Fun to Say, Easy to Prepare

Snickerdoodles is probably originated from the German word “Schneckennudeln” which loosely translates as “crinkly noodles”1. In the first issue of Smart Cookies, I compared two recipes for these cookies.

This recipe is an adaptation of those two. I reduced the amount of sugar, used only unsalted butter for better flavor.

Both of the recipes I compared call for 2 parts of cream of tartar and 1 part of baking soda. Since I had baking powder on hand, I substituted it for both cream of tartar and baking soda.

ingredients for snickerdoodles

All-purpose flour 2 cups
Cream of tartar 2 tsp
Baking soda 1 tsp
Salt ¼ tsp
Unsalted butter, softened 4 oz or 1 stick
Granulated sugar ¾ cup and 2 Tbsp
Eggs 2 large
Ground cinnamon 2 tsp
    creaming butter and sugar according to recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  • Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and set aside.

  • Cream softened butter with ¾ cup of sugar until very fluffy.

    stirring in flour

  • Add eggs, one at a time. Combine well after each one.

  • Gently stir in flour mixture until just combined and smooth.

  • rolling snickerdoodles in cinnamon sugar
    Combine 2 tsp of ground cinnamon with 2 Tbsp of sugar on a shallow dish or plate.

  • Roll small portions of snickerdoodle dough between your palm to form about 1 – 1¼-inch balls.

  • Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  • snickerdoodles are ready for baking
    Place on prepared cookie sheets, spacing about 1-1½ inches apart.

  • Bake one sheet at a time for 10 minutes, or until cookies are light, golden brown around edges. Rotate cookie sheet halfway through baking for even browning.

    cooling snickerdoodles on wire rack
  • Let these snickerdoodles cool on baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

    Delectable Snickerdoodles
  • This recipe makes about 2 dozen snickerdoodles. As always, keep cookies in air tight containers.

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1Joy of Cooking – All About Cookies by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker.