Snickerdoodles Recipe
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Snickerdoodles Recipe

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The history of this whimsically named treat is widely disputed, but the popularity of this classic cinnamon-sugar-coated cookie is undeniable! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 81 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Snickerdoodles in Complete Guide to Baking 2004, p43

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"These are AMAZING! By far, the best snickerdoodles I have ever made. They are delicious, sweet, and soft. Perfect!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. They stay soft and are great tasting. Until now only been able to find the recipe for the ones that flatten out. Thank you taste of home!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Having baked for 50 years I can probably give you the reason why some of you are getting ball cookies while others of you are getting flatter cookies--altitude. Unless you adjust the cookie for altitude, the higher the altitude the more they will flatten out. If you want round cookies, bake at the altitude where the picture was taken, or adjust your recipe.

About the butter. Unfortunately I have been noticing that many butter companies are cheating in theirbutter production--adding water or milk to the cubed butter. (If you want to check your butter, put it in the microwave. If it pops all over, it has water added, if it melts without popping, the company is honest. Costco has started adding water or milk to their cubbed butter and it makes a mess of my microwave. ) I have found that if you buy the butter in bricks rather than cubes, it seems fine--bricks are usually for baking so they don't seem to cheat on that (Costco's brick butter is currently fine)."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"Tender and good. Easy recipe, best result of Snickerdoodles recipe that I've tried."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"Great recipe, easy to make. Coloured each in a specific colour (red/green/white) and they looked beautiful!

Flavour: 9/10
Texture: 9/10 (not hard like sugar cookies)
Overall: will be making again."

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