These cookies bake crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a delicious citrus twist and a crunchy cinnamon-sugar coat. An absolute Christmas killer! They smell absolutely heavenly when being baked. Fairly easy to make and the kids will love rolling them in the cinnamon-sugar before you bake them! Excellent with hot tea, milk, and coffee. They're great for dipping and stay crispy after dunking!


Recipe Summary

10 mins
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25 mins
18 cookies


Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets and set aside.

  • Beat 1 1/4 cups sugar, butter, and oil together until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon zest, and vanilla.

  • Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl. Sift until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 batches, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Shape the cookie dough into walnut-sized balls and roll them in the sugar mixture until thoroughly coated. Space cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the snickerdoodles to cool on the baking sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Cook's Notes:

After step 4, you may choose to refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes, and during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration, preheat the oven. Use a little bit of pressure when rolling the cold dough in the cinnamon-sugar to encourage proper coating. Do not flatten the cookies before baking. Add 1 to 2 minutes to the baking time.

Use orange zest instead of lemon, or mix the two. I would not consider using an extract in place of the zest due to liquid imbalances.

If you want, you can use a colored sugar in the coating mixture for a festive holiday decor.

Nutrition Facts

229 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 29.3g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 54.5mg; sodium 126.3mg. Full Nutrition