Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies
The popular cinnamon-sugar soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that has been in the family for over 30 years!
This was one of the first cookie recipes I made as a kid. As I have shared before, I was fully obsessed with cookbooks as a little girl. My Mom collected church cookbooks and I would go straight to the cookie recipes and beg my Mom to let me whip up a batch. I made this snickerdoodle cookie recipe 30 years ago and it is still the best I have ever tasted.
This is such a popular Christmas cookie because I have yet to find anyone who doesn't love snickerdoodle cookies! When I used to teach a cooking school for kids, it was the first cookie I taught them to make because kids love them. Whenever I make these cookies, they disappear so darn fast!
So what makes a perfect snickerdoodle cookie?
A snickerdoodle cookie has to be soft and chewy. No hard hockey puck cookies here! It has to be rolled twice in cinnamon-sugar to ensure that it is completely coated. It also has to have the signature tang from the cream of tartar.
How to make the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie:
- Start by creaming butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes. This is an important step as the butter coats the sugar crystals and creates a smooth texture. It also whips air into the cookie dough.
- Use Cream of Tartar as a leavening agent. It gives it the signature tangy flavor and chewy texture. A touch of baking soda helps the cookies to rise as well.
- Double roll the cookie balls into a cinnamon-sugar mixture. This helps to make sure the cookies are completely coated in cinnamon-sugar before baking.
- Bake just until the edges begin to become a light golden color. These snickerdoodle cookies need to be soft and chewy so watch carefully. If you want them to be flat, press the balls down in the center before placing in the oven.
- My favorite baking tools for perfect Snickerdoodle cookies -- light-colored baking sheets, parchment paper sheets, KitchenAid mixer.
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Check out some more of my most popular cookie recipes:
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MJ's Top Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies
Grandma Geri's Gingersnaps
Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
Mrs. Claus Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies
I hope you love this snickerdoodle cookie recipe and it becomes a staple in your family for years! Happy Baking!
These turned out great. We didn't have cream of tartar so we used vinegar instead. I will for sure make these again.
I’d like to make 8 dozen (or more) for a party.
Can I make dough ahead?
How long do baked Snickerdoodles stay fresh?
Me and my family love them. These cookies are fantastic.
Third time making these. I love them. I never had a Snickerdodle before my son's friend asked me to make them for his birthday. I will make these again and again. A little secret - They are perfect for Breakfast!
I am all for snickerdoodles for breakfast, hahaha! I am so glad that you love my recipe so much and that you happened to find it! Thanks for the sweet comment!
I’ve made this recipe before and they never fail. I get compliments from my co workers and family all the time.
I made these for my husband. It's his favorite cookie. I found I had to bake for the full 11 minutes and a few times 12. They are delicious!!
Thank you so much for the comment, Deb! I love to hear that these turned out so great for you and your family. Thanks for trying them out!
I tried this one out but I used Swerve Sugar Replacement. because my wife is diabetic so out with the regular sugar. it was great when she is not around i will try the real stuff but still a good cookie recipe
I tried rolling it into a balls, but it keeps sticking to my hands. What did I do wrong?
did you chill the dough first?
Yes, I followed the directions about chilling, but they still attached to my hand and won’t let go. I’ll try making them again and see if it turns out there this time.
If you were your hands and then roll it will work.