Classic snickerdoodles recipe that makes cookies with crispy edges and soft, chewy centers. Jump to the Easy Snickerdoodles Recipe
How to Make Snickerdoodles with Crispy Edges and Chewy Centers
These soft and chewy snickerdoodles are made with butter, a hint of vanilla and our favorite, tangy cream of tartar. Then they are rolled in cinnamon and sugar. These are the best cookies. By the way, we love these cinnamon and sugar coated cookies so much, we made a chocolate version.
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These cookies are easy. The ingredients are simple — flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Then the crinkly top is achieved with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar.
We love easy cookie recipes, take a look at these Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips — they are delicious and so simple.
To make the snickerdoodles, we cream butter and sugar together for a few minutes, add eggs then mix in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and some salt.
The dough is chilled for 30 minutes then rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Chilling the dough is pretty important. The time in the fridge helps the flour absorb some of the moisture from the eggs and butter, which helps make them more chewy. It also makes rolling the cookies in the cinnamon-sugar go smoothly. We actually chill these chocolate chips cookies overnight.
What is Cream of Tartar and Why Does It Need to Be in My Cookies?
You might be wondering about the cream of tarter in the recipe. It’s is important, here’s why.
Cream of tartar is actually a byproduct of wine making (there’s our random fact of the day for you). More importantly, cream of tartar is often used to stabilize egg whites or cream while whipping them.
It is also often added to baked goods to help activate baking soda.
The cream of tartar adds tanginess and chew to the cookies — transforming these from butter-sugar cookies to snickerdoodle cookies.
For more cookie recipes, check out our Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Easy Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies and our Rich Buttery Shortbread Cookies. You might also love our Homemade Cinnamon Rolls!
Recipe updated, originally posted December 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne