Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SNICKERDOODLES - Smitten Kitchen

Don't you think "Snickerdoodle" is one of the great words in the English vocabulary? I do.

A friend of mine did me a very nice favor and when I asked him how much I owed him he answered, "Well, a plate of Snickerdoodles would take care of it."

Not having made Snickerdoodles before, I went straight to Smitten Kitchen and found just what I was looking for.

These cookies are easy to make and just the right thickness--not too thin to be crispy and not too thick to be too doughy. It would be a great cookie to make with children, they would love rolling the dough into little balls and then rolling them through the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes three dozen 3 to 4-inch cookies. Your mileage will vary by the size scoop you use.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 400°, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine. I chilled the dough for an hour (or you can overnight) before scooping it, because I otherwise found it too difficult to scoop into balls and roll but the original recipe doesn’t find this step neccessary.

Once dough has chilled, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after five minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about five minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. They can be stored in an airtight container up to one week.


  1. I love that word too. These are David's favorite and I don't make them enough. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I love this recipe! I also went to Smitten Kitchen to make mine!


  3. Thanks for stopping by, Kitchen Kook!