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All Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what snickerdoodles are made of. This recipe for all butter snickerdoodle cookies is similar to my regular recipe. However, my regular recipe uses part shortening and part butter. This version is all butter.

These all butter snickerdoodle cookies are made with my big cookie scoop, so double the size of a regular cookie scoop. These cookies also turn out more puffy in comparison to the more flat results of my regular snickerdoodle recipe. Since these are bigger cookies, they work perfectly to give as a gift. They would be perfect to give for Valentine’s Day!

Snickerdoodle cookies are similar to sugar cookies but include one special ingredient. That one special ingredient is used is cream of tartar. The explanation of what exactly is cream of tartar is too scientific to really make sense to me. The main point is what does it do to a snickerdoodle cookie? Well, the acid found in cream of tartar gives snickerdoodles their distinctive tangy flavor, and the chew happens because cream of tartar prevents the sugar in the cookie dough from crystalizing into crunchiness, according to Allrecipes.

These cookies begins by creaming butter and sugar together. Then you beat in the eggs until the mixture is fluffy. Next comes the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. You mix just until combined.

Next combine in that sugar and spice. You roll the cookies in a cinnamon sugar mixture before placing them on a baking sheet. Then you lightly press the dough ball to flatten slightly. These cookies then cook for 12 minutes at 375. Remove for the cookie sheet and allow to cool. These cookies are best enjoyed fully cooled in my opinion.

Here is what you need to make the
All Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

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All Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Then beat in the eggs until fluffy.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt until combined.
  4. In another bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Scoop dough with a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop and roll in the cinnamon sugar.
  5. Place 6 on a baking sheet and flatten slightly. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes until lightly browned but still soft. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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This recipe is adapted from A Bountiful Kitchen.

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