disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walmart.

Thank you so much for all the sweet words and encouragement about my husband and his hurt back.

Let me tell you.

Back challenges are no fun.

In an attempt to cheer him up and make him smile and make his back feel better, I decided to do something that I almost never do.


Bake his favorite cookies on this planet.

His mother’s Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

He was gone for the day and I wanted to surprise him, so I had the day planned out. I had my checklist. I had all my to-do’s lined up for the day and baking cookies were slotted from 4:00-5:00 pm. Somewhere around noon I decided to pull out the butter to let it soften and put the other ingredients on the counter to save time.

And then?

I discovered something that made my heart sink.

This recipe calls for Cream of Tartar.

Cream of WHAT?

I don’t really cook.

I don’t really bake.

And I FOR SURE did not have anything with the word Tartar in my pantry.

What was I going to do?

My husband was gone. Both the twins had the other car.

It was just me and my Cream of Tartarless pantry.

(total aside: I discovered I was out of vanilla, too.)

Now you know how much I love Walmart delivery.

I’ve talked about it before and shared how much we love it and it’s been a lifesaver recently.

Normally, I place the order and get it later that day or the day after that.

But now?



You can put in an order and have it delivered to your house in two hours.

And guess what?

Walmart has Cream of Tartar.

It’s so easy to use.

The prices are the same as in the store and the service is available from 8am to 8pm.

And you can use Express delivery on just about anything.

You simply go online to Walmart.com.

Click the grocery button and start shopping.

You can search for anything (like vanilla—especially real vanilla) and place it in your cart and when you are ready?

You just click the check out button.

You get an alert about your order and an email shows up with your estimated arrival time.

And your groceries show up in two hours or less.

Or in my case, it only took 1 hour and five minutes.

Here’s my Cream of Tartar (and a few other things) sitting on my front porch with contactless delivery in one hour and five minutes.

Isn’t technology amazing?

And did I make the cookies?



Yes I did.

Would you like the recipe?

Just in case someone you know loves Snickerdoodle Cookies, too?

A plate of freshly baked cookies on a blue and white ceramic cake stand, with a matching plate, a glass of milk, and a white pitcher in the background, placed on a patterned tablecloth.

The Best Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

These are my mother-in-law's cookies and they are incredible. They are soft and chewy and crisp around the edges with a cinnamon sugar topping.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Cream sugar and butter.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and dry ingredients (except the 3 Tbsps of sugar and the 1 tsp of cinnamon).
  • Mix the 3 Tbsps of sugar with the 1 tsp of cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and cover with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


It’s so easy to make.

You just follow the instructions and roll the dough in the sugar and cinnamon.

Place them on a cookie sheet and bake.

And then?

They turn out just like this.

There were some challenges along this cookie’s journey.

But in the end?

There was an entire platter of snickerdoodles baked from his mother’s recipe sitting on the counter waiting for my husband when he got home yesterday.

He was so happy and he told me his back felt so much better.

I’m sure it was the cookies. 🙂

Please note: Walmart Express delivery is subject to availability at select stores. Standard delivery fee and/or Express delivery fee may apply. Minimum order applies.

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  1. Image for Jeannie Scott Jeannie Scott

    Hi, Your email stated "How to Distress Wood in just a few minutes"??? Where can I find that story, please. Thanks,

  2. Image for Sally Kirk Sally Kirk

    My oldest son loves snickerdoodle cookies. For his birthday, you might want to bake a snickerdoodle cake. Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I think that Snickerdoodles are one of the only recipes that I use Cream of Tartar for. Snickerdoodles are a family favorite in general, but are the hands down favorite for one of my sons. My husband is famous for his soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. What a fun surprise for your husband. Thank goodness that Walmart express delivery came through for you. I wouldn't even have thought of using the service. I would have been asking my neighbors to see what was in their pantry!


    Yum-love snickerdoodle cookies! Now I want some. Thanks for the recipe and showing how Walmart express worked. Hope your husband loved them.

  5. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Good to know that Walmart has this delivery option!! Happy to hear the back is getting better 👍Snickerdoodles remind me of my childhood....my best friends Mom made them all the time!!

  6. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Yum.. may have to try those. I make my own vanilla and once you do this, it will be a VERY long time before you run out. I mean like 8 years. Get an inexpensive bottle of Vodka. Any brand works fine. No sense in getting an expensive brand for this. Then, add between 6 - 8 vanilla beans. Using a sharp knife, run it along the entire length of the bean exposing the tiny little beans inside. Drop those beans in the bottle of Vodka. Put the lid back on the bottle and give it a little shake. Put the bottle in your pantry... every now and then givit it another little shake. Just a tiny one will do. Leave the beans in there for as long as you have the bottle. And after about a month or so, you'll have a bottle of Vanilla! Easy Peasy. I had a bottle on the shelf for more years than I can count. Because it's such a larger container, I would pour out enough to fill a smaller bottle to keep in my pantry. That's about all there is to it.

  7. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Just to clarify, once you slit the vanilla bean drop it into the vodka bottle. I didn't mean to make it sound like just the inside of the vanilla bean should go into the bottle of Vodka. Just drop the entire bean into the bottle. Sorry if it sounded confusing bc it will take you about 5 minutes to do this.

  8. Image for Patricia Patricia

    I love a good snickerdoodle but I too came in search of How to distress wood in minutes which is what the email was titled

  9. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

    I am SO SORRY! Here's that post that I e-mailed out on Friday:   https://thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-distress-wood-in-minutes/ I sent that title out in error! Happy day friend !KariAnne

  10. Image for JC JC

    Yum! These cookies are my son in love's favorites. Making a note of this recipe! I guess I didnt realize Walmart had THAT fast of a delivery! I have still been using pick up and delivery at other stores and loving it! I don't miss grocery shopping in person very much. This is a big time saver too in which you can use to distress a table or make more cookies! 😉

  11. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Two things... 1. My husband’s favorite cookies are snickerdoodles too! I will try this recipe! 2. I am not glad that you make email mistakes, because I don’t wish that on you, but, it kind of makes me feel better! Last week I sent out the wrong e-mail TWICE!!

  12. Image for Lyn Lyn

    As a newlywed of 50 years - when we got married I couldn't even cook a hotdog - really. The first baking I ever did was to bake snickerdoodles - still a favorite. When I mix the dough up, and this goes for other kinds of cookies as well - chocolate chips, molasses, etc.., I form the balls and then I put them all on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Whenever I want just a dozen, or I have surprise guests in the form of granddaughters, I can pop them in the oven. I do flatten the dough with the bottom of a juice glass. There is nothing like a warm freshly baked cookie.

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  14. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Oh yes ma'am, snickerdoodles are one of the very best cookies to bake. I'm so glad Walmart saved the day with cream of tartar delivery. Snickerdoodles do not turn out without cream of tartar. A fun thing to do with snickerdoodles is eat them for breakfast with a strong cup of coffee. Or, sandwich two together with some buttercream like that cookie store at the mall!

  15. Image for JanL JanL

    I'm not much of a baker either. These cookies look delicious. QUESTION: what kind of flour? self-rising or all purpose?

  16. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    When I was young I baked Snickerdoodles all the time for my little brother. They are his all-time favorite too. I haven't made them in years. (And I bake and cook all the time.) I think I may have to whip up a batch. I will compare your MIL's recipe to the one I use and see how they compare. Baking your hub's fav cookie to surprise him is just so sweet. ♥

  17. Image for Nuala Raftery Nuala Raftery

    Here in Ireland you can buy baking soda and cream of tartar ready mixed, it’s called Bextartar - that’s a trade name.

  18. Image for Marisa Franca Stewart Marisa Franca Stewart

    I started scanning the comments as I came down here to put my 2¢ in. The word Vodka jumped out at me and I thought "Oh no!" Is the person suggesting when all else fails give up and drink a shot of vodka. I have been tempted to do that -- you know, there are just those days. But "Bless your heart" Karianne doesn't give up. Be it nails or hairspray -- the show must go on. And see, baking isn't hard is it?? I have to confess, I look at your stove and I'm pea green. Seriously! That is one heck of a stove for a non-baker/cooker. And Snickerdoodles are my Honey's favorite too. When he worked construction many moons ago I'd make him for his lunches. If you want to go "gourmet" try browning the butter next time. Sending you lots of good baking vibes -- oh, and hugs too.

  19. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I love this soooo much!! I laughed all of the way through the cream of tartar! But...those photos were amazing! I’m not even a snickerdoodles girl. I’m loving your food styling inspiration! 🥰

  20. Image for Kris Kris

    Hmm, I wanted to reply to JANL but try though I may, I can't get it to work. In answer to the question about what kind of flour to use--all-purpose is what you want. Self-rising flour already has the baking powder and salt added in so if you use it, your proportions of ingredients will be thrown off and your end result will be edible but not what you were hoping for. In general, when a recipe says "flour" what it means is all-purpose flour. Recipes will specify when they want a more specific flour. So, KariAnne, I provided snacks for my son's Eagle project last week--by far, the favorite was snickerdoodles (my recipe is very similar but doesn't use vanilla). Doncha just love the smell of them baking??? :)

  21. Image for Susan Takeda Susan Takeda

    Thank you for posting the recipe. We had my grandmothers recipe and it got lost somehow when we were kids.. My sisters and I have tried lots of recipes over the years, but none tasted as good as my grandmothers. I think this recipe may be the one and I am going to bake them today to make sure. I think it is the vanilla that will make the difference.


    How nice of you, KariAnne, to bake these cookies for your hubby! I know they really helped his back, too! You might even have to make a few more batches for him so that his back will keep feeling better and better! This just might be the "sure cure"! Ha! Ha! I have never made these cookies but I am going to make them tomorrow for my hubby! Thanks for sharing your recipe! It just looks so yummy!

  23. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    Hello KariAnne. These are my sons favorite cookies, too. Going to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Image for Holly Holly

    You were not exaggerating when you said, "They are soft and chewy and crisp around the edges" because they are exactly that! These are delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. Image for Karen Karen

    Thank you sweet & precious friend! I really appreciate you sharing this amazing recipe! Thanks again for everything you do. XOXO Blessings to y'all from Alabama

  26. Image for Linda Linda

    Good morning, I just wanted to let you know that this recipe really is the best snickerdoodle cookie recipe EVER!!! I’ve been making tea cakes for year that I’m well known for in our family, church & community & I told my daughter that if these cookies were in a contest against my tea cakes, I think this one would win!!! We absolutely loved them! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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