Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles

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snickerdoodle recipe

I’ve been in a cinnamony mood lately.

I LOVE snickerdoodle cookies – but it’s just so hard to find ones that are actually soft and chewy and not dry and crumbly (like most snickerdoodle recipes tend to turn out).

The secret to the perfect snickerdoodle is to make sure you include cream of tartar.

This will ensure your snickerdoodles have a little extra chew to them.

These snickerdoodles are akin to cinnamon roll cookies – topped with a heavenly cream cheese icing.

soft chewy snickerdoodle

Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles

The Starving Chef
The secret to the perfect snickerdoodle is to make sure you include cream of tartar.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Batch Cooking 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine Cookies
Servings 24 cookies



  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar.
  • Using a stand mixer, cream together the sugar, butter and eggs until pale. Slowly add the mixed dry ingredients in quarter cup increments, allowing each addition to completely mix into the wet ingredients before adding the next quarter cup. Repeat until all flour is combined and a sticky dough has formed.
  • In a small bow, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Working with a tablespoon or measuring spoon, measure out 1-2 tablespoon portions of the cookie dough. Roll the dough into 1 inch round balls.
  • Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until completely covered then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Place the balls about 1-2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed up in the middle and just starting to brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl (or cleaned mixer bowl) combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. You may need more milk to make a smooth icing. Only add enough milk so that the icing can be slowly drizzled and is not watery. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Drizzle the cream cheese icing over the cookies as desired. Store in an airtight container for up to one week. Enjoy!
Keyword cinnamon, cookies
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