By Shiran

These popular old-fashioned cookies are soft, chewy, and entirely coated with a cinnamon-sugar mixture!


Think of something sweet you’d like right at this moment. Now imagine coating it with cinnamon-sugar. Doesn’t it already sound much better?

Old-fashioned snickerdoodles are basically chewy sugar cookies coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. What’s not to like?

The batter is basic and very simple to make. While some recipes use shortening as the fat, I like the taste of pure butter in my cookies. Once you’re done making the dough, it should be quite firm and thick. If it’s too soft, chill it in the fridge for 1-2 hours until firm. If you bake the cookies while they’re soft, they’ll spread too much. The thicker they are, the softer and chewier their centers will be, and the happier you and your guests will be.

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Next, you’ll need to roll the cookies in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, which is obviously the best part of the recipe. 3 teaspoons of cinnamon may sound a lot, but it tasted perfect to me, although who knows what my taste buds are used to? You can start with adding 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the sugar, then adding more if desired.

If you’re wondering what cream of tartar is and what it’s doing in your cookies, here’s a short explanation: Snickerdoodles are sometimes confused with sugar cookies since they share the same basic ingredients. However, there is one thing that a snickerdoodle has that a sugar cookie doesn’t, and that is cream of tartar. This ingredient gives the snickerdoodle its traditional tangy taste and adds to the chewiness of the cookie. With that said, if you don’t have any, you can substitute the cream of tartar AND the baking soda in this recipe with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Basically, if you want a classic snickerdoodle, use cream of tartar. If you just want a delicious cookie and don’t care about the old-fashioned taste, feel free to substitute the cream of tartar with baking powder (but don’t forget to omit the baking soda as well).

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Today, I actually tried making these cookies using baking powder, and they were still chewy and delicious. In all honesty, I even enjoyed them just as much as regular snickerdoodle cookies (but don’t tell anyone!).

Start watching the cookies after 8 minutes in the oven. The edges should just begin to brown and the interior should look soft. We want a crispy edge, but a chewy, soft center. The longer you bake them, the crispier they become.

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With such a whimsical name, who could possibly resist these cookies?


Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

These popular old-fashioned cookies are soft, chewy, and entirely coated with a cinnamon-sugar mixture!


  • 2 3/4 cups (370 grams/13 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar* (see notes for substitution)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 230 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup (300 grams/10.5 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams or 1.8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon (or less, depending on taste)


In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Do not over mix.

If the dough is soft at this point, chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm. This step results in thicker cookies that will spread less while baking.

Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Line pans with parchment paper.

Make the cinnamon-sugar mixture: In a small bowl, toss together sugar and cinnamon.

Shape the dough into balls, around 1.5 tablespoons each (use an ice-cream scoop or heaping tablespoon), roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and place on the cookie sheet. Using your hands or the bottom of a glass, very slightly flatten each cookie, leaving them thick. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until cookies begin to brown at the edges but the center is still soft. Cookies will appear undone but will continue to bake on the warm baking sheet. Leave cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months.

* Cream of tartar is used in traditional snickerdoodle recipes and gives it the cookies a unique tangy taste and chewy texture. Still, you can substitute the cream of tartar AND the baking soda from the recipe and instead use 2 teaspoons of baking powder.


If you love cinnamon as much as I do, also try these cinnamon rolls, cinnamon sugar donuts, or cinnamon streusel coffee cake.


23 Comments on Snickerdoodles

  1. Kelly
    July 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I have never made snickerdoodles yet I absolutely love them! These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Shiran
      July 8, 2014 at 7:56 am (1 year ago)

      Can’t wait for you to try them Kelly! :)

  2. Scorchy
    July 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Just curious, at which point in the instructions do you put the cinnamon-sugar coating on the cookies? While they are still balls or after they have been flattened out? I’m really looking forward to making these!

    • Shiran
      July 8, 2014 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Scorchy! I roll them in the mixture after I shape the balls. I forgot to mention it, so thanks! I’ve added this to the recipe now :)

  3. dina
    July 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm (1 year ago)

    i think these are my favorite cookie. i would love some right now with some milk!

    • Shiran
      July 8, 2014 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

      Me too! :)

  4. Olga
    December 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm (12 months ago)

    I’ve had a problem with really flat snickerdoodles in the past. I always wondered if it was the cream of tartar. Any suggestions? Do these really come out as beautiful and puffy as the picture?

    • Shiran
      December 18, 2014 at 1:46 am (12 months ago)

      Hi Olga! The cookies don’t spread because of the cream of tartar, and there are a few reasons why they could spread. I’ve tried this recipe for many times, and it always turns out super puffy. My best advice for you is to chill the dough in the fridge for a few hours before baking, preferably overnight. It will make the dough firm and the cookies would spread much less while baking. You can also try replacing some of the butter with shortening, but I suggest starting with the chilling and see if it works. Also, make sure that your baking soda and cream of tartar are fresh. Hope this helps!

  5. Nassim
    April 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm (7 months ago)

    If I want to freeze the cookies to save them, how would you recommend defrosting them? Leave them out, or put them in the oven or microwave? Thanks for this great recipe, by the way!

    • Shiran
      April 20, 2015 at 7:04 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Nassim, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe :) The best way to defrost cookies is leave them on the counter, still covered, or overnight in the fridge. If you need to speed up the defrosting process, you can also place them in a warm oven.

  6. G
    July 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm (5 months ago)

    How will using baking powder as a substitute affect the cookies? Will the taste change? And will they still be able to keep their puff instead of flattening?

    • Shiran
      July 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm (4 months ago)

      Cream of tartar gives the snickerdoodle its traditional tangy taste and adds to the chewiness of the cookie, so yes, it would slightly affect the taste and texture but with the baking powder the cookies are just as delicious and puffy. if you want a classic snickerdoodle, use cream of tartar. If you just want a delicious cookie and don’t care about the old-fashioned taste,then make the substitution and use baking powder.

  7. Heather
    August 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm (4 months ago)

    Oh, wow! I was searching for a soft and chewy snickerdoodle recipe on Google, but I have no cream of tartar on hand. I did what you suggested with the baking powder instead. Your cookie recipe is divine! Soft, thick, pillowy cookies. I’m keeping this one forever. Thank you!!!

    • Shiran
      August 14, 2015 at 9:31 am (4 months ago)

      I’m really glad you like them, Heather! Thank you so much for your sweet comment :)

  8. Ashley
    August 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm (3 months ago)

    Hey Shiran I was just about to make these cookies they sound so good! My one question is when I am substituting the cream of tarter do I just not use the cream of tarter and the baking soda or do I use both the baking soda and the baking powder?
    Thank you!

    • Shiran
      August 30, 2015 at 3:40 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Ashley! If you don’t use cream of tartar, you’ll need to omit BOTH the cream of tartar AND baking soda, and instead use just baking powder – 2 teaspoons.

  9. Cris
    November 12, 2015 at 5:48 am (2 weeks ago)

    Very good cookie! Worth the effort! Recipe is great just as it is, even without cream of tartar!

    • Shiran
      November 12, 2015 at 8:22 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much! :)

  10. Rotem
    November 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Made them today and they were wonderful! My dad loved them so much.
    I used baking powder cause cream of tratar is not common around here.
    Thank you:)

    • Shiran
      November 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you and your dad like them, Rotem! :)

  11. Jenny
    November 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm (13 hours ago)

    Great cookies, just burned my first batch because I put it on the second row of my oven, but my 2nd batch was heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Shiran
      November 28, 2015 at 5:44 am (3 hours ago)

      You’re welcome, Jenny :) At least the second batch came out perfect!


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