Snickerdoodles recipe

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Snickerdoodles are a simple, soft and chewy classic American cookie coated in a warming cinnamon sugar.

  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories136 Kcal7%
Fat6 g9%
Saturated Fat3 g15%
Carbohydrates18 g7%

Snickerdoodles are a simple, soft and chewy classic American cookie with the warming flavour of cinnamon.

Perfectly soft in the middle with a rich and buttery texture, Snickerdoodles are a hit with anyone who tastes them. An American cookie staple, they're instantly recognisable for their golden colour and cracked surface. And the good news is they're so easy to make and will fill your kitchen with the most wonderful aroma. Cream of tartar is the secret to these sweet treats, giving them their characteristic tang and pillowy texture. Our recipe follows the traditional method used to make these classic cookies and gives you 20 in just 25 minutes.


  • 100g butter
  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 170g plain flour
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon

For the cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1tsp of cinnamon
  • 4tbsp golden caster sugar




  1. Heat oven to 200ºC. Cream the butter with the golden caster and soft brown sugars until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg. Stir in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, cream of tartar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt, until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough. In a separate small bowl, mix the cinnamon sugar coating ingredients together.
  2. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into 20 balls and roll each ball lightly in the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper, with space between, and and bake for 10mins. They’ll be slightly soft but will firm up when cooled. Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then sprinkle over any extra cinnamon sugar to serve.

Top tips for making Snickerdoodles:

It can be easy to overcook Snickerdoodles. Don't wait until they start to brown on top, as they will be over baked and crispy instead of soft. Remove whilst they're still slightly pale in colour for best results.

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