Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

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Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles - this easy snickerdoodle recipe is FILLED with chocolate chips. If you haven't tried chocolate chips in snickerdoodle cookies you're missing out!

How To Make Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

So, you might remember I’m no stranger to snickerdoodle cookies – I love tinkering with the traditional recipe. Case in point, my Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles; they’re a reader AND family favorite. But why oh why have I never thought to put chocolate chips in my snickerdoodle recipe?

Life Changing, people, seriously. Capital L, capital C, and again, by Life Changing, I mean I went up a pants size…or two. (Moral of the story: make this recipe to share ONLY.)

Oh, you didn’t know I had a snickerdoodle recipe on this blog? Well SURPRISE…I don’t. But I DO have a Perfect Sugar Cookie, a cookie that, by chance, has cream of tartar on the ingredients list. Three guesses what the secret to amazing snickerdoodles is…ready? One, two…

Cream of Tartar <– that’s the perfect ingredient in all good snickerdoodle recipes. If we’re being all technical and cookie science-y, sugar cookies don’t normally have cream of tartar because they are supposed to be crunchy and not puffy. (Whoever decided that is cray-cray, but whatever.) Snickerdoodles are supposed to have that little “tang” flavor from the cream of tartar, and it also gives them a chewy yet puffy texture.

(Which, if we’re being honest, describes what every good cookie in the world should taste like, always, IMO.)

So, long story short, my sugar cookie recipe doubles as a snickerdoodle cookie recipe if you roll it in sugar.

If you want to make the absolute best snickerdoodle ever, you have to add chocolate chips. <–My new law.

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles Recipe

Okay, so can we talk about chocolate chips for just a teeny second? There are tons of chocolate chip brands out there. We all probably have our favorite, right? I do 99% of my grocery shopping at Walmart or the sale items at Safeway, so I normally buy Hershey’s. Sometimes I splurge of Ghiradelli or Guittard. But, my friends, I’m breaking up with my old chocolate chips.

From now until forever, I will brave dents in my car doors and being run over by speeding cars just so I can buy all my chocolate chips at Trader Joe’s. A few of my blogger friends have recommended them and I finally remembered to buy a few packages during my last visit. (I try to only go there a few times a year, because I cannot handle the parking lot or the tubs of Cat Cookies I come home with.)

These are LIFE CHANGING chocolate chips. The taste is stellar, but more importantly? They stay gooey for hours and, even when the cookies are completely cool, they never get rock solid hard again. That makes these chocolate chip a dessert blogger’s dream, because you can get the gooey shot without microwaving the heck out of a perfectly done cookie. (Can I get an Amen?)

Also? They create Life Changing Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles.

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles - this easy snickerdoodle recipe is FILLED with chocolate chips. We made these twice in two days! Chocolate goes so well with snickerdoodle cookies!

I’m not joking when I say I made these Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles twice in a week. The cookies stay soft and chewy, the cinnamon sugar crunch is the perfect snickerdoodle flavor, and the chocolate. Oh man, the chocolate gets me every time.

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Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles are the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe filled with chocolate chips! These are a family favorite cookie recipe!!


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup + 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  2. Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. (These taste better if you err on the side of under rather than over done). Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.


Skip the chocolate chips and you have yourself the perfect snickerdoodle cookie recipe!

Nutrition Information

Yield: About 24 cookies, Serving Size: 1 cookie

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 181
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Sodium: 857mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 2g
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  1. Yes to TJ’s chips. The best. They are my go-to for the last 7 years of blog cookie recipes! The meltability factor, and that they stay soft for hours, yep. I have honestly never microwaved a cookie for photography, ever. I owe it to the Trader 🙂

    These cookies look awesome and if you made them twice in a week, they were amazing bc dessert bloggers don’t remake stuff! 🙂

  2. The amount of snickerdoodles consumed in my household is a bit embarrassing. Now just wait until I start adding the chocolate chip cookies!

  3. Ahh! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! You are brilliant to add chocolate chips. It sounds like one of the best combinations ever!

  4. These cookies are the best of both worlds! Pinning 🙂

  5. This is genius! Why have I never thought to add chocolate chips to my snickerdoodles?! Those melty chips look amazing- I’ve yet to try Trader Joe’s brand but now they’re on my list!

  6. Well, with this post I do believe I NEED to make these cookies. Never knew about TJ’s chocolate chips. I guess I need to brave the parking lot and standing room only store to try some of these chips. Thanks for making my week busy.😉

    • Seriously, do it. I normally only go there for dog treats, salsa, and protein bars. I’m still full up on all those but I’ll make a special trip from now on just for these chips!

  7. Wow, great minds think alike. I was just looking in my pantry yesterday and saw a yellow cake mix that had a recipe for snickerdoodles on the side and my first thought was that I should try making them with chocolate chips in them. Now I’m sure that this recipe will be much better to try out! Thanks. 🙂

  8. These are genius!! I cannot wait to test the recipe,for moral support snd scientific reaearch purposes!! ha ha.

    I am laughing so hard because you hit the nail on the head about Trader Joe’s. The killer parking lot! I have an old lady solution. I have my hubby drop me off and I run in. The family can hang on the car. My son said that Trader Joe’s sells a lot of party food. I agree!

  9. The parking lot – yes to the argh!  I park as far away as I can reasonably walk, just to avoid the mess.  But I definitely have to try their chocolate chips, and this recipe!

  10. Sounds delicious! And I can’t wait to try trader joes choc chips- thanks for sharing!

  11. Better go buy myself some larger pants… 😉

  12. Back when we had bake sales in college we always sold out of snickerdoodles first. But I have never had chocolate chip snickerdoodle before. These sound delicious. I have to check these out.

  13. While I have never been a fan of Snickerdoodles, I freely admit you had me at chocolate chips! I made your Cinnamon Roll Blondes yesterday, brought them into work this morning, & I am delighted to report they played to nothing but rave reviews! Next up Chocolate chip snickerdoodles. Many thanks for another fun post.

  14. I love snickerdoodles… and now you’ve taken them to the next level! 

    I’m definitely going to have to get myself some TJs chocolate chips!  They look perfectly soft and melty just like a chocolate chips *should* be!!

  15. I’ve been making these for years using white chocolate chips! Welcome to the my world!

  16. What a yummy idea! I’ll have to buy chocolate chips the next time I’m at Trader Joes 🙂

  17. I did this recipe but they turned out flat 🙁 I also made a batch with the dough previusly refrigered but again flat, what could be the cause?

  18. The question is, why haven’t these been a thing before now? We’ve all been deprived! Thanks for letting us know what we’ve been missing 🙂

  19. I made these but they didn’t seem to flatten out much. Kinda disappointed :/ they do have the fluffy texture but are still tasting doughy after 11 min. Not sure why?

  20. What can substitute for cream of tartar or can I just leave it out? Thanks! Your cookies look so delish!

  21. I just made the dough, and, it’s on the dry side! I followed the recipe to the letter! Any suggestions?

  22. Will it still turn out fine if I double the recipe? Thanks!!

  23. Just made this!! Will see how the kiddies and the Hubbs take to it!! Im excited because this new take on snickerdoodles will prob be my family’s favorite

  24. When you say 2 tablespoon size, would that be the equivalent to the largest cookie scoop??

  25. Delicious recipe!

    Rating: 4

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