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The Best Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Get the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe out there! This is a family favorite that I have been making for years. Perfect cinnamon sugar cookie goodness every time!

A stack of snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodles are one of my all-time favorite cookies! I think the same could be said for my family – Andy loves them and so does everyone else. I have been using this same recipe for years, over a decade, and it really is the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe out there. It turns out perfect every time and the ratio of cinnamon to sugar is just sublime.

Mixing butter and sugar for snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

There aren’t any magical tricks or hard steps in this recipe either, which is my kind of recipe! It’s just simple and straightforward. The way all cookie recipes should be.

Part of what makes this the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe ever is the cream of tartar. Don’t leave it out! It adds a little pizazz to the cookies and is part of what gives them that iconic snickerdoodle flare.

Adding dry ingredients for snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Of course, the cinnamon and sugar also do that. But you know what I’m saying.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, which is actually too many for my small family to eat at once before they go stale.

Dough texture for snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

I know, crazy, right? Andy loves them but he doesn’t eat sweets all that often, even when they are his favorite. And then there’s me. Who really loves to eat sweets often. But I actually set limits for my sweet tooth so I don’t like to bake up the whole batch. Then I just feel pressured to eat a bunch so none go to waste…

It all makes sense in my head.

Adding cinnamon for snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Anyways, my point is that these cookies are great to freeze if you don’t need 4 dozen! I portion out the dough with a cookie scoop, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flash freeze it for about 30 minutes.

Or an hour.

Flattening snickerdoodle cookies with a glass.

Or until I remember I have something in the freezer that needs to be transferred into a zipper top bag. Sometimes it’s a few days if I’m being real honest. After you flash freeze, transfer them to a zipper top bag. That’s all I’m trying to say. PS: How fun is this original picture of mine from a few years ago – ha! It actually doesn’t look too bad!

The best snickerdoodle recipe

When you want to bake up the frozen ones, just place 12 frozen dough portions per baking sheet {greased or parchment lined} and bake at 350 degrees F {instead of 375 degrees F like in the recipe} and halfway through baking briefly remove from the oven and gently press a cross-hatch into the top. You’ll bake them a bit longer, 10-14 minutes. They will still turn out perfect!

Top view of a stack of snickerdoodle cookies.

I always prefer freezing cookie dough instead of baked cookies, I don’t think those ever stay as fresh or thaw very successfully.

Also, I may have a slight obsession with my freezer. You can read more details about freezing cookies and cookie dough here!

Or you can read more about freezing everything under the sun here!

Ahem. I just can’t change who I am…

Let me know if you try The Best Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe and what you think!

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The Best Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Get the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe out there! This is a family favorite that I have been making for years. Perfect cinnamon sugar cookie goodness every time!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best snickerdoodle recipe, snickerdoodle cookie recipe, snickerdoodle recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 dozen
Calories 1318 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

For the Snickerdoodles

  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

For the Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

  1. Whisk sugar and cinnamon together in a pie plate or shallow dish.

For the Snickerdoodles

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).

  2. Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  5. Add milk and vanilla extract, beat until combined.
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
  7. Mix until everything just comes together, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  8. Check the consistency of the dough, you may have to add few tablespoons more flour. You should be able to touch it without it sticking too much to your fingers.
  9. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Place 12 balls per cookie sheet and gently press a cross-hatch into the top with a fork until the cookies are flattened to about 1/2 an inch thick.
  11. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the edges are set and the very middle still looks slightly under baked.

Recipe Notes

These cookies are great to freeze if you don't need 4 dozen. Portion out the dough, place it on a parchment lined cookie sheet and flash freeze it for about 30 minutes. After you flash freeze, transfer them to a zipper top bag.

When you want to bake up the frozen ones, just place 12 frozen dough portions per cookie sheet {greased or parchment lined} and bake at 350 degrees F {instead of 375 degrees F like in the recipe} and halfway through baking briefly remove from the oven and gently press a cross-hatch into the top. Bake them a bit longer, 10-14 minutes. They will still turn out perfect!

Nutrition Facts
The Best Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1318 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Cholesterol 205mg 68%
Sodium 874mg 36%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 204g 68%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 113g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 31.2%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 33.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    May 18, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    They were awesome!! My 2 year old granddaughter agrees!!!

    • Reply
      Alli
      May 18, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed them.

  • Reply
    Shellee
    February 11, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    I have tried countless snickerdoodle recipes- this one finally is perfect. I did sub 1/2 c shortening for 1/2 of butter. I hardly ever use shortening but for snickerdoodles I make an exception. This recipe is the perfect cookie.

    • Reply
      Alli
      February 12, 2018 at 5:19 AM

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it, Shellee!! Thank you! I often sub shortening for butter too, depending on how close I am to running out of butter, ha!

  • Reply
    Melody Kulsic
    January 11, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    DELICIOUS!! One of my families favorites. I baked them today for our church’s COOKIE MINISTRY and I know these will be a hit! Thank you for this recipie.

    • Reply
      Alli
      January 11, 2018 at 4:59 PM

      Thank you so much, Melody!! I’m so glad you loved them!! <3

  • Reply
    Alli
    January 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    One of our favorite cookie recipes!

  • Reply
    Regena Irvine
    November 28, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    Putting the cross hatch with a fork has always been the signal for peanut butter cookies for me.

    • Reply
      Alli
      November 29, 2017 at 5:17 AM

      Hi Regena! Yes, the crosshatch can be indicative of peanut butter cookies. You can omit that step and instead slightly press the cookies with the bottom of a glass if you’d like 🙂

  • Reply
    shelly
    October 7, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    This is the exact same recipe my mom always made with one exception. She always used 1/2 butter and 1/2 vegetable shortening. They turn out the perfect balance of crispy and chewy.

    • Reply
      Alli
      October 9, 2017 at 9:39 AM

      It’s an amazing family favorite! You are so right Shelly, vegetable shortening is a great way to get that perfect chewy texture.

  • Reply
    Cheryl Bisson
    July 13, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    YUMMY!!! So easy, first time making this type of cookie. I’ll make it again. Thanks for sharing. I got about 3-doz out of the recipe.

    • Reply
      Alli
      July 13, 2017 at 8:17 PM

      I’m so glad you liked it Cheryl!! I so appreciate you letting me know.

  • Reply
    Aisha harris
    July 11, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    This recipe is amazing! My husband loves snickerdoodles and these came out amazing. And such an easy recipe to follow, thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Alli
      July 11, 2017 at 9:20 PM

      Ah! I’m so happy to hear that Aisha!! Thanks for telling me 🙂

  • Reply
    cynthia covarrubia
    December 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I’m making these now but oven broke can I make the dough and refrigerate it for a day then bake

    • Reply
      Alli
      December 20, 2016 at 1:48 PM

      Yes! This dough refrigerates and freezes well. If you are refrigerating it, just let it come to room temperature before baking. The post contains instructions for freezing :). Happy baking!

  • Reply
    Romelly
    November 15, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Tried this recipe and it was my first time making cookies. I’m more of a cupcake person. They tasted great but idk what I did that made the texture weird. I used a silpat, baked at 375 for 9 mins. I do however like that there was enough sugar mixture to roll onto the dough and it did make about 4 dozen cookies. They were crispy on the outside but kind of dry on the inside. I’ll have to try it again and see what I did wrong. But like I said, they tasted great. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Alli
      November 15, 2016 at 11:39 AM

      Hey! Thanks for trying it and letting me know how you liked it! My first recommendation would be to try baking them for a few minutes less and see how they turn out. Different ovens can vary in temperature so yours may just bake a little hot, or mine may bake a little cold – it isn’t anything fancy 🙂 . You could also leave them a little thicker before baking and see how that changes things as well. Something else that may help too is baking them on the middle racks and rotating the baking sheets halfway. Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply
    Toni
    October 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Can’t wait to try these! I LOVE snickerdoodles! 🙂

    • Reply
      Alli
      October 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

      They are a favorite in our house too! Let me know how you like them 🙂

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