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No Snickering at the Snickerdoodles

Earlier this week, I gave you guys a recipe for a cookie full of Snickers candies, which is what I dreamt of every time folks would mention snickerdoodles. Well, a few of you wrote in to ask exactly what a snickerdoodle was. Simply put, a snickerdoodle is a type of soft sugar cookie, dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They're usually a little crunchy on top, and soft and chewy in the middle.

Some folks think the name comes from the corruption of the German word schneckennudeln — a type of cinnamon-dusted sweet roll — but no one is really sure. No matter where its name comes from, it's definitely a cookie worth trying, and one to keep in your cookie repertoire. For a classic recipe,

From Betty Crocker
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1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
    (Total time will vary; cook or bake time is per batch.)
Join The Conversation
mlen mlen 9 years
i make these every christmas- they are a family fav and whenever i bring them to work everyone raves!
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
These are so good! One of the gas stations in town sells them for real cheap, and they taste homemade. =]
dragonbaby dragonbaby 9 years
Your welcome. :)
jmt jmt 9 years
Thanks for the cream of tartar info.
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 9 years
my moms favorite! Oh I will so be making this ASAP!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
These are my favorite cookies. Thanks for posting this recipe. I'll be baking some this weekend!
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
Highly recommended: A Silpat baking mat. They are worth every penny!
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
Made them this afternoon. I altered this recipe a little, but they are almost all gone.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
Mrs. Fields makes really good snickerdoodles especially when it's fresh.
Lori3775 Lori3775 9 years
Mmmmmm another one of my faves!!
Kikisq Kikisq 9 years
I absolutely love snickerdoodles! :-D Starbucks used to sell them and chocolate rugalas. I miss them! :-(
dragonbaby dragonbaby 9 years
The cream of tartar is an acid which activates the baking soda which makes them light and fluffy. :)
OliverCakery OliverCakery 9 years
Cream of tarter - and a soft texture.. I think! ;) Love snickerdoodles - I need the ultimate recipe so that I can out bake my MILs...
jmt jmt 9 years
Question: Does anyone know why they call for cream of tartar? It's the only cookie I bake that does. Just wondering.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I've never made them before! Perhaps I should...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to make these this weekend.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Boy, do these bring back my childhood! My older sister learned to bake these in Home Ec. and she's baked them regularly ever since. Mmmm, the smell of them baking!!
dragonbaby dragonbaby 9 years
Ahhhh Snickerdoodles!!! I was so excited to see them profiled here. :D My family gets upset if I don't make them during the holidays. lol A couple of tips regarding the recipe. IMHO, bring eggs and butter to room temperature before starting to mix them with the sugar. Also thoroughly mixing the dry ingredients (((flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda))) together first in a separate bowl then adding it slowly to the wet ingredients (((sugar, eggs and butter))) helps the cookies rise and get that nice crispy top on them. I might have to bake some this weekend. *drifts away dreamily*
nlw nlw 9 years
Not to be a geek, but I don't see how snickerdoodle could come from schneckennuddeln bc Nuddeln is the German word for noodles. (and Schnecke is the German word for snail, but I've heard of different desserts with that word in it) :P But I guess I'll have to ask my German host family and see what they can tell me.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I love snickerdoodles. They are so good. The perfect cookie, aside from a chocolate chip cookie!
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 9 years
I fricking love Snickerdoodles! The first time I had one it was from a sweet shop called Chocolate Factory. Now I can make my own!
Liz7757 Liz7757 9 years
Oh man I love snickerdoodles. They're the first cookie I made myself!
mominator mominator 9 years
Oh I love these. My inlaws owned their own cookie business and I would help out there a lot and they made all kinds of home made cookies and snickerdoodles was one of them. They owned a popular chain. They sold the business a couple of years ago and I miss it. :(
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
tati33 tati33 9 years
Oo I feel like making these...Yummy! I love the Cinnamon sugar on the cookie!
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