The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe are perfectly soft in the middle with a bit of crunch around the edges–a sweet American cookie!

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Simple hospitality can be as easy as serving Snickerdoodle Cookies and coffee! Enjoy this make-ahead recipe, and bake right before guests arrive! Snickerdoodle Cookies are a classic cookie that I grew up with–you, too?

The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

They’re soft, sweet, slightly chewy, and coated with a light sugar and cinnamon.

What I love about these snickerdoodle cookies is that they can be made, baked, and devoured after about 30 minutes! So easy!

Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

What is the difference between a snickerdoodle and a cookie?

They are like sugar cookies in a way, because they are a basic dough, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar.

What is the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles?

I learned this as a kid–cream of tarter is the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles cookies!

A classic snickerdoodle recipe calls for cream of tartar to give the cookies flavor and texture. Cream of tartar gives a slightly tangy flavor to the cookie. Without this ingredient, the cookies lack this classic tang.

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Here’s my snickerdoodles ingredients list:

  • Butter + sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Cream of tarter + baking soda + salt
  • Cinnamon + sugar

The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Why did my snickerdoodles get hard?

Too low of a temperature can dry out your recipe. This is why we chill the dough first, to make it firm before rolling and baking.

a few Snickerdoodle Cookies

Simple hospitality

For much of my life growing up, I helped in the kitchen alongside my mother and sisters. My mom was smart, getting us girls to help lighten her load, but also teaching us about the art of cooking and hospitality. That is something today that I find are missing in young people, not that they aren’t interested, but they just don’t know how. My sisters and I carry on the tradition now of hosting people in our homes, with friends and extended family.

With friends joining us for dinner a few weeks ago, I made the main part of the meal, and our friends brought dessert—coffee and Snickerdoodle Cookies! Which inspired me to make up a batch this past week.

It made me think of two things: Snickerdoodles were our favorite family cookie, and cookies and coffee were always served together – the perfect ending to a party.

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chill and make the balls up ahead of time, then roll in sugar and pop in the oven right before it’s dessert time!

Who doesn’t love coffee and cookies for dessert? Even without a big meal, just invite friends over for coffee and cookies!

That is simple hospitality!

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Make-ahead cookies that you can prepare and refrigerate ahead of time. From
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
  • Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  • Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon, in a small bowl.
  • Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
  • Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
  • Place on chilled, ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan immediately.


reposted from November 2015
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

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