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Ann’s Snickerdoodle Recipe

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My mom’s classic snickerdoodle recipe. These cookies are sweet with just a hint of cinnamon. Make yours soft and chewy, or make them crunchy crisp, the choice is up to you. While they may not be fancy, they are loaded with so many happy Christmas memories. From my family to yours, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and snickerdoodle cookies.

Three snickerdoodle cookies on a white plate next to a festive napkin and jar of milk.

At Christmas time, every family brings out their own, time-honored traditions. For some it’s the decades old Christmas tree ornaments and heirloom nativity scenes, for others it’s the classic carols and Christmas movies. For me, it’s always been making Christmas cookies with my mom, especially when we are talking about snickerdoodles.

While the snickerdoodle dates back to the 17th century, no one really knows who made it first. It’s a fairly simple, but delicious recipe. Best part is, it’s not fancy and doesn’t require hours of decorating.

The recipe says to let it chill 4 – 6 hours, but growing up my mom knew better. If she let this dough sit in the fridge that long, half of it would have been eaten. I mean, who’s to tell me not to eat raw dough if I’m pairing the finished cookies with a glass of homemade eggnog?!

Overhead shot of a plate with three snickerdoodle cookies next to a wire rack filled with cooling cookies.

Making Snickerdoodle Cookies

This snickerdoodle recipe is a great starter recipe for getting kids into the kitchen! The dough mixes up in minutes, can be refrigerated until after nap time, and lets the kids get their hands messy when rolling out the cookies! When we were little, my sister and I remember being so excited to get to roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar after our mom had shaped them into cookie balls.

While it’s completely possible to make cookie dough by hand, I would highly recommend using a stand mixer if you have one. It makes the process faster and it’s easier on you, meaning you can make even more cookies.

Creamed butter butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.

How To Cream Butter and Sugar

Like most cookie recipes, this one calls for creaming together butter and sugar. This step is key to getting the dough to the right consistency and is best done with room temperature butter. To do it properly, whip the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. If you have ever done it by hand, you know why I recommend using a mixer.

Put the sugar and room temperature butter in the bowl of the mixer, using beaters or the paddle attachment run the mixer on low for 3 – 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it lightens in color and turns into a fluffy mixture the texture of whipped frosting. For more info on the science behind it check out this video by Serious Eats.

Room Temperature Butter

I try to set my butter out the night before making cookies. Sometimes though, a craving will strike and I don’t have hours to wait for butter to soften. If you forgot to set out your butter in advance, it’s okay, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.

If you are working in a warm kitchen, try chopping your butter in large chunks – about 16 chunks for a standard stick of butter. The smaller size gives more surface area to allow the warmth of the kitchen to do its job. I find that by the time I’ve preheated the oven, prepared my pans, gathered the rest of my ingredients and measuring cups, the butter is soft enough for the mixer to do its job.

If your kitchen is cold, you are working with frozen butter, or if you are going to be creaming the butter and sugar by hand, you need to aim for much smaller chunks. The fastest way to achieve this is to run the butter through the large side of a grater. The tiny flakes left behind by the grater will warm up and soften in no time.

One thing not to do is put the butter in the microwave. Hot or even warm butter will start to melt the sugar. Melted sugar will not aerate properly and you won’t get the fluffy, cake-like cookies we want.

Angle shot with three snickerdoodle cookies on a white plate with a jar of milk on a festive placemat in front of a wire rack filled with cooling cookies.

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Ann’s Snickerdoodle Recipe

Snickerdoodle cookies are sweet with just a hint of cinnamon. A classic Christmas cookie that my family every year around the holidays. Bake yours a little longer for crispy crunch cookies, or bake them a little less for soft chewy cookies. The choice is up to you.

If you like my mom’s Snickerdoodles, be sure to check out my dad’s Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies. For more Christmas cookies see my entire Christmas cookie collection.

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Three cookies on a white plate next to a festive napkin and jar of milk.

Ann’s Snickerdoodles Recipe

My mom’s classic snickerdoodle recipe. These cookies are sweet with just a hint of cinnamon. Nothing fancy, but they are loaded with Christmas memories.
5 stars (6 ratings)
prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
cook: 10 minutes
total: 1 hour 30 minutes
servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter – softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 3 TBSP white sugar
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon

Instructions

  • Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, whip the softened butter and sugar together 5 minutes on medium low. The mixture will lighten in color and it should expand in size.
  • With the mixer running on low, add the eggs until incorporated.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, measure out the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk well to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in two to three batches. 
  • Wrap with plastic wrap or place in a container with airtight lid and refrigerate the dough a minimum of 60 minutes, or up to two days.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. (*If baking from frozen, start here.)
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a medium bowl.
  • Roll the cookies into 1 1/2" balls.
  • Roll the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture, then place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Shorter baking time makes a softer cookie, longer baking time will make a crunchier cookie.

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Notes

*If you don’t want to bake all the cookies at once, freeze the dough and bake it later. To make it easier to bake cookies one at a time later, roll them into balls and freeze overnight on a baking sheet. Once frozen, place in a zip top bag and bake as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 144mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14g

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