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Why fix Snickerdoodles if they’re not broken? Never again!

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Do you ever wonder if there’s an easier way to make something that you love?  Or are you ever hesitant to make a cookie recipe that requires you to roll every single cookie ball in something because it seems too time consuming?  Welp, that was Snickerdoodle Cookies for me.  Sometimes I (or I think I) don’t have the time or energy to roll every ball in cinnamon and sugar.  So I thought I’d try a few different versions to see if I could come up with an easier version.  I also really wanted to try cinnamon chips in the snickerdoodle cookies to see if they would jazz up this classic cookie or be a distraction.   And while I was excited to maybe come up with a great new variation.  I wasn’t all that excited about the results of my very informal taste survey.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Taste Attempt 1

The first one I made was the classic Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe that you’ll find below.  I’m not sure where this recipe came from but it’s been around my house for a long time!  And they are my husband’s favorite!  The recipe calls for cream of tartar which was something I didn’t always keep on hand until recently.  It’s nice to have that in the pantry if I want to wipe up a batch.  I love how this recipe makes a nice cookie with a crispy edge and chewy inside.  Snickerdoodles are one of those cookies that really need a little bit of a crispy bite.

Taste Attempt 2

I tried the original recipe with cinnamon chips added.  As you can see, these look real similar to the original but have the little cinnamon chips peeking out.  The look of the cookie wouldn’t leave anyone questioning what kind of cookie they are or how they’re really going to taste.  They have the classic snickerdoodle look to them.  But everyone did ask me what the brown spots were.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Taste Attempt 3 & 4

Rather than rolling the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture, I wondered how they would be if I mixed the cinnamon into the batter and skipped the rolling all together.  They turn out a medium brown and still crinkled like a snickerdoodle cookie does but nothing special to them.  I added cinnamon chips to half of the batter to see if that added anything as well.

Taste Attempt 5 & 6

Then I wondered if it would help the visual aspect if I took the dough that had the cinnamon mixed in and rolled it in some sugar to add a little sparkle to the exterior.  The sugar on the outside did very little for the appearance of the cookie or the taste.  I also added chips to this attempt to see if it added anything.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

After all these different taste attempts, I thought it would be fun to do a little taste survey to see which one people preferred.  I hit up a few people in town and had my family taste them.  Do you want to guess which one was the People’s Choice?  Would you have guessed the original traditional cookie?  If you did, you were right!  I think because it still has the expected look of a snickerdoodle cookie might be part of it.  Second runner-up was the traditional cookie with the cinnamon chips added.  The other attempts were okay by most people’s accounts but nothing special.  They also commented that the different look left them wondering what was different about them.

After I explained the difference in each, they did say the ones with the cinnamon mixed in were good but they preferred the ones that looked like true snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I think for me (and since they are my hubby’s favorite), I’ll stick with the traditional snickerdoodle cookie or add cinnamon chips if I want to mix them up a bit.  I don’t think the time saved from not having to roll them turned out to be a big enough savings to alter the integrity of the good ole’ snickerdoodle recipe.  But it was fun doing the taste survey and seeing if altering the recipe would create an even better version.  But experimenting doesn’t always create positive results and I think that was the case in this situation.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!  Try it the original way first and then feel free to experiment yourself.  None of my taste attempts were “bad”; most people just thought the original was better.  Enjoy!

TTYL!  Lori

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Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodle Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
3 1/2 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 1/2 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodle Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3 1/2 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 1/2 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Mix shortening, eggs and sugar.
  2. Add dry ingredients and shape into 1” balls.
  3. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  4. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a piece of foil.
Recipe Notes

I added about a cup of cinnamon chips to the dough before baking.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

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