Christmas Snickerdoodles aka Christmasdoodles

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Christmas Snickerdoodles take the classic snickerdoodle cookie and rolls them in red and green sugar to give them a festive twist. This recipe makes a large batch which is perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges.

snickerdoodles with red and green sugar for christmas

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I first made these Christmas Snickerdoodles as part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.

Last year I made Oatmeal Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies, but this year I wanted to be more festive. Something that rang “holidays”. I went with these dressed up snickerdoodles.

Instead of the usual sugar and cinnamon coating, you use red and green sugar to pretty them up. They are buttery and perfect!


  • Red Sugar
  • Green Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Shortening
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt

red and green snickerdoodles on a wire cookie rack


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Then, prep the sugar by pouring red sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon into a small bowl and the green sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in another small both. Set aside while you make the dough.

First, to a large bowl, add the sugar, shortening, butter, and eggs and mix on medium speed with a hand mixer until well blended.

Then, stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

Next, use a medium cookie scoop to make dough balls. Roll each ball in the colored sugar mixtures and place on the prepared cookie sheets, 2″ apart.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until centers are almost set. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.


red and green snickerdoodles on wire cooling rack



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Christmasdoodles - the classic snickerdoodle made festive with red & green sugar! | Persnickety Plates

Christmas Snickerdoodles

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Soft and buttery snickerdoodles all dressed up for Christmas with red and green sugar.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 90 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons red sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons green sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the red sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon. Mix it up then set aside.
  • In another small bowl, add the green sugar and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinanmon. Mix it up and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the sugar, shortening, butter, and eggs and beat with a mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and stir.
  • I popped mine in the fridge to firm up. It makes the dough easier to work with but if you don't have time, you can get right to scooping.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop out 3/4" balls. Smooth with your hands then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixtures.Put the coated balls on your prepared cookie sheets, about 2" apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the centers of the cookies are just set. Remove from oven, let cool on the pan for about a minute, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Chill cookie dough, covered, for up to 24 hour before baking, if desired.
Recipe from Betty Crocker


Serving: 1gCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 69IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Annie says

    5 stars
    These were so yummy! My son and I ate them all up in about two days (shh.. don’t tell my husband..)! So nice to “meet” you, Melissa–Merry Christmas!

    • Melissa Williams says

      haha I’m so glad you liked them. Nice to meet you, too! =)

    • Melissa Williams says

      They’re fun & easy – perfect for kids 🙂

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