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Cinnamon Sugar Crackle Cookies

I get lots of compliments on these crunchy cookies. They're always part of my Christmas cookie platter. —Sarah Miller, Wauconda, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. In another bowl, whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 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.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 36mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • risabel
    Oct 22, 2020

    These turned out so delicious!! My husband is giving me “baking challenges” every week and these were my first challenge recipe. They came out so fluffy and buttery and cinnamony ??. I did 3/4 cup of shortening & 1/4 cup of butter instead. Also, I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I can’t wait to make these again for the holidays!

  • SusieMMB937
    Nov 27, 2018

    Snickerdoodles! I use 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) but I've used 1/2 margarine, 1/2 butter to great effect as well.

  • Brandy871
    Dec 19, 2017

    snickerdoodles by any other name are still snickerdoodles! ;)we love them

  • tsuop
    Dec 19, 2017

    These ARE Snickerdoodles. I just made them. You need to use half butter & half shortening. Yup!! they puff up & go flat.

  • maryeburton
    Dec 19, 2017

    these are excellent cookies. Pretty much the same recipe as Snickerdoodles. Both are a no fail cookie that everyone loves. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing this one. It's a keeper.

  • Psalm127-3
    Dec 19, 2017

    before attempting these can anyone tell me if they go flat like typical snickerdoodles do? 1c of shortening seems like a lot to me but I could be wrong. thanks

  • juicyfruit007
    Nov 2, 2014

    Easy and yummy. A lot like snickerdoodles.

  • lankfordbm
    Dec 27, 2012

    No comment left

  • Terry Jean
    Dec 14, 2012

    Made them for a family dinner. Big hit. Love them.

  • Joscy
    Nov 11, 2012

    Plan to include these wonderful looking cookies for Christmas. I would offer *5* stars, however, no star rating appeared.