The Best Snickerdoodle Recipe

Thick, soft and cinnamon sweet, this is the best snickerdoodle recipe around. Bakery-style with homemade cinnamon chips!

We’re bringing sugar cookies to a whole new level. We’re talking homemade cinnamon chips, a soft, chewy cookie, with a hint of tangy cream of tartar. Meet your new best friend, the best snickerdoodle cookie.

pile of snickerdoodle cookies in a pan

What you’ll love about these cookies:

  • buttery soft
  • slightly tangy (thanks to the cream of tartar)
  • thick and soft
  • pockets of cinnamon in each bite

Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Yep, that’s what I said. Homemade, soft, amazing, cinnamon chips.

These cinnamon chips are super easy to make, and they’ll last you more than one recipe. I like to make a double or even triple recipe of cinnamon chips so I have them on hand (hello, scones). These cinnamon chips from are pure perfection, baking right into your snickerdoodle leaving pockets of intense cinnamon flavor. Don’t skip this step. It’s what makes our snickerdoodles the best.

Read about how to make cinnamon chips here.

homemade cinnamon chips

Tips for Making Snickerdoodles

  • Use European butter. We talk about this a lot in the sugar cookie post, and there’s a reason for it, too. This butter will give your cookies a thickness and softness that you wouldn’t believe possible!
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, if not more. The longer you leave it in the fridge, the better it bakes. The cookies get thicker, softer, and chewier. That’s the goal here: thick, soft, chewy. Mmm.
  • Once you scoop these cookies out, roll the balls in cinnamon and sugar and press it down a bit with the bottom of the cup. The more cinnamon and sugar, the better, right?
Thick, soft and cinnamony sweet, this is the best snickerdoodle recipe around. Bakery-style with homemade cinnamon chips!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze the cookie dough?

Yes! This cookie dough freezes well. Make the balls of dough and freeze them individually first, then put them in a container to freeze for up to 3 months.

Can you freeze the cookies after they are already baked?

Yes! These cookies stay soft even after defrosting.

Can you make the cookies without the cinnamon chips?

Yes. You can simply roll the dough balls in cinnamon sugar if you’d like.

I don’t have the Princess emulsion. What should I use instead?

You can use vanilla extract if you can’t find the LorAnn Princess emulsion.

A close up of food, with Cinnamon and Cookie
bowl of snickerdoodle cookies
bowl of snickerdoodle cookies

The Best Snickerdoodle Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Thick, soft and cinnamony sweet, this is the best snickerdoodle recipe around. Bakery-style with homemade cinnamon chips!
Servings 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup European style butter , softened
  • 11/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon LorAnn Princess Cake & Cookie Bakery Emulsion
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups homemade cinnamon chips
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, Princess emulsion and juice. Gradually blend in dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the cinnamon chips.
  • Scoop the dough into about 20 1-1/2″ inch balls.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the top of each cookie with the bottom of a glass.
  • Refrigerate the cookies for at least 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, removing the cookies just before the edges get brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then move them to a flat surface to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 20 large cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 447
Keyword bake sale, cinnamon

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
7 years ago

These look delicious! The photos are making me very hungry!!

ColleenB.~Texas
7 years ago

Hubby loves Snickerdoodles and what a great twist making and using homemade cinnamon chips.
Besides on the internet; (I don’t do internet shopping) where does a person buy the LorAnn Princess Cake & Cookie Bakery Emulsion? Can a person use just plain vanilla extract, or other in place of it?
Thanks for the great recipe

Sigi G
7 years ago

Now I must try these cinnamon chips with these yummy snickerdoodle cookies! Thank you for all your delicious recipes!

Deb
7 years ago

HI…where would I find European butter…is that something I would have to purchase on the internet?

Joan Smith
4 years ago

Looks good but …”447 calories per serving – makes 20 servings”. How many cookies is a serving? Approximately how many cookies does this recipe make?

Joan Smith
4 years ago

Also – “Cook time 10 minutes” — can the whole batch fit into the oven at once? Without knowing how many a batch makes — if I need to do 3 or 4 trays, that would be cook time of 10 minutes each, increasing the amount of time I need to allow to mae this recipe …. ??

Annie
3 years ago

5 stars
where can I get the homemade cinnamon chip recipe. The link Mind over batter is NOT working.

Loretta
3 years ago

What flavor is the LorAnn Princess Cake & Cookie Bakery Emulsion. Never heard of it. There are many flavors. One I see is butter?

Jim E
2 years ago

LorAnn Cake and cookie emulsion comes in assorted flavors, but the recipe does not specify. Also,what is the purpose ofthe lemon juice?

Laura Loew
2 years ago

5 stars
I made these over the weekend. They are fabulous!! I did make them a little smaller and my kids and grandkids loved them. They would be great to use as an ice cream sandwich!!!

Mari Bickmore
1 year ago

5 stars
I made them about 4 ounces each and froze them. Heated oven to 400 then reduced to 375 and cooked for 6 minutes, then reduced to 350 and cooked for 8.5 minutes. Slight crisp on the outside and soft middle. Perfect cookie in my book. They were gone almost immediately! Thanks!