Baked Cinnamon Sugar Cookies on a baking stone with a white towel behind on a white surface (with logo overlay)

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (aka Snickerdoodle Cookie)

Cinnamon sugar cookies, also called Snickerdoodles, are yummy cookies with a sweet cinnamon flavor. This easy recipe is perfect for any holiday gathering. 

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While chewy chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorites, it’s always good to have a backup cookie. I started making some Cinnamon Sugar Cookies a few years ago and have tweaked the recipe a few times until I came up with a winner. The base cookie recipe is a sugar cookie. A cinnamon-sugar mixture tops the Snickerdoodle dough making these sweet treats perfect for any occasion. 

regular sugar cookie is a staple in the holiday season. They are fun to cut out with classic cookie cutters and decorate with the kids. But if you are looking for a delicious batch of cookies to bring to a party or to share with neighbors, give this one a try. I like a 3:1 sugar-to-cinnamon ratio for my cookies, but you can, of course, change it if you prefer more sugar or more cinnamon on your cookies.

One thing I tend to forget is these cookies expand quite a bit. Make sure you leave plenty of space between each cookie when placing them on a pan. I also found out the hard way to sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar before the cookies are baked. The first time I made these I put it on afterward. As soon as the cookies were picked up the topping fell right off. And the whole point of these cookies is the cinnamon sugar, so that was unacceptable to my sweet tooth.

Use a cool, flat surface to cool the cookies. This recipe makes a soft, tender cookie, so I have found that a wire rack is not good for them because they start to fall through the cracks. If you keep them in an airtight container, they stay soft for a few days.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Start by mixing together the sugar and cinnamon topping in a small bowl. Set it aside.

In a separate bowlwhisk the flour and baking soda.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer or hand mixer to combine the sugars together. This is when I love using the bowl of a stand mixer. I can quickly and easily mix everything together while still adding the rest of the wet ingredients as it stirs for me. Add the softened butter until it forms a grainy paste. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix the dough on medium speed until the dough becomes light and fluffy.

Add the flour and baking soda mixture to the dough. Stir on low speed until just combined. You don’t want to overmix the dough.

Scoop the dough out by the spoonful and place it on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a preheated baking stone. Flatten the cookie dough balls slightly with the bottom of a cup or with your hand. The cookies will flatten out more and expand as they bake, so make sure you give them plenty of space on the pan.

Baking stone with scoops of cookie dough

Before you bake the cookies, top them with a bit of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Baking stone with scoops of cookie dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar mixture

Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes, until you have crisp edges and chewy cookies with a golden brown color. Once the delicious cinnamon cookies are done baking, immediately transfer them to a cool, flat surface.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Cookies on a baking stone with a white towel behind on a white surface (vertical)

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Leftovers

Storage: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature for 3-4 days. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 1, 2017

Last Updated On: October 17, 2023

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Cookies on a baking stone with a white towel behind on a white surface

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon sugar cookies, also called Snickerdoodles, are yummy cookies with a sweet cinnamon flavor. This easy recipe is perfect for any holiday gathering.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
cinnamon
|
cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In small bowl combine 3 tbsp sugar and cinnamon for topping and set aside
  • In medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda
  • Mix well with wire whisk and set aside
  • In large bowl, blend sugars with electric mixer at medium speed
  • Add butter and mix to form grainy paste
  • Add eggs and vanilla
  • Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed just until combined, do not overmix
  • Scoop dough by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet
  • Top with sugar cinnamon mixture
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown
  • Immediately transfer with spatula to a cool flat surface
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Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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24 thoughts on “Soft Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (aka Snickerdoodle Cookie)”

  1. Oh my goodness, I love cinnamon sugar cookies! I love how you presented these step by step pictures. I never tried making these at home, I’ll surely give it a shot, It looks super easy to make.

  2. I love cinnamon and sugar cookies, great combination! Great directions on how to make these cookies successfully!

    1. I started this years ago, back when we were in college. Now regular sugar cookies just seem so plain to me! It really adds a delicious boost of flavor that I’m sure you’ll love.

  3. 5 stars
    so this Sunday we are putting up our Christmas tree and I was thinking of baking some delicious treats, preferably with cinnamon to get us in the holiday mood, It’s like you are always in my head, thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. I love having delicious Christmas treats baking while doing the tree. I also usually make some hot apple cider and maybe a few of my Christmas Sandwiches to really get in the festive mood. And of course, the Christmas music is blasting! Have fun putting up the decorations!

  4. O my yum!!!! These cookies look absolutely delicious!!! I’m all about all things cinnamon. Must give your recipe a try

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