Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

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Loaded with cinnamon sugar, snickerdoodles are the perfect holiday treat! 

This snickerdoodles recipe makes a soft, thick cookie with a cinnamon-sugar coating. They’re delicious any time of year.

Stack of snickerdoodles with a bite taken out of 1

What is a Snickerdoodle

A snickerdoodle is a soft and chewy cinnamon sugar cookie with a lovely cracked surface and the unusual addition of cream of tartar.

Cream of tartar is actually a byproduct of wine production and adds a subtle tart flavor to these delicious cookies!  You can find it online at Amazon or in the baking or spice aisle of most grocery stores.

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How to Make Snickerdoodles

These cookies are made in a traditional way like most cookies.

  1. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs (recipe below)
  2. Add dry ingredients
  3. Roll into balls and roll in cinnamon sugar

Bake the snickerdoodles until the edges just start to brown. You do not want to overbake them.

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To make snickerdoodles without Cream of Tartar you’ll want to substitute it. Some people suggest things like vinegar or lemon juice. As with all baking, keep in mind that any alterations to a recipe can change the texture and quite possibly the flavor of the cookie.

In this recipe, use 2.5 teaspoons of baking powder and skip both the cream of tartar and the baking soda.  (Baking powder is made of baking soda and cream of tartar and a bit of cornstarch).

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To Make Ahead

Snickerdoodles can be made ahead of time and frozen. Prepare as directed and cool completely. Once cooled, place in freezer bags and freeze up to 4 months.

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4.94 from 16 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Author Holly Nilsson
These Snickerdoodle Cookies taste just like the ones Grandma used to make!


  • 2 ⅔ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • With mixer on medium, combine sugar, butter and eggs. Stir in flour mixture.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar for topping in a small bowl. Divide dough into 32 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 132, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 48mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 192IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. so easy to make and they taste great! i’d love to find a way to make them more dense, since that’s what i prefer, but these were so light and fluffy, and my boyfriend really enjoyed them. (note: we used baking powder instead of baking soda and cream of tartar, since we didn’t have the latter.)4 stars

  2. This is different from the 4H version. I make the 4H version all the time. It does not call for cream or tarter or cinnamon in the batter. The cinnamon/sugar ratio is different too. I am sure these are excellent too.

  3. Love these cookies, so good and so easy! I have made these twice now and had to refrigerate the dough before creating balls (most likely due to use of baking powder vs. cream of tartar), but they have definitely become a go to recipe in our house!5 stars

    1. You can also find this info in the post, hope that helps.

      In this recipe, use 2.5 teaspoons baking powder and skip both the cream of tartar and the baking soda. (Baking powder is made of baking soda and cream of tartar and a bit of cornstarch).