Snickerdoodle cookies was one of the most puzzling cookie names I’ve ever heard of when we came to the US. I am not used to such cookies and have never heard of before!! So imagine how surprised I was when I found out that it actually does not have snickers in them!
Soft,thick and chewy irresistible snickerdoodle cookies. Bursting with cinnamon flavor and very easy to make using only your FOOD PROCESSEOR!.
Let me start by telling you that, in Egypt, we do not have such a cookie. So
when my oldest was just in KG, he asked me to make snickerdoodles . I was like ..what? snicker what? I seriously thought he was babbling as his English was not good yet. While shopping at Walmart, I found those snickerdoodles mixes and I said to myself “the boy was not babbling after all!” 🤣.
I mixed, I baked, I waited and waited and waited …… for the snickers 🍫to show up, but it was not there hehehe. I asked my little guy, are these the cookies, his face lightened up with joy and said yes mama.
Up until a month ago I thought snickerdoodles are crunchy, thin and cinnamon-y cookies as that’s what I get out of these ready mixes. Oh boy, I am so lagging behind!
I was seriously surprised when I discovered that they should be soft and chewy!!! I was feeding my kiddos wooden cookies and feeling good about it.. But not anymore.
I am obsessed these days with food processor cookies. After these Biscoff cookies I want more of these easy cookies. SO, I started experimenting with my kids’ most loved cookies…. snickerdoodles.
So, what is a snickerdoodle?
According to me, googling around, it is a delicious type of sugar cookies that is rolled in cinnamon-sugar mixture and baked to perfection. To my surprise and after being here for more than a decade, snickerdoodles should be soft and chewy!
History of snickerdoodle?
Now that is still a mystery, nobody is quite sure who or where these cookies were invented. Some say Germany, Dutch and others say New England.
Why is there cream of tartar in snickerdoodles?
Cream of tartar is used to activate baking soda in these cookies, giving it a desirable tangy taste and adding to its perfect chewiness.
Do you have to have cream of tartar for snickerdoodles?
Well, traditional snickerdoodle fanatics will go into a heated discussion that cream of tartar is what makes snickerdoodle …. well… a snickerdoodle🤷. Cream of tartar is not available all over the world, and this will not stop us from enjoying this marvelous cookie. So bottom line, answer is NO. Use baking powder instead and you are good to go.
How to make snickerdoodle from scratch?
- In a small sauce pan, melt butter and wait for it to cool down.
- In the food processor add sugars, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour the cooled melted butter over and mix.
- Mix the dry ingredients together then gradually add to the bowl of your food processor. Process until the dough comes together and be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Empty the food processor on a piece of plastic wrap. Work it a bit with your hands to ensure everything is well incorporated.
- Wrap the dough tightly with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours and up to 3 days.
- Form balls of 1.5 tablespoon of the dough.
- Dip in a bowl of cinnamon sugar.
- Space dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat.
- Bake in a 350F oven until done.
Notes about snickerdoodle recipe
- First confession: I did not cream my butter and sugar. Here I said it.I broke some rules here to ease our kitchen life a bit, so do not say I did not warn you. But give it a try and I know you’ll be happy.
- Classic snickerdoodles are made with only white sugar. Adding brown sugar to the mix contributed a further caramel notes of flavor and increased softness of the cookies.
- A common problem in snickerdoodle, and actually in many other cookies is spreading. Actually, these cookies taste delicious either ways. But, let’s talk flat cookies vs puffy pillowy cookies. Both will be tasty and soft, unless you left them for 30 minutes in the oven of course.
- So here is what I suggest, you’ll need to test your oven first for the first couple or maybe 4 cookies. Until you get the hang of it. I watched my first cookie like a hawk. and when it started to crack I removed it immediately. Left it to cool down for a minute on the baking sheet then on a cooling rack. It was puffy, soft but doughy in the middle☹️.
- So next test, I left it for a minute after it started to crack, then removed it and left it to cool down on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and finally left it to cool completely on the baking rack. It was perfect, chewy, soft and well done.
The above picture ☝️ shows two stacks of cookies, the puffed up ones were baked as I told you. The other more flat and more cracked stack was baked traditionally for 12 minutes. Both tasted very delicious and was soft specially in the middle. One bite of these and you will never be able to go back to these mixes again.
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Soft and chewy snickerdoodles
- 1 cup unsalted butter.
- 1 cup granulated sugar.
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar.*
- 2 large eggs.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 3 cups A.P. flour.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda.**
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar.**
- 1 teaspoon baking powder.**
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter then turn off heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar until everything is well combined.
- In your food processor, add melted and cooled butter, eggs, vanilla extract and all sugars. Pulse until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and pulse again until you have a consistent dough, be sure to scrape sides and bottom.
- Work the dough with your hands a bit until you are sure the dough is consistent.
- Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line two large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Combine coating mixture in a small bowl and set aside.
- Take 1 1/2 tablespoon of cookie dough and form into a ball. Roll into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place balls on the baking sheet and bake until lightly browned on the edges.Cookies will look as if they are not done yet at the center and be extremely soft.***
- Remove from oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.