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I am typing this as I am suffering from a minor mental breakdown… yep the kitchen is a hot mess, I have more wrapping to do than Santa’s elves and I have yet to shower at 2:00pm! HOT. MESS. I tell ya, but that’s exactly how I operate! I am baking up a storm in my kitchen and wrapping a mound of gifts in between batches of cookies. However, for those of you that are like me, (there are others like me, right?) I thought I would squeeze in one more yummy, easy cookie recipe that would be the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.

My co-worker Jo-Lynn gave this recipe to me and claimed they were “The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies.” Jo-Lynn is a sweet, kind and patient gal and I feel lucky to have her working with me in my classroom! Oh, and she brought be a GIANT bottle of pure vanilla extract back from her recent vacation… that my friends was the best gift ever!!! I gave these cookies a whirl last week and Jo-Lynn was right, they are soft, chewy and oh so delicious! Jo-Lynn said the lady she got the recipe from said the key ingredient is the cream of tartar; it’s apparently what keeps them soft! Brian took these to work to share with his co-workers and they were gone in no time.

So if ya have an extra hour on your hands (ha…that’s funny isn’t it?), make these cookies and share them with your family and friends this holiday season. They are on my baking list for today! Have a great day! Be sure to check back first thing tomorrow for an EASY and last minute gift idea that will take you no longer than 15 minutes to throw together!

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The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies


2 tsp Cream of Tartar
2 3/4 cups of Flour
1/2tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) of Parkay margarine; softened
2 eggs

1/2 sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


1. Mix together the flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda; set aside.

2. Cream together the margarine and sugar until well blended and mix in the eggs.

3. Add dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

5. Form into balls (I used my medium cookie dough scoop) and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

6. Place the dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

7. Bake 350˚ for 12 minutes.

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  1. Tonya says:


    I have been looking for a Snickerdoodle recipe and so happy you that I found on here :o)

    So I don’t usually use margarine….can I use butter instead?


  2. Barbara Lambert says:

    I lived in the Mid West for a number of years, the snickerdoodle recipe I was given and use makes the most delicious snickerdoodles ever! Uses Cream of Tartar and uses Crisco Oil not butter or margarine. They are soft, yummy and perfect every time!

  3. Danielle says:

    i dont have parkay margarine.. could i substitute with anything else?

    1. Jamie says:

      I would try any type of margarine. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Tanya says:

    I only recently heard of Snickerdoodles reading through another blog. I live in Australia, so that explains why I never knew of these delectable, melt in your mouth cookies. I have used your recipe twice now, and my 6 kids can’t get enough….Thankyou for sharing, I love your blog so much!

  5. Kate Watson says:

    I so want to make snickerdoodles. I have been informed they are the best cookies in the whole entire world! And now I have the best recipe for them I will be sure to make them soon.

    Just clarify for me please… the sugar, is it half a cup? :)

  6. Sara says:

    Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies!! Yum. Yours look perfect.

  7. Sippity Sup says:

    Snickerdoodle! I dare ya not to smile… GREG

  8. diva says:

    beautiful cookies and i do love that ribbon! :)
    i think we're all in a state of hot mess too. i havent brushed my teeth or sorted myself out and i'm in the kitchen slaving away over tonight's pudding and planning the rest of our turkey dinner. :) Happy Christmas!

  9. carlyathomas2004 says:

    I feel just like you do! I have been baking for days… I think my kitchen had a flour film over top of it. I did FINALLY manage to scrub the counters today though. I just started reading your blog and its great :) You sound a lot like me, I'm also from Ohio, a middle school teacher, and avid baker, etc. What subject do you teach?