Snickerdoodles – the perfect Christmas cookie!

Cinnamon is one scent that immediately takes me back to Christmas in my mind, which is why these cookies will make the perfect addition to your Festive baking repertoire!

I have used the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it doesn’t disappoint!


For the cookies:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1 and ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1 cup softened butter

1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping:

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC. Line two large cookie sheets with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Make the topping: combine the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl (the perfect job for a little helper).
  3. Make the cookies: whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy – about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, beating on a medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough will be thick.
  5. Roll the cookie dough into balls (I found this to be almost like kinetic sand, crumbly but able to shape and mould, which Buggy loved playing with), using about 1 ½ tbsp of dough per ball. Once rolled, roll the cookie into the cinnamon sugar mix and arrange about 3 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, they will appear very puffy and soft. Optional – when they come out of the oven, lightly press down on them with the back of a fork or spoon to flatten them a bit (I never did this). Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once kept in an airtight container, they can be stored for 7 days, but who are we kidding, these won’t last that long!

I’m quite sure Santa would appreciate a couple of Snickerdoodles left out for him with a tall glass of milk/whiskey/beer on the 24th

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