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The Perfect Snickerdoodle Cookies

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This is a recipe that's been used in my family since my great, great grandmother. It's always been a family favorite, but it used to yield flatter cookies that would get crunchy a few hours after they cooled. As I practiced making it, I adjusted the amount of certain ingredients, achieving a recipe that produces the ultimate balance of maintaining soft and crunchy, that doesn't fade as the cookie cools. 

This is a go-to recipe for everything now, especially because I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like them. It can be rolled out and cut into shapes, making it perfect for family-gift bags for christmas or for friends' birthdays. 

Now I present, the steps to achieve perfect  balance of snicker and doodle. 
 
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Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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Start with gathering the ingredients, making sure you have enough of each. That's always my downfall, I get everything out and discover half-way through that I'm almost out of flour or something. Don't make the same mistakes as me, learn from them.

You will need:


- Butter                               1 Cup [2 sticks]

- Granulated Sugar         1½ Cups 

- Eggs                                 2

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- All-Purpose Flour           2½ Cups

- Cream of Tartar              2 tsp.

- Baking Soda                   1 tsp.

- Salt                                  ¼ tsp.
 
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- Granulated Sugar            2 Tbsp.

- Cinnamon                          2 tsp.

Step 2: The Right Tools

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You'll need a spatula, a fork, a couple of bowls, and some means of mixing your ingredients. I always recommend using an actual mixer, like the old hunk a' junk I use depicted in this photo. However, if you don't have a mixer, a bowl and whisk will work too. Just be ready for a lot of stirring.  

Step 3: Preheat the Oven

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Step 4: Let's Get Started!

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First, soften your butter. You can do this by either leaving it out on the counter for a few hours, or if you don't have that much time, unwrapping it and putting it in the microwave. 

My butter was being kept in the fridge, so it wasn't frozen. I put the unwrapped butter in the microwave for 16 seconds on high to get it nice and soft, without melting it. If yours is frozen, you'll have to experiment with the time a little bit. I recommend doing it in 10-second increments until it's soft. 

Step 5: Adding Ingredients

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Next, add the softened butter to the bowl. 

Step 6: Add the Sugar, "Cream" Ingredients

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Next, add 1½ Cups of sugar to the bowl with the butter.

"Cream" the ingredients together, AKA: Mix on a high speed, yielding a fluffy mixture of sugar and butter.

Step 7: Add 2 Eggs

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Mix in each egg one at a time. This seems unimportant, but it helps the texture of the cookies. 

Step 8: New Bowl, Dry Ingredients

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Next, pull out a separate bowl and, if you haven't already, the dry ingredients you're about to use. Double check that you have enough of each ingredient. 

- All-Purpose Flour           2½ Cups

- Cream of Tartar              2 tsp.

- Baking Soda                   1 tsp.

- Salt                                  ¼ tsp.

Step 9: Dry Ingredients

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In this new bowl, start by adding 2½ Cups of all-purpose flour.

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Next, add 2 tsp. of "Cream of Tartar" to your flour. 

Step 11: Dry Ingredients, Continued

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Next, add 1 tsp. of Baking Soda to your flour and "Cream of Tartar" bowl.

Step 12: Dry Ingredients, Continued

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Next, add ¼ tsp. of salt to your dry ingredients mixture.

Step 13: Dry Ingredients, Continued

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Stir your dry ingredients together. 

Step 14: Then add them to your butter/sugar/egg mixture.

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Then add your dry ingredients to your butter, sugar, and eggs and mix it all together. 

NOTE:

If you followed all the instructions thus far, your dough shouldn't be overly sticky or overly thick. If it is sticky, you can add a couple of Tablespoons of flour to help.

If your dough is a little thicker then it should be, you're cookies will just end up a little fluffier then the end result I demonstrate in this tutorial. 

Elevation and humidity often mess with recipes just a little bit. If this is the case, try adjusting the recipe slightly, adding a little more or a little less flour to help counteract what you can't control. 

Step 15: Making Cinnamon Sugar

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Now, in a smaller bowl, take 2 Tbsp. of sugar and mix it with 2 tsp. of Cinnamon. This will be the cinnamon sugar that coats your cookies. 

Repeat:

- Granulated Sugar            2 Tbsp.

- Cinnamon                          2 tsp.

Step 16: Rolling Your Cookie-Balls

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Next, roll your cookies into approximately 1-inch balls, and coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 

Step 17: Place on Cookie Sheet

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Place your cinnamon-coated cookie balls on a cookie sheet. I space them about 2-3 inches apart to ensure that my cookies don't run into each other. I like them to be nearly-perfect circles. And no, in case you're asking, I don't have OCD.... 

Anyway, I cook 9 cookies on a sheet at a time. 

Step 18: Put Cookies in the Oven

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Put your cookie sheet into the oven. In the time it took mixing these together, it should have reached the specified 400-degree temperature. Unless, that is, if you didn't preheat it. If that's the case, preheat it now and wait until it reaches 400 degrees before you put your cookies in. 


Step 19: Cook!

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Once the cookies are in the oven, set the timer for 7 minutes. The picture looks like it says seven o'clock, but it doesn't. That's me setting the timer for 7 minutes.

Once it's set, just make sure your around when the timer goes off. I've made that mistake more than once...

If the cookies don't look done after 7 minutes, keep them in for another minute or two. They usually will be good and ready after 7 minutes, but you never know whose oven is going to cook a little differently. 

Step 20: Violà!

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Once the timer goes off, take out the tray and let the cookies sit for a minute or two. If you try to pick them up, or scoop them up with a spatula, they'll tear and/or get squished. They need a minute to set before you dig in. 

After they set, you should have perfect, delicious, remarkable snickerdoodles. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I really hope it gives you the same results I always get out of it. Thanks for reading!
taransa made it!7 months ago

I lost my old recipe, and needed to make some cookies for a community outreach. This worked like a charm, even with my slight modification of a little cinnamon and vanilla in the dough. For those curious about yield, I got 47 cookies from this. Thank you for sharing!

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lcanales1 year ago
Delicious!!
These are great!!! Made them with a friend and probably ate 10!
Jjjacki112 years ago
Thanks for an awesome recipe!! Made these the other day and they are so good. :) I'm in Australia too so I just used a cup of butter... Not sure what that is in grams, unfortunately! But a lot of cookbooks have conversion tables in them so that might help.
About 8-9 minutes at 200 degrees C turned out nice soft fluffy cookies. :D
Hi I'm in Australia and would like to know how many grams is one stick of butter that you use
Have those same containers.
nplant2 years ago
Holy Moly! The description IS my favorite Snickerdoodle. I'm saving this for a time when I can bake some to try... Thanks!
eavalos22 years ago
Thank you for your great, great grandmother's recipe. My family enjoyed it! :)
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spitham2 years ago
Just a question Iv made a batch and have enough mix to make about a thousand snicker doodles is this right this is what's left after making 23 balls
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flavrt2 years ago
Thanks for a recovered memory. When I was very young, I took part in a school play. The only thing I remember about it was the mention of snickerdoodles in the script and the need for prop cookies. My mother baked a batch of genuine snickerdoodles for the performance and they were a hit with the cast. I haven't had a snickerdoodle in the 40 years since.

I'm sure I can follow your recipe.
nmarquis12 years ago
Is this all in American because I'm in Australia and if I set the oven to 400 degrees I think the would be charcoal...? Thanks.
Yes, the recipe cites temperature in Fahrenheit degrees. In Oceania, simply cut the temp in half to 200ºC and your cookies will bake perfectly.
Those look so good! I really need to try making these, I've never done it before :)