Total Time:
37 min
25 min
12 min

about 20 cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.

With a handheld or standing mixer, beat together the shortening and butter. Add the 1 1/2 cups sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture and blend until smooth.

Mix the 3 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll the dough, by hand, into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar. Flatten the balls into 1/2-inch thick disks, spacing them evenly on unlined cookie sheets. Bake until light brown, but still moist in the center, about 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.

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    This recipe was absolutely horrible! I followed it exactly and the cookies came out very dry and flaky instead of soft and chewy. I'm not exactly sure what the issue was but maybe too much dry ingredients and not enough wet?
    making it right now!!
    I prefer the taste of all butter to butter shortening combo and the texture and slight flavor difference of cream of tarter to the baking soda. I always add vanilla for the extra layer of richness and flavor but there weren't any by the end of the evening so as written, this is still a great cookie recipe. Now if they were called Emerill's yummy cookies they would have had five stars.
    great cookie, I added fresh nutmeg and a bit of vanilla as suggested by the other reviewers and I cooked it to the suggested 12 minutes. They are so good I can't keep out of them. thanks for the great easy recipe! Update** I rolled them in 1 TBS sugar with 1/4 tsp. each cardamom, mace, coriander.
    These came out PERFECT!!! I have made Snickerdoodles in the past and always had an issue with them tasting either too floury or too baking soday but these were absolutely the best batch I've ever made : Great recipe! 
    I listened to what other people said and added the 2 tsp of Cream of Tarter as well as 1 tsp of Vanilla since I notice a lot of "snickerdoodle" recipes are really just sugar cookies with some cinnamon on top :P
    Wow!!! These are ah-mazing!! This is my husband's favorite kind of cookie, so I decided to make them for Father's Day- he LOVES them!! 
    Based on other reviews, I added 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of cream of tartar. 
    I tend to bake cookies too long, so I purposely pulled mine out of the oven after 9 min/15 sec. This was the perfect baking time for my oven. 
    As for the cinnamon/sugar mixture, I put the dough balls in the bowl and tossed them around to get complete coverage. Then, I sprinkled a tiny bit more on the top of each cookie (which I will definitely do each time I make them in the future! That way, they have a really yummy coating of sugar and cinnamon! 
    I highly recommend this recipe! I will make these again!!
    I made these last night, and neither my son nor I could eat them. Something was wrong. I followed the recipe to a T. We both actually tried two, thinking something was off with the first one. 
    This is the first time I've actually had to throw home-made cookies away.
    I am glad I read the reviews before I made these. Anything with 5 stars gets my attention. This truly is a great recipe, however snickerdooles traditionally have Cream of Tartar in them. I added 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar and 1 teasoon of vanilla. They came out awesome. Only 4 stars due to the fact that I had to modify the recipe.
    These cookies were so delicious!! Easy to make and fun with my 4 year old! He enjoyed rolling them out and patting them into disks. Finally found our favorite snickerdoodle! They certainly did not last in this house!
    Very good recipe. Easy to make. Taste was very good. I baked them for only 10 mins (instead of the 12 called for and they were perect.
    Best cookies i ever made. These cookies are quick, super easy, and absolutely delicious. It you never baked anything in your life this is a cake walk overall. I have made these cookies at lease four times and they get easier, faster, and better tasting in my persecutive. So I recommend Emeril snickerdoodles to anyone who wants a easy to make sweet treat to snack on.
    Easy and tasty! This is the only Snickerdoodle recipe we use- Perfect every time!
    Isn't one ofthe main ingredient in snickerdoodles cream of tartar? The cream of tartar was definitely missed, other wise a good sugar cookie with cinnamon.
    Totally idiot-proof. Great for novice bakers or if you're baking with children. Loved the taste and consistency of these cookies. Will definitely be added to my go-to recipes for occasions!
    This is as good as any good snickerdoodle cookie from a specialty cookie shop or bakery! As another reviewer noted, it's the combo of shortening and butter that do the trick for a soft cookie, enjoy!
    SOOO GOOD!! I'm not a huge fan of snickerdoodle cookies but I made these for a friend and now I'm hooked! I guess I didn't like them because I never had a good one! I did add Vanilla after tasting the dough and it tasted a bit too much like flour which I think helped a lot and took people's advise and added extra cinnamon! SO DELISH!
    Absolutely perfect snickerdoodle recipe. These make very large cookies, but they have the classic bite and taste of a snickerdoodle. The butter and shortening combination is essential to the classic tender and flakey mix. Don't change it. I would add 2T cinnamon as I like a bit more cinnamon in the coating.
    I found some Hershey Pumpkin Spice kisses. I made these cookies and put an unwrapped kiss in each, as soon as I pulled them out of the oven. They are awesome. Next time, I am going to roll them in a sugar/ pumpkin spice blend (instead of cinnamon.
    So easy to make and tasty. The only suggestion is to add more cinnamon. But otherwise wouldn't change a thing!
    Wonderful flavor and moist! Wish they were a little fluffier.....
    These were the best cookies ever. I really enjoyed making them for my family. My kids really loved these. try these cookies for your self.
    Pretty good. Added a quarter tsp. vanilla and used 1/4 cup of butter in lieu of shortening. Just barely mixed the ingredients together with the blender and didn't need to flatten them as they flattened on their own. They turned out huge and with almost a one inch dome. I baked these in 3 pans. The first pan stayed in for 12 minutes. They didn't turn light brown at all, but didn't burn. They were only pretty good. The next batch baked 10-11 minutes and was better. The last batch baked only 9 minutes and came out with the middle juuuust baked and almost melty. These were absolutely great. They rose super high and are impressively sized. I got 21 cookies, so the directions are good as long as you make 1.5 inch balls as directed. More than 2 of these is a meal.
    These were the best. My family unanimously agreed that they melt in your mouth.
    This is the one! The classic snickerdoodle. No further recipe searching necesary. Yum!
    These are the best cookies I have ever made from scratch. They were just the right chewiness, with a melt-in-your mouth finish. the best part is, I didn't have to follow the recipe exactly and I still got amazing results. I substituted extra virgin olive oil for shortening, and mixed it up with the margarine by hand, not bothering to whisk it until it was fluffy. I mixed in the sugar and didn't whisk that either, and I used pumpkin pie spice blend instead of cinnamon to roll the dough in. the cookies are absolutely amazing, and it is impossible to eat just one. I'll definitely be making them again
    These are best straight out of the oven (of course but they are still yummy the next day, if there are any left.
    When the neighbor hood kids beg me to make "those" cookies again you know they absolutely ROCKED Good!
    The flavor of these cookies is very good, but I gave them 4 stars because of some problems with the directions. First, the recipe says it makes only 20 cookies, so I made a double batch, but in truth, one batch will make at least 4 dozen, so I wound up with over a hundred of these! Also, these cookies spread quite a bit when they bake, so if you make the balls 1-1/2 inches, the cookies will be huge. Finally, I could not get them to be soft in the middle, even when I reduced both the heat and the cooking time. All that said, this is a very tasty, albeit crunchy cookie.
    I want to start off by saying, before trying this recipe, I'd never even tasted a Snickerdoodle. I am not a fan of sweets, but will occassionally nibble on a cookie or other sweet. Hearing the name Snickerdoodles, I always thought of overly sweet chewy cookies. When I tried this recipe I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring. These cookies were so DELICIOUS! I ate 5 back to back! I ended up having to make 4 more batches after allowing friends and family to taste, they were all hooked. My husband usually likes my cookies, but never comments, when he tasted these his eyes lit up and he said they were good and tasted better than any he'd had. Also my batch made almost 60 cookies, Emeril must have had gigantic cookies.
    Very easy and DELICIOUS!!! I keep getting requests from my family to make them and then they disappear from the cooling racks! (must be something wrong with those racks! The only thing I changed, I use 3 whole cups of flour. There won't be a Holiday from now on without these cookies. Thanks Emeril!
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