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Grandma's Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

When I first started writing my blog, I had contacted my sweet Aunt Lee to see if she had any of my Grandma Drake’s recipes lying around.  She said, “of course!”, and true to her word, she found this little gem, which I am titling Grandma’s Quick & Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies.

I love that I am able to make some of the same recipes as my Grandma Drake did.  As you can see, I even have her own handwritten recipe:

Grandma's Snickerdoodle Recipe

It’s so special to see the recipe in her own handwriting and it makes me feel like I’m closer to her by making this snickerdoodle recipe.  I love the thought of handing down recipes and I hope one day I can teach this to my children as well.

My Grandma Drake was a strong woman and raised eight children.  My dad was the youngest of the eight.  I’m sure my grandma made this recipe for her children when they were young.  I know that my aunts still make this recipe today.  But with raising eight children, I’m sure that my grandma made quite a few batches of cookies to keep the kids quiet for a little while!

This snickerdoodle recipe is quick and super easy to make.  Mix together the shortening, sugar, and eggs.  You can substitute 1 part butter for the shortening if you wish.  Then stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  If you need help finding the cream of tartar in your grocery store, I found mine in the fruit and vegetable section on a corner spice rack (or see the Amazon link that I’ve attached for you).

Roll the dough into balls, then roll each ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Once rolled they should look like this:

Grandma's Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.  Don’t overcook them, unless you like hard cookies.  I prefer mine nice and soft, so I found the perfect time for my oven was 8 minutes.

Grandma's Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

The cookies will come out with cracked tops, but that just shows off the beautiful sugar mixture.  These cookies are delicious and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.

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Grandma's Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Grandma's Quick and Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Snickerdoodle Cookies
Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: Lilian Drake



  • 1 Cup Shortening You can use 1 part butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt


  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Mix together the shortening, sugar, and eggs.
  • Stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix the topping of sugar and cinnamon together in a separate small bowl.
  • Scoop a small amount of dough into your hands and roll into a ball, then roll in the topping mixture until the ball is completely covered with the topping.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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