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Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

These chewy snickerdoodles are soft in the middle and spiced with cinnamon. They’re an easy cookie recipe to make and are great all year.

photo of a plate of snickerdoodles

I recently had a craving for snickerdoodles and decided to try out a popular recipe on by Beth Sigworth, entitled Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles.  The recipe is pretty easy to follow.

Snickerdoodles are soft and chewy and spiced with cinnamon. They always remind me of the holidays, but I think they’re a great cookie to make all year. They have a distinctive flavor and I love the soft and chewy texture. I was happy with this recipe and turned out as promised.

cookies on a plate

I did make some minor changes to the original recipe.


  • Softened butter
  • Shortening
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

For this recipe, the shortening combined with the butter makes a very tender, buttery cookie. The cream of tartar is also important. It gives the cookies their trademark tangy flavor and also help them puff up when they bake.

a pile of snickerdoodles

Recipe Steps

The dough is very easy to make. First, cream the butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs together before adding the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until a batter forms. Roll the dough into balls about 1-inch in diameter.

cookie dough in a bowl

Next, combine sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Roll each dough ball in the mixture until they are completely coated.

cinnamon sugar being mixed in a bowl
cookie dough ball being rolled in cinnamon sugar

Place the dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Space the cookies about two inches apart.

cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

Bake the cookies 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are set. Remove them immediately from baking sheets to cool on a baking rack.

baked cookies on a baking sheet

Storage Tips

The cookies will keep well for a few days at room temperature. They will lose some of their crispiness but as long as you keep them in an airtight container they should dry out.

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Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Servings: 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These cookies are easy to make and come out the oven soft and chewy.


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  • Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls, about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Combine the sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Roll balls of dough in the mixture and place each on an ungreased baking sheet spaced about two inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies 8 to 10 minutes, or until set. Remove immediately from baking sheets.


Recipe slightly adapted from All Recipes

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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3 comments on “Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles”

  1. Pingback: Chewy Cookie Recipes

  2. I was surprised because this recipe got so many good reviews. Do you have any good snickerdoodle recipes you can refer me to?

  3. I’ve tried this recipe, too and was not pleased. It had the same consistency as yours had. There are better recipes out there. I didn’t think you could go wrong with any snickerdoodle recipe. 🙂 Yours look lovely, however.

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