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egg free, nut free snickerdoodles cool on a cooling rack

Magical Soft Snickerdoodle Cookie

These soft snickerdoodle cookies are magical because they disappear quickly after they're baked. ;)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, cookies, Snickerdoodle cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill the dough 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 165 kcal
Author Sharon Wong @ NutFreeWok.Com


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until the butter mixture looks lighter.
  2. Add vanilla extract and combine.
  3. In a small bowl, add the oil, water, and baking powder, stir (should be fizzy), and add that to the butter mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and combine until well mixed.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or use parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet, set aside.
  7. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  8. Scoop about 1 heaping tablespoon, place into the bowl of cinnamon sugar, and use your fingertips to roll the dough into a ball, place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, repeat.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown, let it rest for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until cool.

Recipe Notes

Your cookies may turn out differently depending on how long you chill the dough, how long you bake them, and how long you leave them on the baking sheet after baking. Adjust the times accordingly depending on whether you like them soft and chewy or crisp.