Chocolate Snickerdoodles

24 cookies
23 min

What could possibly top Snickerdoodles, one of the greatest cookies of all time? Why making them chocolate, of course!

Chooooocolate Snickerdoodles. Oh yeah that’s right, Chocolate Snickerdoodles. Who woulda thought that was a thing? Well, now we know!

I know. I know this sounds bonkers and like I’m totally making this up but I in fact went my whole entire childhood into my twenties (which was oh, just last week of course), without ever having eaten a Snickerdoodle. I’m sure that’s a crime against humanity or some such other wrong.

Since, I’ve discovered a couple related types of Snickerdoodle cookies, variations of which I am sure will end up on The Bake Dept.

Now, you can use any cocoa powder you’d like, but seeing as there’s baking soda in the mix, natural (aka the type readily found in grocery stores) will function best. 

With a dark cookie, yeah, it’s hard to tell when they’re done, so look for slightly dry, puffy set edges and the telltale snickerdoodle cracking across the surface. Inside the cracks, the color will be a deep dark brown and almost look not baked but they are.

Whooo doggie, Chocolate Snickerdoodles! 

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Recipe details
  • 24  cookies
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 23 min
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  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (42 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons (7 g) cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup (213 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (99 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (5 g) cinnamon

In a small bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt then whisk until well mixed.
Add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to a stand mixer bowl and cream everything together on medium.
Once the butter and sugars are fluffy and have lightened in color, turn the mixer speed down to low and add one egg. Add the second egg after the first has mixed in then add the vanilla.
With the mixer still on low, slowly add the previously combined dry ingredients. Stir until the flour mix has barely been blended in, turn off the mixer, then mix by hand with a spatula a final few times.
Let the dough rest on the counter or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. About 15 minutes into resting, begin preheating the oven to 400° F (204° C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Scoop about a 1 tablespoon sized hunk of cookie dough, roll it gently into a ball, then roll it around in the cinnamon and sugar, covering it completely.
Set the balls of dough on the baking sheet about 3 inches apart to account for spread as they bake.
Bake for about 8 minutes. The edges will be slightly puffy and dry while the rest of the cookie will be crackled. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes then remove them to a rack to cool completely.
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  • Lit50939909 Lit50939909 on Dec 19, 2022

    Made these today. I didn't have Cream of Tartar, so I substituted 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder for each teaspoon of Cream of Tartar. They turned out so light and fluffy and not overly sweet. My husband and I absolutely loved them! I'm definitely baking these again.

    • Becky at The Bake Dept Becky at The Bake Dept on Dec 19, 2022

      Thanks for the substitution tip! So excited you loved them and you’ll be making them again! Thanks very much!

  • Gale Gale on Jan 05, 2023

    I’m almost 63 and I have never had a snickerdoodle! But these really look yummy!