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Homemade Chewy Snickerdoodles

how to make snickerdoodles

Recently, I was out with Mr. FG for dinner and I saw a big snickerdoodle cookie at the cash register.

I hadn’t had a snickerdoodle in ages, so I decided to give it a try.

Friends, let me tell you:

It was a crushing disappointment of a cookie.

The flavor was kind of ok, but the texture was just all kinds of wrong.

Cookies should not be disappointing…otherwise, what IS the point of eating them??

So I decided I needed to dust off the recipe and make a batch of proper snickerdoodles at home.


They were SO much better. Chewy middles, crispy edges!


I shared this story on Instagram, and much to my surprise, some of my readers didn’t know what a snickerdoodle was.

And I got some recipe requests.

snickerdoodle dough balls

I thought snickerdoodles were nearly as common as, say, chocolate chip cookies, so it had never occurred to me to post the recipe!

What IS a snickerdoodle?

It’s basically just a sugar cookie that’s rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. 

snickerdoodle cinnamon sugar

Snickerdoodles usually include cream of tartar as a leavener, and they have crackly tops and a chewy texture.

(At least, they SHOULD. The cookie I got at the restaurant was completely lacking in chewiness!)

I’ve seen some photos on the internet of snickerdoodles that are taller and sort of cakey looking (here’s an example), but I think they should be flat and chewy.

What’s with the name of snickerdoodles?

snickerdoodle dough balls

The origin of the snickerdoodle name seems to be a little ambiguous, but the Joy of Cooking says, “Snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln, which means ‘snail dumpling.”

Other sources say it’s just a fun nonsense name. Who knows?

Regardless, they’re really easy to make and I’ve never met someone who didn’t like them.

A few Snickerdoodle tips

  • It’s very important for your butter to be room temperature or the cookie texture will be wrong.
  • Be sure you have fresh cream of tartar on hand.

  • To make sure your cookies are chewy, take them out when they still look slightly wet in between the cracks.

chewy snickerdoodle

  • You can freeze the unbaked dough balls for fresh cookies later. I like to freeze half and bake half.
  • You can use half shortening and half butter, but I go with all butter.

I hope you enjoy these!

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Snickerdoodles on a white plate.


Yield: 48
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These cinnamony cookies are easy to make and taste so much better than the store-bought version.


  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together; stir in eggs.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to butter mixture and stir until no dry flour remains.
  4. Mix 2 T sugar and 2 t. cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  5. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls; roll each ball in cinnamon and sugar to coat, then place on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until barely set. Remove from oven; let cool on cookie sheet briefly, then remove to the counter to fully cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container.


You can freeze the unsugared dough balls so that you can bake fresh cookies multiple times. I let them thaw completely, roll them in cinnamon sugar, and then bake.

Nutrition Information
Yield 48 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 90Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 18mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g

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Randi Macdonald

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I use America's test kitchen's recipe for snickerdoodles. its great.


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Hi Kristen, I just need to say something about the "Schneckennudeln". From german descend, I can assure you this is not the right translation. The > Schnecken< part should be more translated into spiral (like the shell looks, or think of young Princess Leia`s hair) or rolled, Snail? Shudder. Otherwise, gf free, all yummy!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Yeah, I don't understand the explanation from Joy of Cooking, because I've never seen a Snickerdoodle that has a spiral shape to it. So odd!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Re cayenne for cinnamon substitution-- I once accidentally used chili powder instead of cinnamon on cinnamon toast, and it was GOOD. Now I will often mix the two. Need to try that with snicker doodles.


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

That's so interesting; I would never have thought that that would taste good!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

My husbands long time favorite. Thanks for posting!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

20 years ago, my sister (an elementary teacher at the time) took a plate of 24 Snickerdoodle cookies for her snack day in the teachers lounge, 1/2 rolled as the recipe says above, half with cayenne substituted for the cinnamon.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Was it April Fools Day?I think I will try to remeber this!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Ohhh! That would be an awful taste sensation.

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