Snickerdoodle cookies are the happiest of all cookies – try saying the word snickerdoodle ten times fast without smiling! Such a happy cookie deserves an easy recipe, and this snickerdoodle cookie recipe fits the bill. These easy snickerdoodle cookies take five minutes to prep, just ten minutes to bake, and they are perfectly soft, chewy, and moist.
This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is one to add to your recipe stash for the next time you need something for a last minute potluck, bake sale, after-school snack, or midnight munch. It is that easy to make!
What is a Snickerdoodle?
A snickerdoodle is a variation of a sugar cookie that’s chewy and coated in cinnamon sugar.
The cream of tartar is unique to snickerdoodles and isn’t in a typical sugar cookie; the cream of tartar adds a distinctive tang to these cookies and – most importantly – helps to keep the snickerdoodles chewy after they bake. It does this by preventing the sugar in the cookies from forming larger crystals. TheKitchn has an article all about cream of tartar if you’re interested in learning more.
The cookie recipe that I used came from Allrecipes. I have reprinted it below with my own notes and a slight modification to use all butter instead of butter and shortening.
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Easy Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 67 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- Mix in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
- Form balls of dough about one ounce each.
- Flatten balls with your palm to form circles about 1/4" thick. Don't worry about being perfect.
- Dip both sides of each cookie dough circle into the topping.
- Place cookie dough circles about two inches apart on baking sheets lined with silicone mats or parchment paper.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard.
- Remove immediately from baking sheets and cool on a cooling rack.
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