February 27, 2012
Did you grow up eating snickerdoodles? I did! My husband? Not so much. The first time I made a batch, he eyed them and said something like, "What? No chocolate? I thought there were Snickers in snickerdoodles."
Ah, nope! In the cookie world, snickerdoodles are a quiet charmer. Unlike fancy cutouts or "everything but the kitchen sink" cookies they don't scream for attention. But snickerdoodles aren't boring! Thanks to a generous amount of butter, cinnamon, and vanilla, snickerdoodles are packed with flavor. And isn't that why we love them?
Their classic flavor isn't the only thing that makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle. They also have a unique texture. And this is where snickerdoodle lovers divide.
I like mine puffy with crisp edges and a soft, almost cake-like center. Others prefer snickerdoodles flat and crisp. What's a baker to do? Simple—vary your recipe to suit the type of snickerdoodle you love!
For "puffy" snickerdoodles, use a mixture of butter and shortening, and a generous amount (1 1/4 teaspoons) of baking powder. The shortening prevents the cookies from spreading too much while the butter creates crisp edges and deep flavor.
For "flat and crisp" snickerdoodles, use all butter and reduce the amount of baking powder to 1/4 teaspoon.
Either way, you'll have a classic cookie that can be made in minutes using staples you probably already have in your pantry.
This recipe makes puffy snickerdoodles. For flat, crisp cookies, follow the variations ingredient variation listed in the recipe.
To make these cookies even easier, use a cookie scoop for the dough.
Dairy-free: Omit the butter and use all shortening.
Soy-Free: Omit the shortening and use all butter.
6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) white rice flour
2 ounces (1/2 cup) sweet rice flour
2 ounces (1/2 cup) cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon for flat, crisp cookies)
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces (1/4 cup) shortening (replace with butter for flat, crisp cookies)
7 ounces (1 cup) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon