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What is a Snickerdoodle?

To kick off Snickerdoodle week, I thought it’d be important to explain what exactly a Snickerdoodle is!  Well, my friends, a snickerdoodle is a delicious cookie that has been rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  Similar to a sugar cookie, but just a little bit different.

You see,  a snickerdoodle is made with a white powder called “cream of tartar” which activates the baking powder during the baking process.  Personally, I think it gives is a bit of a twist in the flavor too.  Also… a snickerdoodle is different than a sugar cookie in that it is rolled in sugar AND cinnamon.  DIVINE !

Where does the name Snickerdoodle come from?  The Joy of Cooking* claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a deviation of the German word Schneckennudeln (lit. “snail noodles”), a kind of pastry.  I’ve also read that some people think that it was just a made up word.  Personally, I’m going to believe it has German origin, since I’m here in Germany!

(Citation: *Rombauer, I. S., Becker, M. R., & Becker, E. (2006). The Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition. Scribner.)

Typically, snickerdoodles bake relatively flat, chewy and super full of flavor.  I’ve seen some doodles cook up puffy and with a mound on top, but I don’t usually like those.   My favorite is fresh from the oven and soft.   After a couple days though, these cookies tend to get a little crisp and hard, but nothing a little milk and dunking can’t fix!

This week, you’ll see recipes for:

  • Snickerdoodle cookies
  • Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
  • Snickerdoodle mini cupcakes
  • Snickerdoodle whoopie pies
  • Snickerdoodle sandwich cookies
  • And maybe a few more…

Check back everyday for a new way to make these delicious little cookies!