Recipe: Big, Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

Ahh, the snickerdoodle. Who doesn’t like a snickerdoodle? The name alone is a treat. Say it with me, “Snickerdoodle!” Now, don’t you feel good inside? Yeah, me too.

Today’s recipe is an old-fashioned version of the modern snickerdoodle. Dark brown sugar, dark corn syrup, nutmeg and lots of vanilla give this cookie a rich flavor that will give you that good, old-fashioned feeling inside. And the size of these cookies is big, big, big–roughly twice the size of a normal cookie. Are you swooning yet? Let’s not waste any more time! Go preheat your oven.

Big, Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

Topping (mix and set aside)

5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon


3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (preferably dark)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
3 1/2 tablespoons vanilla

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. In another bowl, cream shortening and both sugars until creamy. Add eggs, syrup, and vanilla to butter mixture. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture until combined. For best results, chill dough for a few hours.

Form dough into large balls (about two generous tablespoons). Roll dough balls in the cinnamon/sugar topping until thoroughly coated and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly with a spatula to ensure even cooking.

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Mmmmm! ┬áCall me old-fashioned, but I think I’m in love!

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14 responses to “Recipe: Big, Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

  1. Gina Nagoshi

    I would serve a basket of Mrs. Fields 100 bakery-fresh Nibblers at my day long meetings. Cookies are always great for an afternoon snack and the bite-sized nibblers are the perfect size especially for those who are “on a diet” one little Nibbler wont hurt. :)

  2. Ali

    I would serve these bite-size nibblers at my 4 year-old niece’s day care center. I think these little nibblers are designed for everyone, but are perfect for those little pre-school sized hands and its also a great serving size to make sure the sugar level doesn’t get too high for those energetic kids!

  3. Snickerdoodles were always my favorite cookies as a child and I haven’t been able to find a really good recipe. Thanks so much for this…I have to try them this weekend.

  4. Janet

    Are these cookies chewy and soft?

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  6. Wendy

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie! Thanks for the recipe. Is it really 3 1/2 TABLESPOONS of vanilla or should it be teaspoons?

  7. Sharon

    Please have somebody bake this recipe like this is written. The vanilla must be wrong and so is the baking powder. Great flavor, but they came out flat as a pancake. (I did use teaspoons of vanilla instead of tablespoons.)

    • Mrs. Fields

      Hi Sharon,

      Did you try chilling the dough for at least a few hours? I have tried the recipe as written and they turned out great–thick and chewy with lots of vanilla. Also, remember to make them oversized, about double the size of a normal cookie.

      Mrs. Fields

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  9. Anda

    They tasted great but came out flat as pancakes, even though I did chill the dough long enough.

    • Kath

      If a cookie comes out flat, it simply means that it needs a little more flour. You should always bake a test cookie and adjust the flour accordingly.

  10. Tiffanie

    Thank You for the recipe but I gotta ask… I thought the Mrs Field recipe for snickerdoodles had sour cream or was cream of tartar in it. Has anybody tried this recipe? Does it taste like Mrs Field’s Snickerdoodles? I wannna make them for my churche cookie swap. Plus all the Mrs Fields closed and its my fav cookie. Thank you in advance for responding to my question :)

  11. Thank you snicker doodle recipe me and my niece made the best cookies ever!!!!!!!