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Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe – A Family Favorite

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Snickerdoodle cookies are soft, buttery, slightly chewy cookies that are covered in cinnamon sugar. But, the secret to perfect snickerdoodles is using chilled dough.

I’ve shared several times now that Snickerdoodle Cookies are some of my family’s favorite cookies. They’re actually our son Owen’s favorite cookies.  In fact, we just recently took a little road trip up to Baldwin Wallace University to visit him and, of course, we took along a batch of homemade Snickerdoodles.

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Everyone seems to be sharing recipes for the “best” snickerdoodles or the secret to the “best ever” snickerdoodles. I don’t know that this recipe is the best, but I know it’s my favorite and my family’s favorites. Even when the cookies don’t turn out quite as fluffy as I’d like, they still taste amazing. But, because I like for my baked goods and the food I prepare my family to turn out darn near perfect every time, I like to understand what to do to get the results I want.

Tips for the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

With Snickerdoodles, I want them to be slightly fluffy in the middle, with a slight crispness to the edges and a chewy (but not tough) texture. There are a few things I know to do to get these kinds of results every time. Here are a few tips so you can get perfect or “best ever” results every time, too.

Tip #1: Measure Flour Properly

Measure your flour properly. Sift it or use a whisk to stir it around a little bit and then spoon it into your measuring cup and level it off with the back of a butter knife. Also, never use a measuring cup that is over 1 or 2 cups in size for flour. The larger the cup, the more it will compact your flour and throw your measurements off.

Tip #2: Room Temperature Butter

Use room temperature butter. Set the butter out 3-4 hours before you plan to bake the cookies. You do not want to use cold butter, melted butter or frozen butter.

Tip #3: Chill the Dough

Chill the dough adequately before baking. These are a buttery cookie and unless you want your cookies spread out thin, it’s imperative that you chill the dough before baking.

Tip #4: Use 1″ Dough Balls

Use 1” to 1-1/4” balls  or 1 tablespoon of dough instead of 2”.  It’s been my experience that larger balls of dough simply don’t bake up with that little pillow in the middle that I like.

Tip #5: Use Room Temperature Eggs

Use room temperature eggs. Simply take the eggs out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before using. Or place them in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes. Room temperature eggs disperse more evenly into the batter, giving these cookies a lighter texture.

Tip #6: Try Bread Flour

Try using a low protein flour, like bread flour. If your cookies are spreading out too thin and you’ve followed all the other suggestions and tips, try using bread flour instead of all purpose flour.

Tip #7: Don’t Flatten Dough

Don’t flatten the dough before baking. Some recipes call for flattening the dough slightly before baking. I’ve found I get better (aka fluffier) results if I don’t flatten them.

Tip #8: Use Parchment Paper

Don’t bake your snickerdoodles directly on your cookie sheet. For best results, use parchment paper lined cookie sheets or a Silpat. You may also want to experiment with different pans, such as light colored pans, dark colored pans, non-stick pans, etc. and see what works best for you.

Supplies Used in this Recipe

In addition to the ingredients, there are a few supplies you’ll want to gather up before making these snickerdoodles. Where applicable, I have provided links to the exact tools I use.

Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

So, since I shared some of my best tips for creating perfect snickerdoodle cookies every time, it’s time to put those tips to the test and bake some snickerdoodles!

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Step 1: Cream Butter & Sugars

In the bowl of your stand mixer or using a large bowl and hand mixer, add the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. You’re gonna want to beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until well blended. About 3 minutes, I would guess.

Step 2: Add Eggs & Vanilla

Scrape down the side of the bowl and add eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between until well combined. Then add the vanilla extract and again beat to combine and until light and fluffy – another 3 minutes or so.

Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients: flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. You can simply add the dry ingredients to your batter, or blend them together first in a smaller bowl and then add to the batter.

This is my mixer. Her name is Misty Blue. Isn’t she beautiful?! Did you hear about how I won her?

Step 4: Make Dough Balls

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop or your hands, roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place balls of dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before baking. They can even be left over night.

Step 5: Roll Dough Balls in Sugar

Using a fork, mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small wide bowl. Then roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet 2″ apart.

Step 6: Bake

Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven for 6-8 minutes. Carefully remove the cookies immediately from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.

Snickerdoodle cookies are soft, buttery, slightly chewy cookies that are covered in cinnamon sugar. But, the secret to perfect snickerdoodles is using chilled dough.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 38 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes

Snickerdoodle cookies are soft, buttery, slightly chewy cookies that are covered in cinnamon sugar. But, the secret to perfect snickerdoodles is using chilled dough.



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Prepare three cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix just until combined.
  5. Using a 1-tablespoon scoop or your hands, scoop out rounded balls and place close together on one cookie sheet. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. 


Using a fork or small whisk, mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small wide bowl.


  1. Roll balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets.
  2. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Carefully remove immediately from baking sheets and place on a cooling rack.


Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.  You can actually bake a few cookies now and save some to bake later!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 7g

Snickerdoodles are easy to make, they freeze well, especially if you freeze them before baking, and they don’t take long to bake. They’re perfect at Christmas or special occasions because of all the cinnamon goodness. And they’re perfect in the summertime because they don’t melt.

More Cookie Recipes

If you liked this Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe, you might also like these other cookie recipes from The Birch Cottage:

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Buttery, cinnamon sugar covered, soft mounds with a slightly chewy exterior are what Snickerdoodle Cookies are all about. If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it. Just leave a comment below or share a picture on social media and tag #thebirchcottage so I’ll be sure to see!

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Til next time…

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Sally Manchester

Friday 29th of March 2019

The above link for the cupcakes didn't work either.

Pamela Baker

Monday 1st of April 2019

I’m not sure why the link isn’t working. You can also scroll to the top of tThe Birch Cottage website and search for “chocolate” - you’ll find the cupcakes in the search results.

I’m gonna post the link here again. If this doesn’t work, I’ll have to contact Wordpress and find out how to get links to work in comments. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention and giving me a chance to address.

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Lorena Boutin

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Where did the chocolate cupcake recipe go? All I can find is Snickerdoodles recipe.

Pamela Baker

Friday 29th of March 2019

Lorena, I’m so sorry. The email contained the wrong link. Here’s a link to the chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

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