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Epic Snickerdoodle Cookies

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A great Snickerdoodles recipe is something that every busy home cook should have in their back pocket, and this one, from Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan is ours. In her book (which we love), Jessie writes:

These are ’doodles of the slightly puffy variety and they are soft-middled, crispy-edged, and delish. I do go out on a bit of a limb here, and call for adding brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the cookie dough —​ none of which is traditional, but all of which you’ll be into, so don’t worry. Please melt your butter only until most of it has melted. A few soft, remaining butter chunks ensure it will cool quickly, and cool butter = cool dough = cookies that don’t spread. Finally, a short bake time at a high temp is the snickerdoodle badge of honor, so don’t be tempted to go long and low.

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Epic Snickerdoodes recipe by Jessie Sheehan from the Snackable Bakes cookbook | Didnt I Just Feed You podcast

Epic Snickerdoodles

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  • Author: Jessie Sheehan
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 20 Cookies 1x


A great Snickerdoodles recipe is something that every busy home cook should have in their back pocket, and this one, from Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan, is ours. 



3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
5 tablespoons (71 g) unsalted butter, almost melted, but with a few soft but solid pieces remaining
¾ cup packed (150 g) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, cold
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ½ cups (195 g) all-​purpose flour


3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. To make the cookies, whisk the shortening into the warm butter in a large bowl until the shortening melts (if there are still a few little solid bits of shortening, don’t worry). Whisk in the brown sugar and vanilla for 30 seconds, and then the egg. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cream of tartar into the bowl, one at a time, vigorously whisking after each. Gently fold in the flour with a flexible spatula just until the last streak disappears. Don’t overmix.
  3. To make the cinnamon-​sugar, whisk together the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Scoop 1 ½-tablespoon balls of dough with a portion scoop or measuring spoons and drop them in the cinnamon-​sugar, nudging them with your fingers to coat. Place 9 or 10 on each prepared baking sheet. The dough is super soft. Don’t worry. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cookies are cracked and slightly domed (they may or may not collapse as they cool—​depends on the temp in your kitchen). Remove from the oven and if too domed/puffy for your liking, immediately press with a spatula to flatten. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. Keep the snickerdoodles in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 to 8 minutes

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