Snickerdoodles: Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice


Snickerdoodles for me are forever connected with memories of  grade 8 and 9 choir  and our lovely choir teacher who used to make them for us when we had been extra good.    As lovely as these memories are, I must admit that I haven’t often revisited this spiced sugar cookie in my own kitchen.  With this in mind a special thank you has to go to my fellow American and co-worker, Jason for reminding me just how superb a snickerdoodle can be.

Historically speaking relatively little is know about the snickerdoodle.  The simplicity of the cookie itself is believed to be the culprit of this gap in culinary history.  It is, however, believed that the snickerdoodle originated in either Germany or The Netherlands.  the name snickerdoodle may come from the German ‘schneckennudeln’ a similar style cookie popular in Deutschland.  Whatever the history may be, the delightful nature of these cookies is certain!

These sensational little sweets are simple to make and with the addition of the vanilla and nutmeg (not traditionally included) even more tasty than those made by my former teacher.


  • 1C Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2C Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 3/4C Flour
  • 2tsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 4Tbsp Sugar
  • 4tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp Nutmeg
  • Preheat oven to 175C (350F)
  • Cream butter and 1 1/2C sugar
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • In a separate bowl combine next four ingredients
  • Combine dry ingredients with butter mixture
  • Chill dough for 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile mix remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside
  • Spoon dough into small bowlsUnbaked Snickerdoodles
  • Toss dough in sugar mixtureSnickerdoodles Tossed in Sugar,Cinnamon,Nutmeg Mix
  • Place dough on tray, allowing room for cookies to spread
  • Flatten cookies slightly
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Once cooked, remove cookies immediately from tray and place on cooling rackSnickerdoodles


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Special thanks to: Joy of Baking and Gourmet Cookie for their help in researching the history of the Snickerdoodle\


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