Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles


  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2/3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar mixed with 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

In a large bowl mash together the margarine and sugar. Add the egg and beat until everything is creamy. Add the baking powder, salt and flour. Stir it up until you have a nice thick dough. In a cereal bowl, combine the cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Now comes the fun part; let the kids help. Make sure everyone’s hands are clean and then shape the dough into balls the size of a walnut, or an egg yolk. Roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place the coated balls on an oiled cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a smooth cup or glass, press the dough down to flatten the cookies slightly. Bake them at 400° for 10 minutes. If your oven runs hot, turn it down to 375°. These cookies are great in lunch boxes and for after school snacks. These are an old favorite of mine. My momma made them for us as children, and they are exceptionally good.

These old-fashioned snicker-doodle cookies are my daughter's favorite.

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Michele - October 6, 2009

Oh my gosh…these are ridiculously good! My 2 year old had a great time making these with me, the mess wasn’t too bad, and they were delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Marcy Able - December 12, 2009

Wow, these sound great! Will be making them tomorrow with my mom for our cookie swap! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Blackburn - December 15, 2009

Susanne, These were one of my favorite cookies before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I never had the recipe, so, I hope you won’t mind if I experiment with making a gluten free version. Thank you for this recipe.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - December 16, 2009

    That would be wonderful. Be sure to come back and post a link when you add it to your site.

Brandi - December 16, 2009

These are wonderful and I make a HUGE batch of them each time to keep the cookie jar filled at our house! And let me tell you with 4 kids its hard to keep any snacks around :)

jennifer - July 17, 2010

Just made these a few minutes ago! Excellent recipe!! easy to make.

Lydia B. - September 9, 2010

thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! its so simple and easy to make but really tasty! my family loved these! makes a great snack or quick dessert :)

Lori M. - October 2, 2010

This has been my absolute favorite snickerdoodle recipe since around 2004. I LOVE them!

Alina - November 21, 2011

Do you have any tips for high altitude? These seem so easy and i just moved to Fort Carson. I’m going to try them this way 1st and try to tweak it here and there if they don’t bake well. I know that I’m supposed to decrease the baking powder a bit. But I’ll try after. Let you know how they turn out! Thanks for the recipe.

Laura SD - January 11, 2012

Awesome cookies! I just made these, second batch is in the oven now! I’m so glad that I found your website. I can’t wait to try more recipes. Good job!!!

Jameela - August 25, 2012

I just made these and I messed up the whole recipe because I added TOO much backing powder:( better luck next time

Amber - September 28, 2012

These are so good and simple! I love that these are all ingredients that I always have and that the ingredient list is short! My husband said, “You know when you make cinnamon toast and you have the butter and cinnamon sugar all going on and in the middle of the toast it’s all melty and squishy? That’s what these cookies are!” LOL, thanks so much for sharing! These will be a cookie that I will make all the time now!

Jamie - February 7, 2013

These are excellent! I have three kids and we are on a very tight budget right now. In fact at the moment we are pretty close to broke. When the cupboards get low these are a great snack to make because they require things we almost always have on hand. I hate looking up cookie or dessert recipes only to find I don’t have half the ingredients and can’t afford to go out and buy them either.

I’d also like to add I’m really not sure as to why anyone would complain about this recipe. I almost didn’t make it because of some of the negative comments but I’m really glad I went ahead with it anyway. I’m wondering if these people have never had snickerdoodles before so maybe they were expecting a different type of cookie? In case anyone doesn’t know snickerdoodles are sort of a cake like soft cookie.

So thanks again for this recipe. My kids will be thrilled to come home to fresh cookies today after school!

    Hillbilly Housewife - February 7, 2013

    Thank you, Jamie, for letting us know how much you liked these cookies. I’m glad they turned out for you and your family. And thank you for describing the cookies. Yes, that might help people decide if they want to try them or not.

Lee Anne - April 18, 2016

I absolutely love snickerdoodles… But the recipe I use calls for cream of tartar, which gives the cookies extra flavor… This recipe is almost the same as mine, but has 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar. If you’ve not tried it with the cream of tartar you will be amazed at the difference. Happy Baking!

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