21 Irresistible Snickerdoodle Recipes We Can't Get Enough Of

Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles
Photo: Blaine Moats

Step aside, chocolate chip—we're filling our cookie jar with snickerdoodles. Of course, cinnamon-sugar is too good to save for just cookies, so we created more snickerdoodle recipes inspired by our favorite cookie. Get ready for snickerdoodle cheesecake, pie, cupcakes, and more. Don't worry, we've still got the delicious classic snickerdoodle cookie recipes (plus a gluten-free version for your friends with allergies).

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles
Jason Donnelly

One advantage of homemade snickerdoodles is that, unlike some cookie recipes, they're super easy to make and don't require a ton of ingredients or mix-ins. Plus, they're just so darn tasty! If you need a fun weekend activity, have your kids help roll the dough through cinnamon-sugar before baking—they'll appreciate the chance to play sous chef in the kitchen, and they'll love a warm, freshly-baked snickerdoodle cookie at the end even more.

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Snickerdoodle Custard Pie

Snickerdoodle Custard Pie
Andy Lyons

If just one snickerdoodle is never enough for you (we can relate), try a slice of pie instead! This easy snickerdoodle recipe comes together quickly when you start with a refrigerated piecrust—all you need to do is make the filling and bake. We still sprinkled cinnamon-sugar on top and added some to the filling like the classic snickerdoodle cookie, but this delectable pie has a few other yummy add-ins like bittersweet chocolate, nutmeg, and a dash of cocoa powder.

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie Cups

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie Cups
Carson Downing

The extra step of browning butter is the key to providing the perfect rich, nutty flavor to this snickerdoodle recipe. Placed into mini muffin cups, these cinnamon-sugar treats are the perfect poppable tiny treat. The pop of red from dried cranberries provides a festive touch and surprising tart flavor.

Buy It: Goodcook Mini Muffin Pan ($6, Walmart)

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Caramel-Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles
Blaine Moats

If you're looking for something a little more special than a plain snickerdoodle recipe, you'll love these cookies with a surprise inside. Particularly if you like making snickerdoodles for the holidays, this recipe is a great way to give them a little something extra for the season. Just make sure to try one fresh out of the oven. The gooey caramel paired with a warm snickerdoodle is too good to pass up.

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Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies
Jacob Fox

To be honest, we never want to stop at just one snickerdoodle. With these cookie sandwiches, you don't have to. Not only can you enjoy two snickerdoodles at once, but they're also held together with a mouthwatering frosting made with cream cheese, honey, and cinnamon.

Buy It: OXO Cookie Scoop ($16, Target)

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Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Bars

Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Bars
Andy Lyons

If you've never been able to choose between cookies and pie, here's a chance to indulge in both at once. These easy snickerdoodle bars are filled with cinnamon-sugar-spiced apples and topped off with an extra dusting of cinnamon-sugar on the crust, so you certainly won't miss out on snickerdoodle flavor. To give these bars a decorative finish, try cutting small shapes in the top of the crust instead of plain slits to let steam escape.

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Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles

Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles
Blaine Moats

The next time you pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab one of these snickerdoodle cookies to snack on. Unlike a classic snickerdoodle recipe, we added a few spoonfuls of instant espresso powder mixed into the dough. Try pairing one or two with coffee instead of milk. And that's not the only way we upgraded this snickerdoodle recipe—each one also has a generous drizzle of caramel sauce on top.

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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle cookie
Blaine Moats

Just because there's a wheat allergy in the house doesn't mean you can't enjoy a soft, chewy snickerdoodle. This gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie recipe tastes just like the classic so everyone can have a treat. Keep a batch of our gluten-free flour mix on hand so you can easily whip up these allergy-friendly desserts at a moment's notice.

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Pumpkin-Raisin Doodles

Pumpkin-Raisin Doodles
Karla Conrad

Part pumpkin, part raisin cookie, and part snickerdoodle, this recipe combines three of our cookie favorites into one. Fall fans will appreciate the canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice in the dough, while the raisins make them taste a bit like classic oatmeal-raisin cookies. Snickerdoodles mark their territory at the end, because each ball of dough is rolled through a sugar and pumpkin spice mix before baking. You can't ask for much more from easy homemade cookies.

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Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake
Jason Donnelly

If you weren't convinced before, this snickerdoodle cheesecake should prove once and for all that snickerdoodle recipes were meant for more than just cookies. Luscious, creamy cheesecake filling surrounded by a shortbread cookie crust is just the start. Sprinkling cinnamon-sugar on top is what helps this dessert truly shine.

Buy It: Wilton Springform Pan ($13, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Cinnamon-Chipper Snickerdoodles

Cinnamon-Chipper Snickerdoodles
Kritsada Panichgul

If you reach for the cinnamon first whenever you start baking, then these extra-cinnamony snickerdoodles are meant for you. Like most snickerdoodle recipes, these cookies are rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, but we added so much more of the warm spice than just that: We also tossed a few teaspoons into the dough itself, plus a full cup of cinnamon-flavor baking pieces.

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Snickerdoodle Shortbread

Snickerdoodle Shortbread
Blaine Moats

Snickerdoodles, meet shortbread. Rather than making traditional cookies, bake this cookie recipe like a pizza, then serve up individual wedges for dessert. Because you can serve these homemade snickerdoodles by the slice, it's sure to be a popular party dessert.

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Caramel-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Monkey Bread

overhead view of ring of Caramel-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Monkey Bread topped with pecans
Carson Downing

The satisfaction of ripping off a gooey piece of monkey bread is already exciting enough. Add in sticky-sweet caramel, canned pumpkin, and sweet snickerdoodle flavor and you've got one seriously delicious pull-apart bread. It's best served warm, but it won't be a problem when everyone is flocking to the delicious smells coming from the kitchen.

Buy It: Nordic Ware Bundt Pan ($12, Target)

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Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Blaine Moats

You can skip the glass of milk when you turn your snickerdoodles into ice cream sandwiches. Spoon vanilla ice cream and toasted coconut between two cookies, then roll each one through crushed cornflakes to add some crunch. To speed the process along, you can start with refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or choose another easy snickerdoodle recipe).

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Saffron Snickerdoodles

Saffron Snickerdoodles
Andy Lyons

Have you ever added saffron to your cookies? We're guessing not, but that only means it's time to try it! Give your snickerdoodle cookies fragrant flavor by adding just a dash of saffron to the dough, then roll each in a mix of sugar and another pinch of this brilliant red spice.

Buy It: Spanish Saffron ($14, The Spice House)

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Snickerdoodle Pie

Snickerdoodle Pie
Andy Lyons

We might call this recipe Snickerdoodle Pie, but it's really more like a cake. Usually called a funny cake, this snickerdoodle cake is baked in a piecrust for a little added dessert decadence. But even though it's a mash-up of cake and pie, you'll know it's a snickerdoodle dessert right away from the yummy cinnamon-sugar flavors.

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Spicy Chocolate Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodles leaning against red cups
Andy Lyons

Calling all those craving cocoa. To make these chocolate snickerdoodle cookies even more special, we added a dash of cayenne pepper to the mix to give each bite some heat. Best of all, you don't have to eat the entire batch right away (though we won't blame you if you do)—you can store these cookies in your freezer for up to 3 months.

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Toffee Snickerdoodle Cupcake Cookies

Toffee Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

For serious snickerdoodle lovers only, this recipe is a cross between your favorite cookie and a tasty cupcake. Since classic snickerdoodles are puffy cookies anyway, it's only natural to turn this recipe into a cupcake with cinnamon-sugar, chopped pecans, and toffee pieces. But no cupcake is complete without frosting, so this recipe delivers a rich buttercream spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler

Pumpkin-Snickerdoodle Cobbler
Brie Passano

We've always thought normal cobblers were missing a little something: snickerdoodle flavor. One of the tastiest snickerdoodle desserts around, this recipe takes cobbler to the next level by topping it off with snickerdoodle cookie dough. Because of the pumpkin filling that also plays a starring role in this cobbler recipe, we recommend making it as soon as fall arrives.

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Praline Snickerdoodles

Praline Snickerdoodles
Blaine Moats

Add more than just cinnamon-sugar to your snickerdoodle recipe with a couple of easy mix-ins. Stir toffee pieces and chopped pecans into the dough for added crunch and sweetness in every bite. Just try to resist sampling the snickerdoodle cookie dough so you have enough cookies to go around.

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Snickerdoodle Croissant Cookies

Snickerdoodle Croissant Cookies
Scott Little

Soft, flaky, buttery cookies that taste like snickerdoodles but in the form of a mini croissant. Seriously, we love everything about this snickerdoodle recipe. Give them a dusting of powdered sugar before serving for a finessed finish. If you happen to have leftovers, these snickerdoodle cookies also freeze really well.

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