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!
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… of 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.
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 those kind of cookies.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
More Sugar Cookie Recipes to Love
- Cut-out Sugar Cookies
- Amazingly Soft Sugar Cookies
- Giant Sugar Cookie with Raspberry Buttercream
- Individual Fruit Pizzas
Spiced Snickerdoodle Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar divided
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 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.
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.