Snickerdoodle Cookies

A sugar cookie rolled in sugar and cinnamon and made with cream of tartar is called a snickerdoodle. It has crisp edges, cracked surface, soft center, and the top is a slightly brown color from baked-in cinnamon. In most traditional recipes for soft snickerdoodle cookies baking powder is used as the leavening agent. Often they are mistakenly called sugar cookies but the use of cream of tartar and a balance of cinnamon give a distinctly spicy, sweet flavor. A long time ago this cookie, made up quickly, was given the nonsensical name of snickerdoodle. These cookies were used when going on long journeys because of their long lasting characteristic and being a sturdy cookie that traveled well.

 

A lot of cookie recipes call for forming the dough in balls and then rolling in a sugar and cinnamon mixture but some other cookie recipes call for buttering the bottom of a small pan, dipping it into cinnamon and pressing the snickerdoodles flat before baking. Whichever method you prefer will produce an excellent tasting snickerdoodle. The dough can also be made ahead and frozen and then sliced and baked later. Soft snickerdoodle cookies can be made by rolling out on a surface that has been floured, and then use a cookie cutter before baking. If you will be using self rising flour, then it is not necessary to add baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar.      

 

In the United Statescookies are described as a sweet, thin, small cake. According to historians, the first cookie was recorded as being made to use as a test cake. A little bit of batter was baked, testing oven temperatures. The cookie is defined as being many varieties of flour based, hand held, sweet and either soft or crisp little cakes Many countries have their own word for "cookie". In Australiaand Englandthey are called biscuits, in Germanythey are keks or Platzchen, in Spainthey are known as galettas. Italyhas several different names that identify a cookie which include biscotti and amaretti.

 

Generally, soft snickerdoodle cookies are high in sugar and fat content. The calories found in snickerdoodles can range from 100 calories to over 400 calories and depends on what recipe is used when making them.     

 

These sweet cinnamon cookies are a traditional favorite and simple to make, having a creamy and slightly tangy taste. The cookie recipes require sugar, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder, and vanilla. Whenever a recipe like this one calls for use of a dairy acid, in this recipe sour cream, then baking soda must also be used in order for the cookies to rise. The recipe below will make about 60 cookies.

 

Things You'll Need:

 

  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups plus 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter

 

Instructions:

1.   Mix 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon, taste it to see if cinnamon is too strong, add more sugar if necessary. Set it aside.

 

2.   Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.     

 

3.   Combine remaining 2 cups of sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter in medium bowl and beat until fluffy and light, using an electric mixer. Add one egg at a time, and wait until the egg added previously has been thoroughly mixed in.      

 

4.   Next, beat in the sour cream.  

 

5.   Sift the salt, flour, baking soda, and baking powder all together and beat it into your butter mixture.

 

6.    Mix the walnuts into batter.

 

7.    Press, roll, or scoop into golf ball size or a large marble, whatever size you make them just be sure to to make them all the same.

 

8.    Space them well apart on cookie sheets.

 

9.    Butter generously the bottom of any flat bottomed glass, measuring cup, or a small pan. 

 

10.  Pressing the buttered flat bottom object into sugar cinnamon mixture, flatten each ball of cookie dough. Cinnamon sugar will stick to top of cookie. You may want to sprinkle a little extra on the cookie.

 

11.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and turned golden brown and the underside is lightly browned.    

 

Snickerdoodles are a popular cookie made at holiday time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not only can they be served to your guests at parties they can be boxed prettily for Christmas gifts. Most everyone appreciates receiving homemade baked goods. To make them easier and even faster try a recipe using a cake mix. It cuts down on the amount of ingredients needed and still lets you enjoy the taste of freshly homemade snickerdoodles. For an exciting change of flavor make some of these little cookies using apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon.

 

Things You'll Need:

 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix      
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil       
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract                   
  • 2 eggs

 

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

 

2. Mix eggs, cake mix, oil, and vanilla together.

 

3. In another bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together.

 

4. Form into uniform sized balls about 1" in diameter and roll in sugar cinnamon mixture.

 

5. Place the balls of cookie dough about 2" apart on cookie sheet, ungreased, and bake 8-10 minutes. The cookies will be light brown and soft.

 

6. After five minutes remove from the baking sheet, put on a wire rack to completely cool.

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