Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

These Chewy Snickerdoodles Cookies are truly the best snickerdoodles you can make! Soft and buttery cookies covered in cinnamon and sugar. Such a classic cookie recipe and one of my favorites!

These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Cookies are one of the best parts of Christmas. And since cinnamon is one of my very favorite ingredients and flavors, these snickerdoodles are no doubt one of my favorite cookies. They make the prefect Christmas cookie! There’s nothing quite like a warm stack of freshly baked snickerdoodles with a tall glass of cold milk. It’s pure cozy comfort in cookie form.

What Makes this Recipe the Best?

There are many things to love about this easy snickerdoodle cookies recipe, but here are my top highlights:

  • It’s a no chill cookie recipe. There’s no need to refrigerate the cookie dough before baking!
  • It has the perfect amount of cinnamon. These cookies have the ideal amount of cinnamon. They also make your home smell amazing!
  • It makes soft and chewy cookies. Is there anything better than biting into a pillowy snickerdoodle? Probably not!

These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cream the butter and sugar. To get started making these snickerdoodles, you’ll want to cream the butter and sugar together. It should be light and fluffy when it’s ready. You’ll then add the eggs and vanilla extract, and finally the dry ingredients.

Combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture. The dry ingredients includes one of the most important ingredients in a classic snickerdoodle – the cream of tarter. It gives the snickerdoodle that tangy flavor we all know and love, so it’s definitely a must!

Roll the dough into balls. Once the cookie dough is prepared, it’s time to roll it into balls. I didn’t refrigerate it before hand, but you certainly could. If you wanted to make them ahead even, you could refrigerate the dough for a couple of days before using.

Roll the cookie dough balls in cinnamon sugar. After you roll the dough into balls, roll them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and make sure they are fully coated.

Bake your snickerdoodles. These cookies bake for only 6-8 minutes. You’ll be eating homemade snickerdoodles in no time!

These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

Tips for Success

  • Bake at 400F. When it comes to baking these cookies, it was important to me that they don’t spread too thin, but I also didn’t want to add a bunch of flour and have them be too dry or dense. One way to make sure they don’t spread too much is to bake them at a little higher temperature. These cookies bake at 400 degrees. It helps the edges set more quickly, therefore not spreading too much.
  • Use a dark cookie sheet. The other thing I suggest for these cookies is to use a dark cookie sheet. The dark color absorbs heat more quickly, also helping to set the edges of the cookies more quickly.

The final snickerdoodle is soft, chewy and delicious! An addicting cookie that I come back to over and over. You just can’t beat a cookie covered in cinnamon and sugar!

These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

How to Store These Cookies

These cookies will keep in an air tight container on the counter for up to 1 week.

Can I Freeze Snickerdoodles?

You can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Simply follow the recipe up until the cookie dough is rolled into balls and coated with cinnamon sugar. Place the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then freeze the cookie dough flat for about 3-4 hours. Once the balls are frozen you can transfer them to a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag.

When baking snickerdoodles from frozen dough add an additional 1-2 minutes to the baking time.

These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

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These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

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Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 40-45 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar! Such a classic cookie recipe and one of my favorites!


  • 2 3/4 cups (358g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar, plus 3 tbsp for rolling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet (I recommend a darker cookie sheet) with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add the butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar to a large mixer bowl and cream until light in color and fluffy in texture, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon in another small bowl.
  8. Create balls of one tablespoon of cookie dough each.
  9. Roll each ball of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture, then set on the prepared cookie sheet with about 2 inches between them.
  10. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
  11. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.
  12. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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These Chewy Snickerdoodles are soft and buttery cookies that are covered in cinnamon and sugar!

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  1. Kristina

    This recipie was a hit with my family! My cousin even ate them and she barely eats anything. My aunt said that these were then only cookies she liked! Definitely keeping that in mind 😉
    The only thing is that they did not spread out 🙁
    For the remaining batches the things that worked was to flatten them out. Is this a good idea, do you have any tips, because I remember measuring the flour correctly, what else could be the problem?

    1. Lindsay

      So glad everyone enjoyed them! As for not spreading fully, did you use a food scale to measure the flour? If so, then there could be there another ingredient that was a little off. Also, differences in ovens can affect spread as well. If you’ve never tried the air bake cookie sheets, they may be worth trying if you consistently get cookies that don’t spread as well.

      1. Kristina

        Okay thank you so much! I have a silicone baking sheet, but if I get the time I will be sure to try those ones too!!

  2. Lia

    Wowowow! These are truly the best cookies I’ve ever had. I followed the recipe and weighed the flour, which I think is key in having the perfect consistency and fluffiness.

  3. Sue

    I just made these as gifts for neighbors. They came out great! I’d given up on making cookies, because they never come out right. I do think I make mine a little big, so cooked for 8-9 minutes.

  4. Wendy Stubbs

    Thanks so much Lindsay for a wonderful Snickerdoodle recipe! They came out just the way I LOVE them!!

  5. Abigail

    My coworkers and managers at Kohl’s love these cookies! I love them too! But I’m having a hard time getting them to spread. I usually bake them as little balls. Is there anything I can do next time to get them to spread more?

  6. Abigail

    I made these for a school project and they are AMAZING! I cut the recipe in half and got some weird measurements (1 3/8 cups of flour) since Mom made chocolate chip cookies. I would so make them again! Cinnamon is my favorite flavoring, and I need more cinnamon recipes in my life!;

  7. Jasmine

    LOVED this recipe! It mad soooo many cookies, could I all half the measurements to make less? 

  8. Angie

    Do you have suggestions for high altitude adjustments? My son took pre made cookie dough to bake at school, so they would be “fresh”, but he says they are flat and runny. Not like at home. I think it may be due to the altitude being just over 5,000 ft. because he does everything the same as when we bake them at home. (Yes, we, he is my baking assistant, even when he comes home for school holidays, he always wants to try out recipes he has found. 🙂 I’m not sure what to adjust, the flour or cooking time/temp or both. These cookies are awesome when we make them at home, but we are at sea level.

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