Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies– the elevated, bakery-style version of the classic! Made in one bowl with browned butter, they are so much more flavorful than regular snickerdoodles with the same soft and chewy texture you love!

Brown butter snickerdoodles broken in half to show the soft and chewy texture.

As a former pastry chef, I’m here to tell you the #1 way to elevate any dessert is by swapping regular butter for brown butter, which is exactly what we did with these brown butter snickerdoodles.

While I love the classic, this browned butter version is super fancy while still being approachable and easy to make at home. You only need one bowl, no mixer, and they’re ready to eat the same day (no dough chilling)! Try my pumpkin snickerdoodles (my most viral recipe!) or apple snickerdoodles for fall, or if you’re a chocolate fan, try my chocolate snickerdoodles!

Tips for The Best Snickerdoodles

Use a kitchen scale. Baking with a scale is my #1 baking tip! If your cookies are turning out dense, crumbly, or dry, it’s likely you are using too much flour!

Use high-quality butter and vanilla. I’ve learned as a pastry chef that recipes with few ingredients will have a bigger impact on the overall flavor of the cookie. To achieve a bakery-worthy snickerdoodle flavor, use vanilla bean paste instead of extract and cultured European butter instead of American butter!

Cool the brown butter. As with any cookie recipe that uses melted butter, it’s crucial to cool the butter before incorporating it into the dough. Warm or hot melted butter can lead to greasy cookies!

Don’t skip the cream of tartar. This is a key ingredient that sets Snickerdoodles apart. It creates a tangy flavor, helps the cookies rise slightly, and contributes to their chewy texture. Don’t skip it!

Underbake for soft and gooey centers. Don’t overbake the cookies! They should be golden brown around the edges but still soft in the center. Overbaking will result in dry and crispy cookies.

3 Tips for Browning Butter

If you’re new to baking or have never browned butter before, I have a whole tutorial on how to brown butter! Here are my top tips for success:

  1. Use a light-colored pan. A light-colored pan allows you to clearly see the milk solids settling at the bottom as they brown, giving you a visual cue to prevent burning.
  2. Don’t burn it. Cooking times can vary, so it’s best to rely on your senses. Aim for a deep amber color with a nutty aroma. Watch it closely, as brown butter can go from perfect to burnt very quickly!
  3. Let it cool to room temperature. You may be tempted to use it right away, but don’t! Hot butter can melt the sugar and other fats too quickly, making a flatter and greasier cookie.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Ingredients needed to make snickerdoodle cookies in bowls with labels.

European butter: Traditionally, snickerdoodle cookies are known for their super rich and buttery flavor. Using a higher-fat European butter is key to that rich flavor and chewy texture. For a rich and tangy flavor, use a cultured version like Kerrygold!

Eggs: Note that you will need one whole egg plus an extra egg yolk! Like in my brown butter miso cookies, adding an extra yolk creates a chewier, richer, and more tender texture because of the extra fat and moisture.

Cream of tartar: This is a key ingredient that sets Snickerdoodles apart from other cookies. It creates a tangy flavor, helps the cookies rise slightly, and contributes to their chewy texture.

Brown sugar: Just like in my brown butter toffee cookies, we’re using half brown sugar because of the molasses content- it gives the cookies a super chewy texture! I use light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar can also be used.

Find the full ingredient measurements and instructions in the recipe card below!

Recipe Instructions

A glass measuring cup with browned butter.

1

Brown the butter. Watch the butter, stirring occasionally, as it melts and goes from bright yellow to amber with brown milk solids on the bottom.

Scrape all of the browned butter (including the browned bits) into a mixing bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.

A mixing bowl with the brown butter whisked into the sugar.

2

Whisk in the sugars. Once the butter feels room temperature, whisk in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until combined.

A mixing bowl with the whisked butter, sugar, and eggs.

3

Whisk in the eggs. Then, whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla paste or extract. When the mixture is thick and leaves a trail when whisked, stop mixing.

A bowl of the brown butter snickerdoodle cookie dough.

4

Fold in the dry ingredients. You don’t want to develop too much gluten at this stage- use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour until there are no more visible flour streaks.

Then, set the bowl aside for 15-20 minutes. This will hydrate the flour and make the dough easier to scoop.

Snickerdoodle cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

5

Scoop the cookie dough. Scoop 13 dough balls with a large cookie scoop, rolling each one between your palms, then rolling them in the cinnamon sugar.

Brown butter snickerdoodles on a baking sheet after baking.

6

Bake the cookies. Bake the snickerdoodles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet until the edges are golden brown, but the middles are soft and puffy.

Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer the cookies to the rack to finish cooling.

Storage, Freezing, and Make Ahead

Storage: Any leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Freezer: Once rolled in cinnamon sugar, freeze the cookie dough balls solid, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be baked from frozen, but they will need a few extra minutes when baking.

Make ahead: You can make brown butter snickerdoodles the day before and keep them in the fridge until ready to bake. I don’t recommend refrigerating the dough longer than 24 hours!

FAQs

Do you measure the butter before or after browning?

The butter should be measured before browning it.

I don’t have the cream of tartar; what can I use instead?

Some recipes might offer a substitute, like using a bit of lemon juice or vinegar in the dough. However, cream of tartar contributes to the tangy flavor and chewy texture, so the cookies might not be exactly the same.

Why are my cookies greasy?

The browned butter might have been too hot when incorporated, or the dough might be too warm. Let the butter cool, and make sure you are chilling the dough before baking.

What if my butter isn’t completely cool?

Ideally, the browned butter should cool slightly before incorporating it into the dough (around a lukewarm temperature). Hot butter can make the cookies greasy.

My cookies are spreading too thin!

The butter might be too warm, or you may need more flour.

How can I tell if the cookies are done?

The edges should be golden brown, but the centers should still be soft and slightly puffed.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies on a wire cooling rack.

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Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies broken in half to show the soft and chewy texture.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

4.96 from 45 votes
– by Cambrea Gordon

Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies– the elevated, bakery-style version of the classic! Made in one bowl with browned butter, they are much more flavorful than regular snickerdoodles with the same soft and chewy texture you love!
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Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 13 large cookies
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Ingredients 
 

  • 14 1/2 tablespoons salted European butter, *See notes below*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste, or extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, *See notes below for measuring*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, for rolling

Instructions

  • In a stainless steel pan, cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it looks foamy, smells nutty, and the bottom is covered in amber brown milk solids.
    14 1/2 tablespoons (202 g) salted European butter
  • Take the pan off the heat and pour the butter into a large bowl. Make sure to scrape all of the butter and browned bits from the pan with a rubber spatula. You should have about 170 g or 3/4 cup browned butter. Let the browned butter cool until it feels room temperature. The time it takes will depend on how warm your kitchen is; for me, this takes about 45-60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C and line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the brown and white sugar into the browned butter.
    1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (128 g) light brown sugar
  • Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
    1 large (50 g) egg, 1 large (18 g) egg yolk, 2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until just combined. Set the bowl aside for 15-20 minutes so the dough is easier to scoop.
    2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
    1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Scoop the dough into 3 tbsp (66 g) sized portions and roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Place them on one of the lined baking trays (only 6-7 cookies per tray). Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown with soft and puffy centers.
  • Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies with a spatula to the rack to finish cooling.

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Notes

European butter has a higher fat content, making these cookies richer and more flavorful. Butter can have different percentages of water content, so I recommend weighing or measuring how much butter you have after it’s browned. I use Kerry Gold or Plugra European-style butter. If using unsalted butter, add 1/2 teaspoon to the added salt.
*Measure your dry ingredients properly. This is my #1 baking tip! Do not ever scoop a measuring cup into your flour, as this always leads to using too much flour. Instead, use the spoon-level method. This means fluffing the flour first, then spooning it into your measuring cup/spoon. For the BEST results, use a kitchen scale!*
Cool the butter to room temperature. Once the butter is browned, you must let it come to room temperature before whisking in the sugar. Otherwise, the cookies will overly spread and be greasy!
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

The calorie information provided for the recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.

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61 Comments

  1. Best snickerdoodles I’ve ever had! I’m so picky when it comes to snickerdoodles but you nailed it. This will be a staple recipe for me 🙂5 stars

  2. Hands down the beeeest cookies in the world! 🙌🏻5 stars

  3. Mackenzie says:

    BEST COOKIE RECIPE EVER!!!! We LOVE these snickerdoodles! They are so soft and gooey and come out perfect every time!5 stars

  4. Wow…this might be my new favorite! I usually am not a snickerdoodle fan but holy crap they are amazing. You are gifted 😂5 stars

  5. This is the best cookie recipe i have ever tried! It is SO EASY, they came out exactly the same as the pictures and we literally cant stop eating them. We didnt have white sugar so i just used light brown sugar and they were still perfect. If you want something super simple, dont want to cream butter and sugar together, and want a crowd-pleaser that will have the whole family asking for the recipe- this is it. Thanks Cambrea ❤️5 stars