Mom’s Snickerdoodles Recipe

Mom's Snickerdoodles are no joke. They have no cream of tartar, so if you don't have any on hand, don't stress, it's not needed in this recipe. These are so simple and so chewy. You will love them.

I loved coming home from school as a child on a rainy day.  We knew there would be warm cookies waiting for us.
These are one of our mom’s favorite cookies and she got the recipe from our Grandma Char.  These snickerdoodles are soft and chewy and don’t call for any cream of tartar.
So you are pretty much guaranteed to have these ingredients in your pantry. You are going to love how simple they are, and how quickly they come together.
They are honestly so moist and chewy (and I am not a fan of the “m” word, but they really are). These will quickly become a family favorite in your house, I am sure of it.

do these cookies freeze well?

These cookies do freeze well. We recommend placing them in an airtight container, or a ziplock bag with the air sucked out, to keep them as fresh as possible.

To thaw, we recommend letting them sit out on the counter for about 5-8 hours. You could microwave them, but it could dry them out a little.

However, for best results, let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours, or over night.

what is a substitute for sortening?

Shortening can be a bit of a tricky ingredient to replace, especially for this recipe, however, it can be done.

You could easily use butter or margarin to replace the shortening. They are also ingredients that replace shortening straight across (meaning you don’t need more or less, you can use the exact same measurements of the butter or margarin as you would with the shortening).

However, we have made this recipe with both butter and shortening, and the cookies with shortening always turn out a little bit better.

You will also want to make sure your butter or margarin is melted to room temperature (not melted) for best results.

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Serves: 48

Mom's Snickerdoodles Recipe

10 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture for Rolling Cookies
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix together the butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs in a mixing bowl.
  3. Then add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Chill dough for about 30 minutes. Then roll into 1 1/4 inch balls.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Roll dough balls in cinnamon mixture.
  6. Place about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 7 to 9 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft.
  8. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


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18 Responses to “Mom’s Snickerdoodles Recipe”

  1. I'm glad to have come across this recipe on Pinterest. I made them using butter instead of margarine, added a little vanilla and they were wonderful. I'm one that just does not have cream of tartar readily available in my pantry, so this recipe was perfect.

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