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Since I was little, playing with (my) food has been a favorite pastime. So has making puns. Combine these two things and you get SnickerPoodles! Before moving here from Canada, I hadn't ever met American snickerdoodle cookies before - and what a shame! They are an amazing balance of crispy/chewy. Add a dash of poodle shaped fun and you have, in my opinion, the perfect cookie.

*Thanks to Blair Emanuel for being a great model and cookie making cohort!

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Step 1: Recipe + Template

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Cinnamon SnickerPoodles

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar for dusting

Makes 32 poodles.
Print out 4-8 sheets of the attached SnickerPoodle template. (8 if you have 4 baking sheets, 4 if you have 2 and will be making two rounds on the same ones.)

Step 2: Ready, Set, Go!

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I like to measure out all my ingredients before I get started mixing so there's less chance that I'll forget to add something!

Make sure there's a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.

Step 3: Mix It Up

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In a medium sized bowl, blend the butter and sugar with a spoon or hand mixer until well mixed.

Step 4: Get Wet

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Add the vanilla and eggs to the bowl and continue to mix until smooth.

Step 5: Spice & Rising

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Add the baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir well.

Step 6: It's Flour Time

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Slowly sift in the flour, mixing thoroughly until it has all been added. Be sure to stir all the way to the bottom of the bowl, getting any hidden flour bits. The dough will look similar to the last picture above when properly mixed.

Step 7: Line 'Em Up!

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On a large baking sheet(s), place two print outs of the poodle templates.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit just inside the edges of the baking sheet(s).

Step 8: The Set Up

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Set yourself up with a little dough ball making assembly line. Place your dough bowl next to a prepped baking sheet and have a small bowl with the 1/4 sugar for dough ball dipping nearby.

Step 9: Building Your Poodles

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You'll be making small balls of dough that are about the size of the thinner inner circles on the templates. The dough will expand as it cooks to grow to the size of the thicker outer lines, connecting ('gluing') the poodle ball sections together.

Make the balls by rolling small pieces of dough in between your hands, checking the sizes against the template as you go. Once you've achieved the correct size, dip JUST THE TOP of the balls in sugar and place side sugar up on top of that particular ball on the template. Flatten each a bit with the heal of your hand. Your pieces should be about 1/4" thick.

NOTE: The tiny balls that connect the tail and make up the feet don't need to be dipped or flattened.

Step 10: Growing Your Poodles

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Make sure to fill in all the circles with dough balls for each SnickerPoodle!

Step 11: Making Faces

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To shape the heads, use a sharp paring knife to follow the cut (dashed) lines in order to create the poodle nose profiles.

Step 12: Pre-baked Poodles

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Once you've filled in all the circles and cut the faces out, this is what they should look like!

Step 13: Remove the Templates

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Before baking, please gently remove the print outs by holding the parchment on the opposite side and slowly sliding them out from underneath.

Step 14: Cook 'Em Up!

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Bake one sheet at a time on the middle rack of the oven for 8-10 minutes. You want them to be only lightly browned on the bottom. Overcooking them will result in less inner chewiness. (read: less awesome)

Once removed from the oven, let cool on the baking sheet to allow the cookies to crisp up. Trying to remove them before they've cooled can result in the poodle ball connections breaking apart. (= broken Snickerpoodles)

Repeat with the remaining sheets of poodles.

Step 15: Bon Appetit!

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These would be great for a French themed engagement party or for just any old reason.

Have fun! and if you try making them, please post photos to the comments section below and click the 'I Made It' button!

Bon Appetit.

mnmama5 months ago

Adorable. Makes me want to try them with a dog biscuit recipe...make doggie treats.

curly gurly6 months ago
Sooo cute!! :)
meanmachine0311 months ago
I mean tablet
meanmachine0311 months ago
I can't find the link on my template
acoens1 year ago

This just cracked me up! What a clever cookie project and such great photography!

Since you mentioned engagement parties, there's a wedding tradition where I'm originally from (Southwestern Pennsylvania) that at a wedding, friends and family of the couple make *dozens* of cookies for the reception. There's even a separate table for guests to set them out and often caterers will take them and plate them. SnickerPoodles would be a huge hit at any cookie table!


Hi Paige,

Just wanted to say that I was having a not great day then I saw these and they made me happy. Thanks

Paige Russell (author)  auntbecky921 year ago

Thanks so much for letting me know auntbecky92! I had a lot of fun making these. I hope you have a wonderful, brand new day tomorrow.

Oh man, I somehow missed seeing these in person, but they are adorable!