Recipe: Big, Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

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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!  Call me old-fashioned, but I think I’m in love!

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14 Responses

  1. Gina Nagoshi
    Gina Nagoshi at

    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
    Ali at

    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. Lori
    Lori at

    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
    Janet at

    Are these cookies chewy and soft?

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  6. Wendy
    Wendy at

    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
    Sharon at

    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.)

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  9. Anda
    Anda at

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

    1. Kath
      Kath at

      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.

      1. Kath
        Kath at

        OR you may have forgotten to put in the leavening.

  10. Tiffanie
    Tiffanie at

    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. Miss Lisa
    Miss Lisa at

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

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