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: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 large 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 cookie: 81 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and remaining sugar. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until light brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans 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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Bakedwithlove User ID: 8182776 260542
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"AWESOME recipe!!!! crispy edges chewy center, my family loves them. Always have to make a double batch."

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 258779
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"Very moist and light. Flattening the cookies slightly with the back of a spoon helped them form more of a cookie shape while remaining soft. I found them sweeter than other snickerdoodles; I will probably decrease the sugar a bit next time to suit my tastes."

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 258017
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"My kids and I made these to take to church. They turned out really well! I didn't have any cream of tartar, so I substituted 3/4 tsp baking powder for the cream of tartar and the baking soda. They turned out good!! We used a tsp size cookie scoop and baked for 7 minutes."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 257327
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"This cookie was always on my mother-in-love's Christmas cookie tray. It's also one of my daughter's favorite cookies. I will be making some for Christmas this year!"

theangelicious1 User ID: 8717920 245083
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

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

catm1955 User ID: 8660475 243185
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!"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 240037
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)."

TheDix User ID: 607421 239629
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

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

Carll User ID: 7302655 238660
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."

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 237121
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."

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