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Snickerdoodle Cookies: Bet You Can't Eat Just One!

Updated on July 26, 2017

Snickerdoodles: Proving That Some of the Best Things In Life ... Are Simple

With a name like "Snickerdoodles" the uninitiated may be apt to expect some whimsical cookie concoction.

The truth is . . . while using the most basic of ingredients (butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon), these simple-looking cookies literally tickle your tastebuds with a buttery sweet, touch-of-spice flavor that makes eating one . . . well, uh, almost impossible. Trust me, all it takes is just one bite and you're hooked!

It's one of the reasons that Snickerdoodle cookies have been a holiday favorite for generations. So if you're looking for a "fresh-baked" gift-giving idea or, you want to add this simple-to-make taste treat to any dessert assortment, here's what you need to know . . .

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A Bit About Snickerdoodles - . . . and their history

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A snickerdoodle is an old-fashioned cookie that has a sweet buttery flavor accented by a cinnamon-sugar coating. It is characterized by a cracked surface and can be slightly crisp around the edges with a softer center (depending on your preference).

From what we can tell, Snickerdoodles have been around since the late 1800s. Some believe that they probably originated in New England and are either of Dutch or German descent.

Original Snickerdoodle recipes called for the use of cream of tartar and baking soda, whereas in modern recipes, the leavening agent is usually baking powder. [Pssst . . . if you choose a recipe which lists baking powder as an ingredient, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.]

Where does this taste treat get its peculiar name? Unfortunately, no one really knows.

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Making Snickerdoodle Cookies From Scratch - An Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles Recipe

Photo used under Creative Commons from: peppergrasss, on Flickr

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Recipe from: Best Ever Cookie Collection

This old-fashioned snickerdoodles recipe calls for cream of tartar and baking soda for leavening. If you don't have cream of tartar . . . you can use 1 teaspoon of baking powder instead of the cream of tartar and baking soda called for.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Rolling:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil or silicone liners. If you prefer not to line your sheets, lightly grease them with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together until well combined; set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the 3/4 cup sugar gradually and continue beating until light and fluffy, another 2 to 3 minutes. Stop to scrape down the sides of bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon, mixing just until blended.

Some recipes for snickerdoodle cookies suggest chilling the dough before rolling and others do not . . If you find the dough sticky and soft, allow it to chill for 1 to 2 hours or until it is firm enough to roll into balls.

Photo used under Creative Commons from: HeatherWeaver, on Flickr

  • In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls by rolling them between your palms and roll them in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are pale golden. and the tops are still soft.

You don't want to over bake these since they are best when still chewy in the center.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute or two on the pan and then transfer the snickerdoodles to a wire rack to cool completely.

This snickerdoodles recipe yields about 36 snickerdoodles cookies.

Here's a video that clearly show the steps to make Snickerdoodles from scratch:

Baking Tip:

"Snickerdoodles cookies should be baked only until the edges begin to brown.

This will keep the outer edges crisp and the interior soft and chewy.

Baking them longer will make them more crisp and not as soft inside."

Quickie Snickerdoodles - Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe with Pre-Made Cookie Dough

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When time is short and you want to make a quick batch of cookies . . . here's how:

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe with Pre-Made Cookie Dough

Recipe from: Best Ever Cookie Collection

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16.5 ounce) package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • For Rolling:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil or silicone liners. If you prefer not to line your sheets, lightly grease them with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl crumble the sugar cookie dough.
  • With your hands or a wooden spoon knead or stir the flour into the dough to make it a bit stiffer so it can be rolled into balls.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls by rolling them between your palms and roll them in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to coat.
  • Place balls 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until edges are pale golden and just set and the tops are just barely set and still soft when lightly touched with your fingertip. [You don't want to over bake these since they are best when still chewy in the center.]
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute or two on the pan and then transfer the snickerdoodles to a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 to 3 dozen snickerdoodle cookies. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

Snickerdoodles can be stored up to a week

at room temperature in an airtight container.

Keep Snickerdoodles Fresh With This ... Yeah Right . . . They Won't Last That Long, Anyway

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Anchor Hocking Montana Glass Jar with Fresh Sealed Lid, Black Metal, 2.5 Gallon

This Anchor Hocking 2-1/2-gallon Montana Jar is air-tight and has a metal cover

 

Since Homemade Snickerdoodles Keep So Well - . . . they make great holiday gifts

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Give A Shout About Snickerdoodle Cookies - Or, just let me know you stopped by . . .

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      Sherry Venegas 

      3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have never baked these buttery cookies in my kitchen. Well, I am going to right that situation this Holiday. This is going into my Pinterest recipes to save. Thanks for all this goodness.

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      ManipledMutineer 

      5 years ago

      Great lens - as a great fan of US comedy programmes I would hear these and other tasty-sounding things talked about but not know what they were. Now I even know how to make them!

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      cgbroome 

      5 years ago

      OMG - I LOVE Snickerdoodle Cookies! Haven't had any for a while but I will sure be making this recipe! Thank you for the hints on baking as well!

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      DebMartin 

      5 years ago

      Love 'em! My recipe too calls for Cream of Tartar. Can't imagine the snickerdoole without it. I think it makes a difference in the flavor. Now drooling for a doodle. Thanks, d

    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 

      5 years ago

      Snickerdoodles are a long-time family favorite. My grandfather used to make them, then my mother, then me, now my daughter. They may keep well, but not in my house, lol! They are gone almost immediately. :) Your pictures look exactly like my cookies. I always remind myself, "Take them out of the oven JUST BEFORE you think they are done." Then they're perfect!

      Thank you so much for sharing this YUMMY lens! :)

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      Mary Crowther 

      5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      A delicious lens, Angel Blessings!

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I love Snickerdoodles Simple yet tasty.

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      AnimalHouse 

      5 years ago

      This lens made me hungry. Thank you for the recipe.

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      I love all sorts of cookies. Not sure I've ever had a snickerdoodle, though. (Geez, now I want a cookie -- LOL!) Merry Christmas!

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      Kristen 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Excellent lens! I really enjoyed reading and am glad someone else appreciates Snickerdoodle cookies as much as I do! :) Happy Holidays to you!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      You have my mouth watering and only Snikerdoodles will satisfy, I haven't had them in too long and you are so right that you can't just eat one...or even two! I can almost smell them and love the taste, crispy edges and soft center....done with yum!

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      InSearchOf LM 

      6 years ago

      How uncanny. My son and I were just talking about these cookies yesterday and I came across this lens today. There used to be a place near where I used to work that sold the very best snickerdoodles, but it closed. :( I have never made them but want to try! Great job on this lens!

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      quicpost 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe and tips!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Just made them. They are yummy.Thanks for the recipe!

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      The honest truth is that snickerdoodles are one of my all time fave cookies! Blessed!

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      kimbesa 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanksgiving Day angel blessings **Enjoy the holidays**

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Congratulations on your star - it should be a cinnamon colored one! I love snickerdoodles, and I especially love the name too. Makes it seem like a very happy cookie.

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      The snickerdoodle is a noble and delicious cookie. I was an adult before I learned these existed. Thanks for sharing a great cookie.

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      blanckj 

      6 years ago

      I love snickerdoodle cookies. Thanks for sharing this tempting recipe.

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      Julianne Gentile 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Congrats on the purple star! I'm hungry now.

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Oh dear, I know I shouldn't try to make those delicious looking cookies....sigh.

      Congrats on your Purple Star.

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      sheriangell 

      7 years ago

      Yummy - love the cookie as well as the catchy name! Congrats again on your PS.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks tasty. Haven't had one yet.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds and looks delicious ~ excellent work on this lens and congrats on your PSA! :)

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      We call them the "evil cookie" because you can't possibly just eat one. I made some at Christmas and there are still some in the freezer only because there was other holiday baking around too.

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      I've got your Snickerdoodles featured at my Cabaret Squidoo blog today!

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      AKdude 

      7 years ago

      You're right, when it comes to snickerdoodles I can't eat just one!

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      missbat 

      7 years ago

      Ooo, snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie, even better then chocolate chip!

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      heidishome 

      7 years ago

      Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies! Can't wait to try this recipe!

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Yummy!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Love Snickerdoodle Cookies! Your recipe makes my mouth water.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Snickerdoodles are my favorite. Your photos are wonderful and make me want to eat them right off the page.

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      Dee Gallemore 

      7 years ago

      @joanhall: Joan, I just added your suggested link (and opened the plexo for submissions). The recipe looks great. And, thanks for stopping by ;-)

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      Joan Hall 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I didn't see a button to add to the plexo, but there is also a recipe for snickerdoodles made with dried clover flowers in the mix (you know how I love recipes with edible weeds in them!):

      http://chefsblade.monster.com/news/articles/605-sn...

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