Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Snickerdoodle Lovers.

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodle fanatic and brown butter fan here! Combined, they are a perfect match...


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


1. In a small saucepan, melt butter at medium heat. Reduce to simmer and stir until butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together cooled butter, sugar and eggs.

3. Sift dry ingredients together and stir into wet mixture. Cover bowl and chill dough in refrigerator until firm.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

5. Roll dough into small balls (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of dough per ball). Roll balls in mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and place on ungreased baking sheet.

6. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are flattened and crinkly.


11 Responses to “Brown Butter Snickerdoodles”

  1. postedFeb 28, 2010 1:35 PM

    Didn’t taste the browned butter in the final cookie either. I will try your mom’s recipe to compare.

  2. postedMar 20, 2010 10:10 AM

    These were scrumptious! The browned butter taste was not very strong, but I did think it gave them a slightly “warmer” flavor. Maybe it was all in my head. ๐Ÿ™‚

    At any rate, they were absolutely amazing and I ate way too many when I was making them!

  3. postedDec 24, 2010 10:01 AM
    Shannon Brandner

    I have been making snickerdoodles for years, and always had a problem with the cookies being way too flat when they cooled (still yummy, though). This recipe not only had a far, far better flavor, but the texture and appearance are perfect. These are amazing, and my new go-to cookie. Thank you!

  4. postedFeb 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    have made snickerdoodles many times but these are PERFECT..the browned butter extra flavor is slight, but absolutely YUMMY!

  5. postedJun 14, 2012 8:50 PM

    Absolutely the best snickerdoodles ever! They are my husbands favorite cookie but I always hated to make them because they were so messy and such hard work, but the consistency of the dough is so easy to work with I can make them super-quick. They were the perfect texture, thickness, and flavor and a new household favorite!

  6. postedAug 21, 2013 12:33 PM
    Nana's Basket

    I make snickerdoodles every year at Christmas time. I have my Mother’s recipe that she’s made for the past 50+ years. I saw this recipe the other day and today seemed like the perfect “snickerdoodle” day. I am not at my house, so I searched a recipe here on RecipeGirl and ended up making these Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. I am not sure about the difference but if I remember right, I don’t use butter, I use Crisco…..Well, not anymore, this recipe is by far better than any I’ve ever eaten. And I am a “snickerdoodle” expert. I am always trying different recipes and now I can look no further. I have found the one I will use from now on. Don’t get discouraged with browning the butter. It takes about 20 – 30 to get it as brown as you need it but they are worth the wait ! A++++++
    You won’t regret it. They are fabulous!!!

    • August 22nd, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

      I’m so glad to hear you had such great success with these!

  7. postedApr 3, 2014 11:21 PM

    Oh. My. Frigging. GAWWWWD!!!! Best snickerdoodles I have ever had. Seriously. No joke. My boyfriend and I are cookie fanatics and the last recipe we tried was a real stinker. This one redeemed our cookie dreams. Amaaaaaazinnnnguh!

  8. postedApr 4, 2014 6:12 AM

    Mmmm looks great!!!

  9. postedOct 6, 2016 12:51 PM

    We love snickerdoodles but I would make a couple of changes to this recipe. I would switch out half of the white sugar for brown sugar. I would also chill the dough before baking. I also normally use butter flavored Crisco for half the butter. These few tweaks would result in a chewy cookie with more height.ย 

  10. postedJan 15, 2017 8:18 PM

    I love brown butter snickerdoodles!! They became a favorite in my house quite some time ago. Now…to really blow your taste buds…a couple years ago i saw a recipe for brown butter, SALTED CARAMEL snickerdoodles! Let me just say FABULOUS!!! Definitely a must try ๐Ÿ™‚

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