Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles.

Making soft, thick, & puffy Snickerdoodles at home is easy. And quick! These soft-baked cinnamon sugar cookies only take me about 25 minutes start to finish.

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I like to call these snickerdoodle pillows. Perfect fat, puffy, snickerdoodles. PS: I know my polish is chipping. Cookies are more important.

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Much too often you run into snickerdoodle problems. You’re left with lifeless, flat, crispy, and thin cinnamon-sugar cookies. They crunch as you chew. The only remedy is to submerge them into a tall glass of milk. Which is purely delicious.

But what about starting out with a super soft-baked pillowy snickerdoodle?

Snickerdoodles are a timeless classic and have been a favorite of mine forever.  Shocking, I know. They don’t have any chunks or gooey caramel flowing out of them. They are pure, simple, and loaded with cinnamon-sugar.  Like a sugar cookie dressed in a cinnamon sugar outfit. That’s why I love them so much, besides their whimsical name of course. I just adore anything cinnamon-sugary.

Today’s snickerdoodle recipe = take 25 minutes start-to-finish. 30 minutes, tops.  That’s only if you waste time “taste-testing.” Which, is purely necessary when you make snickerdoodles, right?  Gotta make sure that dough is good – over and over and over again. Ahem.

There’s no dough-chilling required. There’s no fancy-pants ingredients required. There’s no secrets. There’s simply no catch. These are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made and by far – the BEST snickerdoodles I’ve ever made.

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How do I make them so gosh-darn puffy and soft?  Easy. The ratio of butter to leavener to flour to egg. I do not use shortening in my cookies – I prefer the taste of butter. It took me three tries to get these cookies perfect. I’ve been swimming in snickerdoodles the past two weeks. Cream of tartar and baking soda are needed for the recipe, in lieu of baking powder. Sure, you could use 2 teaspoons of baking powder instead of the cream of tartar + baking soda, but then you won’t really have a snickerdoodle.

Cream of tartar imparts a unique tangy flavor to the cookie, which makes it a classic snickerdoodle.

These cookies should be baked only until the edges begin to brown – about 10-11 minutes, tops. This will keep the interior of the cookie soft and chewy. Baking them for any longer will cause them to brown too much on top and I fear they would harden over time. You’ll want to slightly press down on the cookie with the back of a spoon or fork after you remove them from the oven. They will still be very, very puffy!

The cookies stand the true “soft test” – they remained soft on day 2. In fact, the cinnamon-sugar flavor was pronounced on day 2.  I ate more on day 2 than day 1.  Since they remain so soft, they are the perfect cookie for gift-giving.  I know there are many snickerdoodle lovers out there!

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Nom, nom, nom. Go make yourself (and all the snickerdoodle lovers in your life) some cookies.  They’ll be ready before my new coat of nail polish dries.

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Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles

Yield: 2 dozen

Print Recipe

Cookies have a strong cinnamon taste, as cinnamon is generously used in the dough and the topping. The cookies are very puffy. You may slightly press down on them before baking or after baking to induce spreading.



  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/3 cup (267g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats (always recommended for cookies). Set aside.
  2. Make the topping: toss 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the cookies: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. Set aside.
  4. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough is quite thick and you may have to stir the rest by hand.
  5. Take 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Roll the dough balls into the reserved cinnamon-sugar topping. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar on top if desired. Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will be very puffy and soft. When they are still very warm, lightly press down on them with the back of a spoon or fork to help flatten them out. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies remain soft & fresh for 7 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
  6. Make ahead tip: There are a few options here! First, you can prepare the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure that you let it come to room temperature before rolling and baking the cookies. You can also freeze the cookie dough balls. Roll the dough into balls then freeze the balls for up to 2-3 months. You can freeze the cookie dough balls with the cinnamon sugar coating or without, your call. When ready to make, bake the frozen cookie dough balls 1-2 minutes longer than what the recipe states. You can also freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Additional Notes:

*Cream of tartar is required for this recipe. Please see the text of the post for more information.

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507 Responses to “Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles.”

  1. #
    Ally Numeroposted January 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      These where not the  best cookies that I tried but, I followed all the directions!  Thanks anyways for the recipe I sort of enjoyed making it


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    Angelaposted January 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    sorry – but these did not turn out- too doughy and dry.  I think it needed less flour and one more egg.  


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    Mia Friedmanposted January 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I made these cookies last night,  exactly per the directions and had to throw the whole batch away. The 2 teaspoons of tarter ( I’m assuming) made them taste AWFUL!!! What a waste of ingredients!!!! VERY disappointed! 


  4. #
    Rochelleposted January 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for including the weight measurements. So many don’t these days…


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    Tiffanyposted January 28, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Made these on Tuesday and they’re a huge hit in my house! I’m not a snickerdoodle fan, but these are delicious! Will be making these again.


  6. #
    The Bad Grammaposted January 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I’m making the traditional ones today…..But next time I’ll substitute garam masala for the cinnamon.


  7. #
    Kyleposted January 31, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I made them but i did not have cream of tartar but i found a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda you add one teaspoon of lemon juice and distilled white vinegar. They came out fine 


  8. #
    Helen Gaffneyposted January 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Where did the cinnamon/sugar bowl come from? LOVE IT! oh and the cookies were good too!


    • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Let’s see… I got that from Anthropologie a few years back.


  9. #
    Gloriaposted January 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    They just came out of the oven.  First time making this recipe.  I thought the 3 cups of flour with one egg would be dry but made them per your instructions.   They went in as a ball and came out as a ball.  They smell wonderful, but I next time I will use 2.5 cups of flour like the other comment I read.  I wouldn’t  use  another egg.  I spooned the  flour in and used the correct amount of soda and tartar, so it has to be the flour.  Even tasted like too much flour.  I won’t give up yet on this recipe.  Sorry, I never leave negative comments, but I am disappointed I wasted the last butter I had.  


  10. #
    Margaretposted February 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    My granddaughters are visiting from Houston and they were “bored” so we your recipe together. They love them!


  11. #
    Londonposted February 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you Sally for sharing this recipe. I followed your instructions exactly and the cookies came out delicious! I even froze them for a month followed by baking them and they came out wonderful. My mom loves these cookies with a cup of tea. Thank you! 


  12. #
    Katieposted February 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This is the BEST snicker doodle recipe ever!  Thank you for sharing; this is now a family favorite. I have to make them for the Super Bowl today.


  13. #
    Janeposted February 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Okay, I tried a bite of one because I was scared of the flour/ cream of tar tar comments. 
    Keep in mind that there is some obfuscation of the original flavor because of the butter I used, but the flour was fine, the cream of tar tar makes a little bit of a tart flavor but it gives a round and full flavor and is not overpowering if you put enough sugar on it the softness of the cookie really plays into this marriage. I noticed in the comments that some ones cookies got too hard, they were baked too long the time and size of the cookies I made in my oven worked awesome. 


  14. #
    Kentposted February 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    FANTASTIC recipe  ! 
    I had a craving for these while enjoying the day off and a snow storm keeping us at home. I’m so glad I found your recipe before using the old Betty Crocker recipe.  I will only use your for now on. My kitchen smells absolutely heavenly  


  15. #
    Monicaposted February 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Has anyone tried to make these with coconut oil vs butter? Can I use coconut oil instead? 


  16. #
    Jenposted February 25, 2016 at 11:18 am

    THANK YOU for putting the metric conversions all in one! So refreshing to not have to go look them up…even though I should have them all memorized by now. 


  17. #
    Biancaposted February 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    How much baking powder would I have to use to replace the baking soda and cream of tartar?


  18. #
    Amyposted March 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    These snickerdoodles are amazing! Big, soft, perfect amount of “tang” and cinnamon. Thank you!


  19. #
    Jeannaposted March 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I loved this recipe. I have never made snickerdoodles before but always bought them at the bakery. These turned out perfectly for me. Thank you.


  20. #
    Joeposted March 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I made this recipe precisely as written and directed (I even measured with an electric scale) and these cookies nearly melted!!! They were not puffy! The are thinner than any cookie I’ve ever made. (I even had a temp gauge in the oven.) I’m disappointed.


  21. #
    Libbyposted April 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Sally you have NEVER failed me! I made these and they are incredible. Followed the recipe exactly and I will never make snickerdoodles any other way. 


  22. #
    KCposted April 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I went digging back through the archives for this one, but it was perfect! I made giant palm-sized snickerdoodles out of it (some slight pre-flattening definitely required to make sure they baked evenly) and they turned out beautifully soft, thick, and full of cinnamon. They’ve even converted my husband whose prior opinion of snickerdoodles was “Boring cookie”! Don’t be scared of the amount of flour, snickerdoodles always have a ton of flour in them.


  23. #
    Aussie Bakerposted April 29, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I’ve always wanted to try Snickerdoodles as I just love the name! I found this recipe easy to follow and great tasty results! Will add to my recipe collection – thanks Sally!!! 


  24. #
    Rachelposted May 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    After about 10 batches, puffy and flat, I think I figured it out. Don’t over mix the dough when adding the flour. It should be a little crumbly almost. And when shaping the balls, very lightly pack it, don’t squeeze it too tightly. 


  25. #
    jessposted May 13, 2016 at 3:28 am

    My first time making these! I slightly pressed on them before putting them to bake and they came out fluffy and soft. I followed the directions and let them cool for ten minutes before moving them out of baking sheets and when I lightly tore open my cookie, it was beautiful. Not brown, but still cooked perfectly. They were kind of heavy, but still very moist. I might try using a little less flour next time, but overall, very good recipe! Thank you =) I can’t wait to share them! 


  26. #
    Chelseaposted May 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    A dear friend asked me to pick a recipe I wanted her to make for me, and it was this one! They were delicious, so I decided to make them myself. The first batch just came out of the oven, and they look & smell fantastic!!!! I hope they’re as good as the batch my friend made for me!! Thank you for testing recipes & posting them for everyone and their wicked stepmothers to comment!! 


  27. #
    Norma Lybargerposted June 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I am not a big fan of cooking blogs where commenters say “oh, these look so good” or “I am going to make these”, etc. I want to know how the recipe turned out and these comments do NOT help me. Your recipe is now my go to recipe for snickerdoodle cookies!!!  I won “BEST OF SHOW” with another recipe for snickerdoodles at my county fair several years ago. Now that I have found this recipe I will have  to enter it. I love a soft thick cookie and this delivers on that. The extra cinnamon in the batter is an added plus.


  28. #
    Ana Cposted June 4, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I was a little worried about making this batch, because of the lack of chill time and I’m so used to that with my cookie dough… But they were amazing! They spread out beautifully and had the sweetest little cracks in their tops. As for how long they took? No time at all. These are my new go-to, “in a pinch” cookie! Thanks Sally!


  29. #
    Tashaposted June 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    My snickerdoodles came out amazing – thank you for the recipe, I will be using it again. However, it took me way more than 25 mins: should have listened to butt telling me using hand held electric mixer in a large bowl is a bad idea! Scraping sugar and butter of the walls, blinds and the kitchen floor took some time and effort. Had to then transfer what’s left into a beaker, mixing all wet ingredients and back to a clean large bowl. Thank God for neuroleptics or else I’d hit through the roof.

    PS: Dearest Sally, chipped nail vanish is a bad idea, particularly if end up mixing dough by hand at the end. Watch out for that paint in your cookies. Xx


    • Sallyreplied on June 11th, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Haha!! Thanks for the tip. 🙂 I learned my lesson last year. Ruined cookies. Oh-so-ruined.


  30. #
    Sharon Gabertposted June 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    These are my son-in-law’s favorite cookie and I want to send them to him while he is deployed in Africa, but it might take a long time for them to reach him. Any idea how long they’d stay fresh?


    • Sallyreplied on June 22nd, 2016 at 6:17 am

      So sweet! They’re quite soft for an entire week, but they’d still be good up to day 10 or so.


  31. #
    Hayleyposted June 24, 2016 at 1:42 am

    So delicious!!! Just made these, omitted the tarter as I don’t have any, but these are amazing. Already handed them out to my family and their words were “mmm!!!” and “wow”. I wouldn’t change a thing.


  32. #
    Marcieposted June 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I really like this recipe. My son (14yrs old) is a huge fan of snickerdoodle cookies and my first attempt at snickerdoodle cookies (from another recipe) was less than desireable; they were flat and crispy. These were indeed soft and thick; we followed the recipe to the letter. Next time we will sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top. Thank for sharing your recipe.


  33. #
    Kathleen Hoppsposted July 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    These are DELICIOUS! Turned out perfect; thanks for the recipe.


  34. #
    CarolineWposted July 14, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Could this recipe be turned into a cookie “pizza?”


    • Sallyreplied on July 15th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Absolutely! I’m unsure of the exact bake time though.


  35. #
    Jesseposted July 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Tried this and accidentally double the butter the first time. They turned out awesome. The next time I did it the recommended way and actually liked it better the first time with the extra butter. Little more “crispy chewy” like I remember snicker doodles being. 


  36. #
    M. Kraheposted July 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    My son loves snicker-doodles and I’ve always had poor luck making them (flat and not crackled). I just got done making your recipe and they turned out perfect – wonderful cinnamon taste, crackled, and did not run at all. This will be my go-to recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing 🙂


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