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Easy Snickerdoodles Recipe

If you love cinnamon and sugar you’ll love Snickerdoodles! These cookies are covered in cinnamon sugar and chewy on the inside. Plus, they are a very easy cookie to make so they are great for beginner bakers or for kids to help with!

These cookies will make a perfect addition to your Christmas and Holiday cookie platters or a cookie swap!

close up of a snickerdoodle cookie

How to Make This Easy Snickerdoodles Recipe

Before mixing the dough, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs and stir to combine. Then, add flour, cream of tartar and baking soda and mix until combined. Roll dough into small tablespoon sized balls. I like to use a scoop for this step (see my recommendation on a scoop below the recipe).

In a separate bowl, combine 3 tbsp sugar and 3 tsp cinnamon. Roll balls of dough into sugar and cinnamon combination. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Let cookies cool completely and then store in an air tight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to store cookies?

Cookies should be stored in an air tight container in a cool, dry place so they stay fresh. Avoid keeping them on a platter with plastic wrap for too many days as this does not keep them as fresh.

Can snickerdoodle dough be refrigerated?

Yes! I actually do this every year when I make Christmas cookies. Go ahead and make the dough and then store in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, an air tight container or a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. Or, to make it even easier when ready to bake, roll in balls before storing the refrigerator. Put them on a plate and cover with plastic wrap if you choose this method.

When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator, scoop the dough and roll in cinnamon sugar before baking.

Why do snickerdoodles have cream of tartar?

Cream of tartar is an acid that gives snickerdoodles a hint of tang and their chewy texture. Without cream of tartar snickerdoodles will be crunchier. For more about cream of tartar and why it is used in baking check out this post from Baking Kneads.

white plate of snickerdoodles

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Looking for more holiday cookie recipes? Try our Italian Cookies, Cream Cheese Logs, Chocolate Pretzel Bark, Reindeer Poop Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Cranberry Noel Cookies and Chocolate Crinkles. Other desserts you may like include Black Moon Whoopie Pies, Chewy M&M Cookie Bars, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Nutella Chickpea Brownies. If you are looking for holiday cookies, be sure to check out our Christmas Cookie List!

close up of a snickerdoodle cookie


Yield: 50
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Snickerdoodles are a holiday classic chewy cinnamon sugar cookie! These make a great addition to your holiday cookie platter or bring them to a cookie swap!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and stir to combine.
  4. Add flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Stir until combined.
  5. Roll into small tablespoon sized balls.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine 3 tbsp sugar and 3 tsp cinnamon.
  7. Roll balls into sugar and cinnamon combination.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
  10. Cool and enjoy!


Do not over bake cookies or cinnamon will burn. Do not skip cream of tartar because the texture and flavor will be affected. For more information about cream of tartar see the post above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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This recipe was originally posted on December 9, 2018 and was updated on December 15, 2021.

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