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This snickerdoodle recipe is the best you’ll ever have! These classic snickerdoodle cookies are irresistibly soft, tangy, perfectly crisp at the edges, and rolled in cinnamon sugar for that signature crunch.

Snickerdoodles are a fun and easy variation on classic sugar cookies. You’re going to love them!

The Best Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

This snickerdoodle recipe is one of my best-ever Christmas cookies, but I bake them year-round. They’re perfect in every way, and totally addictive! Crispy at the edges, soft in the center, sweet, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth, snickerdoodles are a classic for a reason. They’re rolled in ample amounts of cinnamon sugar before going into the oven. If you’ve never experienced a soft-baked, chewy snickerdoodle cookie before, you’re in for one heck of a treat.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

  • Perfect texture. These snickerdoodle cookies are soft and chewy in the middle, crisp at the edges, and crunchy all over thanks to a coating of cinnamon sugar. They’re sweet, spiced, and a bit tangy, just like a snickerdoodle should be.
  • Easy recipe. This recipe uses basic ingredients, but it’s so good. I’ve made loads of variations over the years (be sure to scroll for some easy ideas!). These classic snickerdoodles also freeze great, so I always have a batch on hand when we have company over.
  • A real all-rounder. Bake sales, potlucks, Christmas cookie platters, Easter baskets, you name it. There’s always an occasion for a home-baked snickerdoodle cookie.
Snickerdoodle cookie halves stacked on top of one another on a white countertop.

Why Is It Called a Snickerdoodle?

It’s a pretty silly name, huh? And the origin is a little fuzzy. After some Googling, it seems that our beloved cinnamon sugar cookie was most likely brought to America by Dutch-German immigrants. The name “Snickerdoodle” is thought to be derived from the German word Schneckennudeln (“snail noodles”), a type of German cinnamon roll.

Ingredient Notes

I give a quick overview of the key ingredients for these snickerdoodles below. Be sure to refer to the recipe card for the full amounts and recipe details.

  • Butter – You can start with room-temperature butter, however, I prefer to start with cold butter and dice it up into smaller pieces. It takes a bit of extra whipping with the mixer to soften, but it does help to keep the cookies from spreading too much.
  • Cream of Tartar – The signature ingredient in snickerdoodle cookies. Cream of tartar works with the baking soda to give these cookies their distinctive chewiness and tang. See below for more details.
  • Cinnamon Sugar – For coating the cookie dough. Cinnamon sugar is SO easy to make by combining regular granulated sugar with ground cinnamon.

What Does Cream of Tartar Do in Cookies?

Ready for a bit of science? Cream of tartar works to prevent the sugars in the dough from crystalizing, resulting in softer, chewier cookies. The flavor of cream of tartar also contributes to a snickerdoodle cookie’s tanginess.

If you need to substitute cream of tartar, lemon juice or white vinegar is your best option. I do not recommend using baking powder as it drastically changes the texture of the cookie. Here’s a test I did with substitutes for cream of tartar, you can see the differences.

How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies

I love making big batches of snickerdoodles to have on hand over the holidays. Luckily, this recipe makes stockpiling these cookies a breeze! Here’s how to make snickerdoodles from scratch:

  • Combine the wet ingredients. Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla. 
  • Add the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and then gradually mix them into the batter to form the dough.
  • Scoop the dough into balls. Next, use a cookie scoop to portion the snickerdoodle dough into balls. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and then place the cookies onto a lined baking sheet.
  • Chill. Pop the cookie dough into the fridge to chill. Aim for at least 45 minutes. When you’re ready to bake, make sure that you leave about 2 inches between each cookie on the baking sheet.
  • Bake. Bake your snickerdoodles at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes. For chewy cookies, you’ll want to pull them out while they’re still slightly underbaked. Afterward, allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Snickerdoodle Recipe Tips

Let’s just say, I’ve made a lot of cookies over the years and I’ve made this recipe so many times! Here are some of my pro tips to ensure your snickerdoodles turn out a success:

  • Measure the ingredients correctly. The best way to do this is with a kitchen scale. However, if you don’t have one, avoid overmeasuring ingredients like flour by spooning the flour from the bag into a measuring cup, and then leveling off the top with the back of a knife. Whatever you do, please don’t scoop the flour straight from the bag with the measuring cup! See my post on how to measure flour correctly for more helpful tips.
  • Pre-scoop the dough and roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture before chilling. Cold cookie dough is harder to scoop.
  • Don’t skip chilling the cookie dough. Refrigerating snickerdoodle dough lets the butter resolidify and prevents the cookies from flattening out in the oven. I recommend giving the dough at least 45-60 minutes of chilling time in the fridge before baking.
  • Use a silicone baking mat. Lining the baking sheet keeps the bottom of the cookies from burning, and it also helps with spreading. You can also line the pan with parchment paper, however, the bottoms of the cookies will be a little darker.
  • Bake one tray at a time. Overloading the oven can lead to uneven baking, especially if your oven has hot spots.
  • To fix a cookie that’s spread, while the cookies are still warm, use a spatula or the edge of a knife to gently push the edges of the cookie towards the center for the perfect shape. You have to do this right when they come out of the oven, though, before the edges have fully set.

Overhead view of a plate of snickerdoodle cookies.

Common Questions

Why do my snickerdoodles taste bitter?

What some taste as “bitterness” in snickerdoodles, others consider “tanginess”, and it comes from the metallic flavors of the cream of tartar and baking soda. If you’re particularly sensitive to the tangy flavor, feel free to omit the cream of tartar.

What happens if I leave out the cream of tartar in snickerdoodle cookies?

The good news is, that you’ll still end up with a delicious sugar cookie. However, the texture won’t be quite as chewy, and you’ll lose the tangy flavor of a traditional snickerdoodle.

Why did my snickerdoodles come out dry?

Overbaking often results in dry, crunchy snickerdoodles instead of soft, chewy ones. Make sure to pull the cookies out when they’re still slightly underbaked. Another culprit could be that you overmeasured the flour. See the tips section above for details.

Variation Ideas

Fun fact: This snickerdoodle recipe was passed to me from my husband’s side of the family. Since I started making them, these classic snickerdoodles have inspired many more delicious ideas. Here are some of my favorite variations:

  • Brown sugar. In place of granulated sugar, make this recipe with brown sugar instead for a more caramelized flavor (also check out my brown sugar cookies).
  • Brown butter. If you’ve never browned butter for baking before, there’s no time like the present! Brown butter brings caramelized, nutty flavor to these brown butter snickerdoodles.
  • Pumpkin spice. For a fall twist, try my easy pumpkin snickerdoodles flavored with real pumpkin and pumpkin spice.
  • Toffee. Stir in toffee bits to make toffee snickerdoodle cookies.
  • Cookie bars. These drop cookies are easy, but snickerdoodle cookie bars are even easier! Press the dough into a baking pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and then bake. Baking times will be similar to my sugar cookie bars.
Close up of a snickerdoodle cookie propped up against a jug of milk on a white countertop.

Can I Make the Cookie Dough In Advance?

Yes! Prepare the snickerdoodle cookie dough, scoop it, roll it in sugar, and refrigerate it overnight. Cookie dough that’s been in the fridge for longer than 2 hours should sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before baking, to take the chill off.

You can also freeze your prepared cookie dough for up to 2 months. Defrost frozen cookie dough in the fridge overnight (or for a couple of hours at room temperature) before baking. See the next section for details on how to store your baked snickerdoodle cookies.

How to Store Snickerdoodles

  • To Store. Store snickerdoodle cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. 
  • Freezer. Allow the cookies to cool completely and then store them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or freezer bag. I recommend placing parchment paper between any layers. Store the cookies frozen for up to 2-3 months and thaw them at room temperature before serving.

More Sugar Cookie Recipes to Try

Close up of snickerdoodle cookies on a white plate.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
  • Yield: 20 Cookies


This snickerdoodle recipe is the best you’ll ever have! These classic snickerdoodle cookies have all the signature softness and chewiness, plus crisp buttery edges rolled in cinnamon and sugar.


  • 1 cup (226g) Unsalted butter, softened (see notes)
  • 2 cups (380g) Granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups (420g) All-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the coating

  • ¼ cup (58g) Granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (7.5g) cinnamon


  1. Let the butter sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. In your stand mixer, combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  2. In your stand mixer, combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined. 
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, and add to the wet ingredients. Beat on medium-low speed until well combined and dough starts to form.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and stir to combine. Use a large cookie scoop and scoop cookie dough into the cinnamon sugar and roll to coat the cookie.
  5. Place the cookies on a silicone-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate dough for a minimum of 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. If your cookies have been refrigerated longer than 2 hours, allow them to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking.
  7. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. Allow the cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • My butter is slightly colder than room temperature. 30 minutes on the counter works great. If the butter is too soft, the cookies will spread too much. 
  • Cream of tartar sub? See the blog post for notes.

Storing and Freezing

    • Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
    • To freeze the cookie dough, pre-scoop the dough, roll in cinnamon and sugar and then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Transfer the dough to an airtight container and freeze. The dough should be thawed but cold prior to baking. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for 1-2 hours on the counter at room temperature.
    • To freeze baked cookies, cool them completely then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze. 

Nutrition Information:
1 Cookie
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Adriana

    I really want to make these cookies, they look delicious. Your blog says no baking powder and no salt, but the recipe says 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Am I reading it wrong?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Colder, it does not need to be at room temperature. I am in the process of updating this to reflect that, thank you

  2. Beth

    These were very easy to make and and came out the perfect texture. They are my husband’s favorite cookie and he loved them. 🙂

  3. Crystal Hool

    Can I chill the dough before shaping it and rolling into the sugar? My fridge isn’t big enough to hold the rolled dough on cookie sheets.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Crystal, the dough will be too firm to scoop, and the cinnamon/sugar won’t stick to the dough. Can you put them on a plate instead? Is your firdge big enough for a 9×13? I usually roll them and put them all on a 9×13 pan in the fridge, then grab what I need to bake. If you truly can’t refrigerate them, reduce the sugar by 1/2cup and skip the refrigerator. The cookies may be a little puffier but still delicious!

  4. Lynn

    These cookies are AMAZING!! I make them all the time now. My friends and fiancé LOVE them. I do too. I have never refrigerated the dough though. They come out perfect every time. I probably add 2 teaspoons of vanilla. You can never have too much vanilla. We get the big bottle at Costco. It’s so much cheaper than the grocery store. If you are thinking about making them, make them. You won’t be disappointed!!

  5. Bee

    I bring cookies for my class every week and they LOVE this cookie recipe so much! I think they are perfect and very easy to make. I love how soft and chewy they are. 10/10

  6. Natalie

    This recipe was soooo good everyone in my family loved them, the only thing is that these were a little doughy on the inside even after cooking for 5 more minutes. Other than that they were amazing!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thank you Natalie! I am so glad these were a hit. Some people have said they preferred them with more of 20 minute bake time, but it’s a personal preference for sure.

  7. Mariana

    These are the best cookies ever! Definitely recommend if you are trying a new recipe or experimenting! ( I was ) Enjoy! 🍪🥰🤗

  8. Linda

    Loved these cookies my family enjoyed them so much they asked for them again. One thing I did change was the amount of sugar. I only added 1 cup of sugar and they were perfect. I don’t like overly sweet things so I loved them. Thanks for this recipe. 😊

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thank you so much Linda- I am surprised to hear these still worked with half the sugar but I am so glad to hear this!

  9. Chloe

    These cookies have become my fiancé’s new favorite treat. Simple easy recipe, I used salted butter and let bake for about 15-17 minutes. They were still nice and chewy with crispy edges. Will become the new sweet treat stable in my home.

  10. Sylvia

    I made these and they taste not done all the way. I put them back in the oven and they still taste like that. What could I have done wrong?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      In my oven 11 to 12 minutes is just perfect. Some people have reported that they bake them up to 20 minutes because they prefer a cookie that’s more done in the middle. Your cookie should not be glossy on top but they will be a little under done in the center. I recommend you let them cool completely before you taste them because right out of the oven they’re still gonna be a little Doughy. Let them cool on your cookie sheet. Also if you’re baking them when they’re super cold they’re going to take a little bit longer to bake so if you’ve had them in the refrigerator for longer than an hour you might need to add a couple minutes to the baking time. Maybe around 15. But if you prefer really well done cookie I would let them go a little longer.

  11. Sara

    This is a simple, easy to make recipe that is very tasty! I did feel like it needed some salt even after having used salted butter. Next time I would add maybe quarter to half a teaspoon of salt. Otherwise than that they are very good and I would definitely use this recipe again!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thanks Sara for sharing! I never make them with salt (as the original recipe didn’t have it) but several people have commented that they prefer it.

  12. Flor

    I’ve been using this recipe for a long time and I finally bought a cookie scoop (3 tbsp), and it only made 14 cookies for me :/ not 24, other than that I love it!!!!

  13. Meagan

    I’m confused… The recipe says it yields 24 cookies. I used a 3tbsp cookie scoop as directed and only got 13. Anyone have this issue?

  14. Jen

    Loved this recipe, especially since it called for butter only, which is what I usually have on hand. This was a crowd pleaser for sure!

  15. Pammy

    I added 1 full teaspoon of cream of tarter. Also, my husband and I felt that the cookie was way too sweet for a snickerdoodle. Will reduce the sugar down to 1.5 cups and then adjust from there. Otherwise it’s pretty good.

  16. Kathee Phelps

    Is there a way to add pumpkin? My grandson loves Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and I’d love to use this recipe, just don’t know how to add pumpkin.
    Grateful Nana

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kathe, I have no tested this recipe yet with pumpkin but I am happy to recommend another recipe if you’d like

  17. Joyce Alexander

    Loved these cookies. Perfect texture! This will be my go to snickerdoodle recipe. Only problem, they desperately needed salt. I will add salt the next time I make them. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  18. Kimm

    Made these cookies this week and they were so good. I doubled the batch and let them sit (after rolling them out) in the refrigerator overnight. I baked some batches up and froze the rest of the dough in balls to use later. They were chewy as stated in the recipe and delicious

  19. Danielle

    Made these last night and followed the recipe to a T. Tastes great but definitely needs to bake around 14-15 mins in my oven anyway. When I tried 10-12 they tasted raw instead of chewy. Recipe also only gave me 18 cookies, but they were delicious!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Danielle, that sounds great, I am so glad you liked it! Baking times will vary by oven, type of pan and also if you’re using a liner or not!

  20. Amanda

    I made these cookies last night. I didnt refrigerate the dough and they where absolutely perfect! Hubby took the whole batch to work!

  21. Selena

    I am so sad! My snickerdoodles did not fluff up at all. They are flat and just not pretty at all! I followed the recipe to a t. Someone told me I should have sifted the flower. Is this true?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Selena, no need to sift the flour. But please note this is not a fully cookie recipe. These are flat and chewy. The cookie dough rises and as it sets it creates those nice ripples throughout as the center stay soft and chewy.

    2. Michele

      Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My 11 year-old son and I enjoyed baking these together. It was even more fun eating them! We followed the recipe & directions exactly and they came out AMAZING! My son was so excited because there was enough crispness on the outside, but the inside was soft and chewy the way he loves it. Plus they look beautiful. Can’t wait to make these again.

  22. Jana

    My cookies are resting in the fridge, however I had a major baker freak out…. is there really no salt in this recipe??

  23. Sharon

    I don’t have room in my fridge to roll the cookies before chilling the dough. Would it work to chill in a bowl overnight, let them adjust 10 minutes or so after taking it out, and using a cookie scoop to make balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar? Would it help the flavor to add some cinnamon sugar to the dough? Or just some cinnamon? If you could also respond by email, that would be very helpful. Thanks so much.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Could you pre scoop the dough into a container instead of laying them on a sheet tray? The dough will be quite difficult to scoop once it’s cold. Personally I just rolling them in the cinnamon sugar but more cinnamon can’t be a bad thing!

  24. Roxxy

    Before I refrigerate the cookies do I roll them in the cinnamon and sugar or can I do it after I refrigerate them over night?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Ashley, yes you can, but the dough gets very hard. So it’s important to pre-scoop the dough into balls and then store in an air tight container. You’ll also want to allow them to rest at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before baking.

  25. Tyler

    They turned out perfect!?
    Rather than use an electric mixer to mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, i sifted the flour mixture onto the butter mixture and folded it in until well combined.

  26. Gitte

    These look delish. Do you think these will spread enough/work for ice cream sandwiches? Looking for a chewy cookie, that will hold up to the ice cream.
    Thanks, Gitte

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Gitte, yes I do think these would work great for ice cream sandwiches. I would still suggest to refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes, then do a test batch with 4 cookies to see if you are happy with the results. If they spread too thin, leave the dough in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes and run another test batch.

  27. Deborah Hughes

    I struggled with ‘pancake’ cookies for years, until I read this hint. Although I usually only cook with butter, when baking cookies I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 margarine. It keeps them from spreading and doesn’t seem to affect the taste! Try it!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kelsi, I had to do some research on this as I was not exactly sure. It says you can: Replace the baking soda and the cream of tartar called for in the recipe with baking powder. But I have not tested the recipe this way.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi there, no this recipe actually doesn’t contain salt. That is the way the recipe was originally made.

  28. Roxana

    These look like the perfect Snickerdoodle! And that’s such an interesting tip about using cold butter – I hadn’t thought of that before. That Snickerdoodle Pie is calling my name as well! Great job girl!

  29. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I have got to try your snickerdoodle pie! That sounds incredible! These cookies made by myself will have to do for now though! These look so DELISH! How many different cookies can I indulge in today since it’s National Cookie Day?! 🙂

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