Chocolate Snickerdoodles

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles will remind you of a classic snickerdoodle but in chocolate form! The cookies are soft, chewy, and SO delicious! Chocolate lovers will love this Easy snickerdoodle cookie Recipe!

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

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Now, onto cookies! And not just any cookies, but Chocolate Snickerdoodles. That’s right, I turned the classic snickerdoodle cookie into a chocolate snickerdoodle. If you are a traditionalist, you might be thinking that I am crazy and might not be up for trying my chocolate snickerdoodles, but just wait. Remember my Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles? Yeah, everyone loves those and I think you will love this twist on the classic snickerdoodle too. I mean, come on, Chocolate and Snickerdoodles…YES!

Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookie Stack

So what is a chocolate snickerdoodle?

  • Basically, a regular snickerdoodle cookie with the addition of cocoa powder.
  • The cookies are still super soft and chewy, a must for snickerdoodles.
  • They also have cream of tartar, like traditional snickerdoodles.  The acid in cream of tartar gives snickerdoodles a slight tangy flavor and makes the cookies chewy because the cream of tartar prevents the sugar from crystalizing and making the cookies crunchy.
  • The cookies have cinnamon in the dough and they get rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking. If you are worried chocolate and cinnamon don’t go together, don’t worry. The hint of cinnamon is SO nice with the chocolate.

Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

The cookies are easy to mix up with every day ingredients. Make sure you don’t over bake the snickerdoodles. You want them to stay soft and chewy!

When you bite into your first cookie you will be expecting a normal chocolate cookie, but the chocolate isn’t overpowering. You will taste the chocolate, but then you will be hit with the hint of cinnamon and the familiar taste of a snickerdoodle. You might ponder the cookie for a minute and wonder if a chocolate snickerdoodle is a real thing. You might even eat three cookies to determine if you like chocolate snickerdoodles. And on your fourth cookie, you will be SOLD! The combination is real and it is SO good! Chocolate lovers will especially love this snickerdoodle recipe.

Go wild and bake up a batch of Chocolate Snickerdoodles. They will surprise you!

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Soft and chewy snickerdoodles with cocoa powder. You are going to love this twist on the classic snickerdoodle cookie.
4.53 from 17 votes


For the cookies:

Cinnamon sugar mixture:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and turn the mixer on low. Mix until just combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.
  • Form the dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons per cookie. Roll the cookie dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges but still soft in the center. Don't overbake.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 205IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. These look so delicious and would be the perfect little token gift in little stripy cookie bags – unless I end up eating them all myself! I can’t wait to give them a go, I’m sure they will taste just as amazing as they look! YUM!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  2. So looking forward to trying these! I love the combo of cinnamon and chocolate (Mexican hot chocolate is a personal fave), and these look like a perfect cookie version of that.

  3. 5 stars
    So exciting about the cookbook! I look forward to seeing it 🙂

    I love chocolate and cinnamon together. It makes me think of a Mexican hot chocolate. Which is so yummy! What a great idea for these cookie.

  4. Hi! I would love to make these! I’ve just had to eliminate gluten from my diet, so I’m wondering if I can sub gluten free flour for AP? Would it turn out the same?

  5. Just made this. Butter was room temp, perfectly measured all ingredients. Baked for 10. My cookies puffed up and never flattened. Still taste great.  Any tips?

    1. 5 stars
      When I made these last night, I used the back of a fork to gently press a simple criss-cross pattern into the tops of the cookies before I put them in the oven, and they came out perfect! I’m glad I saw your comment before I started baking, or I might not have thought of it, so I thought I had better reply in case anyone else looking to make these is reading the comments for tips, too. Two batches have already disappeared since yesterday and it’s only ten am, so I think they can be considered a hit with my family 😀

    2. Mine too! I baked half of the dough with the way mentioned in the recipe. Next batch I flattened the balls. And waiting to see how it comes out.

  6. I didn’t have all purpose flour so I used bread flour. Had to flattened them with a spatula and baked them 10 more min. They are cakey, soft and delicious. I will make these again. 

  7. 2 stars
    I’ve made these, the flavor is amazing but mine stayed hard little hard balls. How do I make them flat  and chewy 

  8. 5 stars
    I cannot believe the taste! This is exactly what I was craving today. I thought about baking choc chip but  was out of chips. Then went to snickerdoodles but wanted chocolate.  Then I thought…. what about a chocolate snickerdoodle?! I searched and found this. I did think for a second if I would like the cinnamon on it and almost omitted that from the recipe until I read that someone said it was a pleasant surprise of a taste! Which is CORRECT! I love it… try it. The only thing I changed up was the butter. My original snickerdoodles cookie recipe calls for half  cup of butter and half cup of crisco.  But I kept everything else the same! 
    My new favorite cookie. I cannot wait until my kids come home from school so I can share… or should I?! Lol

    1. Oh! I also only baked them for only 7 minutes (they will not look done) and took them out of oven and let them sit on pan for 2 more minutes. Perfect!

  9. When I made mine I used half butter and half organic coconut oil. They stayed chewy for about a day and a half. I can’t say whether or not it would last longer because they were gone! So delicious. 

  10. 3 stars
    These were good but not a show stopper. We didn’t find any particular flavor – neither the chocolate nor the cinnamon stood out. Mine did fine flattening when I baked them.
    If I make them again I would increase the cocoa and use the full teaspoon of cinnamon (I used about 3/4t).
    Also, I don’t understand the practice of “reviewing” a recipe before you have made it?!