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Easy Special Snickerdoodle Recipe That Ignited Our Love

Updated on August 12, 2013
Snickerdoodles (aka Mukambis)
Snickerdoodles (aka Mukambis)
The Victoria Falls in Zambia
The Victoria Falls in Zambia | Source

Cookies That Sealed The Deal

Are you scratching your head confused about what to bring to the cookout? Don't just go bald yet. Perhaps I can help. There is this recipe of yummy Snickerdoodles I learned from Katie that will not only save you from frustration, but will absolutely blow your mind with their taste. I promise you will keep a separate tray for yourself.

A Little History Of My First Encounter

The other day Katie baked some yummy Snickerdoodles and they sparked a reminiscing of our love's genesis. We were quite new in our dating days and the romance was tantalizingly crazy. Not that it has now ended. far from it. In fact, our love has simply morphed into a deeper, more sane, dimension. We've grown more comfortable with each other. We just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Whoo hoo, can I get an amen?

Two months into our dating, like most love birds do, we decided to go on a weekend trip. At that time, we were both living in Zambia (Southern Africa) and doing mission work, working with children affected by AIDS. We worked for an organization called Children in Crisis. It was a rewarding and life changing experience.

I am sure you guessed right. Yes, we went on a safari.

If you have never been to Zambia, you've not been to the real Africa yet. It is the place like no other. And there you will find one of the seven wonders of the world - The Victoria Falls. It is three times the size of Niagara falls. A breathtaking magnificent wonder that will cause you to throw away your big-bang theory. Immediately you will embrace the belief in an intelligent creator of the universe. No more that random cheap talk. Before you die, put it on the must see list. If you are planning a honeymoon, go to Zambia and marvel at the Victoria Falls.

In fact, I had every intention to launch my engagement proposal right under the Falls, but, plans changed. Instead, it happened at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. Equally significant place.

Back to our outing for that particular weekend. We went to the Kafue National Park (a protected natural habitat) one of the largest protected areas in the world. It measures about 22500 square kilometers (8687.298 miĀ²) which is half the size of Switzerland. So you can expect to see all kinds of species and breath clean and unpolluted air. A rare thing these days with all the carbon emissions.

We rented tent chalets at a resort named Mukambi. It was here that we came face to face with a male Hippo outside our little tent. He had huge bite marks all over his body, suspected to have been inflicted on him by other hippos fighting for territorial control. If you know anything about hippos, they are the most territorial and most dangerous animals in the world. Remember, these are giant African hippos, not those pygmy hippos we usually see.

In the middle of the night, we were surrounded by a herd of over 200 giant elephants, some double the size of the Asian elephants we see in Zoos and Circuses . In case you forgot, we were in a little tent. Our only escape route would be to run toward the Kafue river, where we would be a 'hallelujah' banquet for the hungry crocodiles.

The next morning we ran for our lives, chased by two warthogs that later turned out to be friendly. One was nicknamed Pumba after the character in Lion King.

And hey, did I mention that two Hippos head butted our boat twice during our boat cruise. You could literally feel your heart coming to your throat. It was so scary. Thank God I visited the restroom before the cruise, otherwise it would have been a sorry sight.

As if that wasn't enough gut wrenching, on our way back, we disturbed a herd of elephants that were swimming across the river and they charged at us. Luckily our highly trained guide swiftly navigated us out of the danger Zone. You ask me if I can do it again? Absolutely! You must go and experience it for yourself. It's an experience you will never forget for the rest of your life.

It was during this very exciting boat cruise that Katie took out our comfort food Snickerdoodles. She had baked and packed them for us as a snack . Its amazing what a simple snack can do. From there, our love exploded. If there was anything that sealed the deal for me, this was it.

I know that sounds crazy. Unless, you have studied the connection of food and relationships. Why do you think most first dates involve some kind of eating out? There is a power that works miracles in food that you cannot ignore in any relationship. Anyway, that's bonus advice. People get paid for this. I'll write a special hub on that soon. Let us get on to the recipe.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (powered)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, slightly lower if your oven gets too hot.
  2. In a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Roll the dough into balls, then roll the balls in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Be careful not to leave these on the hot pan for too long before moving them to a cooling rack. They can easily dry out if they are over-baked. You want them to still maintain some moisture and softness.

These will go with any beverage, including just plain water. Bon appetit!

Let me know how they turned out.


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      3 years ago

      Wow this looks amazing! I will deeniitfly need to bookmark this to try. I haven't had the pumpkin kisses yet but this will make me try them out. Thanks for posting the recipe! Love your blog! I am a new reader and it is great!

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      3 years ago

      in pumpkin pies and makes it truly hmdaoeme. a0It is good in many other baked goods, such as Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Pancakes, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles, or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      You are so welcome Christy and thanks for dropping by. Let me know how it goes. Appreciate your writing!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A friend of mine first introduced me to these delicious treats a few years ago. I am excited to have the recipe now, thanks!

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hahaha...You made my day. "Every Snickerdoodle that ever passed my lips ended up on my hips." You should write a song on that. It rhymes very well. Don't worry, I won't tell!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Well, I can't recall anyone ever using a wonderful story about a safari in Africa as a run up to a cookie recipe, so congrats on being the first!

      I love love LOVE Snickerdoodles! Especially while they're still warm. Heaven! Alas, I lost my own recipe years ago...perhaps unconsciously on purpose after realizing every Snickerdoodle that ever passed my lips ended up on my hips.

      But just like a moth is attracted to a flame, as soon as I saw the title of this hub, I *had* to read it. Hard to do while reaching for a mixing bowl and all the ingredients I could remember. But miracle of miracles, my hips are safe! I'm out of lemon juice! (Just don't tell anybody I bookmarked this hub for future reference, okay?) ;D

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      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Fuller-Life, I had never heard of snickerdoodles before, but now I know and can't wait to bake some. I enjoyed reading about your wonderful adventure (and your love life) in Zambia.. your experience with the hippos sealed the deal for me. lol That's scary! The picture of Victoria Falls is absolutely beautiful and I'm sure in person, it's breathtaking. Great job! I voted up and definitely awesome and useful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey I love cinnamon too. Though, I must confess that overuse it sometimes, even in my pancakes and waffles. lol

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      7 years ago

      Fuller-Life: I fell in love with Snickerdoodles before I even tasted them because I loved the name! Your recipe is close to mine, only I mix in tons of cinnamon cuz it's one of my favorite spices, especially in cinnamon ice cream.

      Thank you for sharing this recipe and its historic place in your life.

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Bud Gallant. Great to hear from you. Yes it's possible. I've tried peanut butter ones. But adding chocolate sounds even more divine. Go for it!

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      Bud Gallant 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      These look pretty tasty. I wondered what a snickerdoodle was. Now I know! I'd like to try some chocolate peanut butter snickerdoodles. Is that possible?

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey Om...way to go. So, what are your favorite cookies, if not snickerdoodles? Is there some story to your love with the name?

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Good job. Thanks for the recipe. Although snickerdoodles aren't my favorite cookies, I love to say "snickerdoodles" a lot. I just love the way it sounds. LOL =D

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      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for the captivating story of your visit to Zambia and how Snickerdoodles sealed the deal!

      It’s a great account of the wonder of our Creators handiwork and the beauty of love in relationship!

      As Dexter mentioned, it would be great to hear more about your adventures in Africa :-)

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey Guanta, good to hear that you are trying them out. They're great. Yeah, you should have seen the "run or be eaten" sprint! Lol

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      7 years ago from New York City

      Hi Fuller-Life, I'm on my way to the supermarket to get the ingredients to make these cookies, they are new to me. Also, I really enjoyed the description of your Safari, almost felt like I was there. LOL!

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hahaha...Sylvia it's not just about Snickerdoodles, but they spiced up things. Katie also agrees that my friends were equally sold on them and no doubt campaigned on her behalf. Thanks Writer20. I am loving your hubs as well.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I love your writing about the beloved animals you encountered.

      Katie caught your tummy with her great snickdoodles, congratulations Dexter

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      So, this great love is really about the snickerdoodles...LOL! Seriously, I loved this hub. Your writing is wonderful. I am an avid baker and don't really have an outstanding snickerdoodle recipe. Will have to try this one!

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Dexter. Now that you mentioned it, I guess I should.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would love to hear more about your time and work in Zambia. That would make for an interesting hub, I'm sure!

    • Fuller-Life profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey Beth, great to hear from you. I am glad I reminded of Snickerdoodles. I love them and I think they can easily claim the spot of my comfort foods.

    • Beth100 profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      I LOVE snickerdoodles!! The first time I baked these, I was only 8. I fell in love with these and bake them as often as I can! Thank you for reminding me how wonderful these cookies are! :)


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