Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

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It isn’t often that a cookie has a many storied background. The Snickerdoodle cookie recipe below creates perfectly wonderful cookies, even though historians can’t seem to agree on the cookie’s roots.

Some say the recipe is a variation of a sugar cookie, with spices added for a headier taste by Germans in the 17th and 18th century. Those that are in line with this theory claim that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudel, which means ‘snail dumpling’.

Others swear the cookie was named in honor of the tall tale hero, Snickerdoodle who first appeared in the early 1900’s and is known as a well humored do-gooder.

Whatever the true origin may be, it won’t matter once you taste these cinnamon rich parcels of delectable goodness.

Snickerdoodles are made with butter, oil, sugar and flour. They are then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs, cream of tartar and baking soda may be added to leaven the dough. The surface of the cookies is cracked and can be crisp or soft.

Although snickerdoodles are often confused with sugar cookies, the difference is that sugar cookies are rolled in white sugar while snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon.

Snickerdoodles are common in Canada and the United States, but they are lesser known in other parts of the world. Since the snickerdoodle’s invention, the cookie has grown in popularity as its flavoring is often added to other desserts and drinks. Dunkin Donuts, for example, recently unveiled a Snickerdoodle Cookie Latte while Nestle introduced a snickerdoodle coffee creamer.

It is also used to flavor candles, perfumes, shampoos and body washes.

Many varieties of the snickerdoodle have been created over the years. Some recipes add chips, chocolate and other flavorings. The recipe we are featuring here is for the more traditional snickerdoodle made with the basic ingredients.

You are welcome to use our recipe as a base to create any flavor combinations you can imagine.

But whatever your snickerdoodle creation may be, there is no doubt that this cookie will be a crowd pleaser for everyone that eats it. Make a batch today to bring a smile to the faces of your family and friends.

Snickerdoodles Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar (topping)
4 teaspoons cinnamon (topping)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs.

3. Blend in flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.

4. Mix 4 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. Coat each dough ball with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

5. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

6. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove immediately from baking sheet.

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