What you need to make classic Snickerdoodle cookies
For your cookies:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
How to make snickerdoodle cookies
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon for rolling.
Scoop out rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and roll them into balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated evenly.
Place the coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Gently flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass or a fork.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Creative ways to make your Snickerdoodle cookies unique
Create a surprise inside by adding a small piece of caramel, chocolate, or a nut in the center of each cookie before rolling in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Mix chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) into the cookie dough for added crunch and flavor.
Add a twist to the traditional cinnamon flavor by incorporating other warm spices like nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger.
Add a zesty element by including some lemon or orange zest in the cookie dough for a bright and refreshing flavor.
Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles:
Mix in chocolate chips or chunks for a delightful combination of cinnamon and chocolate.
Fold in dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or chopped apricots for a burst of sweetness and texture.
Salted Caramel Drizzle:
Drizzle cooled cookies with a homemade salted caramel sauce for an indulgent finish.
Top your snickerdoodles with a maple-flavored glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract.
Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting or a flavored spread (like pumpkin or apple butter) between two snickerdoodle cookies to create a sandwich.
Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Make ice cream sandwiches by placing a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two snickerdoodle cookies.
Press the cookie dough into a baking dish to make snickerdoodle bars. You can even layer it with a sweet filling like cheesecake or caramel.
Mini Snickerdoodle Bites:
Roll the dough into mini bite-sized balls for a poppable treat.
Cinnamon Sugar Coating Variations:
Experiment with different coatings, such as colored sugar, crushed nuts, or even shredded coconut.