Simple Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Say goodbye to complicated snickerdoodle cookies and have delicious homemade cookies any old day with these thin and chewy simple snickerdoodle cookies!

Super simple snickerdoodle cookies that you can make in one bowl and in less than 30 minutes! Snickerdoodles for the win!

It’s spring break here and the girls are both home all day every day, which I love; I really do, but they get bored and then they pester me. So I’ve been trying to come up with helpful for me things to keep them busy. Since they both like working in the kitchen, especially Hannah, who is in her second year of culinary class at school, I’ve been having them take over a lot of the cooking (and baking!).

Both girls are more than willing to jump in and do the cooking/baking part, but it’s funny how after it’s all said and done, I’m the only one left in the kitchen. It’s like I’m on permanent clean-up duty around here.

With that in mind, recipes with minimal bowls are ideal. And as you can imagine, we’ve been having lots of one-pot, one-bowl, or sheet pan meals lately!

Super simple snickerdoodle cookies that you can make in one bowl and in less than 30 minutes! Snickerdoodles for the win!

Oh, and speaking of one-bowl recipes, these simple snickerdoodle cookies one too! I know, I almost can’t believe it myself – snickerdoodle cookies in one bowl and in less than 30 minutes. It’s a dream come true (and that means only one bowl and two cookie sheets for me to clean – WOOO!).

These simple snickerdoodle cookies are of the thin variety. Their texture is light and chewy. Trust me when I say that they’re the best when eaten while still warm. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to resist them!

This recipe makes only a couple of dozen cookies (though you can easily double it to make more), so the cookies won’t last long, making them perfect for a quick sweet treat that doesn’t feed a bazillion people.

Super simple snickerdoodle cookies that you can make in one bowl and in less than 30 minutes! Snickerdoodles for the win!

The best things about this snickerdoodle recipe:

  • You can make it all in one bowl.
  • It takes less than 30 minutes to make them from start to finish.
  • You can add more or less topping to make them as snickerdoodle-y as you want!
  • The recipe is small-batch and only makes 24 cookies.
  • Each cookie is only about 100 calories!

Next time you have cookie craving or need to make cookies urgently (hey, it happens!), give these simple snickerdoodle cookies a try – they won’t disappoint!

Simple snickerdoodle cookies made in one bowl!

Simple Snickerdoodle Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
Thin and chewy snickerdoodle cookies that you can quickly make in one bowl. No rolling required!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 102 kcal


For the cookies:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • cups flour

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.
    1/4 cup sugar, 2-3 tsp cinnamon, to taste
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar
  • Add baking soda, salt, and water and mix well.
    1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp water
  • Add egg and vanilla and stir to combine.
    1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg
  • Add flour, half at a time, stirring until combined. Do not over-mix.
    1½ cups flour
  • Using a 1.5 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of each cookie.
  • Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, rotating halfway through, until just golden brown on the edges.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes prior to transferring to a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container or freeze.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6gProtein: 0.9gFat: 3.9gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 94mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 10.5gCalcium: 40mg
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    1. Thank you so much Claudia! I totally agree with you, I LOVE snickerdoodles! 🙂

  1. Wow, these cookies are so cute! I would love to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much Veena! I have been known to do that a time or two myself, LOL!

  2. I seem to have exactly the same issue in my kitchen. My daughter loves the cooking, but hates the cleaning up. And I swear she uses every dish and utensil in the process. I particularly like the fact your recipe only uses one bowl, so I am putting this recipe in a prominent position for her next baking session 😀5 stars

    1. Yes exactly!! Well if you get around to making these, I hope you love the cookies AND the cleanup! 🙂

  3. I’ve made a few of the snickerdoodle recipes from Pinterest, but these are by far, the best!!! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Jack! Thank you so much! They’re one of my very favorite recipes for so many reasons. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!