What Is A Snickerdoodle? (2024)

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posted by Michelle Lopez on July 6, 2022 (last updated Sep 7, 2022)

What Is A Snickerdoodle?

Ever since publishing My Best Snickerdoodle Recipe and Snickerdoodle Recipe Without Cream Of Tartar, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the cookies. Specifically: what even is a snickerdoodle, anyway?

So let’s clear the air about one of the most popular cookie recipes on Hummingbird High:

Snickerdoodles are sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar gives the cookies their distinct flavor, texture, and appearance.

Some food historians argue that sugar cookies recipes use baking powder to leaven the cookies, while snickerdoodles recipes use cream of tartar. If using cream of tartar, the cookies will have a slightly tangy flavor.

You can learn more about the difference in my TikTok video below:

@hummingbirdhigh snickerdoodle WITH cream of tartar versus snickerdoodle WITHOUT #baking #bakingtiktok ♬ Happy Pizza – Tom Howe

Where Do Snickerdoodles Come From? How Did They Get Their Name?

A few cookbooks explain that snickerdoodles are German in origin. They state that the cookie’s name comes from the German wordshneckennudel(which is a kind of cinnamon bun).

Others trace its origin to New England’s tradition of whimsical cookie names. Stella Parks, former pastry chef at Serious Eats, writes inher cookbookthat the cookies evolved from a popular cinnamon-scented cake recipe called the “snip doodle”.

So the TL/DR is this: there seems to be no consensus on where the cookies actually come from. Or how they got their name, for that matter!

What Does Snickerdoodle Taste Like?

A classic snickerdoodle tastes like a sugar cookie generously flavored with cinnamon. And if the recipe uses cream of tartar, the cookie also tastes a little sour and tangy.

What Flavor Is Snickerdoodle?

Bakers exclusively flavor traditional snickerdoodles with cinnamon.

But I’ll be honest—cinnamon has never been my favorite flavor in the spice rack. In my opinion, cinnamon works best when I pair it with other spices. So when developing the snickerdoodle recipe for my cookbook,Weeknight Baking, I had the brilliant idea to swap out the cinnamon for other spices.

So in my book, you’ll find other flavors! Flavors like “black sesame snickerdoodles”, “matcha snickerdoodles”, and my personal favorite, “raspberry sumac snickerdoodles”. Even on this blog I have recipes forraspberry lemon snickerdoodles andblack halva snickerdoodles.

@hummingbirdhigh cinnamon #snickerdoodles are basic, let’s yassify them #bakingrecipe #yassification #bakingtiktok #kitchenhacks ♬ The Great British Bake Off – Tom Howe

Moral of this story? If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, don’t be afraid to swap out the cinnamon in the recipe for your favorite spice. You can also use other ingredients like tea powder, seeds, and sprinkles to make a unique snickerdoodle flavor.

What Is A Snickerdoodle? (2)

Best Traditional Snickerdoodle Recipes

  • My Best Snickerdoodle Recipe
  • Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
  • Snickerdoodle Recipe Without Cream of Tartar

Unique Snickerdoodle Recipes

  • Black Halva Snickerdoodles
  • Raspberry Lemon Snickerdoodles
  • Strawberry Rose Snickerdoodles

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posted by Michelle Lopez on July 6, 2022 (last updated Sep 7, 2022)

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5 comments on “What Is A Snickerdoodle?”

  1. Ren Reply

    Those pumpkin snickerdoodles are beyond amazing! They’re a staple for me, especially in the fall! Great post, thanks for the info.

  2. Snoopy Reply

    Where are exact measurements of ingredients.?

    • Michelle Lopez Reply

      You can find a recipe for snickerdoodles here: https://www.hummingbirdhigh.com/2020/04/my-best-snickerdoodle-recipe.html

  3. Colette Llorca Reply

    No recipes but explanations on Schneckennudel !
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnecke_(Geb%C3%A4ck) Also in English.

    A “Nudel” is not only the noodle/pasta you cook in water but in Bavaria, and Austria and former parts of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy any sweet roll made of yeast dough, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchteln

    Snickerdoodle may have gone from the Palatine dialectal “Schneckenudel” to snickenoodle and ended up in snickerdoodle.

    With my best wishes
    an old Palatine girl

  4. madena Reply

    so what then is a snickerdoidle? For whatever reason iI remember them being a dab of cookie dough with a hershey kiss plopped in the middle. I now know that isn’t a snickerdoodle but also could be if “swapping out” ingredients. hey why not swap out Raspberries instead of using those peaches in your peach jam. maybe I’m seeing your post with my snarky colored glasses on… but if its a cinnamon cookie (which seems to be its definition) aren’t you being a bit….umm weird… calling all those other recipes snickerdoodles (personally the name brings up the flavor of musty long dog hair that is single-handedly humidifying and warming a room… leaving its taste/dander/smell behind… “Snickerdoodle deodorizer…you’ll never miss your dog again on those long road trips…just bring a snickerdoodle scented bottle on your road trip. you won’t remember by our dog!” meanwhile black sesame and your other flavors sound amazing!! so maybe i’m not completely bonkers

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What Is A Snickerdoodle? (2024)


What is a snickerdoodle? ›

noun. ˈsni-kər-ˌdü-dᵊl. plural snickerdoodles. : a cookie that is made with usually butter, sugar, and flour and that is rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking.

What does it mean when someone calls you a snickerdoodle? ›

The Oxford English Dictionary Describes the etymology as “uncertain." They suggest it is perhaps a combination of the words snicker, a smothered laugh, and doodle, a silly or foolish fellow.

What is a snickerdoodle taste like? ›

A classic snickerdoodle tastes like a sugar cookie generously flavored with cinnamon. And if the recipe uses cream of tartar, the cookie also tastes a little sour and tangy.

What is snickerdoodle Reddit? ›

Upvote -1 Downvote Reply. arylea. • 1y ago. A snickerdoodle is a sugar cookie like dough (sometimes with cinnamon in the cookie) rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

How old is the snickerdoodle? ›

According to the Joy of Baking: “Snickerdoodles, also called snipdoodles or cinnamon sugar cookies, have been around since the late 1800s. They probably originated in New England and are either of German or Dutch descent.

Why do snickerdoodles get hard? ›

Snickerdoodles might turn out hard if they are overbaked or if the dough is too dry. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they bake – when the edges are set but the centers are still soft and puffy, they are done. Also, make sure you're not adding too much flour.

What does it mean when a girl calls you cookie? ›

Informal. dear; sweetheart (a term of address, usually connoting affection). Slang.

What does cookie mean for girlfriend? ›

informal. dear; sweetheart (a term of address, usually connoting affection)

Who called snickerdoodles? ›

From Wikipedia: The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln ("snail noodles"), a kind of pastry.

Is snickerdoodle OK for dogs? ›

There's nothing toxic in a snickerdoodle, but the cookies do contain quite a bit of sugar, which dogs simply don't need in their diet. Sugar provides zero nutritional benefits. Over time, sugar contributes to weight gain and diabetes. We encourage you to share a healthier treat with your dog instead.

Are there snickerdoodle Oreos? ›

Nabisco just released new Snickerdoodle Oreos, so naturally we here at Sporked had to get our grubby hands all over them.

Why did my snickerdoodles crack? ›

Almost all recipes call for a combination of cream of tartar and baking soda (an acid and a base); the idea is that when they bake the reaction of these two ingredients will cause the cookies to puff up and then collapse, creating those cinnamon-y cracks on top.

How do you describe a snickerdoodle? ›

Snickerdoodles are characterized by a cracked surface and can be either crisp or soft depending on the ingredients used. Snickerdoodles are often referred to as "sugar cookies". However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar whereas snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon.

Why are my snickerdoodles sour? ›

Because cream of tartar is slightly more acidic than baking powder, it gives the cookies a slight sour-flavored tang unique to snickerdoodles.

Why do my snickerdoodles fall? ›

Why are my snickerdoodles flat? Snickerdoodles can come out flat if 1) the leaveners you used (for this recipe, it's both the baking soda and the cream of tartar) are on the old side and no longer work, and 2) if you baked them at a lower temperature.

Why is a cookie called a snickerdoodle? ›

The Joy of Cooking claims that “snickerdoodle” comes from “Schneckennudel,” a German word that literally means “snail noodles.” Schneckennudels don't have anything to do with snails or noodles, though—they're actually delicious-looking German cinnamon rolls.

What is the difference between a snickerdoodle and a cookie? ›

Snickerdoodles are often referred to as "sugar cookies". However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar whereas snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon. Cream of tartar is added for its signature texture as another main difference.

Why do snickerdoodles call for cream of tartar? ›

Mom would tell you the cream of tartar stabilizes the snickerdoodles, providing the light, soft, pillowy texture. It also adds the tangy note associated with snickerdoodles.

Are my snickerdoodles raw? ›

Here are some signs to look out for: Colour: Raw or undercooked cookies tend to have a pale appearance, lacking that golden or slightly browned hue that indicates they're fully baked. Watch for cookies that still have a doughy or unbaked look. Texture: Touch the surface of the cookies gently.

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