Snickerdoodles recipe

Snickerdoodles for Christmas


Granted, I tried the Snickerdoodle recipe because of the name of the cookies. Doesn't he make you laugh too? They also attracted me because of their origins. Because the recipe for the Snickerdoodle Cookies comes from the kitchens of the Mennonites and Amish. They therefore go well with our recipe collection from the Regional cuisines in the world.



Cookies from the Amish kitchens

The Amish now live mainly in the USA and Canada. One of their strongholds is Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. But there are also Amish towns in Ohio and Indiana in the USA. In Canada, there are Amish regions in Ontario, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island. The Amish are descendants of Mennonites who lived their faith even more strictly. These groups emerged in the course of the Reformation as a radical Reformation Anabaptist movement. As such, they were persecuted in Europe. Many of them emigrated to America from the end of the 17th century. There they still live according to their rules and forego the influences of our time. They reject electricity, cars and other modern achievements. To this day they speak a German that is reminiscent of their home in Switzerland and Alsace.



Snickerdoodle cookies are popular in North America

While Snickerdoodle cookies are popular in America, they are barely known in the rest of the world. People argue about where the name comes from. Some say it comes from the German word for snail noodle, a Palatinate specialty. Others say it goes back to a tradition in New England where cookies were often given strange names. The Oxford English Dictionary says the name is made up of the word "Snicker", which means "giggle", and the word "Doodle", which is a German loan word for a "simple fool". You can choose the most beautiful version.

I also find it exciting that the aroma of the snickerdoodles has found its way into other recipes. Dunkin Donuts has the Snickerdoodle Cookie Latte at Christmas time. Nestlé has launched a coffee cream with a Snickerdoodle flavor on the American market. There are also ice creams that taste like the Christmas cookies.


Bake snickerdoodles
Bake snickerdoodles


Snickerdoodle recipe

With this Snickerdoodle recipe you can easily bake the cookies yourself. The Amish people prepare them with butter or oil, sugar and flour. Then you roll them in sugar. Our recipe is a little more generous.

Ingredients for approx. 30 Snickerdoodle cookies

  • 200 g weiche Butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 100 g of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • 400 g flour
  • a tablespoon of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt


  • 4 EL sugar
  • 4 tbsp cinnamon


Snickerdoodle on the baking sheet
Snickerdoodle on the baking sheet



Preheat the oven to 175 ° C and place baking paper on a baking sheet.

Mix the butter and sugar together until frothy. Add the eggs and the vanilla pulp and stir.

Sift the flour and baking powder over it and add a pinch of salt. Then stir it into a smooth batter. Put the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours so that you can process it better afterwards.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls and turn them in the cinnamon sugar until they are thickly coated.

Spread the balls of dough on the baking sheet with sufficient space. The dough still spreads quite a bit when baking. Therefore, the distance should be big enough so that the cookies don't stick to each other.

Bake them on the middle rack for about 9-10 minutes. Then let the Snickerdoodle cookies cool down on the baking sheet or baking paper. Only then do you pack them in an airtight container.



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Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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