Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

These cookies have a soft buttery centre with a cinnamon sugar outside. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!

A stack of cookies on a wooden board.

Leading up to Christmas I do lots of Christmas baking. From cookies, squares, tarts and candy, there are many different sweets I like to make for the holiday season. There are a few kinds that I make every year, and snickerdoodle cookies are one of those ‘every single Christmas’ treats.

Four cookies piled on top of each other.

What Makes These So Good?

  • Quick and Easy – Snickerdoodle cookies are super easy to bake and it does not take long to get them in the oven.
  • Perfect with Tea and Coffee – These are one of my favourite cookies to have with a warm drink. Go so well together.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Coating – The centre of the cookie is soft and buttery, but the outside has a crispy spiced sugar coating that is so good!
A mixing bowl of cookie dough.

The dough for snickerdoodle cookies is very easy to make. First, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter, egg, vanilla, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Once everything is well combined, slowly beat in the flour until a smooth, well mixed, cookie dough is formed.

Cookie dough shaped into a small ball being held in a hand.

The next step for making snickerdoodles is to form them into balls of dough. Take a small amount of dough and roll it in your hands to shape it into a 1 inch ball.

A ball of cookie dough rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Roll In Cinnamon Sugar

Take the shaped ball of dough and place it in a small bowl of cinnamon sugar. Roll it around so that the ball is completely covered and coated in the spiced sugar mixture.

Raw cookies on a baking sheet.

Once the balls of snickerdoodle cookie dough is rolled in the cinnamon sugar blend, place them evenly spaced on a baking sheet.

I like to line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and this helps to ensure that the cookies do not stick and can be lifted right off. I use parchment paper almost all the time when I bake cookies. Makes it so much easier!

Continue with the all the cookie dough. You will need to bake in multiple batches. If you have more than one baking sheet, you can get all the cookie dough shaped and ready to be baked. If you only have one baking sheet, only shape enough for one batch. Then, after baking, let the cookie sheet cool down, before placing the next batch of cookie dough balls.

Baked cookies on a baking sheet.

How Long To Bake In Oven

Place the baking sheet in a 375F oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will spread and flatten slightly, while still being slightly puffed up. This allows the cookie to be a little crispy on the outside with the sugar coating but the centre of the cookie will still be soft.

Overhead picture of cookies.

Cool On Wire Rack

Use a lifter to take the snickerdoodle cookies off the baking sheet and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

More Holiday Baking Ideas!

If you do lots of baking over the holidays, then check out these recipes!

Classic Snickerdoodles

Four cookies piled on top of each other.
5 from 1 vote
A classic holiday cookie with a crispy cinnamon sugar coating on the outside with a soft and chewy middle. Simple recipe for how to make.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies


Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • In a medium bowl, beat the butter, vanilla, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and egg until smooth and creamy. Beat in the flour until well combined.
  • Make the cinnamon sugar coating by mixing together the cinnamon and 2 tbsp sugar in a small bowl.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and toss the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until the entire ball is coated.
  • Place the balls 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


Per serving:

Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 30mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 6g

Nutrition Disclaimer


A stack of cookies on a wooden board.

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