Posted on November 13, 2018 by prairiemoonquilts in Recipes

It’s cold outside, and I’m always looking for an excuse to light the oven to put a little extra heat into the house, but have I ever mentioned I hate cooking?

My Cowboy wanted cookies, but I’m out of brown sugar, so I couldn’t make his favorite Chocolate Chip cookies, so I asked him if he’d settle for these since they don’t require brown sugar. He said yes, and he even helped me mix up the dough.

So without further ado, here is my grandmother’s recipe for:


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs.

Blend dry ingredients in, and shape into balls.

Mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar together and rolls the balls in the mixture.

Place 2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Sometimes I substitute butter for the shortening and use all butter, which works just as well. If I use salted butter, then I sometimes leave out the salt. If you chill the dough briefly before rolling it into balls, that sometimes works better, too. Sometimes I’m in a hurry, and don’t bother with that part!

Also, these are always better if your grandmother makes them for you!

Since it’s just me and My Cowboy here at home, I bake half the dough, then refrigerate the other half, and bake them later, because it’s always better to have fresh cookies warm out of the oven, right?

8 responses to “Snickerdoodles”

  1. Louise says:

    I’ve been known to make a double batch, roll them into balls, put them on a cookie sheet, and then freeze them. After they are frozen, put them in a ZipLoc bag. Because the balls of dough are already frozen, they won’t stick together in the bag. Then, you can take out however many dough balls you want to bake. Then you get fresh cookies anytime you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Debbie Thornton says:

    These sound awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cindy Spearman says:

    I want some snickerdoodle cookies. Gary doesn’t like cinnamon. I can’t believe anyone can not like cinnamon. We are suppose to get a bunch of snow again tonight. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  4. Angie In Socal says:

    I love winter because I can bake for just the reason you give – turning on the over. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Susan says:

    They look delicious!

  6. Diana says:

    They do sound good. I did have to chuckle though. I just sent an email to our doggy deli/bakery telling her we would need 4 lbs. Of snikerdoodles for our girls tomorrow! I will make your recipe for us 2 legged family members

  7. KT says:

    I love snickerdoodles–might have to make some today!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  8. Rose Marie Smith says:

    I love snickerdoodles. I will teach Kenzie how to make those next week. She loves to make cookies with Grammie.

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