These snickerdoodle cookies are spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg for extra festive flavor yet subtle enough that everyone will enjoy – even the classic cookie lovers! Enjoy with a hot mug of chai for extra spicy comfort!

wire cooling rack with snickerdoodle cookies and cinnamon sticks next to pink linen

When cookie season hits, it hits hard. I’m of the mindset that you can’t ever have enough cookies – or holiday desserts for that matter. So even if you think you don’t need one more cookie recipe, think again.

Even though it’s full-on cookie season time now, these babies don’t have any time constraints. They’re perfect year-round, especially cozied up with a warm cup of tea… or coffee…or spiced hot buttered rum… or you know what? Even wine. Yep, I said it. If you haven’t tried a rich, buttery, sugar cookie with wine, prepare for a wonderful combination.

up close snickerdoodle cookie

What is a Snickerdoodle?

Snickerdoodles are kind of like sugar cookies (in fact, this recipe is based on these sugar cookies). They’re soft, light, and have a bit of tang from their classic cream of tartar ingredient. And chewy! You know, that soft bite that ends up a little chewy and yet melts in your mouth? Yeah, these are that kind of cookie.

The real mark of a snickerdoodle cookie is that they are rolled in a sweet blend of cinnamon sugar. What’s better than the normal cinnamon-sugar mix? Adding in some extra warm spices!

This version has a healthy dose of cinnamon mixed in with nutmeg and cardamom.

snickerdoodle cookie with bite out of it on white tray

The nutmeg adds a lovely warm spice that’s a bit nutty, and the cardamom brings in a pinch of citrus and herbal flavor. Both pair SO LOVELY with cinnamon. A match made in cookie heaven, if I do say so myself!

The Ingredients Needed

We’re looking at a pretty basic, simple ingredient list for these cookies.

snickerdoodle ingredients with text overlay

The main ingredients you’ll need are:

  • all-purpose flour – be sure to measure accurately!
  • granulated and powdered sugar – for that melt-in-your-mouth texture
  • butter and vegetable oil for moisture
  • cream of tartar– that classic sugar cookie tang
  • then the usual suspects: eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt

For the lovely spice mixture, we’ve covered that: sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg!

spices for snickerdoodle cookies in white bowl with spoon

How to Make The Cookies

As many delicious things start, you’ll begin creaming together the room temperature butter, vegetable oil, and sugars.

Add in the eggs (room temperature too!), and the vanilla extract.

bowl of snickerdoodle dough

Stir together the dry ingredients and then mix them into the wet ingredients, just until incorporated.

Once the dough is formed, I highly recommend chilling the dough. It’s not super required, but I like to chill them because it results in a fluffier (i.e. less spread out) and a little chewier of a cookie. It results in a luxurious texture.

Once you’ve chilled the dough, use a cookie scoop (I like using a #40 that results in about 1 3/4 TBSP of dough balls). Roll the dough balls into the sugar and spice mixture until thoroughly coated.

side by side photos rolling snickerdoodle dough in spice mixture

P.S. If you’re looking for a more classic snickerdoodle cookie, you can easily omit the nutmeg and cardamom! Just use the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

cinnamon spice cookies on baking tray

Then you’ll bake the cookies for about 9 minutes, just until the edges are set and just starting to turn golden brown. It’s important to not overbake the cookies so the soft, fluffy texture remains.

stacked snickerdoodle cookies with a bite out

Enjoy with a warm cup of tea, coffee, or you know, a glass of wine after opening some presents on Christmas Eve (my favorite way, anyway).

wire cooling rack with snickerdoodle cookies and cinnamon sticks next to pink linen
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Get the Recipe Spiced Snickerdoodle Cookies

Your favorite classic chewy, soft snickerdoodle cookie with a twist of spice; coated in warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, you won’t be able to get enough!



  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, vegetable oil, 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, and powdered sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. 
  • Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in a separate mixing bowl. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Cover the bowl, and chill the dough for 15-30 minutes (for a chewier, “fluffier” cookie).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F while cookie dough chills. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  • Create dough balls using a medium #40 cookie scoop; roll the ball in the sugar-spice mixture until thoroughly coated and place cookie dough 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are set and just turning golden brown. Be careful to not overcook to ensure a soft center. Transfer to a wire cooling rack almost immediately to let cool. Store in an airtight container.
Calories: 110kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 41mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 104IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published in December of 2018. The text and photos were updated for clarity in December of 2020. No changes were made to the recipe.