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Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe – Simply the easiest and best Snickerdoodles recipe I’ve ever made, these bakery style cinnamon sugar cookies are so soft, buttery, and filled with cinnamon!

Large Snickerdoodles Cookie topped with cinnamon sugar

Although snickerdoodles make a perfect cookie any time of the year, I always think of them as Christmas cookies since friends of our family gave me the recipe as one of my presents when we were first married.

Snickerdoodles Cookies Recipe

As she pressed the recipe into my hand, she said, “You’ll want to make these at Christmas. We make them each year when we’re decorating the tree.”

I’m not certain why I remember her saying that to me so vividly all those years ago, but each year as I’ve strung popcorn onto string for our tree, I think of her and her snickerdoodles.

I’ve tweaked her snickerdoodles slightly through the years, just to suit my tastes more than anything, and we can’t get enough of them. Soft, tender, just slightly fat and fluffy, the perfect amount of twang you expect in snickerdoodles, and the essential cinnamon sugar coating on the outside. In other words, simple snickerdoodles perfection.

Make Ahead Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

These cookies are excellent to make ahead, especially throughout the holidays. Simply prepare the cookies as instructed and then store in an airtight container for up to a week.

If you’d like to make them more in advance, use the Freezer Friendly instructions below.

How to Freeze Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

There are a few ways to make these delicious cookies ahead of time to freeze them.

Freeze the Baked Cookies:

To freeze the baked cookies, cool the cookies completely and then freeze on the baking sheet. When the cookies have frozen solid, about 30 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to reach room temperature.

To freeze the cookie dough, roll the cookies to form the cookie dough balls and then place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze completely on the baking sheet. Once the cookies have frozen solid, about 30 minutes, transfer the cookies to an airtight, freezer-safe container to freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to thaw in the refrigerator and then bake as instructed.

Snickerdoodles Cookie topped with cinnamon sugar -

Here’s our Snickerdoodles recipe. So simple, yet so very delicious.

5 from 4 votes

Snickerdoodles Recipe

Dessert 20 mins

Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe - Simply the easiest and best Snickerdoodles recipe I've ever made, these cinnamon sugar cookies are so soft, butter, and filled with cinnamon! //
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 36
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe – Simply the easiest and best Snickerdoodles recipe I've ever made, these cinnamon sugar cookies are so soft, buttery, and filled with cinnamon! 


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 325º F.
  • Cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  • Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly incorporate into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the prepared sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place onto a large cookie sheet, about 2-3 inches apart.
  • Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes until cookies have lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2010.

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  1. Do you know how well these freeze, Robyn? The sound like the perfect snickerdoodle recipe to me! I want to bake ahead and freeze some cookies, so I am just wondering if you have tried it. Thanks!

    1. Yes, they freeze so well! I package them in an airtight container. That sure helps me to limit the amount of snickerdoodles that I feel like I’m constantly snacking on throughout Christmas!

  2. 5 stars
    I randomly found this recipe on google today and decided to try it. OMG it’s soooo good! mmm mmm can’t stop eating it. thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I didn’t even know what a Snickerdoodle was until a year ago. Where I come from we just call them Sugar Cookies! Or something like a sugar cookie. 😉 You say potato I say potatoe…whatever….They are awesome!

  4. My husband fell in love with snickerdoodles when I baked them last year for the 1st time. I thought the “best cookies by state” listing showed pumpkin snickerdoodles. How does this change the standard recipe?

  5. I just made these for the 1st time and they came out great after the 3rd try lol. I burned them twice before I got them right. I am glad my husband didn’t find out because he would have been mad lol.

  6. Hi Robyn, I have made these twice now and both times they have come out flat like a biscuit. The dough would be too wet to roll in the cinnamon sugar, so the second time I made them I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top as soon as they came out the oven. Everyone loved them but I wonder why they didn’t rise. Could it have been because I used large eggs?

    1. Oh no, Jacqui. I hate that you had problems with them. I would first test freshness for baking powder and cream of tartar to make sure there isn’t an issue. xo

  7. you say baking powder and backing soda in your instructions but you do not have baking powder when mixing it??????

    1. Debbie, I’m sorry the instructions had baking powder included which is not in the recipe. Thanks so much for catching that.