Several people asked about the cookies pictured in my homemade vanilla extract post the other day, so here they are! I clipped this snickerdoodles recipe out of a magazine many years ago (have no idea what magazine) and I was reunited with it recently (joy!) after I found it while unpacking boxes.

As you can see, it is a well-worn and well-loved recipe that has seen much use and stainage over the years.

My kids love snickerdoodles. I’ve tried other recipes for snickerdoodles and they all crumble in comparison to this one. It’s the best!

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How to make Snickerdoodles:

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, measure flour, butter, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, eggs, and 1 1/4 cups sugar. (Edited to add: Please note the 1 1/4 cups sugar. A couple of people have mentioned that there is no sugar in the dough. There is sugar in the dough! Ack, don’t make these without sugar!) Stir till well blended. Shape dough into a ball; cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for two hours or until easy to handle. Place cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Shape chilled dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll balls in cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400-degrees on greased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes.

*Note: I don’t usually shape them into the little balls and roll them in the sugar and cinnamon. (Though that is the traditional method and will make a higher cookie, but I’m lazy sometimes.) Instead, I roll the dough into two logs, chill, then slice and just sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar.

Try to not let the cat eat them while you’re taking pictures.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on November 9, 2008  

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  1. 11-9

    Mmmm…these look wonderful. My kids also love Snickerdoodles. We’ve been invited to dinner tomorrow and I think I’ll bake a batch of these to bring along. Thanks for the recipe. :clap:

  2. 11-9

    thanks for the cookie recipe! it seems my thanksgiving guest list is expanding so i’ll need a extra sweet to have on the side. the more the merrier woohoo!

    the daughter’s volleyball team won the conference, then tonight won a automatic bid to NCAA III playoffs by winning the SLIAC tournament tonight. the girl won a player of the week, got honorable mention for the conference and made all tournament team! i’m so proud of her. no tears yet and she gets to play one more time at least! and she got the last point in the match too!

    your goat house needs a steeple to climb. maybe like a widows walk kind of thing? don’t forget to fence it so they can’t jump and hurt themselves though.

  3. 11-9

    Mmmm. Memories from childhood.

    I left you something on my blog…

  4. 11-9

    I love Snickerdoodles! I will definitely have to try this recipe out.

  5. 11-9

    Oh, Snickerdoodles! These are one of the first things I learned to bake “on my very own.” I remember they were a project in my 4-H club cooking class! I’d not thought of them in a while. Hmmmm… it’s cold outside today and nice for staying in and baking. Hmmmm…

  6. 11-9

    Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookie! I am going to try these when I get home from work tonight! YUM!!!

  7. 11-9

    Why are these things so darn good? I’m trying the rolling the dough into a log thing. Sounds so much easier.

  8. 11-9

    these are one of my favorite cookies too. I made them with my son when he was in the 7 or 8th grade. the recipe is very old from colonial times!!!!

  9. 11-9

    I’m off field-duty today so I think I’ll make these.It’s kind of crummy here in Iowa, so a big mass of cookies and milk will cozy up the day!

    Thanks Suzanne for fixing my login problem with the Forum!

  10. 11-9

    Oh, I love snickerdoodles! :thumbsup:

  11. 11-9

    omg, I’m going to try these cookies. Everyone raves about snickerdoodles, but I never liked them. Yours, however, look delicious. I can almost taste them…. yep, I’m gonna try these. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 11-9

    These are, by far, my all time favorite cookies. The first time I had them they were served at a wedding! They were more delicious then the cake.

    I can’t wait to make these. Thank you for the recipe. [I am definitely a log/roll cut kind of girl too! hee]

  13. 11-9

    this is my “go to” recipe for snickerdoodles, and you’re right! it is absolutely wonderful! i’m guessing this afternoon will find my kitchen full warm and smelling of cinnamon! have a wonderful sunday!

  14. 11-9

    Since I never bake anymore maybe I can get my newly married daughter to make these because she loves to bake :) and I like your short cut to making them too.

  15. 11-9

    I feel so deprived! I don’t remember ever hearing about snickerdoodles until about 2 years ago. I laughed over the name until I tasted one – oh, my! And of course yours make the packaged version I had seem more like cat food. And glad to see the finches are there – they are beautiful! :catmeow:

  16. 11-9

    :wave: I am 70 yrs old, raised 6 children and haver never made or eaten snickerdoodles, I may have to make some this week.

  17. 11-9

    I wonder why they’re called Snickerdoodles? I’ve never made them before but your recipe is inspiring. *G*

  18. 11-9

    I love Snickerdoodles! That’s why I don’t make them very often.

  19. 11-9

    I LOVE Snickerdoodles and Suzanne, that’s a great idea, to roll them in logs and cut them..I like that MUCH better – I am for whatever is easiest. LOL that is sooo cute – the cat trying to bat them. LOL

  20. 11-9

    Nice to meet you in person today!

  21. 11-9

    My. Favorite. Cookie!! Love them. Must try your recipe for them.

  22. 11-10

    Ahhh…Snickerdoodles! And all is right with the world!

    Blessings from Ohio…

  23. 11-11

    No sugar in the cookie dough? All my recipes (2) have 1 1/2 cups sugar. I wonder what the difference tastes like?

    Thanks for your blog. I read it every day.

  24. 11-11

    Hi, Jean! Yes, there is sugar in the dough!

    “In a large bowl, measure flour, butter, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, eggs, and 1 1/4 cups sugar.”

  25. 11-13

    These cookies are so good they kill me. :rambo:

    I’ve never made them before and I think the only ones I’ve tasted are from the store. OOOoh delicious beast, you slay me.

  26. 11-14

    I tried making these today. I did not have very good luck. Your recipe did not call for sugar in the dough. They taste very floury. And they did not spread out when I baked them. They are still the little round balls that I set on the cookie sheet! Shouldn’t there be some sugar in the dough?


  27. 12-18

    Greetings from North Texas! Love your recipes and your entire website. Especially like the cat photo with this Snickerdoodle recipe: “I can has Snickerdoodlez?” *g* Ref:


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