What I’m Making: Snickerdoodles

Remember a bit ago that I said I was making cookies for a friend of mine as her daughter was getting married and she was hosting all of the bridesmaids at her home.

I couldn’t find my regular cookbook that I typically use when making cookies so I tried a new recipe.  The recipe I tried was Snickerdoodles.

It was funny as all of the cookies I’ve made in my life, I’ve never made Snickerdoodles.  It was on my list of recipes to someday make but somehow Snickerdoodles didn’t get mastered because…well, coming from a family that loves chocolate, Snickerdoodles are well, a little plain.

This recipe came from a cookbook that a blog reader sent.  You can find the book HERE on Amazon.  I’ve tried several recipes in it and have loved them all.


Here is the dough all mixed…


This is a dough that needs to be chilled.  After it was cooled, I rolled balls.

The balls were dipped in the sugar/cinnamon mix then baked.  Note these use a 400-degree oven.

The childcare kiddos were ga-ga over these cookies.  I will definitely be making them again…and again, and again.


What on earth took me so long to make Snickerdoodles??  I’m so glad that the error of my baking ways has been changed.

Here’s the recipe.

Give them a try and tell me what you think…especially if you don’t have a Snickerdoodle recipe in your cookie repertoire.

Many thanks to Terry, the blog reader who sent the cookbook to me!  It’s getting used and appreciated!!

26 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Snickerdoodles

  1. Bobbie Woodruff

    I’ve made these a lot of years. My family’s favorite cookie. After I get my dough mixed I make my balls and then put in frig. If you leave the dough in frig a little to long it’s really hard to scoop it into balls. I use a teaspoon scoop and you can make them quickly. Have a great Thanksgiving Jo with your family.

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  2. Judy Hawkins

    I use my old Betty Crocker recipe. Glad you finally made them. They are a favorite with everyone in my family. My recipe calls for cream of tartar. Gee, I’ll have to check my recipe. I don’t think I use eggs. Now I have to go check. But they are soooo good!!!

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  3. Judy Hawkins

    Had to go check. Yes, it does call for eggs. Funny, my daughter and family are coming for Thanksgiving and I was thinking of making a batch.
    Sorry for the double comment. People will think I’m wacky! But you know what it’s like when you question yourself and you just have to check something out.

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  4. Nancy Elliott

    I have been making these cookies for at least the last 60 years. Need I say my family loved them. My husband can’t do the cinnamon any longer so for the holidays when I make them I just use the sugar and red and green food coloring. No as good but he loves them

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    1. Robby H.

      Nutmeg would be a good alternative to cinnamon, if your spouse can have that. Nutmeg logs were a favorite Christmas treat from a German neighbor when we were kids.

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  5. Ray LaGrange

    OMG!!! I love snickerdoodle cookies!! Mother made the best snickerdoodles. Definitely miss them. Looks like you barely browned them like Mother did. She never put them in the refrigerator before baking them. If she had they would never have been baked. I come from a family of raw cookie dough eaters. If it was a dough that required refrigeration time such as sugar cookies, she had to make 2 batches. We were allowed to eat one of the batches but not the other. Oh the stories I could tell about raw dough….LOL!!! Those were the day!!

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  6. Linda W

    Snickerdoodle cookies are a favorite of ours. My granddaughters like to help roll them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

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  7. Gail L Piper

    Ah, yes, snickerdoodles! We made them at home when I was a kid from the recipe in our 4-H cooking project books; later on I’ve made them from the Betty Crocker recipe. My kids still love and request them and now their kids to as well. They’re timeless – glad you have discovered them!
    (Yes, my recipes list cream of tartar in the ingredients… and soda instead of baking powder…)

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  8. Karen Grant

    I used to make these ALL the time when I had kids at home. My recipe not only called for eggs but also called for cream of tartar — think Angel Food Cake. The cream of tartar gives it just a little zing. I can’t stay out of these fresh out of the oven —- warm cookies, even non-chocolate ones are very tasty.

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  9. Anne Fisher

    I LOVE Snickerdoodles -and always a favorite with my family. Since I’m alone, I don’t get to make them–seems some other cookie wins -but I get hungry for them!! Our recipe was from a Betty Crocker Cookie cookbook–one of a large set. With Cream of Tartar in them too!! Today I mixed up Molasses Oatmeal Cookies, been awhile since made those too. I like to bake a dozen at a time, so can have warm cookies!! I imagine like the childcare kids do at your house Jo!!!

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  10. Judith Fairchild

    I have never made snickerdoodles but have had them at church dinners. Fresh snickerdoodles are easily the best tasting cookie offered. Now I’ll have to try to make them. Thanks for posting the recipe Jo.

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  11. Sandra B

    Oh, I haven’t thought about Snickerdoodles in a long, long time, but I will be making them soon, thanks to you bringing that memory back to me!! I love them with a cup of hot tea!! Thanks for sharing, Jo!

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  12. Kris in WI

    Mixing Snickerdoodles by hand in Mom’s big brown crockery “cookie bowl”, her old 1950’s era Betty Crocker cookbook, the kids “helping” make them over the years. Isn’t is something how one word can bring those memories to mind? I can smell Snickerdoodles in my kitchen real soon. Peace and prayers to you and yours.

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  13. Tama

    Back in the 1960s when I was a kid in 4-H, we learned how to make Snickerdoodles. All of my 4-H recipe booklets are long gone but your blog post sure brought back good memories!

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  14. Kate

    The cookies look great! The kiddos are always good tastersI have always liked these. Like a reader above, I’ve used the Betty Crocker recipe. I have an old BC cookbook, one of my very first cookbooks.

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  15. sewhappy

    there are many people who never heard of Snickerdoodles. They have been go cookies for my families since I was a kid inn 4-H. Happy to see people are discovering them now. My family made them smaller so we could have 2 cookies. :-)

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  16. Kathy D

    Snickerdoodles are a favorite of mine. My recipe also calls for cream of tartar and I don’t chill the dough either. I may need to make some for Thanksgiving for those that don’t like pie. Have a happy Thanksgiving Jo and thanks for sharing your family stories with us. I can relate to you so much.

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  17. Marsha

    We always loved snickerdoodles at our house! Before baking I press the dough balls with the end of a clean spool which makes a pretty flower print on the cookies. My daughters used to argue over who got to do this job.

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  18. Kathleen H Schwitzner

    Snickerdoodles are a great change of pace! I was on a project team at work and someone’s mom made us cookies for an overnight installation of software. I still use that recipe and have fond memories! Also great with a cup of coffee / tea.

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  19. Darlynn Venne

    My sister’s fav cookies. We grew up in Spring Valley, MN. Our family went to Harmony for some sort of church event. There was Bingo and these really good cookies. Since we did not know the name of them, at the time, we named them Harmony Bingo Cookies. The name has lived on in our family.

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