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The Best Snickerdoodles Recipe – buttery, crispy, soft & chewy!

The Best Snickerdoodles Recipe. Buttery, crispy, soft & chewy!  These fantastic soft and chewy Snickerdoodles are made with just a few simple ingredients, including real dairy butter in one of the simplest and most addictive cookies ever.

All Butter Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

All Butter Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

So what makes a the best snickerdoodles recipe? A good snickerdoodle cookie is simplicity itself.

I’ve had several versions in my lifetime but many of them fell more on the cake-y side. I much prefer this version which has a crisp sugary cinnamon crust and then a soft, chewy and very buttery inside.

butter photographed on a wooden cutting board.

Use only real dairy butter.

The butter is important; while many recipes use half vegetable shortening, I still prefer the taste of an all butter cookie.

This very simple cookie looks quite unassuming but be warned, they can be very addictive. Eating just one may be a challenge.

The best snickerdoodles recipe.

The best snickerdoodles recipe.

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All Butter Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Yield: 24 cookies

The Best Snickerdoodles Recipe - buttery, crispy, soft & chewy!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These fantastic soft and chewy Snickerdoodles are made with just a few simple ingredients, including real dairy butter in one of the simplest and most addictive cookies ever.


For the cookie dough

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar


  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and combine just until a soft dough forms. Chill the dough for a couple of hours.
  4. Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place the balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn a golden brown color. These cookies may fall after taken out of the oven but that is fine, that's a normal part of what makes them soft and chewy.
  6. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


The total time noted does not include chilling the dough. Allow 1 or 2 hours for that when planning to bake these cookies.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 171Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 36mgSodium 120mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Emma @ Savor the Flavour

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

These cookies look so delicious! We should try these the next time we bake a batch of cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Edith Crowell

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Wondering if I can freeze either the formed unbaked balls or the baked cookies themselves without losing texture or flavour? These are deliciously flavoured, melt-in-your mouth snickerdoodles. Have discarded all previous recipes!

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 19th of December 2016

I often freeze cookie dough in balls to use later but never tried it with this one, but I think it should be fine. I'd definitely save the cinnamon sugar step until just before baking though.

Susie Peterson-LaLonde

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

You must have the best site on the net for cookie recipes also your Pinterest is awesome. Thanks!

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 24th of December 2014

Thanks! Our Pinterest followers are growing like crazy.


Monday 10th of November 2014

Does it have to be real butter or will margarine work too?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

All butter! We are talking flavour from just a few simple ingredients so they are important. I never use margarine for baking. Butter is where the flavour is.

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 19th of September 2012

Thanks! I couldn't agree more.

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