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The perfect snickerdoodle recipe, these snickerdoodle cookies are soft and chewy and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor.

Mrs Sigg’s Snickerdoodles on Taste and Tell

Photos Updated May 2014

Originally published May 17, 2007 – When I first made these cookies back in 2007, they instantly became a favorite, and they still are today. This has become my go-to snickerdoodle. I brought some to a family picnic recently, so I thought I’d snap a few new photos and reshare the recipe today. The secret to these cookies is to make sure they are not overcooked. I will even take a minute or two off of the cooking time sometimes! And my favorite is making the cookies twice the size as usual – they are soft and cinnamon-y and just perfect!!

I don’t know who Mrs. Sigg is, but she can come over to my house whenever she wants……

Mrs Sigg’s Snickerdoodles

I felt like making cookies. I don’t know why – we have tons of them in the house right now and I have been trying to watch my sugar intake – but I was in the mood to make cookies. I even brought a cookie cookbook back to work with me after lunch to find a recipe to try. I called my husband to ask him what his favorite kind of cookie is (I can’t believe I didn’t even know his favorite cookie!!) He told me the top 3 were: 1 – Peanut Butter, which I didn’t want to make since the Basketball Team Cookies I made previously had peanut butter in them. 2 – Doubletree Cookies, which I still need to perfect. They sounded good, but didn’t quite make the cut. 3 – Snickerdoodles, which sounded perfect the second he mentioned them. I had actually been really craving snickerdoodles since making Peabody’s Snickerdoodle Muffins. I even had some extra cinnamon/sugar mixture hiding in the cabinet.

Mrs Sigg’s Snickerdoodles

So I looked through the cookbook I brought – to find that it did not have a single snickerdoodle recipe. I went to my next trusted spot – allrecipes.com. I found a highly rated recipe – Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles. So many of the reviews claimed these cookies were the best recipe ever, so I thought I’d give it a try. I followed the recipe exactly, except for the cinnamon sugar mixture (because I used my leftovers.) Many of the reviews said that it made a better cookie if you hand mix everything – don’t use a mixer. Now, I don’t own a stand mixer (and I am very sad about that) but I am quite fond of my hand mixer. I decided to follow the reviews, as well as cooking the cookies for exactly 8 minutes like so many people said.

I don’t know how much it would change the recipe if I would have used my hand mixer, but believe me – I’m not even going to try. This recipe is PERFECT just the way it is. These were seriously the best snickerdoodles I have ever had, and quite possibly the best cookies I have ever made. I would highly recommend trying out this recipe the next time you have a craving for cookies!!

Mrs Sigg’s Snickerdoodles - aka the BEST snickerdoodles

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Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles
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The perfect snickerdoodle recipe, these cookies are soft and chewy and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor.
Serves: about 48 cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix together the 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on ungreased baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just set on the edges. Remove immediately from baking sheets to cool completely.

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29 Responses to Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles

  1. Shawnda says:

    I just *love* those get-your-hands-dirty recipes! It’s one less utensil to load (and then unload) in the dishwasher 🙂

  2. Claire says:

    I LOVE snickerdoodles! As soon as I have more time, i.e. after my test!, I may have to make these!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie of all time. And if this is the best recipe, then darn well I am gonna try it.

    They look stupendous.

  4. Freya and Paul says:

    I still haven’t tried snickerdoodles so I should definitely give this a go, if only for my American husband to try – oh, and the glowing recommendation from you!

  5. sunita says:

    Those cookies look really scrumptious…have never tried them…might give it a go..

  6. grignote et barbotine says:

    I have tried them… they are really good ! and so easy.

  7. Lea says:


    I have been using this exact same recipe from allrecipes for YEARS!!!

    What a coincidence!!

    They ARE fantastic!

  8. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Im going to bake these this weekend purely based on the name! But they also look FANTASTIC!

  9. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Im going to bake these this weekend purely based on the name! But they also look FANTASTIC!

  10. Kevin says:

    I have never had a snickerdoodle. They look really good! I am going to have to try them sometime soon.

  11. Owen's Mom says:

    Oh, the recipe came out wonderfully! They were perfectly crunchy and chewy. I will definitely make this recipe again.

  12. Kate says:

    this is exactly the same as the betty crocker recipe. perfect.

  13. Sevtap says:

    Hello,I see your beautiful looking snicker doodle recipe and I wanted to ask you would it turn out about same if I use only butter? I don’t like shortening and margarine..Thank you!!!

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried them with just butter, but I’m guessing they would work. They might spread out a bit more, though.

  14. Erin says:

    How have all these people made it so long without trying a snickerdoodle! They will change your life! I’m making these tonight. Thanks for reminding me that I needed them!

  15. Oooh, those look delicious! I like my cookies on the thinner side, so these would be perfect for me! Will have to try this version sometime. 🙂

  16. cheri says:

    I love snickerdoodles, this looks like a really good recipe. A big thanks to you and Mrs Siggs!

  17. Liz Fourez says:

    I cannot wait to try these! A good snickerdoodle recipe is a must-have!

  18. Chels R. says:

    These look perfect!

  19. Robyn Bannah says:

    I am confused, I thought butter was shortening.What do you mean by shortening then?

    • Deborah says:

      Butter and shortening are different. Shortening is like Crisco – a vegetable oil that has been solidified.

  20. Cheryl says:

    I love me some Snickerdoodles! I’ve always made the recipe in my BH&G cookbooks (old and new editions), which use only butter. Do these flatten out by themselves, or should they be slightly pressed before baking? Sounds like a good excuse for a batch.

    • Deborah says:

      They flatten out by themselves. I haven’t tried these with butter, but I’ve heard that people have had good luck making them with butter as well.

  21. Vanessa says:

    Snickerdoodle cookies are my grandfather’s favorite cookie. They pair well with some hot chocolate or a glass of milk! Your cookies look delicious!

  22. Jeanne says:

    Could you use coconut oil in place of Crisco?

  23. Rebecca says:

    Pinned it 😉
    I always wanted to try Snickerdoodle Cookies 😉 They look so yummie!
    Thanks, Rebecca

  24. Julie F says:

    I use my stand mixer and make huge batches at once, never disappoints and never fails! Perfect snickerdoodles every single time! I have even made them in a commercial size mixer for a big cookie exchange (ahem… 16 dozen??) and still perfect. The best cookie for Christmas ever….

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