Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total Time
1 Hour 28 Mins
Makes 4 1/2 dozen

Lyda Jones Burnette, our Test Kitchen director, borrows this recipe from one of her favorite spice stores—Penzeys.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, beating well.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking powder, and 2 tsp. cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. (If desired, store dough in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.)

Step 3

Combine 3 Tbsp. sugar and 1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, and roll in sugar mixture. Place on ungreased baking sheets, and flatten slightly.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 11 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Penzey's Spice Company

Ratings & Reviews

These are the worst cookies I have ever made

December 24, 2015
I have never, ever thrown out an entire batch of cookies--ever. But there is a first time for everything, and this was it. These may be the worst cookies I have ever tasted. They are completely without flavor, despite adding TWO cups of sugar to the batter. They were blah tasting, and not worth the time and expense of making them. Wish I had read the reviews first. No one in my family liked them, and the entire batch ended up in my garbage can. There has to be a better recipe out there somewhere. I honestly can not understand how these made it out of the Southern Living test kitchen.

eastcoastsouth1's Review

December 25, 2013

Acowden's Review

December 22, 2013

JulioJ's Review

December 21, 2013

scud01's Review

December 10, 2013

ChrisNT's Review

December 07, 2013

lisap17's Review

November 12, 2012
They lacked the cream of tartar that every other snickerdoodle has and had no salt. They were quite bland and definitely not top rating cookie material.

bridgieb65's Review

January 09, 2012

Korie1's Review

December 25, 2011
Im sorry, my bad! I didnt use enough butter. Have to make the recipe again!

calhallic's Review

December 18, 2011
i have worked my way through many kitchens in my life, and have even been an Executive chef in 5 star restaurants. I really love these cookies! Awesome flavor and they stay soft. they're really good dipping them in hot cocoa, especially when you have the peppermint marshmallows in your cocoa!