The Simple Classic Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe Without Cream Of Tartar



What you need to make classic Snickerdoodle cookies

For your cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Rolling:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

How to make snickerdoodle cookies

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon for rolling.

Scoop out rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and roll them into balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated evenly.

Place the coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

Gently flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass or a fork.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Creative ways to make your Snickerdoodle cookies unique

Stuffed Snickerdoodles:

Create a surprise inside by adding a small piece of caramel, chocolate, or a nut in the center of each cookie before rolling in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Nutty Variations:

Mix chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) into the cookie dough for added crunch and flavor.

Spiced Infusions:

Add a twist to the traditional cinnamon flavor by incorporating other warm spices like nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger.

Citrus Zest:

Add a zesty element by including some lemon or orange zest in the cookie dough for a bright and refreshing flavor.

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles:

Mix in chocolate chips or chunks for a delightful combination of cinnamon and chocolate.

Fruity Flavors:

Fold in dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or chopped apricots for a burst of sweetness and texture.

Salted Caramel Drizzle:

Drizzle cooled cookies with a homemade salted caramel sauce for an indulgent finish.

Maple Glaze:

Top your snickerdoodles with a maple-flavored glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract.

Sandwich Cookies:

Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting or a flavored spread (like pumpkin or apple butter) between two snickerdoodle cookies to create a sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwiches:

Make ice cream sandwiches by placing a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodle Bars:

Press the cookie dough into a baking dish to make snickerdoodle bars. You can even layer it with a sweet filling like cheesecake or caramel.

Mini Snickerdoodle Bites:

Roll the dough into mini bite-sized balls for a poppable treat.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating Variations:

Experiment with different coatings, such as colored sugar, crushed nuts, or even shredded coconut.

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