Snickerdoodles are such a classic cookie, yet up until this point they have honestly been the bane of my existence. I can master croissants, danish, eclairs, and all sorts of complicated bread recipes, but hand me a snickerdoodle recipe and they will undoubtedly spread into a massive, flat, crunchy 14×16-inch cookie. I am not sure where the problem lies, but for some reason this one cookie has given me nothing but headaches. I’m glad that you all like them so much and that they ended up in the top 10 cookies mentioned during the cookbook giveaway, because it gave me an excuse to tackle them yet again with a new recipe. I am happy to report that I have finally experienced successful snickerdoodles! Wonderful round, soft, cinnamon-sugar goodness that taste every ounce as good as they look.


I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this recipe for soft snickerdoodle cookies, but I had it saved for quite some time and was very excited to finally give it a try. The recipe received hundreds of raving reviews claiming that it was the first actual soft snickerdoodle recipe that many had ever tried. I was sold immediately given all of my problems with the spreading crunchy catastrophes. The recipe is incredibly simple and the only real difference that I could discern between this recipe and the others I have tried is that it instructs you to chill both the dough and the cookie sheets before baking. I surmise that this drastically cuts down on the spreading, and resulted in one absolutely elated Brown Eyed Baker. I’m so happy to have a great snickerdoodle recipe that I can bust out during the holidays!


After I took these out of the oven (and stole two that “broke”… “accidentally”), I Tweeted about how great the warm snickerdoodles were fresh from the oven. Elly of Elly Says Opa! replied by saying that I should make snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches once the cookies cooled. Elly – you have won Genius of the Day award. These were absolutely, 100% incredible. If you have some vanilla ice cream stashed away in the freezer, you definitely need to throw one of these together! Go from cookie to full-fledged dessert in less than a minute.


Cookies from the Top 10 I have made:
No-Bake Cookies
Almond Macaroons with Nutella Filling
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Thick & Chewy)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms


Yield: About 4 dozen

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


2¾ cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat and put in refrigerator to chill.

2. Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

4. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until the flour is blended.

5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

6. In the meantime, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

7. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough and roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat.

8. Place on chilled cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes.

9. Chill the dough and cookie sheets between batches.

10. Let cookies set on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Store cookies in an airtight container.

(Adapated from RecipeZaar)


203 Responses to “Snickerdoodles”

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  1. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on July 8, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Ooh yum!! These look great! Glad you finally had success with them, I love snickerdoodles! How about trying the muffins adaptations from peabody’s site.. they are even better!!


  2. shelly on July 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches are yummy!! Have you tried snickerdoodle ice cream?


  3. Meghan on July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    These sound like a great recipe! I don’t like crunchy Snickerdoodles either. Your pictures are beautiful!!! And Elly is a genius – snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches sound amazing!


  4. Jessica on July 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have also had a horrible time with snickerdoodles and my little boy loves them and asks for them often!


  5. stephchows on July 8, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Seriously making my eyeballs drool. Look at all the cinnamon!!! So good!


  6. Kristen on July 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

    My absolute favorite type of cookie, and yours do look so soft and delicious! Glad you conquered this :)


  7. Valerina on July 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    The only thing missing from my pantry is the cream of tartar otherwise I would be all over this recipe! :) I’m not a huge fan of this cookie for the exact same reasons you stated. They are always too crunchy and flat. Based on the pictures though this recipe looks like the diamond in the rough. Thanks.


  8. elly on July 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    They look great! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. Glad you liked the ice cream sandwich idea – homemade cookies make the best ice cream sandwiches!


  9. Michele on July 8, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Your ice cream sammys looks soo much better than the ones I’m used to!


  10. Katie on July 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Snickerdoodles are one of my all-time favorite cookies, and although I have my go-to recipe every time I make them…. I think I am going to have to give this one a try! The look delicious!


  11. Tracey on July 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Ooooh those look terrific! I don’t really have a go-to snickerdoodle recipe so I’ll definitely be giving these a shot. I hope mine look as tasty as yours!


  12. Steph on July 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Your snickerdoodles look perfect. That is exactly the way I wish mine would look instead of puffy. I’m going to have to try your recipe!


  13. Lindsey on July 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    These look delicious! I haven’t made or eaten snickerdoodles in ages…


  14. Kim on July 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    What would happen if I used salted butter? We are going on a trip tomorrow and I thought about making these for hubby, boys to snack on. Only have salted butter in fridge. Not a good idea? I can’t have sugar otherwise I would LOVE to try one of those sandwiches! hmmm


  15. Michelle on July 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Kim,

    You can definitely use your salted butter, just omit the 1/4 teaspoon of salt that is called for in the recipe. I hope you enjoy these and have a great trip!



  16. Annie on July 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Yum, totally loving the ice cream sandwich idea. I’m definitely going to try that!


  17. Alisa@Foodista on July 10, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I love snickerdoodles and it’s been a long time since I last had one! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Im making this right away!


  18. Eliana on July 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    These look amazing and making them into ice cream sandwiches takes them over the top!


  19. Brooke on July 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I have never made snickerdoodles but decided to try these tonight. They are DELICIOUS!! May be my new favorite cookie!


  20. Ela on July 11, 2009 at 12:53 am

    i love snickerdoodles!!!


  21. Jessica on July 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    YUM! I made these Friday night last minute and brought them for get-together and they were a huge hit – so tasty. Easy to eat a lot of them! I’m usually a chocolate girl but these are my new favorite go-to cookies…


  22. Lauryn on July 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

    These cookies look amazing! Do you think it would be ok if I made the dough and let it chill overnight before baking?


  23. Michelle on July 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Lauryn – Yes, you can definitely make the dough and it chill overnight before baking. Enjoy! :)


  24. Emily on August 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    These cookies are incredible. They come out so soft, chewy, perfect. They might be my favorite cookie!


  25. Tyler on August 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I found this recipe via google, and made them this morning and they turned out great. Thank you!


  26. Michelle on August 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Tyler – So happy to hear you enjoyed these! Thanks for coming back and sharing your results!


  27. Karissa on August 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for passing along the snickerdoodle sandwich cookie idea! I used a pumpkin/cream cheese icing to make sandwich cookies, and it was fabulous! I also added a little cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg to the cookie dough.


  28. Michelle on August 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Karissa – Oh gosh, a pumpkin/cream cream icing sounds absolutely fabulous sandwiched between these cookies!! Love that idea!!


  29. Disha on August 20, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I love ur website. I’ve been wanting to bake these since the day i saw them here but cream of tartar is not available in the stores around here. I’m form India.
    Anyway, is there any other ingredient I could substitute it with?


  30. Michelle on August 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Disha – If you don’t have cream of tartar, you would substitute baking powder for both the baking soda and cream of tartar.

    For this recipe, use 4 teaspoons baking powder and omit BOTH the baking soda and cream of tartar.

    (For future reference, the substituting formula is 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.)


  31. Disha on August 21, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Thank you so much Michelle for ur quick response! Wll let u know how they turn out!


  32. Kim S. on September 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’m a little late to the party here, but thought I’d toss my two cents in…
    I noticed another Kim mentioned not being able to have sugar. Thought I’d let you all know that I make my snickerdoodles with Splenda instead of Sugar and they’re still very yummy!! They don’t look the same. For some reason they come out shaped like little bon-bons, but they taste great!! :)


  33. Hana on October 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    How funny, the snickerdoodles that I bake always come out way too puffy! They don’t spread at all, so I spread them myself a little bit before baking them. I do use half butter and half shortening though. But this ones do look really good :)! I may try them in the future.


  34. Lisa on October 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Michelle, thanks for the substitution info — I’m in eastern Europe and can’t get cream of tartar. I used baking powder and the results were great! :) Thanks!


  35. PANASHE on November 25, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i love this it is yummy and deliocous


  36. Ellen on December 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    The dough is chilling right now.
    I can’t wait to see and try the snickerdoodles fresh from the oven!

    Kisses from Brazil :)


  37. Ellen on December 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I had to let them about 30 minutes in the oven.
    But they got great!


  38. Andy on January 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    These came out excellent.

    Thank you for the recipe, as well as the tip about baking powder. I don’t have cream of tartar, so substituted the baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar. Came out wonderful!


  39. Kurt on January 23, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I’m an Australian, where Snickerdoodles are virtually unknown. In fact, before I became something of an avid baker myself, I, nor anyone I knew, had ever heard of them. All I’ve ever really known is that they’re dipped in cinnamon sugar, which always had me intrigued, as I love anything with cinnamon sugar.

    Anyway, I decided to make some today, after a small batch of Ginger nuts got me in the mood. I used this recipe, and good god was I delighted. This recipe results in pure happiness, concentrated into a cookie. Thank you very much for the recipe, and if anyone’s on the fence about making them; do it! There’s no possible room for disappointment.


  40. Angela on March 17, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I REALLY want to try baking this but I just realized that i have no parchment paper or a baking mat or what-so-ever. So I was wondering if maybe I could just grease the baking tray and omit the parchment paper? Will the cookies stick?


  41. Brandon on May 28, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Angela, I usually place some aluminum foil on the tray and I have no problems.


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  43. Tom on July 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I always made a tone of these during the holidays they are addictive. Their also pretty flexible working with cream icings as sandwich cookies & substituting flavors with different extracts (minus cinnamon) but I was kinda curious how these cookies ever got their name of snickerdoodles if there was not one snickers in it? lol :o)


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  46. Crystal on July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Hey I tried these cookies for a party the other day and they were a hit! Definitely a keeper! Love the photos as well!


  47. Beth on August 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Made these today on a whim. I cheated and didn’t chill the dough or the cookie sheet. They were absolutely delicious and chewy and perfect. Yum.


  48. Tina on August 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

    These look perfect! I’m going to give these a try. Any idea how many days they will keep?


    • Michelle on August 25th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Tina, If you keep them sealed up in an airtight container they should stay good for up to about 5 days I would guess. Cookies never last very long around these parts, so I’m giving you my best educated answer :)


  49. AsianSupper on August 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    LOVE your photography. Can’t wait to try out this recipe for Labor Day weekend


  50. Joan Siler on August 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Would anyone had the recipe for these cookies, but using Splenda instead of sugar? This is one of our family favorites, but my husband is now diabetic.


    • Michelle on August 25th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Joan,

      I’ve never used Splenda in these (or other baked goods) but my understanding is that it can substituted on a 1:1 basis for regular sugar. I say give it a shot, and then report back and let us know how they turned out!


    • Humaira on February 22nd, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Joan did you ever try it with Splenda? My husband is also recently diabetic and really feeling it.


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