Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is based on the Joy of Baking recipe. I have reduced the quantity so that it makes a small number of cookies. Also, we chose to use salted butter for ease. If you prefer to use unsalted butter, you will only need a small pinch of salt for this quantity.

Snickerdoodle cookies are such sweet little old-fashioned cookies, totally delicious and very easy to make. Some people think that they are rather plain, but I love the look of them. They are so uniform and pretty with the cinnamon flecks showing through. I find them irresistable.

Although they are very popular in America, they do look like European cookies, although not really English ones. I wonder if they are German in origin.... Wherever they come from, they are super.

Ground cinnamon doesn't really keep for all that long before it loses its flavour. I replace my cinnamon, along with some of my other ground spices, once a year. I tend to buy it loose in small amounts as we don't use cinnamon all that much.

I have seen many snickerdoodle cookie recipes that include cream of tartar, but I have gone for ease here and just used baking powder.

You can make these cookies in an electric mixer, or you can mix them by hand. We prefer to mix them by hand, just because we enjoy the process.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Level: Easy
Makes: 15 little cookies
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

2/3 cup (90g) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup (60g) salted butter
1/3 cup (75g) sugar
1/2 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

20g sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • Cream the sugar and the butter together thoroughly.

  • Add the egg and vanilla extract gradually while beating.

  • Whisk in the flour and baking powder.

  • Cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

  • Roll into 1 inch balls.

  • Roll in the coating. There will be some coating left. You can save it for the next batch you make, or you can stir it into hot chocolate where it gives a lovely flavour.

  • Place on a baking sheet and slightly flatten the cookies.

  • Bake at 400 for 8-10 mins til just golden round the edges.

Once cooled, snickerdoodle cookies keep well in an airtight tin for several weeks.

Serve with

This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is good served with Earl Grey, where the flavours really compliment each other. It's also lovely with rooibos tea and also with Green Sencha Tea.

We enjoy snickerdoodle cookies on their own with a piece of fruit and a cup of tea in the afternoon.

If you choose to have them as part of an afternoon tea spread, we think they go well with carrot cake, ham sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and buttermilk scones, served with Earl Grey tea, or English Breakfast if you prefer.

If you thought this Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe was Super, you might love our Soft Gingerbread Cookies.