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Snickerdoodle Cookies arranged on a holiday cookie platter.

Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are a classic sugar cookie variety rolled in cinnamon sugar. Each bite is delicately crisp on the outside, soft and chewy, cakelike inside. These popular old-fashioned cookies are rolled in a cinnamon-sugar and sparkle on any Christmas cookie tray.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butter cookies, Christmas cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, spice, sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 22 cookies
Calories 205kcal


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter soft to touch but firm
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (powder) or substitute equally with lemon juice
  • tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • tbsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat butter and sugar until combined in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Beat in eggs. (If substituting cream of tartar for lemon juice, add here.)
  • In a small bowl or medium bowl, whisk together the cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix well, just until combined.
  • Mix together 5 tbsp sugar and 1½ tbsp cinnamon for cookie topping.
  • Shape dough (I use 1½ tbsp cookie scoop) into balls.
  • Roll dough ball into cinnamon sugar.
  • Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet or cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes. NOTE: If using dough that is smaller than 1½ tablespoons, bake cookies less.
  • Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container to preserve the chewy texture.


Add some Christmas cheer with these cookie topping:
Toffee baking bits, Mini caramel baking bits, White chocolate drizzle, Cookie half dunked in chocolate, Christmas sprinkles, Cinnamon icing drizzle, Mint chocolate baking bits, Peppermint chocolate drizzle, Butterscotch baking chips, Mini marshmallows, Sanding sugar, to sparkle, or Chopped nuts.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg