October 23, 2012


Recently I mentioned that the family began pleading for snickerdoodles. So I threw away my dreams of brownies (these) and apple pie and I made them some snickerdoodles. 

Here's an interesting (?) and fun fact about me. I had never before IN MY LIFE eaten one of these cookies until 3 years ago. So I was 39 years old before a snickerdoodle had ever touched my lips. IS THAT WILD OR WHAT? Where did I live? IN A BLACK ABYSS OF DOOM?

It's ok. While I was living my snickerdoodle-free existence, I had no idea what I was missing, so really, I was fine. Until I tried some fresh out of the oven, when Andrew's mama made some one day. GOOD GRAVY. The combo of sweet warm dough trembling with its whisper of cinnamon sugar coating, omg, I ate like, eight of them at one go that first time. I COULDN'T STOP EATING THEM. 

I'm convinced that few things in life are as wonderful as a snickerdoodle, hot out of the oven. I'm an advocate of clean and healthful eating, truly. Normally I erase a 1/4 cup of sugar from whatever treat recipe I make -- whatever it is, boom, off goes a quarter cup of sugar. You can never tell, I'm convinced. And most of the time I either full swap or half swap all purpose flour in my recipes for whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour.

But there are times when nothing will do except to acquiesce to the full measure of sugar and white flour called for in a recipe. Snickerdoodles require it from you, so just gird up and accept that you are eating nothing more than white flour, sugar and butter. Just make peace with it and have a mouthful of happy. And then go dance around with your kiddo to Selena Gomez and Katy Perry on the Kidz (with a Z, yo!) music channel on TV. I never thought Selena Gomez would be part of my musical life. SHE'S IN IT NOW, my spookies.

Lee Bailey's Snickerdoodles


2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs

Cinnamon Sugar Mix

1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon


Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt, set aside. 

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in 4 parts and beat thoroughly after adding each part.

Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls (I make mine slightly bigger, tablespoon size), then roll each in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-11 minutes, or until lightly browned, but still soft. Repeat until remaining dough is used up. Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on the size you make them.

Happy Snickerdoodling! (Oh and the recipe comes from 'Country Desserts', one of my all time favorite cookbooks. A must have.)


  1. Oh Evil Evil Melissa! I should think twice before clicking on your post in the wee hours of the morning when I am at the office without any sugary treats! D: Hahaha! The cookies look super yummy delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. oh goodness, if it makes you feel better, I go through the same thing -- I'm sitting here going, where are my warm cookies? Gone, gone. Truly a fabulous recipe :)

  2. I must be living in a black abyss of doom too for alas I have never had the pleasure of consuming the illustrious Snickerdoodle!

  3. Yummy! They're not my absolute favorite cookie, but rank up near the top. I do think they're best eaten warm, and they must, must, must be soft. None of those crunchy ones will do! :)

    1. Must be warm, must be soft. You are so so right!!!

    2. What's your favorite cookie? I love molasses. (those are coming next ;)

  4. Mmmmmmmm... They aren't a favorite of mine, either, but the cinnamon! So autumnish...

    1. The cinnamon sugar, oooooh it's all about the cinnamon sugar...;)

  5. They look delightful! I'm definitely going to try out your recipe and I won't feel guilty eating them for even one instant!

    I got the Johnny Boo books yesterday and Dax went NUTS! He loved them oh so much! In fact he made me read more this morning while waiting for the bus... he chose to read and forgo his morning cartoons. (wow) Thanks!

    1. YAY FOR JOHNNY BOO!!! Oh I'm so happy he loved them!!!