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Snickerdoodles Recipe

Snickerdoodles Recipe

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. YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Snickerdoodles

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"This is a cookie that is a favorite of my husband. I think he would eat them as fast as I removed them from the oven; but since he has to be careful of his sugar intake, he limits himself. I have made these many times and will make them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"A tasty cookie I remember from my childhood. It's 1 of the 1st one's I baked on my own too! Recipe is on the smaller side. Those w/ large families like me, will need to double or triple the recipe to get a good amount. Just wish they stayed soft. Definitely keeping this recipe though, even though I will continue to search for a soft version."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"This is the exact recipe from my better homes and garden cookbook. They are really good. Used a small cookie scoop to make the cookies. Got about half a dozen less. Baked for the 10-11 min and they came out perfect. Bigger and flatter than the picture but still crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. Might not be so flat if you refrigerated the dough first like my cookbook said to do. I just didn't have time and they still turned out wonderful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"Delicious and easy to make. A family favorite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"My 1st time making these cookies,and all i can say is they didn't last at all. Definitely a keeper!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"I like to double the cinnamon. We make these cookies all the time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"I have made these as written for several years, and they turn out as slightly puffy round cookies that are absolutely delicious. I have tried several other snickerdoodle recipes, and this is definitely my family's favorite. It's now my go-to recipe for snickerdoodles. I think my family would mutiny if I tried to use a different recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Here's a trick for cookies staying soft. Put them in an air tight container and add a couple pieces of bread. The cookies will stay soft. If your cookies are hard already do the same thing and they will soften up again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"I've eaten and made a lot of snickerdoodles and these were, by far, the most disappointing snickerdoodles I've ever had. They flatten to crunchy pancakes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"Awesome"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Great cookies! They turned out nice and soft, I did have to reduce the cooking time to 9 mins."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"Simple and delicious - reminded me of the old-fashioned ones I had as a kid. My cookies flatten out - unlike the picture."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I've been making snickerdoodles for near 45 years. I have always chilled my dough for a couple of hours and have never had my cookies look like the little balls pictured here. Ball shaped snickerdoodles seems a little offputting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Didn't turn out quite picture perfect, but they were soft, sweet, and yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"My family loved these. Easy to make and delish!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"These were a huge success when I baked them for a church gathering. Simple to make, though a bit time consuming, but every bit worth the effort. People just loved them, and have asked me to bring them on more than one occasion!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"they were very good and easy to make"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"These are just like my Nana used to make, it's officially the Christmas season in my house when I finish making a batch of snickerdoodles. They are my favorite cookie & yes, they are flat- not rounded like the picture. This is the same recipe as my Betty Crocker cookie book from 1963 with one change...they use half margarine & half butter. My hints for a perfect batch are: chill the batter before rolling into balls, buy a cookie scoop that makes one inch portions and for taste..use the good cinnamon, not the dollar store variety. I bought penzeys extra fancy cinnamon which is sweet on its own...wowee! So good with coffee or tea...I'm having one right now...mmm...crisp, light & cinnamony!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I have found that butter does not work in snickerdoodles. Apparently the butter these days has more water added. What does work for these cookies is butter-flavored shortening. Makes them perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"These cookies were awful!!! The baking and instructions were fine, but they have a weird flavor, like sweet but not in the right way. The taste of flour was also prominent. I would not recommend these nor will I be making them again. Save yourself the hassle and find a different recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"I made these exactly like the recipe and they came out perfect. They do not stay in a ball shape , they spread as they bake. If they started out flattened then they would spread even more and become too thin and hard. Be sure not toovercook, they should still be soft when coming out of the oven. They will harden a little as they cool. These had a nice light texture and taste"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"Very quick and easy. Cookies taste just like my mom's recipe. Would make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013 Edited Jul. 30, 2014

"The flavor was fantastic! Notes to self: Chill the dough, make sure the balls are small, and don't crowd the pan."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"My family absolutely raved about these cookies. It will be a year round cookie for us not just for Christmas."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"First snickerdoodle recipe I've tried - these cookies were super easy to make and quite tasty! Mine didn't flatten too much while baking and they are perfectly crisp outside while soft and chewy inside."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"By far the best snickerdoodle recipe I've ever made! These are my husbands favorite cookie and I think I finally found a recipe that's a keeper! And they're really a cinch to make too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"Have made this recipe so many times and each time it is a hit! The trick we found is to slightly undercook them. Then they are soft in the middle, you have to put them into an air tight container before they are fully cooled or else the outside hardens too much and they become tiny rocks. You can also freeze them, then thaw and they taste as good as they did the first day:) I always get compliments when I feed these cookies to company, I am becoming famous for them!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"After such mixed reviews I almost didn't make them, but I decided to make this a school experiment, and we love the results. Our theory- overcooked snickerdoodles would have given people a hard, crumbly cookie, and overmixed dough will make them tough. We went exactly by the recipe for the first set, and reduced the cook time for the second (because we also reduced the cookie size). We creamed the room temperature (72 degrees) butter and sugar very, very well. We mixed dry ingredients in different bowl, then added in three groups, mixing in by hand, and not overmixing. Batter was perfect- not crumbly, not gooey. The temp of the room and humidity plays a huge factor with cookies. Our first cookies were small- 18 grams -yes, we measured, and they were no more than 1" in diameter. I pulled them at 10 minutes, and they were gloriously puffy, and less than 2" in diameter. They did not lose much height. The next set was half the size- only 10 grams and maybe 3/4" diameter. They were much closer to the picture, but because they are so small they don't get the crackly top that makes the cookies recognizable snickerdoodles. And they still spread to just over 1". We pulled those at 8 minutes, and I would not go any longer. Our decision; don't overmix, do NOT overcook (you should not see any browning on these, just like sugar cookies or shortbread), and don't expect the cookies that are in the pic. These will be tasty one or two-bite, slightly soft, slightly chewy cookies when moved to a ziplock bag as soon as they have cooled (about 3-5 minutes). We yielded 40 cookies, some 18 grams and some 10."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"These cookies were very easy to make and tasted super yummy coming right out of the oven. They weren't as good the next day after they got hard (though, I prefer soft cookies), but they still had a good taste. I would make these again as long as I was in the mood for them immediately out of the oven. Also, I doubled the recipe and still only yielded about 2 1/2 dozen, so if you are planning to make for a large group, I would double the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"These cookies were very easy to make and tasted super yummy coming right out of the oven. They weren't as good the next day after they got hard (though, I prefer soft cookies), but they still had a good taste. I would make these again as long as I was in the mood for them immediately out of the oven. Also, I doubled the recipe and still only yielded about 2 1/2 dozen, so if you are planning to make for a large group, I would double the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"If you are talking about my recipe ( the one that is over a hundred years old), then just so you know, they are not suppose to be balls...they are flat...I had never heard of nor seen any of them that were balls until this web site..I don't think you did any thing wrong though..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"i made this and thy were very good, but they did not turn out like balls in the picture. they turned out like flat cookies that i didnt like. did i do something wrong? if anyone know then can you please tell me? thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"So easy and amazingly good! My batter was a little soft but after 5 minutes in the freezer it worked out perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Super fast to make up. Absolute perfection! Perfect after dinner snack! Thank you for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"Most definitely a keeper! They are so delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"I honestly liked it, but that means I have to eat it fresh. After it cooled down it got all hard. Maybe it was the way I made it. I don't know."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"I love this recipe because it uses butter instead of shortening. The cookies do flatten somewhat, but have a somewhat crunchy outside and a nice, soft inside. I had no problems at all with the dough being too soft - I was able to roll it in my hands with no problems and I did not even have to chill it first. This recipe is definitely a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Great cookies. Its so quick and easy to make. Odds are, you may already have all the ingredients. I always get lots of compliments and asked for the recipe. I will definately make them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"OOOPS..... I miss spelled my email address its   my04nomad@yahoo.com ...SORRY"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"I put the recipe on the Forum section..did you get it? If not I will send it via e-mail. My address my03nomad@yahoo.com .

bearcub1"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"mine came out flat though but were delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Snickerdoodles                                            400*  8-10 min.(on mine it's usually 8 min)

 
1 cup Oleo
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour  (the original was "enough flour til it looks good ") LOL (So thats what looked good to me)
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
 
Cream first 3 ingredients together then add rest and mix well....
Roll into 1" balls and roll into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar ( there were no amounts given on the original) place on greased cookie sheet, flatten and bake.
 
 
 
GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY....Please let me know your thoughts too
 
 "

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"They didn't look like the pic but they did turn out good. I put the batter in the freezer for 10 mins and baked for 10 mins. My cookies were crunchy but it wasn't a bad crunchy. They tasted great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Would love to have that 100 year old tried and true receipe.

 
Cutietootie"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I doubled this recipe, but found it too soft to form firm balls & the globs I did manage to get & coat flattened out to large cookies on the sheet. What gives?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"To. Bearcub1 Would you be willing to share your 100 year old recipe? Would love to try it. Maxduva@yahoo.com"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Easy to make and delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"This recipe was absolutely gross. They wouldn't cook...and tasted horrible. Not to mention they are flat like regular cookies. Awesome since they were for a cookie bake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I followed the recipe exactly and my cookies are hard and crunchy. Aren't snickerdoodles suppose to be soft?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"This was easy to make and oh so yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I have never been a big fan of snickerdoodles, but I thought I would try these. They were very easy to mix up. After reading other reviews I left them in the refrigerator overnight. Some of them came out looking like the picture, but most of them flattened out like a normal cookie. Still not a big fan, but they are ok."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"So good and easy to make. I put them in the freezer for 10min. before putting in th oven and they stayed rounded. Cute and YummY! Will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I have a recipe for Snickerdoodles that is over 100 yrs old...It is very good and haven't found one yet that will beat it....and they aren't round balls...you roll then into a ball..then roll in the cinnamon and sugar but you flatten them a little before popping them into the oven."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Poor photography -- if you look closely, the cookies in the photo are shown after they are baked and positioned strangely. Snickerdoodles are supposed to fall and have crinkly tops. For a festive touch, dip the cinnamon-sugar dipped ball into red or green sprinkles."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Great holiday recipe you have there! Do you mind sharing on the USPS Facebook page? Here's the link: http://on.fb.me/ujGGtE. Thanks! Happy holidays! -Elisa"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I have made snickerdoodles for years. It's my children's favorite cookies. I use Imperial instead of butter & don't leave out the cream of tartar. I have refrigeratored the dough and some time I haven't,but the cookie mounts up better."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Yes they flatten, I have been making a similar receipe for over 50 years and been in my family receipe box long before that. I have never had a bad batch unless you count over cooked. Goes back to when women had what was know as pantry staples and made these delicious cookies. Not to many people don't know what a Snickerdoodle is."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"For those whose cookies spread: the butter may have been too warm, ("room temperature" can be very different from house to house) or the dough may have been over-creamed. Mixing causes friction which can make the dough too warm, again. Try letting the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator. Some times 2-3 hours isn't enough."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Mine did end up like a reg. cookie, but were still very pretty, maybe they gave them raw in the photo for the recipient to bake?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I never made these as round balls before, I usually make pecan cresents as balls instead but looking for a more economic christmas this year and this means no expensive nuts, do not understand why some people had flattened ? ? ?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I've made snickerdoodles before, and like previous reviewers, thought what a cute "round" cookie. But what disappointed me was the dough. It was very hard to work with and crumbled as I was shaping the balls. :( I didn't even get as far as putting them in my oven. The dough went straight to the garbage!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"The picture is deceiving. These cookies do flatten like a normal cookie so make sure you don't put them too close together when baking. I also added an extra tsp of cinnamon as I am a cinnamon lover. Other than that great recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"david likes"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"The picture is deceiving. I bake these all the time, we love them, mine always flatten. So I seen these, which to me look like when done, like balls. Was I wrong and dispointed."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Delicious, quick, and easy!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Like someone else also mentioned mine went flat during baking, like a cookie. From the picture I thought they'd be little round dough balls but they look completely deflated. I would try another recipe before using this one again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"The cookie dough had the right consistency when rolled into balls, but bled everywhere while baking. I've made these before but couldn't find my usual recipe; so I tried this one, and won't ever use it again. I threw the cookies out ...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"So good and so easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This is a such a yummy cookie. I was looking for something to do with my two and a half year old on a snowy day and with a limited pantry. She had so much fun rolling these in the cinnamon sugar and placing them on the cookie sheet. I love that these are both chewy and crunchy. Mine turned out just like the picture!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I just made these, actually have some baking in the oven. The cooled ones are amazing. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"These cookies are an absolute delight and wonderfully delicious! I made these awhile back and both my husband and myself loved them! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I like to roll half the cookies in red sugar and half in green sugar at Christmas time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Retrieved my mom's old recipe: added 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp cream of tartar-chilled dough prior to rolling in walnut-sized balls. very good-"

MY REVIEW
NTM
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"The recipe is fine and easy for a cookie but your picture definitely shows a ball and that's what they look like before you bake them. We were to bring balls to a special gathering for Christmas and I was so disappointed when I made these and had to take cookies not balls. Very misleading but the cookies taste fine but nothing fantastic."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"My favorite cookie recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"I added 1/8 tsp salt."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I was looking for a quick Snickerdoodle recipe and this fit the bill perfectly. We shared these with the teachers at my daughter's preschool and passed along the recipe as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"So easy to make if you roll batch to about 5/8" thick and cut into 1" squares. Dust with however much or little cinnamon & sugar you like. I cut the time down when I make them smaller but they have a very gentle flavor and a favorite to make with kids."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"My husband and children simply love these easy and delicious cookies. The great thing about them is that you can make them any time of year but they are especially great at Christmas time! ☺"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I Just made these cookies, they are delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"My husband LOVES these! I try to make these for him often. they are also one of my favorite cookies too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"This is the first cookie I learned to make when I was a little girl. They're still my favorite... my children love them, too! Super easy and delicious!! It's a no fail recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2009

"I LOVE MAKING THESE!! i always get great complements about it everytime, even if they come out not so good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2007

"Thanks, I`m going to try making these for my awesome FIL. His mother who passed away always made these for him at christmas so I will give it a shot. I`m sure they wont be as good as hers but I love my father in-law so much, I hope he will like them."

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