Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

5 from 9 votes
This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe takes the traditional cinnamon sugar cookie and makes it super simple to make. This delicious recipe can be made in minutes and will be a hit for the winter season when you crave warm delicious treats.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 16 minutes

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This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe takes the traditional cinnamon sugar cookie and makes it super simple to make. This delicious recipe can be made in minutes and will be a hit for the winter season when you crave warm delicious treats.

a stack of snickerdoodle cookies on a wood table with more cookies and a red and white cloth blurred in the background

This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe takes some of the stress out of your day, especially at this time of year. If you need a delicious treat for the holidays or because company is coming, you can make these snickerdoodles in only minutes with 5 ingredients that are in your pantry right now.


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What We Love About This Easy Recipe

A cookie covered with sugar and spice and everything nice is said to be named after a German yeast roll. Find out the history here.

  • 20 Minutes: Make these delicious cookies in less than 20 minutes.
  • Simple Ingredients: These snickerdoodles with only 5 ingredients make a cookie with buttery goodness.
  • Family Friendly: The cinnamon-sugar mixture makes this cookie a hit with everyone in the house. It will be one of their favorite cookie recipes.
  • Adaptable: The best part is you can add your favorite things to make a unique dessert option.
  • Makes Great Gifts: These tasty cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges or gift giving.

Ingredient Notes for Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix

  • Vanilla Cake Mix: Any variety or brand of box vanilla cake mix
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter can be used, or if vegan, use a butter substitute to make the perfect cookie
  • Large Egg: The standard egg for best result in baking should always be a large egg unless otherwise stated
  • Sugar: White sugar
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon for the cinnamon sugar mixture
a closeup of a stack of snickerdoodle cookies on a wood table with more cookies and a red and white cloth blurred in the background

Equipment Needed for Best Snickerdoodles

How to Make Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

These are the basic steps for making snickerdoodle recipe without cream of tartar. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions for this great recipe and the nutrition information.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

a collage of 2 images showing how to make the batter and topping for a simple snickerdoodle recipe

STEP 2: MIX

Then in a large bowl, mix the cake mix, butter and egg. Next, in a separate small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.

balls of snickerdoodle dough on a baking sheet and one dough ball being coated in the cinnamon and sugar mixture in a white bowl

STEP 3: SCOOP

Next, use a cookie scoop to scoop out the snickerdoodle dough and roll into dough balls. Then, roll the ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat well.

STEP 4: BAKE

Finally, bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Prep and Storage Tips for these Classic Cookies

MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The cookies can be made up to a week in advance of when you need them.

HOW TO STORE THIS EASY COOKIE RECIPE

Store your snickerdoodle cookies in an airtight container and leave out at room temperature.

IT IS EASY TO FREEZE THIS EASY SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES RECIPE

Freeze either the cookie dough or the baked cookie. Freeze for up to three months in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions about these Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

There are several ways to make these cookies healthier, for example:
* Use a gluten-free cake mix
* Sugar Free or Fat Free Cake Mixes
* Try a sugar alternative to roll the cookies in
*For Vegans use a butter and egg alternative

CAN I SUBSTITUTE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE FOR CINNAMON IN THESE SNICKERDOODLES?

Indeed, that is a nice swap out for these cookies.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, if you are feeding a crowd, you can make multiple batches of this easy snickerdoodle cookie.

IS IT BETTER TO FREEZE THE COOKIE DOUGH OR THE BAKED COOKIE?

Just because we love a warm, fresh baked cookie, freeze the cookie balls. However, scoop the dough and freeze it solid on a cookie sheet, then remove from the baking sheet and transfer the frozen dough balls in a freezer bag. Truly, the baked ones are fine too. So choose what works best for your needs.

a stack of snickerdoodle cookies on a wood table with more cookies and a red and white cloth blurred in the background

Expert Tips for Making This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

  • Add Coconut: Toasted coconut is a great surprise for these cookies.
  • Crunch: Crushed pecans or walnuts add a nice crunch to the snickerdoodles.
  • Crisp: For a crispy cookie, make the cookies thinner and cook time should be a little longer. For a chewy snickerdoodle recipe, make them a thick cookie and cook just until done but still soft to produce a chewy texture.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add chocolate to the cookie dough balls, try white chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips.
  • Different cooking method tip: Make cookies in the air fryer. Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes.

What to Serve with Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

  • Milk
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Flavored Coffee

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Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe

5 from 9 votes
This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe takes the traditional cinnamon sugar cookie and makes it super simple to make. This delicious recipe can be made in minutes and will be a hit for the winter season when you crave warm delicious treats.
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Servings: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups vanilla cake mix
  • ¼ cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, butter and egg. Mix until a thick cookie batter forms.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll the cookie dough into one inch spheres and coat each one in the sugar and cinnamon mixture by rolling it.
  • Place each cookie sphere gently onto a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Coconut: Toasted coconut is a great surprise for these cookies.
  • Crunch: Crushed pecans or walnuts add a nice crunch to the snickerdoodles.
  • Crisp: For a crispy cookie, make the cookies thinner and cook time should be a little longer. For a chewy snickerdoodle recipe, make them a thick cookie and cook just until done but still soft to produce a chewy texture.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add chocolate to the cookie dough balls, try white chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips.
  • Different cooking method tip: Make cookies in the air fryer. Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

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