My Perfect Snickerdoodles cookie recipe is easy and truly the best! These Cinnamon Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, thick and loaded with flavor!
I always hate calling something “the best” or “perfect”…because WITHOUT FAIL there will be someone out there who indeed, does NOT think they are perfect. Or the best. I get it.
AND attaching “Perfect” or “The Best” to a cookie like the Snickerdoodle is entering into pretty dangerous territory…Everyone makes Snickerdoodles…and everyone thinks their recipe is the best. Add in the probability that their recipe is most likely their Grammies, my claims to have the best recipe are fightin’ words.
This ain’t my first rodeo.
So with ALL that said, please note: My claims that these cookies are perfect and the best are my opinions solely. Well, mine and everyone who has tried them. Today I’m showing you how to make snickerdoodle cookies AND they happen to be one of the easiest snickerdoodle cookie recipes out there. Pinky promise!
And since today is your lucky day, I am going to show you how to make the BEST Snickerdoodle cookie from scratch!
Also, let me state that I actually have an old-timey recipe for Snickerdoodles on my site already from GASP 2008. You can look, it’s ain’t pretty. That recipe was the one that MY mom always made. It was from the red and white checked BHG cookbook that everyone had (has) in their kitchen. It’s a good recipe. Solid for sure, but it wasn’t MY recipe.
AND I knew that it was high time I got busy making my own…plus I wanted to improve on the texture of the Snickerdoodle…and after a few tries I nailed it.
Also, let’s talk about Cream of Tartar…I don’t necessarily think you have to use it to have a good Snickerdoodle. BUT after my attempt at omitting the annoying ingredient from a batch of Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles I made last September I got my fair share of feedback that it didn’t actually count as a Snickerdoodle without CoT.
Although I will say that using baking powder in place of baking soda and CoT is basically the same difference. But I’m here to please.
My recipe is super straightforward…no secret ingredients, no tricks and Y’ALL…NO CHILLING!
So that means these beauties will be on your table in 20 minutes. YES.
I bake them for EXACTLY 10 minutes every.single.time. with perfect results. But I know all ovens are different, so I wrote 10-12 minutes in the recipe. If you over bake them, they won’t be as soft. It ain’t rocket science, so if you prefer a crispier cookie, go ahead and add in an extra 2 minutes or so. No judgement here.
When you take them out of the oven, the edges should be slightly golden and the tops might seem slightly undercooked. It’s ok! They will set up as the cool.
The insides will look glorious…like LITERALLY perfect…
I hope you guys love these Easy and Perfect Snickerdoodles as much as I do!! SO make ’em, eat ’em and let me know what you think!
The BEST most PERFECT Snickerdoodle cookie recipe ever! Super soft and buttery, loaded with cinnamon and sugar. Plus, there’s no chilling the dough necessary, so they can be made QUICK!
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teasopoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 3/4 cup flour
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add in the egg, the yolk, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon and mix for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Turn mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined.
- In a separate small bowl make your Cinnamon Sugar by mixing together cinnamon and sugar, stirring until evenly combined.
- Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop portion out the dough and roll into a ball. Then roll each cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
- Place on prepared baking sheet about 2- inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning cookie sheet halfway through baking.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
I bake my Snickerdoodles for exactly 11 minutes every time I make this recipe with perfect results, but I know ovens vary, so bake only until the edges are slightly golden. The tops may seem slightly undercooked, but they will firm up perfectly when they cool. If you prefer a crisper cookie, bake for 2 additional minutes.
Store airtight for up to 3 days.