Chocolate Snickerdoodles

This easy one-bowl recipe gives classic snickerdoodles a run for their money!

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If you're looking for a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodle, you have to try this recipe. These one-bowl soft, pillowy chocolate snickerdoodles are irresistibly delicious!


These cookies are super soft and have the perfect balance between chocolate and cinnamon flavors. They're not too sweet and have a hint of tang from the cream of tartar—a key ingredient in snickerdoodles.

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Plus, these cookies can be made in one bowl and be ready to eat in under 30 minutes. It's definitely a recipe you'll want to bookmark since you'll want to make them again and again.

If you'd like to opt out of the chocolate flavor and chow down on a plain snickerdoodle, here's how to do it: Omit the cocoa powder and use a total of 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Easy peasy.

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Now, let's get to the recipe!


Chocolate Snickerdoodle Recipe

Quick Recipe Overview

‌‌‌SERVINGS‌:‌‌‌‌ 16 chocolate snickerdoodles

‌‌‌‌‌PREP TIME‌: ‌15 minutes

‌‌‌BAKE TIME: ‌‌‌‌9-11 minutes

‌‌TOTAL TIME:‌ ‌‌24-26 minutes

Things You'll Need

  • 2 baking sheets

  • Wire rack

  • Parchment paper or silicone mats

  • Large bowl or bowl of stand mixer

  • Hand whisk, electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment

  • Rubber spatula

  • Small cookie scoop

  • Small bowl

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 egg

  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 3/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

1. Mix butter, sugar and cocoa powder

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Preheat oven to 325°F.


In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Mix until smooth.

2. Add egg and vanilla extract

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Add egg and 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.



3. Stir in dry ingredients

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Stir in dry ingredients: 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 3/4 tsp. salt.


Mix until no dry spots remain.


Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to get rid of any flour pockets.

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Use a small cookie scoop or roll about 1 1/2 Tbsp. of cookie dough into a ball.


5. Roll in cinnamon sugar

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In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Mix until uniform.


Roll the cookie balls in the cinnamon sugar. Place the cookies about 3 to 4 in. apart on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.


6. Bake

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Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are set. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool fully. And that's it. We hope you enjoyed this recipe!

To store leftover snickerdoodles, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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Looking for other fun chocolate dessert recipes? Try these Pine Cone Hot Cocoa Bombs!