easy snickerdoodle cookies

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

My mom always made these Snickerdoodle cookies when I was little. I remember how good the kitchen smelled when these baked in the oven. The sweet scent of cinnamon filled the house and I couldn’t wait for them to come out of the oven. Part of it was probably because I also had a part in it. It was my job to roll the balls of Snickerdoodle dough in cinnamon and sugar, then put them on the cookie sheet.

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

The following is the Snickerdoodle recipe that my mom used. I am not sure where she or how she acquired it, but it is the recipe I still use today. I carried on the tradition with my own daughter when she was little and we often baked together. In fact, it was her job to roll the balls of dough in cinnamon and sugar too! Whenever I make these soft, chewy Snickerdoodle cookies, I feel a sense of comfort. They just feel like “home”. I am thrilled to share this recipe with you – in my opinion, it is the best Snickerdoodle cookie recipe there is. Thanks, Mom.

Here’s what you need

1/2 cup shortening (Crisco)
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin

Cream together shortening, butter, sugar and eggs. Blend the dry ingredients (flour, Cream of Tartar, baking soda and salt) together separately, then mix together with the butter sugar mixture.

Next you will get your cinnamon and sugar prepared for rolling the balls of dough. In a bowl or small rectangle pan with sides, mix 2 tsp.each sugar and cinnamon.ย Roll dough into balls about 1 1/2″ to 2″ (classic Snickerdoodle cookies are pretty big, but I find this to be a good size for us), and then roll them in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet about 2″ apart.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe

Yield: 2 Dozen

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

easy snickerdoodle cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


In mixer, cream together shortening, butter, sugar and eggs.

Blend dry ingredients (Flour, Cream of Tartar, baking soda and salt) together in separate bowl. Combine butter mixture. In a shallow bowl, mix 2 teaspoons each of sugar and cinnamon. Form dough into 1 - 1 1/2" balls, and then roll each in cinnamon/sugar mixture until coated evenly.

Place on cookie sheet about 1 1/2" apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on baking rack.


For crispier cookies, cook for the full 10 minutes or up to 12 minutes, depending on your oven.


  1. I love Snickerdoodles. When I was in grade school they’d be warm out of the oven when we got home at least once a week!

  2. I have never had a Snickerdoodle! They look so easy and tasty, though, I may have to try them soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am pretty sure this is the same recipe I grew up on and still make all the time. Snickerdoodles are one of my absolute fave cookies. Mom’s recipes are the best.

    • Speedy Gourmet

      Mom’s recipes ARE the best, aren’t they? I am hoping to make and publish more of her recipes that were my favorites. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. My husband would LOVE these cookies. I will have to try it! Of course, he’ll claim he needs a coffee to go with the sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ These look wonderful, though! Cinnamon is very good for you.

  5. Love snickerdoodles. They seem to stay chewy moist for quite awhile, too. Haven’t made them in awhile so I guess I’m overdue. Thanks for posting.

  6. I love snickerdoodles! I always have the ingredients and they are pretty much a no fail ๐Ÿ™‚ My recipe is different though ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Speedy Gourmet

      They are only a fail when you mix salt and cinnamon as I did once by accident ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to see your recipe too!

  7. I LOVE snickerdoodles, especially warm with coffee. YUMMY!! And I don’t think I have a recipe for them so I am so glad you shared this with me. I will definitely be adding this to my Christmas collection this year.

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