by byn on April 19, 2010

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There’s something about Snickerdoodles that I just don’t like, but I can’t put my finger on it.  The lack of chocolate maybe? Too much cinnamon? In any event, they are my brother’s favourite cookie, so I made a half batch to bring over last month for his birthday. Why half batch, you ask? Joel’s request – something to do with wanting his waist size to be less than or equal to his age by this summer (I won’t disclose either! haha).

Snickerdoodles involve a plain sugar cookie dough that is shaped into balls and rolled in a mixture of cinnamon sugar. When they bake, they flatten and crack, which looks pretty cute as seen above. I had one little issue though which involved not listening to my baker’s intuition. The recipe I followed said to bake the cookies at 400°, which I though might be too hot, but cranked the oven anyway, and turned out to be a disaster. I adjusted the oven temperature to 350°, and you can see difference the adjustment made below.

 Bottoms of cookies, on the left baked at 350, on the right baked at 400.

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Source: Smitten Kitchen


2 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cups (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

1 1/2 + 1/4 cups sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat to combine. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. On a plate, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough into balls (about 1 or 1 1/2 tbsp of dough) and roll around in the cinnamon sugar to coat.
  5. Place dough balls about two inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake cookies about 10 minutes until they set in centre and start to crack, rotating the sheets halfway through baking time. Cookies will not brown (unless you burn them like I did on the first try – heyyyy ohhhhh!).
  7. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

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Danielle April 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I also don’t like Snickerdoodles, they feel like a waste of a cookie, I think it’s the lack of chocolate. I made them last year at the request of a co-worker and was less than impressed with them. The sacrifices we make for other people’s baking requests!!


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