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SnickerDoodle Teddy Bear Cookies

Updated on June 29, 2012

SnickerDoodle Teddy Bear Cookies Lots of Fun, and Tummy Yummy!

 One of my wife's favorite sweets is the Snicker Doodle.  My wife uses a recipe her mom gave her years ago, and we simply love it.  She takes the dough and fashions it into teddy bears, and the kids love it, I admit that I do too!  It combines the joy of play dough with the yummy of the cookie.

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My children are grown, but my wife and I still enjoy tinkering with cookie treats for the season.  I remember Barbara collecting our brood each holiday and making some sort of cookie delight.   When else, can I say, "I am hungry enough to eat a bear!"  This lens will take you through the whole process made from scratch starting with the dough to the eating of sweet Teddy! I am also throwing in many other snickerdoodle  recipes, plus some other stuff you won't want to miss!

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What The Noodle Is a Snickerdoodle

What In the Noodle Is a Snickerdoodle Anyway?

A Snicker Doodle is a sugar cookie, kind of! However, it is not just any sugar cookie; it is in a culinary category all to itself. Its dough is rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture, and when cooked, fills the nostrils and tickles the palate with sensual delight. Cream of tartar helps the cookie   reach its desirable texture. This acid powder helps by reacting with the eggs and sugar to hold air and moisture in the cookies; it also provides some leaven. So, I reckon it is not a sugar cookie, but a snickerdoodle! It is sweet and spicy, and a favorite of our family!

No one really knows the origin of the snickerdoodle, but recipes are cited in print from at least 1889. Snickerdoodles were very popular in New England and Pennsylvania during this time period. There are a few different beliefs about where the name came from. According to Wikipedia, the cookies might have beginnings dating from olden Netherlands or Germany. The word, Snickerdoodle, may have origins in the German word Schneckennudeln, which is a cinnamon dusted sweet roll. I am more of a romantic and like to give its heritage in a series of tall tales around a hero named Snickerdoodle from the early 1900s. These make beautiful stories to tell the kids while making the cookies.

Food historians inform us the history of small cookies with many of these Snickerdoodle variety ingredients dates back to olden Roman times. Small cakes of this type were quite well-liked in Medieval Europe. In Medieval and Renaissance England, akin cookies were called "jumbles." The Germans would often add more spices, such as cinnamon and dried fruits. As the Europeans established themselves in the New World they brought with them their cookery traditions and recipes. We find plenty of recipes printed in 18th-19th century American cookbooks that are like Snickerdoodles, but they are called other names (jumbles, ginger cookies).

The Food Timeline: history notes--cookies, crackers & biscuits
Snickerdoodle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tracing the History of the Snickerdoodle « Bake Me More
History of Cookies, Cookie History, All about the history of cookie
Who invented the snickerdoodle cookie?

Make A Tradition of SnickerDoodle Christmas Teddy Bears

Just follow the seven steps of this lens!

I believe that family traditions are important.  We made our own traditions to help instill family values into our children.  Every Christmas we had our own Christmas family devotions; we decorated the tree with the retelling of the story of every special ornament we collected over the years; we shared gifts; and we cooked.  Snickerdoodles, like many other cookies can be formed and decorated into shapes and images are that are just plain fun.  Why not start a tradition!

Note:  Part of the recipe I give here has been handed down from my wife's mom to us.  It was published in a cook book from a church we pastored in the Appalachians of Eastern Tennessee.  Over the years we have made it our own by tweaking it here and there the way we liked it.  I know there are many snickerdoodle recipes out there in snickerdoodle land, but this one is the best.  I know this is true because we couldn't say it on the internet if it were not!

Seriously, give it a try.  If you don't like it, change it.  Then you will have the best snickerdoodle recipe ever!

Step One

Gather your ingredients

Gather your kids

Tell the story of Snickerdoodle!

Ingredients Plus Story Telling Time

Snickerdoodle Christmas Cookies

Snickerdoodles: Gather the ingredients:
**          Two sticks butter (softened)
**          Two cups sugar
**          2 eggs (beaten)
**          2 ½ cups flour
**          2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
**          2 teaspoons cream of tartar
**          1 teaspoon baking soda
**          ½ teaspoon salt
**          1 tablespoon corn syrup (Optional, my wife doesn't like this.  So, I have to add it when she is not looking)
**          Cinnamon mix (3 teaspoons cinnamon with 3 tablespoons sugar)
**          Mini Chocolate chips (to use as the eyes and belly button on the Teddy)


Telling the story of Snickerdoodle.
How Snickerdoodle Stories Began

Once upon a time, early in the 1900's there was a story teller by the name of Otis Ham.  Now Mr. Ham was a southern gentleman who loved to tell tall tales.  It seemed as though he could tell tales taller than any other daddy.  His boy would sit on his lap and take note of every word, laughing, giggling, asking questions, adlibbing the saga and egging his dad to higher and higher stories.

Wouldn't you know that Mr. Ham told his son every "usual" story in which a father could entertain his son, but the boy was not easily exhausted?  "Tell me another, Daddy.  Tell me another!"

Mr. Ham looked to the window whereupon he became attentive to a constant "putt-putt" noise.  "Putt, putt, putt was the sound of a miniature car."  He paused.  "Snickerdoodle arrived in a miniature car-in fact, a PEANUT car."  And the tales of Snickerdoodle were born!   

 Now, Snickerdoodle was small; you have to be to ride a Peanut car.  He was tiny, but he was a superman.  As a matter of fact before there was a Superman there was Snickerdoodle.  This "Powerful Pee-Wee" would surprise bullies of all size with his strength!

And guess what?  He had a secret weapon.  You would never guess; So, I'll just have to tell you.  It was his sense of humor!  With his strength and his secret weapon, he never had to use violence to solve problems.  He just used his horse sense and his big imagination and ,"Pow" he was the hero of the day!  Snickerdoodle was a superman; Snickerdoodle was a peacemaker; Snickerdoodle was our friend!

Yep, he traveled in that "Peanutmobile", from one adventure to another.  He had a magic button on his peanut car.  By pushing a wonderful knob, he could make his vehicle travel through land, water, or air.  So, he could drive, "Putt, Putt, Putt" that peanut car. Or that peanut boat, "Chugg, Chugg, Chugg", or his peanut plane, "Whoosh, Whoosh, Whoosh." He did this all by that same button on his "Peanutmobile."

So, today we are making Snickerdoodles.  This tells me there is a Snickerdoodle in all of us!


  Snickerdoodle For Kids.Com
  The Sweet Story of Snickerdoodle Cookies
  National Story Teller Network

Step Two

Mix Ingredients thoroughly

Maybe give out dough samples?

Mix Dough Thoroughly!

Now comes the time of mixing ingredients. The eggs need to beaten and everything needs to be mixed thoroughly. I remember my mom (Mama Ruby) used to always give us dough samples and quote some jingle or sing one to us. We did the same with our kids. Our kids are grown now, but those memories still linger. Below are some "WHILE YOU" activities that you might use!


1. Are about to crack the eggs: Give a riddle

Within a wall as white as milk
Lined with skin as soft as silk
Within a fountain Crystal clear
A golden apple doth appear
No doors there are to this stronghold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
What Am I?
Answer an egg.

2. Stir the stuff together, sing a jingle:

Oh, I went down South
For to see my Sal
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
My Sal, she is
A spunky gal
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

Fare thee well,
Fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy fay
For I'm going to Lou'siana
For to see my Susyanna
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

3. Give out small samples of dough, sing:

I had a little pony, His name was Jack
I rode him on his Maw, so as to save his back.

I had a little rooster. Fed him on dough.
He got so fat, he couldn't crow!

You get the idea.  We always made it a family fun activity time.  The varieties are endless.  I know that you can simply mix the dough and bake cookies, but why not build memories and traditions.

A Tennessee Folklore Sampler: Selected Readings from the Tennessee Folklore ...  By Ted Olson, Anthony P. Cavender, William Ferris

Polly Wolly Doodle

If you enjoy Jingles, Ringles and Folklore...

This is one of the resources I used in some parts of this lens, You might want to try it out!

Step Three: "Recess Time:" Put dough in refrigerator!

Chill Out For An Hour

Clean Up Time

Time To Clean Up the Mess. At least This Part!

Step Four

Roll, roll, roll your dough into balls. Coat them red with cinnamon.

Roll the dough into dough balls and put your Teddy together!

The Snickerdoodle Christmas Teddy Bears are made by connecting dough ball of differing diameters into a Teddy Bear Shape.  So, gather everyone around, and for each Teddy:

1. Make one ball about an inch around, one dough ball about ¾ inch diameter, six more spheres at ½ inch, and one ¼ in ball!

2. Roll each dough ball in cinnamon sugar mix till coated!

3.  Take a cookie sheet.  Arrange the cinnamon coated Spheres in the shape of a Teddy and "LIGHTLY"  flatten. Use mini chocolate chips for eyes and belly button.

Step Five

Pop 'em in the oven @400 degrees for 10 minutes.

If You Want Your Christmas Snickerdoodles Crispy!

Adjust your oven time to make cookies more or less crispy!

Step Six

Let Cool 5 minutes.

Step Seven

Serve and eat. Try to be humble when everyone brags on your Doodles!

Here is a picture of the cookie. Like all Christmas cookies, snickerdoodles can be decorated any way you like!

Have a Merry Christmas!

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      6 years ago

      Those cookies look cute and I'm sure they are delicious as well.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah, snickerdoodles brings back childhood memories, though Mom never made them into bears. Really cute idea. Well presented.

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      7 years ago from Oz

      This is a cute lens and great idea for valentine's day. --- Blessed ---

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      Fox Music 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this fun and delicious lens!!

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      8 years ago

      These are cute!

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      8 years ago

      i love cookies so I will be trying these out, thanks.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Making Snickerdoodles seems a fun activity with the kids.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!

    • blujeanmomma profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I've never seen snicker doodle teddy bear cookies before. I'll have to try them - they're so cute!

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Came back to bless this lens. Will also feature it on my lens Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      littlelu lm 

      8 years ago

      Excellent lens! These look (almost:) to cute to eat.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Sami4u LM 

      8 years ago


      Nice work made me hungry. A sprinkling Angel Dust for Christmas :)

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Looks scrummy

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens and I liked the recipe.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      8 years ago from PA

      Now I'm hungry! :) These look yummy!

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      Dee Gallemore 

      8 years ago

      Yum-yum . . . from a fellow snickerdoodle lover. Lensrolled!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      I've got your yummy Snickerdoodle teddies featured at my Cabaret Squidoo blog today!

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      8 years ago

      What a fun lens! Those cookies look so yummy!

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      chrissuard lm 

      8 years ago

      I shouldn't have read this lens before breakfast, now I'm craving SnickerDoodles!


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