Snickerdoodles (The Best)

"Everyone I know loves these cookies. I took a batch to a party once and disappeared within 30 min. with people asking for more. I especially like the cinnamon and sugar. I must admit, it is not my creation; I got it from the Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking."
photo by Erin R. photo by Erin R.
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Ready In:
4 dozen cookies




  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Next, in a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and margarine until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and eggs and blend well.
  • Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.
  • Mix 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Shape the dough into balls (approx 1-inch or whatever your preference) and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F for 7 to 9 minutes or until set.
  • Immediately remove from cookie sheets and cool completely.

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  1. Mary Scheffert
    I wanted to make some Snickerdoodles, and first used another recipe (not from 'Zaar!)--they were awful & I ended up throwing them out. Then I found this recipe--they were exactly what I was looking for - a little crispy on the outside, but soft & cakey on the inside. Because we like a lot of cinnamon flavor, I added about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the dough. If you're looking for the perfect snickerdoodles, look no further...these are indeed the BEST! Thanks for posting, Jo! -M :-)
  2. AllForHim
    I halved it, which was a bad idea. lol
  3. dragonfly459
    This recipe is great. I made six dozen cookies and served these to my bible study group, by the end of the hour they were all gone. Everyone mentioned how great these were. The only difference I made was that I made the cookies bigger, so instead of getting four dozen per batch I made three.
    I didn't get to taste these cookies b/c they were not for me!! But they looked & smelled wonderful so I am going to assume they'll taste just as good :-). I added 1 tsp cinn into the batter as suggested & baked for 7 min. I do suggested "flattening" the cookies a bit b/f baking so they spread better. my first batch of cookies were a little round; my second batch spread a little better after a little "squish' from my fingers LOL. I didn't get 4 dozen out of these--maybe closer to 3 dozen; maybe I made them a little bigger than suggested! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Erin R.
    Delicious! Truly, wonderfully delicious. I HATE greasy cookies, and as this recipe had half the amount of butter of all the other ones I looked at, I knew it was going to be a winner. Sure enough, the cookies came out tender and chewy with plenty of buttery flavor, but not at all greasy. I also put a teaspoon of cinnamon into the batter to help it stand on its own, but the cinnamon sugar crust is just the icing on a very nice cake. Thanks a lot, Jo.



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