Snickerdoodle Cookies

Posted 30 September, 2010 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 15 Comments

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Scott’s favorite cookies are snickerdoodles.  I prefer a sweeter cookie like coconut oatmeal cookies, but how can I deny my husband?  Especially when I love to bake and he’s not usually a willing eater of sweets.

I’ve had a bit of the baking bug lately, so I thought I’d make him some snickerdoodles.  The recipe below is a slight varient of one I found online.


1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons white sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400°
2. Cream together shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla. 
3. In separate bowl mix flour, tartar, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add to sugar mixture.  Mix well but don’t over mix.
4. Create tablespoon sized balls of dough and roll in the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat.
5. Bake for 9 minutes until set but not overcooked.  Remove from sheet immediately to cool.
6. Makes around 3.5 dozen

Scott always tells me, “don’t make hard cookies!”  I admit I don’t really know how not to make hard cookies.  I’ve been told overmixing the dough will make them tough, but otherwise…?  Anyway, these were a little crisp once they cooled, but we stuck them in tupperware containers with a slice of bread and they turned soft and delicious.  Both our places of work greatly appreciated them.  As did we.


Edited note:  This morning while browsing my Google Reader I saw Jill’s (Rhapsody in Books) post about how October 1st is Homemade Cookies Day!  Click over to learn about the special day.  How’s that for a fancy coincidence!

15 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cookies”

  1. My most favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle. I can’t resist them and will easily eat the entire batch when we make them. Every time I make cookies with the boys we make snickerdoodles because they like to roll up the balls and roll them around in the sugar and cinnamon. My husband, unlike yours, does not like them at all. He begs me to just make a simple chocolate chip cookie but in truth, I don’t care for chocolate chip at all.

    My cookies used to come out hard all the time and finally my sister told me the secret to making them soft. Instead of scooping the flour, I now spoon the flour into my measuring cup. That small change alone made all the difference and they come out nice and soft.

  2. I have learned with cookies, you take them out almost a full minute before you think they are done. Because they are still hot, they will continue to cook but not too much. Soft, chewy, perfection. I love to bake as well, which does not bode well with my figure. Houston is always on a “diet” and Emmory doesn’t really eat many cookies and such. Strange huh? So they go straight to my mouth and thus my thighs… Oh well.

  3. Have you tried using a little less flour? That might help keep them a bit softer.

    I should start Christmas baking (I freeze the dough and make the cookies later). I don’t feel like it though this year and may give it a miss. It makes me sad as I usually love to bake.

  4. Yum! We love snickerdoodles round here… may need to make some this weekend. Your pictures have me wanting one (or three) right now!

  5. I’m totally with Scott on the preference for soft cookies! I heard that margarine makes cookies softer than those baked with butter, but I prefer butter. I like your bread idea!!! (And I love the pictures of the cookies in progress!)

  6. Oh I LOVE snickerdoodles too! Maybe because I love saying the word. It makes me feel like a little girl or maybe it’s because they are so delicious. I’ll have to try your recipe!

  7. *Natasha – I’ll have to try scooping the flour. I have sifted flour on occasion but truthfully I’m usually too lazy. I definitely don’t “pack” the flour, though! With the moisture from the bread, these turned really soft.

    *Michelle – I feel your pain! When I was in grad school I baked all the time because I could take the goodies to class–really need to get back into the habit.

    *Laura – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies?? Yum!! PS–need a picture of Emily in the Bjorn.

    *Meredith – :( *I* didn’t think they were that good. But by now you’ve tasted the pb hug cookies–and they are much better.

    *Blacksheep – I’ll try less flour! I’ve found with baking that if I mess with the recipe too much then the results aren’t as good, but I’ll give it a shot. Freeze the dough, huh? Sounds like a great idea!

    *JoAnn – It is tough to eat just one!

    *Vivienne – They are VERY easy to make. I don’t know the metric conversions, though I’m sure you can find them online. If you try them, let me know you how like them!

    *Rhapsody – Margarine, huh? I usually use butter or butter flavored shortening. But yes, the bread keeps the cookies nice and moist. Also a trick for keeping the brown sugar for going rock hard!

    *Amused – I agree–the word snickerdoodle is great! :) I hope the recipe works for you.

  8. Mmmmm. Those look really good. I really wanted to bake this week, but with this freakishly hot weather I just don’t want to add any more heat to my life! My favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin, but I am also very much in favor of snickerdoodles. I’ll have to try your recipe. When it cools off a bit ;o)

  9. Oh – I love anything with cinnamon — I think that is one of the reasons that I love fall so much: pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, apple cake, etc. Snickerdoodles are definitely a favorite cookie of mine as well — the chewier the better :)

  10. I can’t bake because we don’t have a baking oven BUT we are shifting to this new place in November which has one. I’m going to come back to all your baking posts and try some of the recipes out. They always look delicious.

  11. *Terri – Mmmmmm, oatmeal raisin! That really sounds delicious—if you have a good recipe I’d love to taste it! ;) Snickerdoodles aren’t my favorite but they’re easy and seem to be a crowd pleaser.

    *Molly – I love cinnamon as well—especially in pumpkin and apple pie. Yum yum! Though I confess to not knowing how to make a chewy cookie without the help of a slice of bread for the cookies to absorb moisture from!

    *Paxton – Men and their cookies…!

    *Violet – If you like cinnamon these are very easy to make! Although, I can’t say that I ever making anything too hard! Congrats on the new place. :)