This super easy snickerdoodle cookie recipe thin crisp, soft, chewy, and buttery cinnamon sugar cookie with all the classic flavors. Simple to make a warm batch for any occasion. A favorite at Christmas and Thanksgiving. The perfect cookie to make with your kids to start them learning to bake.
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Tips for Cooking with Your Kids
- Have all of your ingredients out and at the proper temperature before you begin.
- Make sure your kitchen is clean and the counter clear so you have plenty of room.
- Make sure you have lots of Pot Holder. I have one set on each side of the kitchen and one by the stove.
- Use a silicone baking mats so that you do not have to butter or spray the pan.
- Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for at least 3 minutes before you move them to a baking rack. This will make sure that they do not crumble or lose their shape as you move them.
- If you have kids at home, make a double batch.
How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Sift with a flour sifter or use a hand sifter to mix together the dry ingredients to have all the flavors incorporated evenly. Flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and the sugar that you will use to roll the cookies in before they are baked. (I used a bowl with a lid so I can set this aside)
- In a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time.
- Add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- With the mixer on low add the flour mixture and the milk alternating one at a time.
- When the dough comes together and is too thick for the mixer, stop the mixer and mix by hand.
- Refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes just until you can form into balls.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Roll about a 1-inch ball and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat the outside of the cookie
- Place cookies on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. You want the cookies to be cooked but still soft in the middle. It is ok to undercook for a minute or so.
- After you take the cookie sheet out of the oven set the cookies still on the cookie sheet to rest for about 2 minutes
- Remove cookies to a cooling rack.
Why Bake Cookes Often?
I love to surprise my kids with freshly baked cookies. It is so fun to see their faces when they arrive home from school and smell cookies baking in the oven. A classic snickerdoodle cookie is an easy recipe for a start, as I know you have all the ingredients in the pantry. You also can divide up mixing the dough keeping it in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
A simple sugar cookie that you just roll into a ball and bake is the perfect recipe to start baking with your little kids. At any age, you can have little ones add ingredients to the bowl, roll a ball, or simply let them roll the balls in the sugar-cinnamon mix. Learning to bake and make food is a life skill that is never too early to start.
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) room temperature
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 2 room temperature eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk (I like to use 1/2 and 1/2)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- To roll the cookie in before baking:
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- First measure and whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and cream of tartar and set aside.
- Next, mix the topping of cinnamon and sugar and set aside
- In a stand mixer cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and cream.
- Next add the milk and the vanilla to the sugar butter mixture.
- With your mixer on low start adding the flour mixture a little at a time. When you have a most all added in remove from the mixer and hand mix with a spatula or mixing spoon, as the bater will be very thick that this point.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I like the parchment flat sheet you can buy. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray.
- With a spoon scoop out about one tablespoon of dough, roll in your hand to a ball and roll the ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 375° for 8 minutes.
- When you take them out of the oven, let sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Allow the cookie sheet to cool before you bake another batch. (I use two cookie sheets to get done quicker.)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g