Hey guys! Happy weekend, if that means anything anymore! It’s another small-batch bake today with Snickerdoodles, one of my own long-favorites, and a recipe I’ve never shared here. Snickerdoodles are one of those super simple recipes that just comes out as something entirely different and delicious.

If you’ve never made them before, this is the perfect time. This recipe makes about 7 medium cookies with a generous dusting of cinnamon and sugar on the outside. They come out of the oven thick, chewy, and with a crunchy sugary coating.

How to Make Small-Batch Snickerdoodles

This recipe starts off like most cookies- by beating together butter and sugar until they become light and fluffy. Then, we’re adding in an egg yolk and a generous amount of vanilla extract.

Then, add in the dry ingredients, which is flour, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda. Cream of tartar is an acid, and it gives these cookies their signature tangy background flavor. It’s really an important ingredient on this one!

In a small bowl, stir together the additional sugar and the cinnamon. Then, scoop out your cookies into 2 tablespoon-fulls and roll each cookie ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture. It’s off to the oven from there- super simple and quick!

These are the warm and toasty and cozy cookies of your dreams. It’s a really worth-while reason to turn your oven on these days guys, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

4.2 from 5 votes

Small-Batch Snickerdoodles


  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 6 tbs. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbs. additional sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy and completely combined. Then, add in the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.

  3. Add in the flour, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda, and beat for several minutes until the dough comes together.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together the additional sugar and the ground cinnamon until combined. Scoop the dough into cookies that are about 2-tablespoonfulls in size, and then roll the dough balls into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat completely. Place on the baking sheet evenly spaced.

  5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until just lightly golden and puffy. As they cool, they will flatten slightly, and cracks should form. Cool and enjoy!


  1. Arlene Bosh

    June 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    What would be a good substitute for cream of tartar.? Lemon juice? 1:2 ratio?


    • Dough-Eyed

      June 7, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Arlene! Yes, you can sub out lemon juice. I would use the ratio you mentioned, it should work well in this recipe, but they may spread just slightly more.

  2. Tarn

    December 6, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    5 stars
    Just made these and they are delicious! They are so fluffy and are utterly perfect! I didn’t have cream of tartar and used 1.5 tsp of lemon juice. The cookies were perfect and we definitely enjoyed them! This recipe is a keeper.

    • Dough-Eyed

      December 7, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Yay!! So glad you enjoyed them! These are one of my favs!!

  3. Singer Crawford

    January 23, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    SO grateful this small-batch recipe exists. These cookies were everything you want in a snickerdoodle: light, fluffy, slightly tangy, and oh so delicious. Highly recommend anyone make them when in need of a quick sugar fix!

    • Dough-Eyed

      January 24, 2021 at 11:42 am

      Yay! So glad to hear you're enjoying the recipes!!

  4. Madilene

    March 31, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    4 stars
    A bit hard but delicious!

  5. Deanna Jennings

    November 25, 2021 at 8:19 am

    2 stars
    My dough was too dry. I think it needed a whole egg.

    • Dough-Eyed

      November 28, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      I'm sorry to hear that! We make these all the time and love them- you can optionally add a tsp extra of milk to help the dough come together if you're having trouble.

  6. Tammy S

    April 17, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    5 stars
    These are amazing!! I doubled the recipe for more cookies! They turned out perfect!

    • Dough-Eyed

      May 7, 2022 at 4:01 pm

      So glad you liked them!!

  7. Nikki

    October 16, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Nicole, thank you for this recipe! my cookies were soft, fluffy and sweet. I will definitely be making again.

  8. Nikki

    October 16, 2022 at 7:51 am

    5 stars
    I forgot to rate 🙂 thank you again for this recipe


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