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Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

This is, hands-down, the best recipe for snickerdoodles you'll find! They are super soft and chewy with a gorgeous crinkly topping perfect for holding in pockets of delicious cinnamon.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 45 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 55 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 90 kcal
Author Michelle


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


  1. 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, about 3 minutes. 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. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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

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

  10. Chill the dough and cookie sheets between batches.

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

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Recipe Notes

  • Chill, chill, chill! - Be sure to follow the chilling instructions for the pan and dough. It helps the cookies hold their shape and not spread.
  • Baking Pans Prep - I recommend using parchment paper to line the pans to eliminate any possibility of the cookies spreading.
  • Cream of Tartar - This is a key ingredient in snickerdoodles, but if you find yourself in a serious pinch, you can use 2 teaspoons baking powder and omit BOTH the cream of tartar AND the baking soda. Just remember the flavor will be slightly different.
  • Cinnamon - Use your favorite, high-quality cinnamon since you'll be getting a heft taste of it. I keep Simply Organic ground cinnamon in my pantry.
  • Scoop - I like to use this cookie scoop for uniform cookies.
  • Make-Ahead - You can prepare the dough and store it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before scooping and baking.
  • Storage - Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing - You can freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw at room temperature then enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.