Grandma’s Snickerdoodles

Grandmas Snickerdoodles from Foodie with Family

My family lives, talks, dreams, plans, prepares, preaches, and eats food. We don’t breathe it, however, as aspirating food is generally acknowledged to be a bad idea. In short, we are all food maniacs.

There have been a handful of time that I’ve been brought up short when chatting with people and they inform me that their family tradition is to keep their recipes secret. At those moments, my jaw has dropped open like a cod and I’ve been at a loss from words. This is probably because in my family, if you even imply you like something we’ve cooked for you, we hurriedly jot down the recipe and cram it into your hands.

The recipe I’m sharing today is my Grandma’s snickerdoodle recipe. When I posted a picture of it on facebook, one of my aunts said, “I can smell them now!” Thus is the power of Grandma’s snickerdoodles. My Grandma’s version of this classic cookie is a classic itself. And while I’m certain Grandma made them for everyone, I always felt like she made them just for me. And THUS is the power of my Grandma.

I’ve talked before about my prized possessions: my handwritten recipe cards that Grandma gave me in my first years of marriage. (You can read a couple of those posts here and here.) I cannot even find the words to say what my Grandma means to me.  Every single one of those now-laminated recipe cards represents my Grandma thinking of me when I wasn’t there and wanting me to eat well. And honestly, friends, I think that’s what our compulsive recipe sharing boils down to; it’s our desire to be part of feeding you and caring for you even when we’re not there.

Can you imagine anything better than coming in from playing in the snow for hours to the smell of snickerdoodles fresh from the oven? There really is only one thing better than that: sitting down at the table of someone you love, being handed a plate of those cookies and a mug full of warm tea.

There’s something about the scent of those cinnamon and sugar crusted butter cookies that -to this day- puts me back at the table in Grandma’s dining room. I suspect that for the rest of my life, cinnamon is going to smell like hugs to me. I’ll take it.

Fair warning, though: these cookies are absolutely irresistible. And when I say irresistible, I mean that you’ll be unable to walk past the cookie jar without fishing out one… or two… or three…(or five. Oh dear.) You wouldn’t say no to Grandma’s cookies, would you?


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Grandma’s Snickerdoodles
My Grandma's Snickerdoodles are a perfect rendition of the classic: tender butter cookies with a cinnamon sugar crust. Be warned, though, they are completely irresistible.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups and 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, separated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Cream together the butter, 1½ cups of sugar and eggs until smooth. In a separate bowl, use a whisk or fork to combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until well combined. Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours before working with it.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  3. Use a fork to combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  4. Use a small disher (cookie scoop) or teaspoons to scoop about 2 teaspoons of cookie dough, roll it into a ball and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Place the cookies 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned but still soft. Let them rest on the cookie sheets for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.



  1. Deb says

    Your blog today made me think of my Grandma and all of the memories I have of spending time with her in her kitchen. I too have her hand written recipe cards and I treasure them. Thank you for sharing! I enjoy reading your blog and making your recipes.

  2. says

    I’ve never had a snickerdoodle that I loved. Perhaps, as with all other things I’ve said that about in the course of my life, I should make my own, yes? :)

  3. says

    Snickerdoodles were always one of my favorite cookies growing up. There’s just something about that cinnamon and sugar cookie that is irresistible! I love recipes that are passed down. How wonderful to have that!

  4. says

    Bless you, Rebecca! My husband just mentioned wanting snickerdoodles a few weeks ago, but my mom’s recipe is verrrrrry far away in America. How could I forget to bring that one with me, and how could I forget to ask for it when I get a chance to Skype her?!?!?!? This one looks like our own…absolutely delcious :)

  5. says

    Snickerdoodles are my weakness! These look perfect. I love that you share recipes. Great food is meant to bring people together. I have turned my family into foodies with all the baking and cooking I do.

  6. Robin Smillie says

    Snickerdoodles are the reason I started to bake. Literally. Mrs. Pryor’s cooking class in 8th grade and cream of tartar fascinated me, The first cookie I ever baked on my own and I was hooked. Can’t wait to try your Grandma’s recipe. I can smell them now!

  7. says

    Vanilla and Cardamom. Those are the smells that transport me back to my grandma’s kitchen. She had all of her grandchildren sitting on the counter and helping her cook as soon as we had enough muscle control to remain upright. My favorite family recipes are the ones written by her hand–especially the ones that have instructions like “add just enough flour” and “until it looks right.” Our families view on food sounds remarkably similar. Thanks for the grandma story. I caved under the nostalgia and churned out a batch of these cookies yesterday. Your grandma’s snickerdoodles are “sneaky good” and very addictive.

  8. Michelle says

    Your Grandma’s Snickerdoodle recipe is the best. After trying them I felt as if all of the previous snickerdoodle’s were just cardboard replicas of these heavenly treats! Thank you so much for such a fantastic recipe.

  9. Kristin says

    Just made these & wanted to thank you! They are awesome & so easy! My 6 & 8 year olds did all the work :) We ran out of parchment so I just took them off our nonstisck cookie sheet with a thin spatula right away with no problems. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • says

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the temp. 400 is how I’ve made it for years and how my grandma made it before me. I wonder if it’s possible if your oven runs a bit hot (or our ovens run a bit low :) ) Maybe you’d have luck with trying to adjust the cooking time or the position of your cookie sheet in the oven. It’d be worth grabbing one of those little $3 oven thermometers at the grocery store to assess how close to accurate your oven is calibrated, too!

  10. Deborah says

    Ah, now THIS recipe sounds right. I came across an alleged snickerdoodle recipe a couple of weeks ago that didn’t include Cream of Tartar. If there’s no cream of tartar there’s no snickerdoodles! Our oven doesn’t work. Now I’ll have to stop sitting on the fence and go buy a new stove so I can make these!

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