Saturday, 16 May 2009


After his two days away I had to bake something for hubby’s return and had promised him cookies. I received my inspiration whilst browsing through blogs when I stumbled on these Snickerdoodles at Living with a Boy blog (check out her Snickerdoodles, gorgeous)! Having made Snickerdoodles before from a recipe by Nigella Lawson, I knew they would be a hit and I had yet to try Rachel Allen’s version from her latest book, Bake. These Snickerdoodles have a speckled, crinkly surface that is formed from the flecks of cinnamon and sugar, while the interior has a soft and cakey texture. They are very moreish and you won’t be able to stop at just one cookie!

Buttery Cinnamon Goodness!!


Makes about 26 biscuits

125g butter, softened
110g caster sugar, plus 1 dessertspoon extra, for rolling
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¾ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 dessertspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas mark 4.

Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Add the 110g caster sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined.

Sift in the flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt and gently mix together to form a dough.

Mix the dessertspoon of sugar and the cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl. Using your hands, roll the dough into walnut-sized balls then roll in the sugar and cinnamon mixture and place on two baking trays (no need to grease or line), each ball spaced about 3cm/1 ¼ in apart. Flatten them down with the palm of your hands.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until they feel firm around the edges.
Allow to stand for 2 minutes on the baking trays, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Katiecakes said...

Oh I adore Snickerdoodles, I love how round and cute yours have turned out! :)

Katie xox

Finla said...

I hav eneve rhad theln they souds really yummy and looks like you made a lot there any left overs for me :-)

Reeni said...

I love snickerdoodles, Maria! Especially the soft cakey ones like these. They look so yummy. A nice treat for your sweet hubby!

The Girl said...

Yay! They're ace aren't they?! I need to make more, I was worried about me eating them all but my brother got hold of them and now I only have one left! :(

MaryBeth said...

I simply adore these cookies, they are so soft and the scent of cinnamon and sugar is just mouth watering.

Coby said...

Last time I made mine I messed them up by adding an extra egg by mistake, but they still turned out OK really, so I'm a fan of the Snickerdoodle too:) These look perfect:)

The Caked Crusader said...

I love Snickerdoodles! Yours look like they've come out really well

The Curious Cat said...

Why are they called Snickerdoodles? That seems to imply nutty chocolatey cake surely? Unless I guess these came before that chocolate bar...?

Ivy said...

That's a funny name for cookies. I've never heard of these before but they sound delicious. I was expecting to see some snickers inside.

Elyse said...

These snickerdoodles look absolutely fabulous! I'm sure your hubby absolutely loved them. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. I'm so glad that you made them!! Sorry that I've been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader.

Heidi said...

Hi Maria,

Your blog is one that I visit every evening and I enjoy your recipes and photography. I love snickerdoodles and like to try as many different recipes as I can. Thanks for posting this one. It may be a simple cookie but it's one of my favorites and kids always love snickerdoodles. Take a moment to check out my new baking blog please. I just started so there is not much on there but stay tuned!

Seattle, Washington

Heather said...

These are lovely - so nice and even. I often make snickerdoodles for the Troops so now I have another recipe.

George said...

I've only ever made the chocolate version of these in HTBADG. Yours look gorgeous Maria.

Ann said...

They looks so yumm, I could really smell tha flavour from here :) heh!heh!.. Since you made plenty.. can you share it with me pls?

♥Rosie♥ said...

Beautiful Snickerdoodles Maria. I can just taste that lovely buttery cinnamon goodness!

Rosie x