How to Make Thick, Soft, Chewy Snickerdoodles

Today I am showing you How to Make Thick, Soft, Chewy Snickerdoodles! These are a must make for your Christmas cookie trays!

How to Make Thick, Soft, and Chewy Snickerdoodles - These are the BEST EVER!! #christmascookie #snickerdoodles #dessert

Snickerdoodles are one of our favorite cookies, and I make them every year at Christmas time. My goodie tray just isn’t complete without these cinnamon sugar gems, and I am excited to share with you my recipe for the ultimate snickerdoodle!  The best part is you don’t have to chill the dough like in so many other recipes. Get started now and you’ll be eating cookies in no time!

How to Make Thick, Soft, and Chewy Snickerdoodles - These are the BEST EVER!! #christmascookie #snickerdoodles #dessert

I have mentioned before that I like to make all of my Christmas cookies mini sized. That way when people are faced with an elaborate tray of goodies, they don’t feel bad about tasting several varieties. Small cookies mean you can eat way more of them, right?? In fact, mini cookies might even be calorie free…who’s with me on that one? :)

How to Make Thick, Soft, and Chewy Snickerdoodles - These are the BEST EVER!! #christmascookie #snickerdoodles #dessert

My 5 year old daughter made these with me last week. I portioned out the dough for her and she rolled it into balls and tossed them in the cinnamon sugar. Her theory while baking is “One to bake, and one for me!”. There was a lot of dough consumed in the baking process, haha!

These cookies are light and buttery, soft and chewy, and so thick and delicious you won’t be able to eat just one. Better make them mini sized :)

The directions are for regular sized cookies. If you want to make them mini sized, roll into 1″ balls and bake 6 minutes. You want them slightly underdone so they stay soft and chewy!

How to Make Thick, Soft, and Chewy Snickerdoodles - These are the BEST EVER!! #christmascookie #snickerdoodles #dessert

How to Make Thick, Soft, Chewy Snickerdoodles

Learn How to Make Thick, Soft, Chewy Snickerdoodles! These are the VERY BEST snickerdoodles ever and they are easy to make! No dough chilling required!


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 3oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/4 cups flour


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350
In a mixing bowl beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix well. Add in the cream of tartar, baking soda, and half of the flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Add in remaining flour and mix again just until combined.
Step 2
In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Step 3
Roll the dough into 1 1/2" balls and coat them with the cinnamon sugar topping. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes on the cookie sheet before cooling completely on a wire rack.
Store in an air tight container.


More Christmas cookies:

Chewy Cinnamon Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

Chewy Cinnamon Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips


Chewy Peanut Butter Cinnamon Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cinnamon Cookies by Back For Seconds #christmascookie


Bite Sized Double Chocolate Cookies

Bite Sized Double Chocolate Cookies by Back For Seconds #christmas #cookies #chocolate #mini

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  1. says

    I totally agree with making cookies smaller when doing a cookie tray. I had the same debate with my husband last night. I’ve never seen cream cheese in snickerdoodles. Bet they taste great!

    • says

      The cream cheese makes such a difference – these are my favorite! Here’s to a Christmas with lots of mini cookies :)

  2. says

    It is a well-known fact that mini cookies have zero calories. Especially when they’re delicious snickerdoodles (coincidentally also one of my favorite cookies). I love that you don’t have to refrigerate the dough!

  3. erin says

    Cream cheese is a genius idea!
    And of course mine cookies have no calories!

    One thing I learned over the years of making snickerdoodles…if you put the cinnamon sugar mixture in a ziploc bag and you throw the cookie dough balls in there and give them a good shake and roll, its a little easier! :)
    Great recipe, thanks!

  4. Nicole says

    I just made these today with the kids. They were amazing! Thanks for sharing a new take on an old classic.

  5. Jennifer Lamb says

    Me and the kids made a batch for dad cuz it’s his favorite. I had yet to find a Snickerdoodle recipe that I didn’t mess up. But these are awesomely perfect!! We are actually making another batch this weekend because the first batch disappeared in two days! Lol! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

    • says

      That’s so wonderful to hear, Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies :)

  6. Robin says

    My goodness these are excellent! My oven took longer 2 min. more to bake. Made by hand one bowl didn’t feel like getting out the mixer. They came out beautifully. I also used a bakery butter vanilla emulsion plus organic vanilla extract. Truly a dynamite of a cookie recipe thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Sue Malewitz says

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter in your cookies?

  8. Misty Craft says

    Your snickerdoodles recipe is my “go to” recipe for all things cookie. I make them all the time & they get more raves than I ever could have imagined. Everyone wants the recipe & I always bring extra copies! Until I found this recipe, every cookie I’ve ever made has turned out HARD; these are soft, delicious & wonderful! You have great talent. I look forward to more like this!


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