Snickerdoodles… who named these cookies?!

Posted on May 14, 2008
Filed Under Cookies and bars

These cookies don’t have chocolate or nuts in them, so I’m not cracked over them, but I live with people who are. That’s fine with me though because it gives me a chance to bake something that doesn’t tempt me. I could inhale half a batch of monster cookies or s’mores sandwich cookies in, well, I guess I don’t really want to say how fast I could do that. Anyway, I was just looking thro’ my Cookies and Bars category and I was surprised how varied the selection is! It’s not ALL just the kinds of cookies and bars I love. There are some others in there like gingerbread men and Mary’s cream cheese cookies. And now these:


Classic Snickerdoodles

A bit of trivia first… did you know that Snickerdoodles originated in New England and the origin of the name is still a mystery. It may come from the German word Schneckennudeln, which were cinnamon-dusted sweet rolls. Anyway, I’ve often wondered where the name came from and always thought it was kinda fun to say, it just rolls off your tongue… Snickerdoodle, snickerdoodle, snickerdoodle.

2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
4 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in flour mixture. Beat with mixer on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Shape dough into 1″ balls; roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls on prepared baking sheets.

Bake until  lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 1 minute.

Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 4 dozen cookies. I must’ve made mine too big because it made just under 3 dozen.


They were good. I asked Shannon how he’d rate them and he said, “They’re ‘make again frequently’ quality”. And judging by the way the girls ate them/asked for more, I think they’d agree!


6 Responses to “Snickerdoodles… who named these cookies?!”

  1. Shannon on May 14th, 2008 1:12 pm

    I need to make these sometimes altho my girls do prefer choc in their cookies. :)

  2. Judi on May 14th, 2008 1:15 pm

    I love snickerdoodles. Just a nice light cookie and like you said you don’t over eat.

  3. Emily on May 15th, 2008 5:57 am

    What is for Lunch today I am Hungry!

  4. Amber on May 17th, 2008 10:40 am

    Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! I don’t make them very often, because i eat the whole batch…

    BTW, what’s your secret to keeping cookies soft? Mine are wonderful for about 2 days, then they dry out. (I keep them in tupperware) Am i baking them too long, etc.?

  5. Kay on May 17th, 2008 11:00 am

    Replying to Amber:
    So, your cookies last more than 2 days?! LOL
    My mom always put a bread crust in with the cookies. It amazingly keeps them soft! So, that’s what I do when my cookies get dry or hard.

  6. Amber on May 20th, 2008 4:19 pm

    Ha! My DH loves them the first day, and then there they sit… I don’t bake cookies very often for that reason. Thanks for the idea, i do that in my brown sugar. :)