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Festive Snickerdoodle Cookie

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Festive Snickerdoodle Cookie

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A year round favorite, this Snickerdoodle cookie is a perfect simple treat. A splash of eggnog to the batter adds some festive flair for the holidays.

I would love to know what the etymology of the Snickerdoodle is.  What a comical name for a cookie that, with the slightest error, can snub you and leave you completely crest fallen.  So simple in its few ingredients, yet far more difficult to perfect, the Snickerdoodle is a real showcase of your cookie make fortitude.

Snickerdoodles are a year round favorite of our household.  At any given time, it is almost without question that I have all ingredients on hand, therefore this cookie is a “frequent flier” for our cookie cravings.  But there is something so wonderful about a perfect Snickerdoodle that it is right at home on holiday cookie platter.  So the Snickerdoodle takes its rightful place in my veritable Christmas Cookie Compendium.

Yep, I am gonna stick with compendium.  Because I really like the word.  Okay?

In my world, the crackly exterior should give way to a soft buttery interior with a melt-y texture.  This glorious blonde cookie begs for high quality ingredients, as there simply isn’t a single strong flavor to overshadow the rest.  True vanilla extract, quality butter, good cinnamon and a coarse nubby sugar all contribute to such a divinely yummy cookie.  To make the favorite a little bit more festive, I like to add about a tablespoon of eggnog to add a little something-something…

Did you miss the Ginger Molasses Cookie post?  No worries here it is.

Festive Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

Snickerdoodle Cookies

A year round favorite, this Snickerdoodle cookie is a perfect simple treat. A splash of eggnog to the batter adds some festive flair for the holidays, should you be so inspired!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 18 cookies


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon eggnog or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a stand mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Add baking soda, cream of tartar, egg, eggnog and vanilla and beat again until evenly incorporated. Scrape down side of the bowl.
  • Add flour and beat on low speed until the mixture is evenly incorporated and the dough becomes somewhat clumpy.
  • Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  • In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough into 1" balls, then roll into sugar mixture.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-11 minutes.
  • After removing from oven, (again) slightly flatten the cookie's "dome" and allow to sit on cookie sheet for exactly two more minutes. Transfer to solid surface to cool.

Snickerdoodle Cookies


Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of can be seen at,,, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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