This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is based on the Joy of Baking recipe. I have reduced the quantity so that it makes a small number of cookies. Also, we chose to use salted butter for ease. If you prefer to use unsalted butter, you will only need a small pinch of salt for this quantity.
Snickerdoodle cookies are such sweet little old-fashioned cookies, totally delicious and very easy to make. Some people think that they are rather plain, but I love the look of them. They are so uniform and pretty with the cinnamon flecks showing through. I find them irresistable.
Although they are very popular in America, they do look like European cookies, although not really English ones. I wonder if they are German in origin.... Wherever they come from, they are super.
Ground cinnamon doesn't really keep for all that long before it loses its flavour. I replace my cinnamon, along with some of my other ground spices, once a year. I tend to buy it loose in small amounts as we don't use cinnamon all that much.
I have seen many snickerdoodle cookie recipes that include cream of tartar, but I have gone for ease here and just used baking powder.
You can make these cookies in an electric mixer, or you can mix them by hand. We prefer to mix them by hand, just because we enjoy the process.
Once cooled, snickerdoodle cookies keep well in an airtight tin for several weeks.
This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is good served with Earl Grey, where the flavours really compliment each other. It's also lovely with rooibos tea and also with Green Sencha Tea.
We enjoy snickerdoodle cookies on their own with a piece of fruit and a cup of tea in the afternoon.
If you choose to have them as part of an afternoon tea spread, we think they go well with carrot cake, ham sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and buttermilk scones, served with Earl Grey tea, or English Breakfast if you prefer.