The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means that it is time to dust off those cookie sheets and start baking!

While everybody enjoys a good chocolate chip cookie or sugar cookie, what people really want during the holiday season is a cookie with a kick that will keep them warm as the chill of winter inches closer.  The only solution: snickerdoodles.


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Makes: 36 cookies


Photo by Lisa Gong


1 cup butter (unsalted)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla (extract)
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon

What you need: 2 large bowls, 1 small bowl, 1+ 9×13 baking sheet, cooling rack (optional).


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and let butter soften in large bowl.
  2. Mix butter and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cream of tartar, salt) in a second bowl.
  5. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  6. Mix vanilla into dough.
  7. Chill dough and ungreased cookie sheet(s) for 10 minutes.
  8. While dough chills, mix 2 tbs. sugar and 2 tbs. cinnamon in small bowl.
  9. Scoop 1 inch (diameter) balls of dough into sugar-cinnamon mixture and roll until satisfactorily coated.
  10. Place dough on chilled ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 11-12 minutes.
  11. Remove from pan immediately and cool for 5-10 minutes.


  • All ingredients (and equipment) can be purchased at Walmart via the Saturday Shopper bus route.
  • If time is short, microwave the butter for 20 seconds to soften it.
  • If an additional spice kick is desired, mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon evenly into the dough before chilling.
  • Sugar cookies can be made by baking the dough without coating it in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Cookies are fully baked when they are light-brown.