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a stack of five snickerdoodle cookies, sitting on a white Christmas plate.

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Kate Shungu
These soft baked snickerdoodle cookies from Grandma's recipe box are a classic. A must with a glass of milk!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 188 kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and 1½ cups granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low until incorporated. Add another ⅓ of the flour mixture and repeat. Add the final ⅓ of the final mixture and beat just until incorporated.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour (or overnight) in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet fitted with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10–14 minutes, or until the cookies no longer look raw in the middle. Let cool and serve.


The recipe calls for the cookies to be rolled in a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon. I tried subbing turbinado sugar for the granulated sugar and it produced a cookie with a crispier exterior, though I don’t think they were as attractive as the cookies made with granulated sugar. Stick with granulated sugar for rolling! 
I recommend silicone baking mats for baking the cookies to ensure the cookies don't stick.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 256IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Christmas cookies, snickerdoodles
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