Snickerdoodles, the ultimate “comfort food cookie,” are in reality a variation of the classic sugar cookie recipe – with cinnamon. While traditional sugar cookies are rolled in granulated sugar, these are rolled in cinnamon sugar. The cookies can be soft or crisp, depending on your preference.
The name’s origin is a bit of a mystery. At least four explanations vie for the truth.
1. The kitchen Bible, The Joy of Cooking, posits that Snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a version of the German word Schneckennudeln, meaning “snail dumpling.”
2. Those of the Dutch persuasion suggest that their word snekrad, or “snicker” in English, was used to name the cookie.
3. An early New England tradition of naming cookies with whimsical names gave rise to the title “Snickerdoodle.”
4. Snickerdoodle is the name of an early twentieth century American folklore hero, a champion for the underdog, and the name stuck with the cookie.
Regardless of how the cookie got its name, the treats
have become timeless.
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 ¾ cups sugar, divided
2 eggs, room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
A Special Baking Tip from The Elf
Snickerdoodles can be chewy or crispy, depending on how long you bake them. For a chewier cookie, bake on the low side of the suggested time. For a crisper cookie, bake 1-2 minutes longer.
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