Classic Snickerdoodles

Classic Snickerdoodles: These buttery cookies are perfectly crinkled, soft and chewy, and have the most delicious cinnamon sugar flavor! These cookies will rock your world. I promise.

Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food Let’s make cookie Mondays a thing.


Because Mondays are hard.

Back in the glory days of elementary school, Sunday evenings were straight up devastating because I knew the dreaded 6am wake up call was only hours away. AND that wake up call would happen for the next five days.

It’s tough being a second grader. Recess totally helped resolve that (because #omgfoursquare), but the mornings were not pretty.

And Monday mornings were just the worst. The absolute worst.

But, I’m pretty sure cookie Mondays could solve that issue. It’s impossible to be angry while eating a cookie. It’s a scientific fact.

Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food When I was a kid, these were the cookies my mom, my sister, and I would always bake around the holidays. Usually it was because my mom was heading off to a cookie exchange and snickerdoodles make like a million cookies, so it was a win/win/win.

That is, until my mom returned with a pile of russian tea cakes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure russian tea cakes are great. They are, after all, rolled in powdered sugar. But when you’re a kid and chocolate and cinnamon and butter are life, seeing white blobs instead of stacks of chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate cookies, cookie bars, and giant gingerbread men is seriously disappointing. Like disappointing in a I-just-ripped-a-hole-in-my-favorite-jeans-and-it’s-totally-not-socially-acceptable-to-wear-them-anymore.

Ugh. That might be even worse than manic Mondays.

Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food So, getting down to the nitty gritty of baking these doodles (“you’re a doodle prodigy!” ~ name that quote!), there are three rules of snickerdoodles:

1. the dough must be chilled.

2. they must be taken out of the oven even though they look underdone.

3. they’re best when eaten while watching the Christmas classic Jingle All the Way (the best worst Christmas movie of all time. It’s oddly indescribable. Sinbad, Rita Wilson, and Phil Hartman have some of the legitimately funniest lines ever while Arnold has some of the worst (but oh-so-amazing) lines. I just don’t know if this movie is pure genius or just fortunately lucky. It’s one of life’s greatest mysterious).

Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food “Mmmmmm–these cooookies!”

Thanks, Phil, for that gem.

Classic Snickerdoodles

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: About 3-4 dozen cookies

Classic Snickerdoodles


  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Coating
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Once combined, chill the dough at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400.
  5. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-2 Tbsp sized balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until the whole ball is coated.
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake about 7-9 minutes, or until lightly browned but still soft. The key is to let them puff up and crinkle in the oven (getting lightly brown) and then taking them out before they flatten. They will flatten as they cool, giving them that perfectly chewy texture (if they flatten in the oven, they will be crunchy instead of chewy).
  8. Enjoy!

Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food Check out my other cinnamon recipes:

Cinnamon Espresso Coffee Cake

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Cinnamon Roll Blondies

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Cinnamon Whipped Cream

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Cranberry Cinnamon Spiced Cheesecake Bars

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Classic Snickerdoodles | A Latte Food


  1. Darla says:

    Bahahahaha, Jingle All the Way is pure magic. I die every time Phil says “Mmm these cookies!” Totally saying that as I eat a batch of these that I made last night. HOLY COW so amazing. This recipe is a keeper.

  2. Annabelle says:

    The Holiday! That’s the quote, right? I love that movie! I tried these cookies last night and fell in love–they’re fabulous!

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