When I first moved to New England, there wasn’t much for me to do. Not knowing anyone in the area and too much of a homebody to venture much beyond the local grocery story, whipping up a batch of these quickly became my go-to hobby. Always a crowd-pleaser, they didn’t take much time or effort but gave me something to do so I didn’t feel so bored.
So what exactly is a snickerdoodle? It’s a cinnamony-sugary chewy cookie that it’s impossible to eat just one. My boyfriend likes to say that eating 5 is a good number, but I’ll let you be the judge. Plus, they’re small enough to enjoy one (or that 5) without feeling too guilty. So let’s get those ingredients, pull out those mixing bowls, and let’s get baking!
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
How You Do It
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cream together butter and sugar until smooth (if using a stand mixer, this’ll take about 1 minute). Add in the egg and vanilla until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. In 3 equal batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Make the cinnamon sugar topping. For easy cleanup and to ensure full coverage, use a Tuperware bowl with lid.
- Roll dough into 1-tablespoon sized balls. Add a few at a time to the bowl, put on the lid, and shake.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- When the cookies are done, gently press a spoon in the center of each cookie while it’s still warm. This will leave a nice indent, create gorgeous cracks, and deflate them slightly.
- While you’re baking one batch, put the remaining dough in the fridge until ready to use. Add more cinnamon to the topping mixture as needed.
Look at these!
Honestly, it’s good that one batch makes about 30. I could eat half of them in one sitting.
Enjoy! Give these a try and let me know how it goes! Until next time,
Mix It Up: Want to add a bit of chocolate? Instead of pressing the cookies down with a spoon, wait until they cool and drizzle with melted chocolate. You can dress them up with any design you’d like!