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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! 

one snickerdoodle cookie

Snickerdoodles are a timeless classic, just like a good batch of chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies. Like drop sugar cookies 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!

Snickerdoodle cookies

stack of snickerdoodle cookies

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. We use it for the best flavor in maple pecan snickerdoodles also. 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.

snickerdoodle cookies on a brown plate

And are you craving cake? Here’s my snickerdoodle cake recipe.

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Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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

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  • 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 + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Topping

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

Instructions

  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 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, egg yolk, 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Cream of Tartar: Cream of tartar is required for this recipe. Please see the text of the post for more information.
  3. Extra Egg Yolk: To bring this dough together so it isn’t quite as crumbly use 1 large egg, plus 1 extra large egg yolk. I’ve been doing this recently and the snickerdoodles taste even softer, moister, and richer.
  4. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. These are AMAZING! Sooo delicious!!!! Made them for my family (half of them usually don’t like stuff like this, they are crazy) and they all loved them! I would totally recommend this recipe and they are really easy to make, too. Hands down some of the best cookies EVER! Just wanted to say that this is my go-to site if I want to bake anything, if I ever have any cravings I’m like, Sally’s Baking Addiction time! Thank you!

  2. this is an amazing recipe!! i’ve made these cookies three times before and everyone loved them! i don’t even like sweet stuff but this recipe makes me crave even more. I’m making another batch today. cant get over this website and how good the recipes are

    1. Thanks so much for reporting back, Joudi — we’re thrilled you’ve been enjoying our recipes!

  3. Yummy! Love this recipe, it turned out perfect the first time. Followed the recipe exactly.
    Thank you ❤️

    1. Just made these. Followed instructions and they turned out perfect!

    1. Hi Laurie, we don’t recommend it. Margarine has a higher water content than butter and the cookies will not bake the same. For best results, we recommend sticking with butter.

  4. Best ever! Perfect every time! I’m going to try to use this recipe and make the dough into a crust for a chocolate snickerdoodle creme pie!

  5. Just made this recipe with my grand-daughter. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. My family says they’re some of the best cookies they’ve had.

  6. WOW!!! This is THEE ONE! I’ll never use another recipe! Great job!

    1. Hi Emma, You can certainly mix it by hand if necessary, but it will take quite a bit of arm muscle! Particularly when it comes to properly creaming the butter and sugars. We find a sturdy wooden spoon works best. Let us know how they turn out for you.

  7. i really liked this recipe but i was more a fan of the dough than the actual cookies. i found they left what i call a “airy” taste. like the after taste would leave the kinda taste that makes it feel likes there’s gas in your mouth i guess? (it doesn’t taste like car gas but it’s like an air in your mouth). i’m not sure which ingredient or mix of ingredients does this and was wondering if anyone had any tips or any idea what i’m talking about? lol

    1. I’ve had this problem too! I’d suggest looking into your baking soda and making sure it isn’t expired, since that seemed to be the cause for me. They always turn out super well and I love sharing them with friends!

  8. Best cookies we have made from scratch! I love that they are not too sweet!

  9. Love these fluffy snickerdoodles!! If I was wanting to make these into larger cookies – 3 TBSP each – what do you suggest I do differently? Lower the oven temp and cook longer?

    1. Hi Anna! Baking longer should do the trick for larger cookies. We haven’t tested that size, though. Let us know how they go!

  10. I’ve made these before, but I live in high altitude, I was wondering if there was a high altitude recipe? Also my mom LOVES these so much, when ever I offer to bake, she ALWAYS brings these up!

    1. My family has deemed me the “family baker” and all I do is literally follow your recipes haha. You’re brilliant! These cookies are perfection

  11. I loved these cookies! They’re bakery quality!
    I’ve tried quite a few snickerdoodle recipes, and this is definitely the best one!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe

    1. Some of mine burnt on the bottom quite a bit… I DID sub for vegan butter due to an allergy, but haven’t had this problem with other recipes… wondering if a double cookie sheet might help? I used parchment as opposed to silpat, but it really seems like it might be a sugar on the bottom issue… suggestion? Other than that this is my favorite snickerdoodle recipe! I’ve been trying to find one that tastes like my mom used to make but doesn’t use crisco like her recipe…

  12. I used country crock plant butter and the texture was great. A few of them burned on the bottom a little, but I think its because I used parchment instead of sil pat! Maybe double sheet would help too. But that brand of vegan butter worked really well for me. I’m extremely allergic to dairy, even butter!

  13. Best snickerdoodle recipe ever! Better than moms, but don’t tell! I’m new to the site and can’t wait to try out other recipe’s you have!

  14. I use Sally’s Baking Addiction for nearly all of my baking. She never lets me down. These snickerdoodles are just fantastic!!! Light, fluffy, perfect amount of time in the oven. I had a special cinnamon spice blend, it was incredible. I recommend trying new spices. Thank you Sally for Your wonderful recipes.

  15. I have made these cookies at least 10 times and they are a no fail recipe! I just made some dough and rolled it out and refrigerated it. I’m in Texas and right now it’s 103 so I’m going to bake them in the morning when it’s cooler. My son absolutely loves these cookies and he’s not even a sweet eater! Sally’s is the best for any recipe I’ve tried.

  16. Dear Sally and Chums, I have seen recipes for Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles but not on your site. Would you consider devising a recipe? I can’t imagine you haven’t thought of it considering the diversity of cookies you have given us! I would prefer to use a “Sally Approved” recipe that I can trust. I only use your site for baking. Much cookie love to you and your colleagues!

    1. What a great recipe idea, maybe something like this for the holiday season this year! Thank you for the suggestion, Susan. I appreciate your comment!

  17. My cookies came out pretty flat, where do you think I went wrong? I measure all my ingredients with my kitchen scale, I’m so thankful your recipes include the weights!
    The taste was great, just flat for a snickerdoodle.

    1. Hi Jess, a few possibilities here…it is possible to over-cream and over combine – you want to cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and always mix other ingredients until just combined, unless otherwise instructed. No dough chilling necessary for this recipe, but you can certainly chill them for a bit if you find them flattening out too much. If your cookies spread, the temperature of your butter is likely to blame – here’s what room temperature butter really means – it’s not as warm as most think! Hope these tips help for next time!

  18. Made these exactly like the recipe calls for. They were fantastic! Thank you!

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