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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Five snickerdoodles stacked on top of each other with a cinnamon stick beside them

Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 45
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Tender, buttery and slightly tangy sugar cookies are coated in cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection in this classic dessert! Whip up a batch of these Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies and experience blissful comfort with each cozy bite.


  • 2 3/4 cups (358g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 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°F. Prepare a cookie sheet (I recommend a darker cookie sheet) with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, 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.


  • Makes 40-45 cookies.
  • To Make Ahead: Wrap dough in a tight layer of plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. When ready to bake, let dough sit at room temperature until soft enough to scoop.
  • To Store: Keep cooled snickerdoodles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • To Freeze: Freeze cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months, thawing before enjoying. Alternatively, freeze formed and coated dough balls on a lined baking sheet for 3-4 hours, or until frozen solid. Transfer frozen dough balls to a freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months. Bake directly from frozen, increasing cook time by 1-2 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie Ball
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 6.7 g
  • Sodium: 57.7 mg
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.4 mg

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  1. Sara

    Hi Lindsay! I made your mini chocolate chip Chipwiches a few weeks ago and they were a HUGE hit! This time I want to try making them with Snickerdoodles and rolled in cinnamon chips. My question is should I press down the dough balls before baking to make them a bit more flat like the original Chipwiches? Or will they spread enough in your opinion? Any other suggestions? TIA! You’re my go to for all baking 🙂

    1. Lindsay

      I would probably press them down a little bit to make them thinner. I hope you enjoy them! So glad to hear you enjoyed the chipwiches!

  2. Cindy

    I had a hard time getting the recipe to stay in one place so I could read it without scrolling down multiple times. Maybe this is a Pinterest issue?
    It was really annoying.
    But…the cookies were great!

    1. Lindsay

      I guess it depends on if you were viewing it purely on my website or through a Pinterest window. I’m not sure. I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies though!

  3. Priscilla

    I brought these cookies to work and sent some with my husband to bring to his work and EVERYBODY raved about them! And they’re so easy to make!!!

  4. Kerri

    Delicious! I adjusted the sugar and baking soda for high altitude and they turned out perfectly. I would definitely bake these again.

      1. Daniela

        Is it okay if I just use a dark cookie sheet with cooking spray without parchment paper or a silicone mat?

      2. Lindsay

        I don’t really recommend that, but you could. Cookies bake differently based on how you set up the cookie sheet. They’re going spread a little differently, probably more, and be much more brown on the bottom. Especially if it’s a dark colored cookie sheet.

  5. Nicole

    I made these cookies for my coworkers the other day and have heard no stop compliments from them since then! All of them were raving about how these snickerdoodles were the best they have ever had. I did accidentally double the vanilla but it certainly did not hurt them!

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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