Soft and Fluffy Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Everything you read is completely 100% biased because Snickerdoodles are my most favorite cookie ever! This recipe makes a very soft and fluffy cookie. Probably the best snickerdoodle cookie I have ever had. Not only are they delicious this snickerdoodle recipe is easy to make! No cream of tartar needed! All ingredients are basic pantry items, nothing to run out and buy here.

This recipe was in Grandma R’s recipe box. She kept her recipes neatly stored and very well organized. I really should try that out for myself! As I make these vintage recipes I rewrite them to store in my own recipe box. Or at least I intend to rewrite them and neatly store them

Snickerdoodle cookie history

The silly name had me wondering about where it came from. The Joy of Baking tells us a little snickerdoodle history.

Snickerdoodles are also called Snipdoodles or Cinnamon Sugar Cookies. Recipes for this cookie started to appear in the late 1800s, and most agree they probably originated in New England and are of either German or Dutch descent. This crinkly topped cookie with its coating of cinnamon sugar is often overlooked. Maybe it is because they are more plain looking than today’s creations or maybe it is because they do not use exotic ingredients.

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Grandma R was of German ancestry so I wonder if that is why she had this snickerdoodle recipe or just because it’s a classic, easy to make cookie.

Interesting they also talk about why they don’t seem to be as popular. I’ve wondered that myself! Cinnamon and sugar is such a classic combination it’s a shame these wonderful cookies aren’t more widely loved.

Soft and Fluffy Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Grandma's classic snickerdoodle cookie recipe. Soft, fluffy, and easy to make



  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt if using oleo
  • 2 3/4 Cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  1. Mix: eggs, sugar, shortening, and salt.
  2. Sift together: flour, baking powder, and baking soda
  3. In a bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Mix together. Chill for 1 hour. Roll into balls the size of a walnut. Roll into cinnamon and sugar mix. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes

Desserts are my favorite thing to make! Here are some of my other cookie recipes you will want to check out:

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies these cookies are so easy to make and only use 4 ingredients. They also just so happen to be gluten free. Not one of those normally yummy recipes that have been modified to exclude gluten either.

Perfect for summer these Canadian Cottage Cookies are a different version of the classic no bake cookie. No oven needed1

Potato Chip Cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and a tiny bit salty. Everyone raves about these unusual treats.

If you are in the mood for Dessert Bars check out this post. It has links to all the vintage dessert bar recipes I have tried so far.

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11 thoughts on “Soft and Fluffy Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

  1. Love recipes that have been handed down from family because you know it’s always been made with love! Loved this recipe and they sure were delicious! We made a couple of batches to giveaway too and our friends really enjoyed them:)


  2. I love this! I don’t have many heirloom recipes, but appreciate the stories behind those that have them. Yummo, my boys will love this!


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