Giant Snickerdoodles

How is your week going? Not even a teeny tiny bit of sewing going on around here — too many other things going on. Tonight, after work, I mowed the lawn for 2 hours, tidied up the house and loaded up the truck with a bunch of stuff for TheSecondChild. I’m headed to Nashville to see him in the morning. He’ll be moving to a new apartment next week, so we’d planned for me to visit this weekend. He’s managed to stay high and dry through all the flooding, so we’re feeling very fortunate.

So, with nothing crafty going on, I’m going to add to my online recipe collection.  If you’ve been around here very long, you know that we love cookies. TheManoftheHouse has pretty boring tastes, and he likes his goodies plain. It’s always a battle between us because I love lots of nuts or oatmeal or cranberries or most anything. Two cookies we can agree on are chocolate chip and snickerdoodles. So, over the weekend, I made him a big batch of snickerdoodles.

These are jumbo cookies and they’re pretty darn good. I’ve tried snickerdoodles with all butter (not crispy enough) or all crisco*(not enough flavor), but I prefer a good mix of butter AND crisco. I can’t remember how many cookies this recipe made, but it seems like it was around 40.


Giant Snickerdoodles

5 cups flour
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar (mix together in small bowl and set aside):
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and set aside.

With mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar at medium speed until light and creamy, 4 to 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.

With mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until combined.

With cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough into hand.


Roll dough into a smooth ball.


Roll dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture.


Place cookies on cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room for spreading.


Bake until lightly browned and puffy, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from oven when middle of cookie looks just slightly under-done. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes and then cool on wire cookie rack.

Shortly before I got to the end of the batch of cookie dough, I decided to try to speed things up by putting the dough on parchment paper. (I just purchased a silpat mat for when I was trying the macarons, so I haven’t tried it with any other cookies.)  Here is the difference between parchment paper and the silpat mat.


Can you tell which is which? The cookie on the right is traditionally what a Snickerdoodle should look like (although MeMum likes the cookie on the left better), and it was baked on the parchment paper! So much for silpat mat superiority!

Either way, they still taste good — Pour yourself a cold glass of milk, take Big Bites and Enjoy!



* – Crisco is vegetable shortening, for those of you not in the US.

43 Thoughts on “Giant Snickerdoodles

  1. your cookies are beautiful.
    they make me want to sell you the house next door.
    i’m not overly fond those neighbors, so it would be much better if you moved in and they moved out.
    their son shoots my dog with a pellet gun.
    (and in the interest of being a nice person, i won’t mention that the mom of said son resembles a farm animal of sorts.)
    move to california.
    we’ll stay up late and sew…
    i’ll make dinner and drop it off before you get home from work and then you won’t have to east CRISCO!

  2. These look delicious! I haven’t done anything much this week apart from sat on my butt – not even been for a run which isn’t good – got to do a half marathon in 2 weeks….hmm…..

  3. Yummmmmm, these look delish and very wicket! I will have to try them out next time I have the whole gang at home.
    Happy Weekend!

  4. I’m so going to try these, I could freeze half the batch. Thanks for sharing and have a great trip.

  5. They sound pretty darned good!

  6. Hi Anna,
    My son loves snickerdoodles, I’m going to check the butter/shortening mix in my recipe. Have a great weekend in Nashville!

  7. So glad your son is safe and sound and not affected by the flooding. It really looked horrible there, so travel safely!

  8. Your cookies look and sound delicious! (I’m with you…always use half butter and half crisco, for just the reasons you mentioned.) I don’t bake much anymore with just the two of us here (another reason to miss the kids being home!) but maybe I’ll make some for quilt group.

  9. Yum! I love snickerdoodles, although I haven’t made them since I was a girl – my family only likes chocolate – now how boring is that?!!! :)


  10. OMG Andy loves Snickerdoodles…I’ll have to make a batch of big ones…he’ll flip! Thank you! Thank you! Be safe traveling!

  11. To me it sounds sooo American, to eat your cookies with milk. I would never think of combining those too :-)

    Anyway, the cookies look delicious and I love the name: Snickerdoodles!

    Good to hear your sun is ok. Goodluck with helping him move.

  12. I just made oatmeal crispies with the 1/2 butter 1/2 crisco combination too! Seems to work everytime. I’ve been using a Silpat too but hadn’t noticed any difference – might have to experiment next time.

  13. I’ll be right over with a glass of milk.
    I love snickerdoodles, but my family will only eat them at Christmastime – which is silly
    thanks for the recipe

  14. I’m so glad to hear your son escaped the flooding! What a sad mess:( We are south and east of Nashville and didn’t get the heavy rains. Have a safe trip!

    I’ve never made Snickerdoodles but these look very good!

  15. My dd makes giant snickerdoodles too. YUM. I want to make these but I don’t need to EAT them. I like your idea of mixing butter/crisco together and I like the snickerdoodle on the right best. That, to me, is how a cookie should look.

    Hoping you have a happy time with SecondChild.

  16. I LOVE SNICKERDOODLES!!!! They are, by far, my favorite NON chocolate cookie and you know what? I have all the ingredients and i’m going to try your recipe tomorrow!

  17. You certainly can’t go wrong with Snickerdoodles. I made Molasses Cookies yesterday. I don’t know what I did wrong, but they were a disaster. I always tell people I don’t cook, but I love to bake. Seriously hit to my ego.

    I’m so glad your son stayed dry. Poor Nashville!!!

  18. Yummo! Snickerdoodles are addictive. I loved seeing the difference between a Silpat and parchment. I typically use a stone and really like the results but have considered buying a silpat…you know…because of Martha. :)

    So glad your son is high and dry. I’ve been watching videos of the flood and the destruction is just beyond my imagination.

  19. OH, man – do those ever look good!!! Snickerdoodles are favorites around here, but I haven’t made any lately. I feel a batch coming on…… I’ll have to try your recipe. I like the idea of BIG!

  20. I’m glad to hear your son stayed dry during the flood. Snickerdoodles remind me of my childhood, of walking in to the house after school to the scent of warm cinnamon and a plate of freshly baked cookies. I don’t think I’ve eaten one in years.

  21. oooohhh, thanks Anna for the silpat/parchment comparison! I’ll make sure to bake mine on parchment when I make them again. Have a great trip this weekend in Nashville. I’m glad your son faired good with the flooding!

  22. Oh, how I love snickerdoodles! And giant ones? I must make them! Glad to know about the Silpats. I would have automatically used them. I’ll drag the parchment out from the back of the cabinet.
    I hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day!

  23. Why are you so slim?? Not fair!!!

    I would not like bunnies in my garden. Just saying. I like bunnies. In a field. Or in the Mid West. Just not in my garden.

  24. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorites since I remember having them at my grandmas all of the time. I don’t really have a good recipe for them, so I’ll have to give yours a try. They look perfect.

  25. The name won me over right from the start. I am sure the tast would only confirm it!

  26. Oooh, those look delicious. Was just about to ask what Crisco was! Might have a go at those – thanks for the recipe Anna! x

  27. Snickerdoodles are my favorite! Can’t wait to try these!

  28. Ohhh yummm, I am going to make those with the espresso suagr xoxox Clarice

  29. Ooooh. Double ooooh. My snickerdoodle recipe doesn’t spread out like those – mine are tasty but yours look better, I wonder whether I have the ingredients to had? Hmmmmm.

  30. Oh, and I just had to say – espresso sugar? GENIUS! Though possibly not for the Smalls …

  31. snickerdoodles are the ultimate comfort cookie to me! Yum!

  32. I LOVE snickerdoodles … YUM!!! Have fun in Nashville and have a happy Mother’s Day tomorrow!!

  33. I am glad the TheSecondChild is ok in all that rain!

    I love these cookies and now I need to go make some for my mom (she NEEDS these…that’s what I am gonna tell her)!!!! hehehehe

  34. Jewels on May 9, 2010 at 7:27 am said:

    Anna, they look so yummy. Do they stay soft? Our’s always get hard after awhile. I think it is the Better Homes and Garden recipe we use. xoxo

  35. I love the thimble header in the flowers! Beautiful!

    And the cookies made me hungry to try them! They look and sounds wonderful!

    Hope all is well with you on this Mother’s Day!

  36. Yumm! Happy Mother’s Day Anna :)

  37. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I’m so glad your son is safe and moving forward in his new life. Nothing crafty has been going on at my house for a couple of months now, except one small project I just did and will share soon. Like you, I’ve been busy doing other things.

  38. Oh I could do with one of these right now! I could eat a horse!

    I came across something called whoopie pies on another blog. Do I remember right – have you blogged these? I have Mummy brain and can’t remember and couldn’t find them in your recipe section. If not do you have a good link to a reliable recipe? Mr P saw the picture and wanted me to bake them pretty sharpish!

  39. I’m so with you on the mix of butter and crisco. I think that makes the best cookie. I like a snickerdoodle every now and then. But I’m not a fan of cinnamon. So they have to be super light on the cinnamon. They are my SIL and sons favorite cookies. And I’ve (wait for it, confession time) NEVER made them. Embarrassed. I buy them at the bakery for them every now and then. I just always make good old chocolate chip or chocolate chip oatmeal. Lazy or stubborn, not sure.

  40. Robin Brown on May 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm said:

    You’re such a good Mom…did you get to drive back on Mothers Day? (not fun by yourself). No crafts for me lately either…just looking at my books dreaming of doing crafts (problems with the back and meds). I feel a little better today but hubby has had a little stomach bug (nausea & headache) so I had to pick it up or we would be overwhelmed in clutter. I miss you lots and hope things were good this weekend.
    always, robin

  41. snickerdoodles! you americans think of the funniest names for things…..that is hilarious! i’ve never heard of them before but they look delicious and I think they would be very popular in this house…especially when I tell them they are called snickerdoodles…they’ll have to stop rolling around laughing before they eat them!


  42. They look yummy! Thanks for the recipe! Cheers!

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