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This is a fabulous Snickerdoodle recipe for chewy cookie lovers – and these Snickerdoodles are so good that this recipe made it into my first cookbook as well! We make these every year and this is a no-fail, delicious recipe that your family will love!

Snickerdoodles are a long time love of mine, with the love affair always ignited by a trip to Disneyland. In one of their coffee shops-the one at the end of Main Street to be exact- they make the biggest…thickest…puffiest Snickerdoodles you ever want to lay your lips on. I do believe I had one for breakfast three days in a row while we were at Disneyland.

Snickerdoodle Recipe
Snickerdoodle Recipe

Chewy And Tasty Snickerdoodle Cookies

These plain and often under appreciated cookies are undeniably tasty. When you bite into one, the sugary coating breaks into a chewy center of buttery awesomeness. Mike couldn’t stop eating them. For a man who up until the moment he tried them had no idea what a Snickerdoodle was, he sure fell in love hard and fast. There is just something perfect about this buttery goodness covered in white sugar and cinnamon.

Snickerdoodles Are Not Sugar Cookies

Snickerdoodles are so very close to the sugar cookie, however snickerdoodles have cream of tartar in them, which is used for the tangy taste AND that chewy texture that we all love. It’s not a huge difference, but it IS a difference! I prefer snickerdoodles to a sugar cookie. Except for my lemon sugar cookies, of course! THOSE are amazing! You also don’t traditionally roll sugar cookies in cinnamon and sugar, they are more for cutting out and decorating. With that said, you definitely cannot roll out this snickerdoodle dough for cut-out cookies, it will not work! So that is the huge difference between the two cookies if you are looking for it.

Dipping a Snickerdoodle Cookie in Milk
Dipping a Snickerdoodle Cookie in Milk

Can you make snickerdoodles without cream of tartar?

You sure can, but they won’t have that classic tang to them. You can add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to get a tanginess to your cookie instead if you don’t have cream of tarter in your pantry. If you don’t have either lemon juice of vinegar, simply replace the baking soda and the cream of tartar with an equal amount of baking power in the recipe.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dripping Milk
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dripping Milk

Tips & Tricks for Making Snickerdoodles

  • Use shortening if you want your snickerdoodles to be a little puffier. If you like it to maintain the buttery goodness, then use all butter in them. I prefer the butter taste to the puffier texture, it really is all about your personal preference!
  • Make sure that the entire surface of each mixture is covered with cinnamon and sugar. This makes it evenly coated individually, which brings out the buttery goodness within.
  • Under bake them slightly, as I suggest with almost all of my cookie recipes.It just helps them be chewier!
  • Make these for Santa this year. He’ll love you for it!
Stack of Snickerdoodle Cookies
Stack of Snickerdoodle Cookies

No matter how I plan ahead, Christmas seems to sneak up on me so I am trying to re-make and take new photos of all my favourite Christmas cookies that I have made on The Kitchen Magpie over the years! Some are SO old – this recipe for snickerdoodles is already 7 years old, it was time for new photos! And just like always, these cookies were gone in a flash!

Happy baking! Who is gearing up nice and early for the Christmas season this year? I am just skipping right over Halloween and heading on to the jingling bells of my favourite time of year!



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Classic Snickerdoodle Recipe
Prep Time
29 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
39 mins

There is nothing like a fabulous Classic Snickerdoodle Cookie for your holiday baking! We make these year round as they are a family favourite.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snickerdoodle recipe, snickerdoodles, snickerdoodles recipe
Servings: 36
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of butter
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon Sugar Coating Mixture
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl attached to a stand mixer ( using the paddle attachment) cream together the butter and white sugar completely. Alternately you can use a large bowl and a handheld mixer with beaters as well.
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time, incorporating each one thoroughly into the dough after adding.
  4. Mix the vanilla into the batter completely.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients, then mix into the butter mixture until completely combined together.
  6. Combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  7. Roll a tablespoon sized amount of the snickerdoodle cookie dough into a ball, then roll in the cinnamon/sugar topping, making sure to cover the cookie dough ball completely with the cinnamon mixture.
  8. Place the cinnamon/sugar covered cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, watching closely, until the bottoms of the cookies are browned nicely and the edges are baked .Remove from the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Remove from the baking sheets onto a cookie rack and cool completely.
Recipe Notes

You can try all shortening for the REAL old fashioned Snickerdoodle cookie recipe, or half butter and half shortening. It really is up to your personal likes!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Snickerdoodle Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 129mg 5%
Potassium 61mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Is the measurement for the baking soda really 1 1/ 3 tsps? Not 1 1/4 tsps or 1 1/2 tsps? Thank you

  2. So the dough isn’t think enough to roll into a ball. I don’t understand why.

  3. Do you think I could freeze the dough after rolling the balls in sugar/cinnamon?

  4. James Lori Shipley Reply

    I think a visit to your house to pu some yummy treats is in order-I will share chocolates lol!!!!

  5. DottieBast Reply

    I make this recipe for friends every so often and they will literally jump through hoops to get me to bring them some by they love them that much! Today, one of those friends told me he was going to try making some from one of his own cookbooks.. He texted me a couple of hours ago and told me they came out all wrong (not like yours). I printed your recipe for him. 🙂

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      DottieBast This one would be good for my first cookbook, what do you think?

      • DottieBast Reply

        thekitchenmagpie DottieBast  for some reason I wasn’t notified you had replied 🙁 I sincerely hope these made your cookbook because even after all this time, I’m still in love with this recipe 😀

  6. Krista Michelle Gray Reply

    Made ’em on Christmas Eve morning!!! Love ’em!!!! The recipe is cookie dough PERFECTION!! They taste like a cookie version of the famous Beaver Tail!!! That slight “crunch” when you bite, and then the soft interior!?!? Gahh!!! PLUS! Santa loved them – true story!!!! Kitchen Magpie? My family would like to know … “Where does the name, “Snickerdoodles” come from!?” ALSO …. Look what I found at Target yesterday for $5? A Snickerdoodle cookie mix … Meh … but, I only bought it for the adorable cast iron skillet! Neat-o! Best cookie!!! Thank you!!!

  7. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    A) I’m totally making a skillet snickerdoodle next Christmas
    B) so glad you liked them!
    C) Disney handed out snickerdoodles to give to Santa too! Santa was SO happy!!!!

    I also have no idea where the name came from…

  8. Genevieve Olivier Reply

    Hey these would be awesome to take to a family gathering but was wondering if you have ever made a gluten free kind? My sister is intolerant. Would be nice to be able to share with everyone.

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @Sue04kids So glad that you liked them!! Thanks for letting me know!

  9. This recipe calls for vanilla extract but does not say where to add it in! HELP!

  10. aGhost_eek Reply

    I think this is the first recipe calling for Cream of Tartar I’ve seen that wasn’t for making playdough.

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      I know! They are such an old cookie recipe that you use cream of tartar in them. You can switch it out, but it does give them a unique tang…I thought about changing it but really wanted classic Snickerdoodles. 

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