I cannot believe I have lived this far into my twenties plus a decade and have not made Granny’s snickerdoodle cookies until now. I feel like in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps out into the color. Go make these cookies. Currently.

Edited Mixer
I feel that I should commemorate the fact that I took this opportunity to finally use the Kitchen Aid mixer we received as a wedding gift 6 years ago. Every year my darling husband tries to sell it and I’ve finally proven that I’d “use it someday.” Isn’t she a ‘beaut?
Step 1: I combined 1 T sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside for later. I mixed the shortening and sugar together then added the eggs. One at a time because that is what my idol, Ina, does. Then I added the vanilla.
Edited Dough
Step 2: I sifted together the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar (WTH is Cream of Tartar? You should hear how I pronounce this in my head).
Step 3: I added the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
Step 4: I shaped into 1 inch balls and rolled them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and backed for 8 minutes. I hesitated to take them out, but they were perfect.
Edited cookies

Final Thoughts: 
Stop what you are doing and make these now. My husband is almost exclusively a chocolate chip cookie eater and he even admits that they are awesome. I think I might just have a new go-to cookie on my hands. Invite me over and maybe I’ll bring some. Just a suggestion.



Prep time: 20-25 min. Total Time: 30 min. Yields: 4 dozen

  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 c shortening
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • Combine 1 T sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Cream shortening and gradually add 1/12 c sugar, beating well. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in vanilla.
  • Sift together four, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar in a medium mixing bowl. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and cool on wire racks.
Snickerdoodle Pin


4 thoughts on “Snickerdoodles”

  • My snicker doodle recipe is almost the same, except it doesn’t include vanilla. Mine are good but not great. I will try your Granny’s recipe this year because now that I think of it, a cookie recipe without vanilla just doesn’t seem right.

      • These are ahhhmazing. Even my mom who said she didn’t think vanilla would make that much of a difference has commented several times that they are delicious. These have been permanently added to our Christmas cookie list.

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