Classic Snickerdoodles

Diana Rattray
  • Total: 14 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: 4 Dozen (48 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
80 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Dozen (48 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These cinnamon-coated snickerdoodles are a big favorite for Christmas and winter holidays, and one of our most popular cookie recipes. As a bonus, your house will have the most wonderful aroma as they bake. You don't have to wait for the holidays to bake a batch!


  • For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.

  2. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and the cinnamon; set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the shortening until fluffy; gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in vanilla.

  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and cream of tartar. Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until well blended.

  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  6. Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  7. Bake at for about 6 minutes or until lightly browned.

  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.

How to Freeze Snickerdoodles

Freeze snickerdoodles baked or unbaked. Freeze the shaped dough balls (with or without the cinnamon coating) on a baking sheet and then place them in a container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, remove them to baking sheets, let them stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes, and then bake at 400 F for about 7 minutes.

Wrap baked cookies well and freeze for up to 3 months.


  • The recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. Double or triple the recipe for more.

Recipe Variation

  • The cookie recipe calls for shortening, but if you prefer butter, go ahead and use that instead.

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