Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles

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Here is my reader favorite recipe for soft and thick snickerdoodles. These soft-baked snickerdoodle cookies only require about 30 minutes start to finish! 

The thickest soft snickerdoodles you'll bake! No cookie dough chilling for this easy snickerdoodle cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Snickerdoodles are a timeless classic. Like a sugar cookie wrapped in a cinnamon sugar hug, these irresistible cookies never go out of style. My recipe yields the softest and thickest snickerdoodles you’ll ever taste. I like to call them snickerdoodle pillows because they are perfectly fat and puffy! Much too often you’re left with flat, crispy, and thin cookies. The only remedy is to submerge them in a tall glass of milk. But what about starting out with a kitchen tested recipe for soft-baked snickerdoodles? You’ve come to the right place. 🙂

How to Make Soft Snickerdoodles

How do you make snickerdoodles puffy and soft? The secret’s in the ratio of butter to leavener to flour to egg. Don’t use shortening here; you’ll miss the flavor of butter. Slightly under-baking the snickerdoodles also guarantees a softer cookie. Take them out of the oven after about 10-11 minutes. This will keep the interior of the cookie soft and chewy.

These snickerdoodle cookies aced the true “soft test” meaning they remained soft on day 2! In fact, they were still soft on day 4. (And I’m surprised there are any leftover by that point, but I was trying to make a point!) Since they remain so soft, snickerdoodles are the perfect cookie for gift-giving. I know there are many snickerdoodle lovers out there!

Snickerdoodles cookie recipe

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Why is Cream of Tartar in Snickerdoodles?

Instead of baking powder, use cream of tartar and baking soda in snickerdoodles. 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 adds a unique tangy flavor to the cookie, which sets it apart from sugar cookies and makes it a classic snickerdoodle. It’s absolutely delicious!

No Cookie Dough Chilling!

Great news! You can skip the cookie dough chilling step with this snickerdoodle recipe. There’s enough flour in this cookie dough to create a strong and sturdy cookie without the crutch of chilling the dough first. There’s also no fancy-pants ingredients required. These snickerdoodles are EASY.

The thickest soft snickerdoodles you'll bake! No cookie dough chilling for this easy snickerdoodle cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

What to pair with your snickerdoodles? Serve them with slow cooker hot chocolate. 🙂

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Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles

Here is my reader favorite recipe for soft and thick snickerdoodles. These soft-baked snickerdoodle cookies only require about 30 minutes start to finish! No dough chilling required.

Ingredients:

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

Topping

  • 1/3 cup (70g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  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: Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  3. Make the cookies: Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough will be thick.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough each. I recommend this cookie scoop. Roll the dough balls in cinnamon-sugar topping. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar on top if desired. Arrange 3 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies for 10 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.
  7. Cookies remain soft & fresh for 7 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

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, but I recommend freezing without the topping. When you are ready to bake, remove the balls from the freezer, let sit for 30 minutes, pre-heat the oven, then roll into topping. You can also freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe Notes:

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

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  1. These really do look like the thickest snickerdoodles! Snickerdoodles might be my second favorite cookie after the dumb everything in the kitchen into a cookie (my mom calls them cowgirl cookies). I will be making these soon! I made your funfetti cupcakes today with coconut milk and they turned out fantastic! I love your recipes.

    1. cowgirl cookies! I need to make those. And I’m glad you like the addition of coconut milk in my funfetti cupcakes. I gotta try that!

  2. You are NOT going to believe this…but my post that’s going live in 6 hours is for Cinnamon Snickerdoodles. I will email you a pic of them 🙂 How can we post bread recipes twice in two weeks on the same day, a strawberry recipe on the same day, and now snickerdoodles 6 hrs apart…we couldn’t plan this if we tried!!!!

    Onto your wonderful puffy little gems! Wow – they look so fabulous and I love how thick, puffy, and fluffy you got them. I am sure it took you many tries to nail down your recipe as you said and it was so worth it b/c they look wonderful!

  3. You’re a cookie magician, Sally! Those are some of thickest snickerdoodles I’ve ever seen, and I love that they can be made in 20 minutes. We all need homemade treats we can crank out really fast!

  4. I love these little puffy pillows! I guess they’re called “snicker” doodles because that’s what you’ll be doing when you stop to lick the bowl! 😉 I think that extra time is totally necessary. A 30 minutes cookie is my kind of a cookie!! Those pillows look so soft, I bet you could sleep on them. And have snicker doodle dreams.

  5. Oh my gosh, Sally, THANK YOU! I absolutely love the taste of snickerdoodles, and they are my mom’s favorite, but we cannot seem to keep them from getting rock-hard the second they cool! I can’t wait to share this recipe with her; I know she will be thrilled! I trust you totally because your recipes are always amazing, and I’m sure this is no exception. I’m so glad that you include cream of tartar; I think it is absolutely required for snickerdoodles, and a lot of recipes don’t use it. Then you just have a cinnamon-sugar cookie! Not a bad thing, but not (in my opinion ;)) a snickerdoodle. Cute pictures 🙂

    1. Caley! I had a feeling you’d love these! I feel like you’ve told me in the past how much you love snickerdoodles. I can’t remember, but I knew you’d love them. You have to try them! They are so soft and so fluffy. So chewy and so pillowy. 🙂

    1. My nails still look like crap, Dorothy. MY nail polish ALWAYS chips because I am alllllways washing dishes lol.

  6. Ah you are a cookies genius! Honestly!!

    Believe it or not I am new to snickerdoodles and only first tried them this year! I know. Crazy!! Boy have I been missing out! I can not wait to try these cookies and trust me I will. 20 minutes!! Yes, please. That is about the only time I have got to make “extra” a.k.a non-blog food.

  7. AHHH! These will have to be the next cookies I make. My family has always drooled over my snickerdoodles (they are pretty good) but my problem is I lost my recipe. 🙁 These look just as soft and yummy as mine. Although I may have to adjust a little when I want to add some white chocolate chips in. (makes them even more to die for) I am going to have to get a binder and start putting all your recipes in there until you have a cookbook because 90% of my desserts & snacks come from you. (Yeah, that eating healthy desserts only didn’t last for very long…)

    1. Love your idea of adding white chocolate chips. That was my plan for when I made them again! And I’m actually writing a cookbook this year and will be out next year. PS: I have a binder of torn out recipes, too! Most of them are from the food network 🙂

  8. If you call them pillows, does that mean I can sleep on them? 😉 I’d have dreams about cinnamon sugar and glasses of milk… In other words, a perfect night’s sleep!

  9. I haven’t had snickerdoodles in years!! They were my all-time favorite as a kid- also because I’ll always get down with a cinnamon-sugar combo. These look perfect, I’m bookmarking immediately.

    1. You have to try these, Ruthy – especially since it’s been so long since you’ve had a snickerdoodle cookie!

  10. Oh lordie, lordie, Sally! How have I gone this long without ogling over your delicious photos and recipes? These look fantastic–and when you say they’re the BEST snickerdoodles you’ve had, I’m so inclined to believe; those snickerdoodle white chocolate bars I made two weeks ago were absolutely amazing. Bookmarked!

    1. Thanks so much, Ari! That means a lot. It was RAINING during this photoshoot. I had to scramble to find decent lighting. So, thanks!

  11. So. I’ve…. never had a snickerdoodle. Until just a few months ago, I thought they contained Snickers, so I wasn’t even close! They sound amazing though. I have everything other than the cream of tartar, so I see a new cookie adventure in my near future 🙂

  12. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! They always remind me of baking with my mom when I was younger. I love how soft and thick these are! Can’t wait to try them!

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