Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

4.74 from 15 votes

Whoa, hold the phone. Did you know that Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles are a THING?

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles are an easy snickerdoodle cookie recipe FULL of gooey chocolate chips and they’re fantastic.

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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!

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

What kind of chocolate chips do you love?

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!

How To Make Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles:

  • Use a good quality butter.
  • These don’t need chilling.
  • Don’t skip the cream of tartar!
  • Skip the chocolate chips for a basic snickerdoodle recipe.

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!!
4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup + ⅓ 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  • Cream butter and ¾ 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.
  • Place remaining ⅓ cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 857mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies

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  1. 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?

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.