Colorful Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Colored Snickerdoodle CookiesI love snicker doodle cookies. They are the perfect cookie for any occasion. This recipe is my go to Snickerdoole recipe because the cookies are always chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I thought I would try something new with them this holiday so that I could give them to friends and family.

By changing the way you roll the dough in the final mixture you can make fun colored Snickerdoodle cookies for Christmas or any occasion.

First mix your soften butter and softening together until mixed well. Then mix in your sugar, eggs and vanilla until it good and creamed together.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tarter with a whisk. Add half of the dry mixture with the wet mixture until blended and then add the remaining dry mixture in.

In a small bowl or ramekin mix the white sugar and cinnamon together. Then in a separate small bowl or ramekin put your colored sugar.

Roll your dough into balls and place in the colored sugar first. You’ll get a more vibrant cookie this way. After it’s coated in colored sugar place the dough in the cinnamon mixture and coat it completely.

Colored Snickerdoodle Cookies

I’ve mastered a little trick with Snickerdoodle cookies. If you place to dough in the bowl and swirl the whole bowl around on the countertop you’ll coat the ball evenly on both sides without finger prints and messing up the roundness.

Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Some cookies may come out with a dome shape, but if you’d rather have a more flattened cookie simply pat it with the bottom of the spatula the moment them come out of the oven. Transfer to cookies to a cooling rack right out of the oven. Colored Snickerdoodle Cookies


Colored Snickerdoodle Cookies

Colored Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 4474 kcal

What you will need

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons colored sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla.
  • Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
  • Mix the 1 tablespoon of white sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl or ramekin.
  • Place colored sugar in a separate small bowl or ramekin.
  • Roll balls of dough colored sugar first. Then roll dough in the cinnamon white sugar mixture.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.
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  1. Just hearing the name snickerdoodles made me hungry and I’ve been trying to decide which ones to make for my weekend gathering and I think I’ll make these.

  2. I love snickerdoodle cookies!! I have to pin this. Our gingerbread cookies were a bomb this year, they kind of got burned, so I thought, we’ll just make sugar cookies next year. Thanks for the recipe! Totally pinning!

  3. These are my daughters favorite cookie and I usually had bought them for her. I should use your recipe and make some and send to her for Valentines Day. Think I will, thank you!


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