The Best Chewy Snickerdoodles Recipe - easy and irresistible snickerdoodle cookies with the classic cinnamon sugar coating. No mixer needed just two bowls and a whisk.
These cookies are so easy to make, just like my Perfect Sugar Cookies or the Molasses Cookies.
Every time I tell my Hubby that I am making his favorite cookies, he says: "snickerdoodles!". You would think that the favorite would be a classic chocolate chip but it's not. It's a buttery, sweet cookie with cinnamon sugar to create a crispy coating. Every cookie is soft, chewy, not at all cakey and each bite melts in your mouth. You will be swooning over how delicious these cookies are and how easy they are to make!
These are The Best Chewy Snickerdoodles and a must-try recipe for any cookie lover! It's easy, you do not need a mixer to make the dough so you can easily whip these up anytime, almost anywhere.
HOW TO MAKE SNICKERDOODLES?
- Start by melting the butter. I use a medium mixing glass bowl that's microwave safe. Heat up the butter until only partially melted. In my microwave, it takes 25 seconds, then I check the butter and often add 10 more seconds. Next, do not stir the butter but let it sit and cool.
- Use this time to measure out and whisk the dry ingredients. Don't forget the cream of tartar that's a must in snickerdoodles. It gives them the signature flavor.
- Once the butter is cooled, add brown sugar and granulated sugar and whisk for about 30 seconds. Add room temperature large egg and pure vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. The dough will be soft and sticky. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Scoop the dough with 1.5 tablespoon size cookie scoop and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. For me, the magic point was 10 minutes. The cookies will look puffed up once out of the oven but will deflate while cooling and have characteristic folds on top.
Please note what the mixture looks like when cooled, partially melted butter whisked with granulated sugar and brown sugar should look like. Refer to the photo below.
WHY THIS RECIPE IS THE BEST?
I know that every baker has their favorite, best cookie recipe. This is my go-to. For starters, I don't need to pull out my mixer each time I want to make a batch of these cookies. I can make it anywhere if I have my mixing bowls and a whisk. Second, I don't need to remember to pull out the butter from the fridge and wait for it to soften. I always forget and that's why almost all of my cookie recipes use melted butter. Third, the cookies are not at all cakey but chewy, buttery and the edge is slightly crispy. Just PERFECT!
CHILLING THE DOUGH
Once chilled for at least 1 hour in the fridge, the dough will hold together. If you skip chilling the dough, the cookies will spread very thin during baking. Once chilled, You can easily scoop it and roll into balls in cinnamon sugar. If you want to add a surprise inside, like a square of a chocolate bar, a scoop of Nutella or a piece of caramel, you need the dough to chill so it's firm enough to do that.
HOW TO PROPERLY MEASURE OUT FLOUR?
Do not dip the measuring cup in flour bag. Stir the flour in the bag a few times, so it's not packed. Scoop the flour with a spoon into the measuring cup, then level off the top with a knife. Place flour in mixing bowl and repeat if needed. Do not use unbleached flour.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE BEST SNICKERDOODLES:
- mixing bowls: You need one bowl for the dry ingredients and another for wet ingredients.
- whisk: Simple wire whisk is perfect for combining the dry ingredients and for whisking the melted butter with sugars. No mixer is needed as we are using melted butter so no beating it is required.
- wooden spoon: I find it easier to combine the dry ingredients with wet ingredients with a wooden spoon.
- large baking sheet: the cookie dough balls need to be spaced at least 2" apart. I like to use parchment paper or silicone baking mat, like Silpat, for lining the baking sheet.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST SNICKERDOODLES:
- Melt the butter only half way. It should not be completely melted and hot! Place butter (it helps to slice it into tablespoon-size pieces) in a glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds. Check and add 10 more seconds if needed. You should still be able to see good size solid butter pieces among the melted butter. Set the bowl with butter aside to cool completely.
- Chill the dough so the butter can resolidify. If not chilled, the cookie dough balls with spread very thin during baking.
- Do not overbake! Place the baking pan in the oven and bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes. The magic number for me was 10 minutes, exactly.
MORE EASY COOKIE RECIPES:
Cheesecake Filled Snickerdoodles
Soft and Chewy Butterscotch Snickerdoodles
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
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THE BEST CHEWY SNICKERDOODLES RECIPE
The Best Chewy Snickerdoodles Recipe
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour see note
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, cream of tartar and salt. Set aside.
- Place butter in a glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, check and microwave for 10 more seconds if needed. See note for tips!
- Cool butter completely. Add both sugars and whisk for 20 to 30 seconds. Add egg and vanilla and whisk just until combined.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined.
- Cover the bowl with dough and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a small mixing bowl or ramekin, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the cookie dough with a 1 ½-tablespoon size cookie scoop, roll into a ball and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet, spacing the dough balls at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes. For me the magic number was 10 minutes exactly. The cookies will look puffed up but will deflate while cooling and will have the classic snickerdoodle folds.
- How to properly measure out flour: do not dip the measuring cup in flour bag. Stir the flour in the bag a few times, so it's not packed. Scoop the flour with a spoon into the measuring cup, then level off the top with a knife. Place flour in mixing bowl and repeat if needed.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Emily Brabant says
These are soooo yummy! I have a size #20 cookie scoop (about 3 Tbs) what would you recommend my bake time be ? 13 minutes??
Denise Ehle says
I’ve made your recipe twice and they are the best Snickerdoodles I’ve ever had. I love (along with everyone else) how they are soft and chewy, and remain that way
for some time. The cookies never last very long to say when/if they lose it. 🙂 My daughter-in-law is not sweets eater generally but she asked for this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!
Tried these and the cookie itself it delicious but mine were more puffy than the photo so idk what I did wrong. Still delicious! The flavor is so good!
I also had one batch I cooked for 11 minutes and were perfect, then The other I had to cook for 15 minutes. But it’s probably my oven.
Hi, my son loved these cookies( my cookies did not turn flat, so I mashed down on them, do not know why, but they were really good, he knows snickerdoodles and he said this is the best! He is 29 years old. I noticed in your recipe steps you mentioned 1 hour cook in fridge and then another step you said 30 minutes in fridge, I did thirty min and mines look like your stiff dough.
Kitty Kitty Kat Kat Kat says
This is the best snickerdoodle recipe I have ever tasted. I had already tried 6 other recipe's before I found this one and I was about to give up on finding the perfect one. Then, I tried this one. They are so soft and chewy and they stay that way for quite a while. The only thing I find fault in is that I now have to make a triple batch every week to keep up with demand. My husband can't seem to walk by the container without grabbing a couple. He loves them. I am just a guilty. They have become a serious addiction in our home. And, we are not at all upset about it,. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe and ending my long journey to find the best snickerdoodle ever made. 😉
Thank you! I am so glad the cookies were a hit!
Jessy Vehrs says
Hi Anna!! All that i can say is wow! wow! wowzer!! This is the best snickerdoodle recipe that i have came across, the cookies stay soft and chewy and i took them to a holiday event and i got so many wonderful comments on my cookies thank you for sharing this absolutely perfect snickerdoodle recipe Anna!!! I love it! Love it!
Hi Jessy! I am so happy you love the cookies! Thank you so much for making my recipe and for the comment!
Absolutely PERFECT and so easy to make. It does make a smaller batch than most recipes, so I would recommend doubling it or making two batches if you’re trying for yourself. You can’t go wrong with this one!
I LOVE this recipe. It is way easier than all of my other cookie recipes and it is one of the yummiest cookie recipes I’ve ever had. If you are looking for a quick recipe that still tastes good I would 100% recommend it, and even if you aren’t looking for something quick and easy I still 100% recommend it.
These are so good. Like so so so good. In case anyone is wondering, I used unbleached flour and they're...so good. Ever so slightly crispy at the edges and chewy inside. Perfect cookies. Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you so much, Trycia!
These are the best cookies I have ever made! I can't count how many times I've made them this year! I like to get creative and add almond extract instead of the vanilla and use crushed rose petals n' sugar to roll them in. Almond rose snickerdoodles 🌹🍪 So delicious. Can't wait to try your other recipes!
Hi! Delicious and easy. But mine took longer than 9-11 minutes to cook. I chilled the dough for an hour. Could be my oven isn’t as hot too?
Hi Rachel! Every oven is different so it is not uncommon to have to add more minutes to the baking time. I hope this helps!
Made these for the first time today for this year's gift giving. The recipe was easy and they came out good and oh so tasty. Will definitely keep the recipe and make them again!🍪💖🎄
These were quick, easy, and super tasty. 😋 I especially loved that they were pretty thick for a snickerdoodle; most recipes I've tried go very flat. Thanks for the tips on butter and chilling the dough!
Hi, if I wanted to add Apple butter to the recipe would you recommend removing some of the regular butter?
I’ve tried a number of snickerdoodle recipes and this is my favorite. The cookies came out perfect and also has the added benefit of requiring the least amount of clean up. I also always forget to take the butter out so this is perfect.
Note: I have tried this with a 1.5 tbsp size ball and a 1 tbsp ball and find that the 1 tbsp size cooks better. Also, I didn’t flatten the balls at all. They came out perfect. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much, Casey! I am so glad the cookies were a hit!
If I want to double or triple the recipe would there be any items I shouldn't double/triple?
Hello! I am a young baker and barely learning but how much is 1.5 cups of flour exactly? also what if we don’t have cream of tartar? what can replace that?
Hello! It is a cup and a half
Hello! You can replace cream of tartar with baking powder and also leave out the baking soda in the recipe. Or just don't add cream of tartar or baking soda.
These were delicious however mine did not deflate. Any ideas why they wouldn’t? I followed the recipe to the tee. They stayed all puffed up like muffin tops almost!
Hi Jenny! That happens to me when I let the dough chill for too long. Also, maybe your fridge runs colder. You can let the dough sit on the counter for 15 minutes or so before scooping and baking the cookies. I hope this helps!
OMG! These are the best cookies! I made my first batch last month, they lasted just over 1 day so I doubled the recipe the last 3 times I made them... they're always gone. Since I found your recipe I have baked more than I have in a year. Now I'm off to try your peanut butter cookies. I love your recipes!
Hi Kat! YAY! That's absolutely wonderful! I am so glad you love the cookies and they are such a hit. Thank you so much for trying my recipes!
I don’t have baking powder! I have cream of tartar and baking soda— any recommended substitutions?
You can combine them in 1:2 ratio (baking soda to cream of tartar). Hope this helps!
I made this recipe, and they're some of the best Snickerdoodles I've ever had! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Melonie! That's absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for trying my recipe!
So here in Maryland we have two malls who make the best Snickerdoodle, now that I live 2 hours from them both...I decided to find a recipe that would mimic them. Well lookie lookie they taste just like them. My only mistake was I make the cookies too big lol but I know what to do next time!!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!!
Hi Lita! Wow! I am thrilled that you love the cookies! Thank you so much!
Samantha Quintanilla says
How come mine did deflate when they cooled they stayed puffed 😭 and I did everything right but they still came out delicious 😋
Great recipe! My new go-to!
Yay! That's awesome! Thank you!
Hi Anna. I’m curious to know your reason for saying not to use unbleached flour. That is all I typically use. What difference do you see in the finished product?
Hi Susan! Unbleached flour will cause the cookies to spread and have crispy edges, sometimes once the cookies cooled they were too hard. Bleached flour works the best here. The cookies will be thick, soft and chewy. I tested one of my trusted recipes this way and that was my conclusion. I also did research that confirmed that. I hope this helps!
Hi Anna, what will be the best way to store these cookies? Also, I was wondering if I can freeze the Pre baked balls? Or it’s best to bake first and then freeze?
Hi Zipora! Thank you for the question. Since freshly baked cookies are the best, I recommend making the dough, scooping into balls, freezing on a baking sheet and then placing in a ziploc bag. That way you can take out as many as you like and bake. I hope this helps! I store them in an air-tight container (like a cookie jar) on my counter.
Is there a way to make cream of tartar or an equivalent substitute?? I don’t have any on hand at the moment! TIA!
Hi Liz! You can use baking powder in place of cream of tartar. Sometimes you can replace it with lemon juice but I have not tested this recipe with this substitution. Baking powder is a better option. Use 1 teaspoon of baking powder total. Let me know how it goes!
Christy S. says
Happy New Year, Anna! These cookies were sooooo delicious and easy to make. We also made your Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies, and they were fabulous also. Both of those cookie recipes will be on our holiday baking list for next year too! Thank you so much for all of your great recipes.
Hi Christy! You made my day! I am so happy to know the cookies were a hit! Thank you so much!!
I was looking for a great, simple Snicker doodle recipe, thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you for making my recipe, Lisa! I am glad you like it!
Hi Anna...I'm getting ready to make make your recipe shortly and after rereading your instructions I noticed a discrepancy in your directions. At the beginning you say to bake the cookies for 8-10 mins and your magic # was 9....at the end of the recipe you say to bake the cookies for 9-11 mins and your magic # was 10. It's just a small thing, but we all know what an extra minute in the oven can do to a cookie! :>( So what time would you suggest I use. Thanks
Hi Amy! I am so sorry for the trouble. I have to blame it on my "mommy brain"! The recipe has the correct time: 9 to 11 minutes. I hope this helps!
Ann Berumen says
Would there be any changes to the recipe for high altitude - 8,000 ft?
Hey Anna! I really want to make these for my boys. Personally I am tracking macros but I want to try them too! Thank you for the nutrition facts. How many cookies is a serving.? (Please say 10 cookies even thoughI know it will probably be for 1 or 2 cookies.) Can't wait to start baking! Thanks tons!
Hi Megan! Haha! It should be forbidden to limit cookie consumption by serving, right? 😀 Anyways, I did a quick search and it looks that on average 3 cookies make one serving. Hope this helps! Let me know how you and your boys like the cookies!
Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookie! These look fantastic!
I hope you will get a chance to make these, Kristen!
I LOVE freezing cookie dough pucks/balls to pull out and bake later. Have you ever frozen these? Do you think they'll lose their chewiness???
I love this! My family absolutely loves snickerdoodles, so I'll definitely be making these soon!
Chewy cookies are the best!
Love snickerdoodle cookies! Have to try your recipe!!
Oh yum! These are gorgeous! These are just so adorable!!
These look so soft and chewy! Homemade snickerdoodles are the best!
Michael Wurm Jr says
A chewy snickerdoodle can be life changing! YES!! This recipe is soooo good!!
I love snickerdoodle cookies!! These look perfect!!
Melanie Bauer says
Looks awesome! Love everything about this recipe, need to make these soon!
Chrissie Baker says
Wow, these The Best Chewy Snickerdoodles are so cute! I would love to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!
Love snickerdoodles and these look absolutely perfect!!
Christy S. says
Anna, these are perfect. I am adding these snickerdoodles to our annual holiday baking this year. Can't wait! Thank you.
Hi Christy! YAY! Thank you so much! I hope you love them!
Kara Cook says
I love snickerdoodles, but I've never tried them with melted butter. I bet it makes them extra chewy and yummy. Can't wait to give your recipe a try!
You have to try them, Kara! They are the best!
I'm not sure there is a better simpler cookie out there. These look fantastic!
I agree! Thanks, Billy!