Monday, October 12, 2009

Snickerdoodle Duo

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? That is the question.

Well, I couldn’t decide either. You see I’ve been mesmerized by a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Book. But, seeing as how I have never made snickerdoodle cookies, I had to make them, too. It’s only fair. Or at least it’s a good excuse… right?

These cookies were really easy to make and I’m not sure why I’ve never tried them before now. Maybe their name made them seem difficult or too fancy or something. Or, maybe it’s because they don’t have any chocolate in them. Yeah, that’s probably why. Recipes without chocolate usually get moved to the bottom of the list.

Snickerdoodles, prebaked

The cookie dough is rolled in cinnamon and sugar, which gives them their signature look when baked.

Simple and pretty!


Here’s the original Snickerdoodle Recipe from It makes about 4 dozen cookies.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make about 20 cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. (reserve any leftover cinnamon sugar to top the cupcakes)
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Now… time to make the cupcakes.

Here’s the original recipe from that makes 28.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make enough for 12 cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes (not shown).

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line regular and miniature cupcake trays with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed butter and sugar in three additions. Alternate with milk in two additions.
  • Fill baking cups about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from trays and let cool.

To decorate, pipe on frosting, place one cookie on top and then pipe another dollop of frosting on top. Sprinkle with leftover cinnamon and sugar from the Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Store in an airtight container.

Seven-Minute Frosting

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. I used the same one Martha recommends. It’s a Seven-Minute Frosting. Recipe here.

I’ve gotta tell you… I’d definitely make the cookies and cupcakes again… they were yummy. But I think I would have to try them with another frosting. The seven minute frosting was kind of a pain to make and couple that with the fact that I’m not a big fan of light and airy or meringue-tasting frostings… well, I don’t think I’ll be making it again anytime soon.

But they sure do look cute.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

By the way, did you even notice these super adorable cupcake pedestals? They come in a box of 6. Thank you Naomi, for sending me the link. And, the brown cupcake liners are from

Cookies & Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes or cookies?

Hard choice, I know.

Here – let me make it a little more difficult with a few pictures from the inside of each of these books.

Cookies or Cupcakes

Do you want one?

Enter for a chance to win one of these books:
Martha Stewart’s Cookies or Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

  • Just leave a comment on this post and let me know which book you would rather have. You get to choose. Easy.
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. ET
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

OK… TIME’S UP! I actually started counting all of the entries to see how many people wanted the cupcake book vs. how many wanted the cookie book. But, I stopped after a couple hundred comments because there was no way I would be able to get that done tonight in time to announce the winner. But fyi, in the first two hundred plus entries, cookies were slightly edging out cupcakes.

That’s good news for about half of you. Because all you cookie lovers are going to get another chance another day. The winner of today’s giveaway is a cupcake lover.

Congratulations Bailey! 1,751 is your lucky number.


Alisha Jenkins said...

I would LOVE the cupcakes book!

October 12, 2009 02:41 AM
Melisa F said...

Hard choice…but I would have to say the cupcake book

October 12, 2009 02:42 AM
Erin said...

cOoKiEs!!! Mmmmmm, I LOvE cOoKiEs! THANKS! :)

October 12, 2009 02:42 AM
Tia said...

Hi! Could I have the cupcakes book please? :)
I already had the cookies book, I always wanted to try to make the snickerdoodle and ur post makes me want it more.. it doesn’t seems too tricky to make, right?

October 12, 2009 02:43 AM
Beth said...

I pick cupcakes because I already have the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 02:44 AM
jenny said...

hm, this is a hard choice to make! i guess i’d take the cupcake book…? :) what a fun contest! the choices are def win-win…

October 12, 2009 02:49 AM
Katie said...

Not an easy choice…..but I will go with the cookie book! I LOVE MS! I make “her” snickerdoodles all of the time…they are the best! Thanks for the chance to win, Bakerella :)

October 12, 2009 02:55 AM
Sasha said...

I would love to win the cookie book. I already have the cupcake book and I had no idea that there was even a cookie book in existence!

October 12, 2009 02:55 AM
jackie said...

these look awesome! :) i would love to win the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 02:56 AM
JoJo Wear said...

HI!! I would love love love love LOVE the cupcake book! Oh my gosh I hope I get it!! Thank you!!!

October 12, 2009 02:57 AM
Rusha said...

Unquestionably the cupcake book.. I want the Random picker to choose me, PLEASE!!!!!

October 12, 2009 02:57 AM
Alexandra Ryan said...

Oooooh it’s a tough one…. but I’m going for the cookie book (as I already have way too many cupcake books!) :)

October 12, 2009 02:58 AM
Aja said...

I’d LOVE the cupcake book. I’m always on the look out for new-awesomeness to make in single-servings!

October 12, 2009 02:59 AM
sandy said...

Oh, I would love to have the cookie book. I have some of her cookie cutters. I love the cupcake pedestal. I’m so glad you love chocolate. I agree about the 7 minute frosting…not sweet enough for me.

October 12, 2009 02:59 AM
Maeghan M. said...

Cupcakes, please! I have her cookie book and I must say, I love it to bits! I’m sure I’ll love the cupcake book just as much!

October 12, 2009 03:00 AM
Cindy E. said...

Oooh, they both look so fun and pretty. The cupcake one looks mighty interesting, though.

October 12, 2009 03:00 AM
Heather said...

I love your site! and all your cute ideas!!!! i am a fan of the Cupcake cake book!!!!

October 12, 2009 03:03 AM
Jen said...

I make a killer snickerdoodle so this definitely intrigues me. While I’m generally a cookie girl I think I’d go for the cupcake cookbook.

I enjoy you blog very much. I have it linked on my blog.

Thank you for the contest opportunity.


October 12, 2009 03:03 AM
Amelia said...

i adore snickerdoodles- i’d never had them until i made them last week.

i’d like the cookie book pls as i have bought lots of cookie cutters recently for halloween but need some inspiration for the cookies themselves!

October 12, 2009 03:06 AM
Michelle said...

Cookies for sure! Although I have been told I make a sweet cake….I heart cookies….and chocolate is a must in them at all times! if only cookies & homemade ice cream could be a food group….i’d be a happy girl…..sigh…

October 12, 2009 03:08 AM
Isabella Mansfield said...

I would LOVE the cookie book!!!

October 12, 2009 03:08 AM
Lois said...

Oh my goodness! Your cupcakes look magnificent! I would want the cupcake book, because I know how good her cake recipes are. But to be honest, I’d probably <3 either!

October 12, 2009 03:09 AM
Jess said...

Cookies! Nothing beats a nice warm cookie from the oven

October 12, 2009 03:09 AM
Marie said...

I think the cookie book would be my favourite. My goodness, it’s a hard decision though. They look sooooo gooood. I’m delighted that your tutorial shows both cookies AND cupcakes in one!

October 12, 2009 03:12 AM
Elizabeth Collins said...

Definitely the cookie book! They look yummy!!!!!

October 12, 2009 03:12 AM
Erin said...

Ohh this is so hard….the cookie book. Only because I bake those more often.

October 12, 2009 03:13 AM
Steffie said...

I already have the cookie book so I would like to win the cupcake book, it seems great !!

October 12, 2009 03:14 AM
Kellie Choi said...

Definitely the cupcake book! I can never have enough cupcake recipes~

October 12, 2009 03:15 AM
charlotte verrecas said...


i loooove youre site, you allways make me wanna start baking immediatly!! I think its also because of the awsome pictures!! Keep up the good work!! ps i wouuuuuld LOVEone of those books!!xx charlotte

October 12, 2009 03:15 AM
jane t said...

Oh my goodness. If those don’t look delicious, then I don’t know what does. Would love to have either of those cookbooks.

October 12, 2009 03:15 AM
steph said...

what a difficult choice! ahhhh….

i’d say the cookie book cause i need a bit more help in that department. :-)

btw, I adore those little stands that you have! What are they? and where can I get some?

October 12, 2009 03:18 AM
Linda Morgan said...

If the giveaway is open to any one world wide i would love the cookie book. If not it doesn’t matter i still follow your blog.

October 12, 2009 03:18 AM
Mandy said...

oh my heck, we have to CHOOSE?! I think I’d have to go with the Cookie book since the holidays are coming up and we’ll be making cookie plates. But, they both look amazing!

October 12, 2009 03:21 AM
Rachel said...


October 12, 2009 03:21 AM
Jenn said...

I would love the cookie cookbook! Although those cupcakes you made sure are tempting… :D

October 12, 2009 03:22 AM
Natasha Tatta said...

If I can’t have both I suppose I’d settle for the cupcake book :)

October 12, 2009 03:23 AM
tiffany said...

martha stewart cookies cookbook! haha

October 12, 2009 03:23 AM
hotrodgal said...

They both look wonderful, but I’d have to choose the cupcake book!

And oh, I do love snickerdoodles, I think trying the cupcakes will be mandatory this week! :)

October 12, 2009 03:23 AM
Jan Johnson said...

Cookie book!

October 12, 2009 03:24 AM
Camilla Gjerde said...

Thanks for shaing this recipe, they ook yummie, and I think I’ll try it. Hoping I find time today!
Which book I would love?? :
Cookie, cookie, cookie! I love cookies.

October 12, 2009 03:25 AM
Suzy said...

Would love to have the cupcake cookbook!!

You always have the best giveaways :)

October 12, 2009 03:27 AM
Courtney said...

The photography in the cupcake is just to die for…I find myself flipping through it in the book shop all the time.

October 12, 2009 03:29 AM
Lisa Roussel said...

Your cookie topped cupcakes are adorable. I’ll have to confess that I’ve never made snickerdoodles either, but these look so yummy I may have to make some as soon as I get the breakfast dishes washed!
I’d love to have either book, but if I have to choose I’d pick the cupcake book.

October 12, 2009 03:29 AM
Jackie said...

I think they are cupcakes…but whatever they are, they are stinkin’ cute!! I would love the cupcake book! (or cookie one…both are great I’m sure!)

thanks! :)

October 12, 2009 03:31 AM
CS said...

Oh my goodness, NOM! I would love the cookie cook book!

October 12, 2009 03:34 AM
Angela said...

cookies for sure!

October 12, 2009 03:34 AM
Melanie said...

I love Martha and I already have the two books but Id’ like to offer the cookies book to my sister !

Your little cupcake pedestals are so adorable !!!

October 12, 2009 03:37 AM
Anonymous said...


October 12, 2009 03:39 AM
michelle said...

Cookies please! You can never have enough!

October 12, 2009 03:40 AM
Joanna Goh said...


October 12, 2009 03:41 AM
flutter said...

Cupcakes are where the frosting’s at, baby!

October 12, 2009 03:42 AM
Eunice Sanchez said...

I would love her cookie book!!!! I just bought her cupcake book, yummy!!!

October 12, 2009 03:43 AM
Diane S said...

I would love either but if I had to choose I would choose the cupcake one. I saw so many of the episodes on Martha’s show where she baked a lot of the cupcakes shown in the cookbook. They all look so wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

October 12, 2009 03:45 AM
Morgan said...


October 12, 2009 03:46 AM
Aurelie said...

Hmmm !!
I am French and in my country there isn’t cupcake’s book !
I would love to win the Martha Stewart’s book and finally learn to make pretty cupcakes! Cupcake … I love you =)

October 12, 2009 03:46 AM
Laura said...

I would love the cookie book! Cupcakes are good… But cookies are the bet!!

October 12, 2009 03:48 AM
*mindi* said...

Oh Snickerdoodles are my favorite!!
I already have Martha’s cookie book, but I’ve been drooling over that cupcake book for a while now… :)

October 12, 2009 03:51 AM
T. Martin said...

I have been eyeing that cookie book for awhile. Sure would be nice to win!

October 12, 2009 03:52 AM
Jacqueline Ash said...

I hear it as clear as day, the cupcakes are calling me but I can’t seem to find them anywhere, so I’ll take one cupcake book to go please lol, and I just love those cupcake pedestals
Everything you make puts a smile on my safe and a few more pounds on my scale hihihihi

October 12, 2009 03:52 AM
Nicole said...

It would have to be the Cupcake book — I can never have enough cupcake recipes to try!

October 12, 2009 03:53 AM
Jennifer said...

I would love the cupcake cookbook! This was a tough decision by the way. :) I love snickerdoodles, one of the easiest, best cookies ever.

October 12, 2009 03:54 AM
Erin said...

I am new to cupcakes, but I am in LOVE with them – and with you and Martha as my teachers, how can I go wrong! The cupcake book for me please! :)

October 12, 2009 03:54 AM
Andrea said...

I LOVE cinnamon!!
I have so many cupcakebooks already so for now I choose the cookiebook., but they both look gorgeous!!

October 12, 2009 03:55 AM
Erin Vanover said...

ooooh….the cookie cookbook would be awesome!

October 12, 2009 03:55 AM
Christina said...

I think I would have to go with the cupcake book. I’ve already been drooling over that one, and while cookies are delicious, cupcakes seem to have a flair that cookies never have. Plus, I’m a sucker for some good cake. Cupcakes please!

October 12, 2009 03:55 AM
Mauryn said...

I love cinnamon, so I LOOOOVE snickerdoodles!

I’d also love to have the cupcake book…Martha is my guru.

October 12, 2009 03:56 AM
MBM said...

Definitely cookies, they are so versatile! Love the cupcake pedestals though, super cute!

October 12, 2009 03:58 AM
Vivy said...


October 12, 2009 03:59 AM
Lydia said...

I would love the cupcake cookbook!

October 12, 2009 04:02 AM
COdi said...

Oooh I would love that cookie book! I have been admiring it for ages :)

October 12, 2009 04:03 AM
Heidi said...

OOOh, I have been looking at the cupcakes book.

October 12, 2009 04:04 AM
Elizabeth said...

Tough Choice ~ However I would definitely use the cookie book more!

October 12, 2009 04:06 AM
Michelle said...

I would love the cookie book, it looks like an amazing book!

I def gotta try those snickerdoodle muffins sometime as well. They way they are a cookie and muffin at the same time is awesome!

October 12, 2009 04:09 AM
Hana said...

The pictures of those cookies make me drool! Definitely I’m a cookie girl! I would loooove to have that cookie cookbook :D!

October 12, 2009 04:12 AM
Cee said...

cupcake book, please. it looks amazing!
i need to reawaken my love of cupcakes. i dont want to say that i’ve fallen out of love with them, but right now it’s a rocky relationship.

October 12, 2009 04:13 AM
Julia said...

The Cupcake one for sure!!!
I love making all kinds of mini things, and cupcakes seem to be what I am stuck on right now. I made mini cheesecakes with raspberry topping for our tailgate party yesterday…needless to say they were a HUGE hit. I am planning on trying your mini pumpkin pies for Halloween and I might make these ones for this weekend! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

October 12, 2009 04:18 AM
Kat said...

i wants teh cupcake book. You can never have enough.

October 12, 2009 04:18 AM
Kathryn said...

Oooooh, please can I have the cookie cookbook? My dad has the book and I’ve tried a few recipes, all of which were WONDERFUL…. but I live far away from home and my own copy would sure sweeten up my life!

October 12, 2009 04:22 AM
Lindsey Z. said...

Those are so adorable!!! I love the idea of having a cookie and a cupcake all in one. Oh yum.

I would love to have that cupcake cookbook…I don’t think that fad is going away any time soon. Soooooo cute and yummy! The perfect one serving size treat (unless you eat 10).

October 12, 2009 04:22 AM
Christine said...

the cupcake book!!! already have the cookie book(it’s amazing!!!)

October 12, 2009 04:23 AM
Amanda said...

Decisions, decisions! I have to pick cookies because of that chocolate covered chocolate cookie on the bottom right. Yum!

October 12, 2009 04:28 AM
Annette said...

I just wanted to say I your site has a hipnotic affect on me, I would like the Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook.

October 12, 2009 04:28 AM
tracie said...

Cookies, gotta have the cookies.

October 12, 2009 04:32 AM
Jana said...

I love cinnamon, it gives the “something” different in the taste… as for the book – I would prefer the cupcakes book…
Whatever you do, I like it… your way of presentation is simple and understable…

October 12, 2009 04:33 AM
S Manning said...

I would love love the cupcake book!!!

October 12, 2009 04:33 AM
treee said...

I bake cookies all the time. I’d love to have both of these cookbooks. Being I have other cookie cookbooks. I love to have the cupcake cookbook. (p.s. I make snickerdoodles all the time. The whole family love them. From my oldest daughter to my youngest grandson.

October 12, 2009 04:33 AM
LeAnn B said...

Cupcakes for sure! :) I love the snickerdoodle cupcakes! They are great!

October 12, 2009 04:33 AM
Tegan said...

CUPCAKES! DUH! Cupcakes are uber cool. I give them as birthday presents! Plus, cupcakes are fun to eat because they give you little frosting mustaches. LOL. <3 the cupcakes. xx

October 12, 2009 04:34 AM
Panya said...

Cookies for me, I’m not much of a fancy cupcake girl.

October 12, 2009 04:46 AM
Lynne said...

I love to make cookies. So, I’d like the cookie book please.

October 12, 2009 04:48 AM
Erica said...

that would be a tough one. I think cupcake though…
The snickerdoodle cupcakes are super cute and look yummy!

October 12, 2009 04:52 AM
nadi aidid said...

I would LOOVEEEE to make Cookies!! because cookies are ALL about the TASTE!!

October 12, 2009 04:54 AM
Karen Reeve said...

Oh my goodness what an opportunity …. would love the chance to win the cookie book please. Love this site, you are soooo inspirational.

Thank you x

October 12, 2009 04:54 AM
Kelly said...

Oooh cookies. Me da cookie monster…..must have cookie…yummmmm……

October 12, 2009 04:55 AM
Tricia said...

Oooh! Cookies. Definitely cookies.

October 12, 2009 04:56 AM
Nicky ( said...

well from the doyenne herself, I think I’d have to say the cupcake book … I seem to be starting quite a collection, now I just have to get my boyfriend to understand that they really could be coffee table books!!! well done, love this idea!

October 12, 2009 04:57 AM
Nadia said...

inspirational blog, fancy my chances to win cookies book.

October 12, 2009 04:57 AM
Corinne said...

Oh god, i love your website, more and more. sometimes i need a dictionnary but i love.
And i love cookies too, so maybe if i win i choose … the cookies :)

October 12, 2009 04:59 AM
Yaz said...

I absolutely adore the cookies one!!! :) xxx

October 12, 2009 05:02 AM
Sara said...

I would love to win the cookie book!! I really would make great use of the cookie book :)

October 12, 2009 05:03 AM
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