight tangy fla­vor to the fin­ished product.

cream of tartar

It’s def­i­nite­ly a nec­es­sary ingre­di­ent in this recipe. It’s also good for help­ing meringue and whipped egg dish­es hold their light, airy vol­ume. You won’t regret hav­ing this ingre­di­ent in your spice rack.

How to Make Snickerdoodles

Cream togeth­er the but­ter and sug­ar. I use my *Bosch stand mix­er, just as a force of habit, but seri­ous­ly, you can def­i­nite­ly make these by hand. Get a good-sized glass or stain­less steel *bat­ter bowl that is at least 2 quarts and has a han­dle. It’s also smart to have a set of stur­dy *wood­en spoons (Bam­boo are the best. They last for­ev­er.) You can make cook­ies ’til the cows come home with a few basic tools!

Ok, once the but­ter and sug­ar are mixed, beat in the eggs and vanilla.

add dry ingredients

Now you’re ready to add the dry ingre­di­ents and get those mixed in. Once every­thing is incor­po­rat­ed you need to chill the dough.

So, seal it up in a con­tain­er with a lid and pop it in the fridge for about 30 min­utes to an hour. Hav­ing it cold makes it eas­i­er for you to han­dle and roll balls of dough with­out get­ting all sticky.

snickerdoodle dough

Once the dough has chilled, you’ll be able to scoop out dough and roll it into 1 1/2 inch balls. You can do it by hand, but I find that I get more uni­form cook­ies using a *cook­ie dough scoop.

Mix the cin­na­mon and 1 cup of extra sug­ar togeth­er in a con­tain­er. Then drop each cook­ie dough ball into the mix­ture, roll it around to be sure it’s ful­ly coat­ed and then place it on a greased or lined cook­ie sheet.

rolling snickerdoodles

I use sil­i­cone mats to line my cook­ie sheets, now. And I do have a cou­ple of the Sil­pat brand ones, but I also have a much less expen­sive set that works just as well. It saves me hav­ing to buy parch­ment paper or pan spray and they are good for so many oth­er uses. Plus, clean-up is quick and easy. If you get a chance, I high­ly rec­om­mend adding *sil­i­cone bak­ing mats to your kitchen tool set.

cookie dough on baking sheet

This is anoth­er cook­ie recipe that you do NOT want to over-bake. The cook­ies should be light­ly browned and crisp around the edges, but still quite soft in the cen­ter. They will bake for 8 to 10 min­utes and I always start with 8. Check them at 1 minute inter­vals after that, until they get to the desired done­ness. Leav­ing them too long will make them hard and dry after they cool.

Leave the Snick­er­doo­dles on the cook­ie sheet for 2–3 min­utes before trans­fer­ring them to the cool­ing rack. That extra 2 or 3 min­utes gives them time to fin­ish “bak­ing” and set­ting up, even though they are out of the oven.


See! You did it! It was SO easy and you’re amazing! 

Enjoy the cook­ies, Friend! Stop by again, soon.

Need More Great Cookie Recipes?

Here are three more DELISH cook­ie recipes from our 12 Days of Christ­mas Cook­ies blog­ger event.

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