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.


Mary said...

That’s such a great idea! Combining two different desserts!
I love your website by the way! I can spend hours on it!

That’s a tough one. I love both! :(
I’ll go with cookies. :)

October 13, 2009 04:13 PM
Lori said...

I would love the cupcake book! Just bought a set of fancy tips to decorate cupcakes…and need some yummy cupcakes to try them on!

October 13, 2009 04:14 PM
melissa irvin said...

Cookies, please!!! And, thank you!

October 13, 2009 04:14 PM
New Girl said...

I’d love the cupcake one! I have Martha’s Baking Handbook already, and it has a ton of cookie recipes.

October 13, 2009 04:15 PM
molly said...

I would love the cupcake book! I just took a cake decorating class and I love the idea of tasty new cupcake recipes to decorate!

October 13, 2009 04:15 PM
Andrea Gonsalves said...

Hmm.. tough choice, they’re book good looking books! But the cookies look like works of art, so I guess I’d have to pick the Cookies book.


October 13, 2009 04:17 PM
saphyra said...

cookies or cupcakes?! gosh, that’s though!

i say… cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 04:18 PM
CRISTINA said...

I reeeeally want the cupcake book!!!!!!

October 13, 2009 04:19 PM
Geraldine Scott said...

Yum, yum….Cupcakes please! Thanks!

October 13, 2009 04:19 PM
Eunice said...

Love the cookies! :)

October 13, 2009 04:20 PM
Kimberly said...

I’d love the cookie cookbook please! The choice was easy as I already have her cupcake one.

(tosses a dollar at the random number generator)

October 13, 2009 04:20 PM
Erica Lamb said...

I would adore the martha stewart’s CUPCAKES!!!!! I just think cupcakes are darling and I hope I win. Have a pretty day

October 13, 2009 04:21 PM
Pamela said...

Cupcakes! This one has been on my list for WAY too long!

October 13, 2009 04:21 PM
Katie Greenlaw said...

How does one choose between those books? Wow. I guess I’ve been on a cookie kick lately. I’ll go with the cookie one.

And by the way, those cupcake pedestals? Wow. I’m in love! Christmas list, here I come! :)

October 13, 2009 04:21 PM
Julie K said...

I would love the Cookie book, especially with the holidays right around the corner!

October 13, 2009 04:23 PM
Kelly said...

Cupcakes…my favorite!

October 13, 2009 04:24 PM
Erin S. said...

It’s a really hard choice, but cookies!

October 13, 2009 04:25 PM
irene said...

aren’t you sweet!?!
I would love the cupcake cookbook if I am the lucky winner.

October 13, 2009 04:25 PM
jamie. said...

love your site…
my husband is going to get sooooo fat!! :) haha.
i would love an opportunity to win a cookie cook book. :) the only martha stewart cookbook i have is from 1989!! thanks!

October 13, 2009 04:26 PM
Jenna Corry said...

Mmmmm… My mom is the cupcake queen already in our family… So I need the Cookie Book so I can have a title too! :)

October 13, 2009 04:27 PM
Meghan Horan said...

Ooh…definitely the cupcake book! My daughter’s first birthday is coming in a few weeks and the theme is cupcakes. I’m sure I could find some cute and tasty recipes in Martha’s book =:)

October 13, 2009 04:27 PM
Magsie said...

Cookies! And oh wow…I had better stop drooling on my keyboard. I love snickerdoodles!

October 13, 2009 04:28 PM
Lalita Arjune said...

I love trying to make your recipies! i would love the martha cupcake book! i love trying to make recipies healthy!
Thank you!

October 13, 2009 04:29 PM
Sara Dean said...

Cupcakes cupcakes cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 04:30 PM
KKim said...

double snicker doodle me anyday!

October 13, 2009 04:31 PM
Laurel G said...

oh! those look so good!

I love the martha Cupcake book, I’d love to have her cookie one too!!

October 13, 2009 04:31 PM
KKim said...

double snicker doodle me anyday! Cupcakes all the way!!!

October 13, 2009 04:31 PM
Marissa said...

Cookies! Only because I already own the cupcake booK :) And its fabulous!

October 13, 2009 04:32 PM
Leah said...

Mmmmm, cookies! I’ve never been a fan of cupcakes, really. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad cookie! It’d be pretty awesome if I won that cookie book. Otherwise, I might just have to wait for a 40% off coupon for Borders!! :)


October 13, 2009 04:33 PM
Deborah said...

Hard choice…but I think I would like the cupcake book.

October 13, 2009 04:34 PM
Morgan said...

I’d like the cupcake one. Cupcakes rock my socks.

October 13, 2009 04:35 PM
Nama said...

Do I really have to choose? Oh, dear. This is no easy task…

I’ll say…cookies! No, cupcakes. No wait!! Cookies!!! Oh, dear….

Final answer: cupcakes. Yes! (I think.)

October 13, 2009 04:38 PM
Taya said...

I would love the cupcake one!

October 13, 2009 04:38 PM
mandy Gross said...

I would want the cookie book! It was a hard choice but cookies are so amazing!

October 13, 2009 04:44 PM
Kim said...

I would lovethe cupcake book…cupcakes are my weakness

October 13, 2009 04:46 PM
Heather S. said...

I never win these but what the heck…I would love the cookie cookbook, I am always looking for a new cookie recipe!! By the way I LOVE your stuff, very CuTe!!

October 13, 2009 04:46 PM
Schnack said...

Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 04:47 PM
Alissa said...

The cookie book, please!!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

October 13, 2009 04:51 PM
Annie said...

These look so tasty! I’m in love with the cupcake pedestals.

I honestly have NO idea which of those gorgeous books I would choose! I keep trying to decide, and honestly, I’d be so thrilled with either one of them. If I absolutely, positively HAD to pick one, I’d say… The cookie book. Or the cupcake book. Or the cookie book…. ;-)

October 13, 2009 04:51 PM
Debra Browning said...

I have Martha’s cupcake book, and I adore it…so, I would LOVE the cookie book! I cater events (with desserts) a few times a month, and especially with holidays coming up, I’m always looking for new ideas.

October 13, 2009 04:53 PM
sara c said...

The cupcake cookbook looks fantastic!

October 13, 2009 04:53 PM
Melissa said...

I would love to go through all those cookies!!!! I’m getting hungry as I type this:)!

October 13, 2009 04:53 PM
Charity said...

Those look fantastic! I love snickerdoodles. I will definitely have to try the cupcake version.

Both books look great. It’s a tough choice, but I would have to go with Cookies.

October 13, 2009 04:54 PM
Alia said...

The cookies look sooooo delish :)

October 13, 2009 04:55 PM
Celina said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book! :)

October 13, 2009 04:55 PM
Brittney said...

I really really want that cookie book! I think that would be the most awesome thing ever!

October 13, 2009 04:55 PM
Lorenza Campos said...

CUPCAKES! I love baking CUPCAKES! MMM I’ve made your recipe’s and I’ve made others such as: Butternut Spiced Cupcakes, Arroz con Leche Cupakes, Cheesecake Cupcakes, Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, Carrot Cake Cupcakes and it goes on and on! =)

October 13, 2009 04:57 PM
Marji said...

Ooh, my hips say neither, my eyes say both, but if I’m forced to choose, I’d love the cookie book.

October 13, 2009 04:58 PM
Amy said...

Well my daughter and I have put the cupcake book to good use already, so I would LOVE to have the chance to get my hands on the cookie book!!!!

October 13, 2009 04:59 PM
Clarissa said...

Cookies Please!

October 13, 2009 04:59 PM
Claire & Jeremy said...

Enny, Meeny, Miny, MO! We would love cookies!

October 13, 2009 05:02 PM
Jenny said...

Tough choice, but I think Cupcakes! I just make them more often than cookies. Cookies are more of a Christmas thing for me.

October 13, 2009 05:02 PM
Rusty said...

Cookies by all means-never have enough ideas for all the grandkids.

October 13, 2009 05:06 PM
Stephanie said...

OOOH! I want the cookie one!

October 13, 2009 05:06 PM
theresa said...


October 13, 2009 05:11 PM
Rachel Bailey said...

The cookie cookbook looks like a winner for me! I’d love to have that one! ::Crosses Fingers:: Good luck to me =D

October 13, 2009 05:11 PM
Selina said...

Hey Bakerella, I love baking and your blog always gives me new ideas.

If I were lucky enough to win the competition, I would like the Cupcake book.



October 13, 2009 05:12 PM
Sami said...

Cupcakes are always the way to go! Yumm-o

October 13, 2009 05:14 PM
Darnetta Bolton said...

I would love the cupcake book. I first saw you on Martha Stewart and I have wanted this book since I knew it was coming out. So, cupcake book for me!

October 13, 2009 05:14 PM
Dawn in CA said...

Ooooh, they both look so deliciously pretty! I’ll have to go for the cookie book. But it was a tough choice! Thanks for the giveaway.

October 13, 2009 05:16 PM
Sheri L said...

I think the cookie book- as cookies and ice cream are my prefered desserts- although, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the cupcake book

October 13, 2009 05:17 PM
TobyD said...

Cookies, coookies, cookies! My kids, their friends, my friends – you name it – are always asking me to make more cookies! What a nice gift!

October 13, 2009 05:18 PM
shreya said...

I’d go for the cupcake, a soft and mushy goody that laat a bit longer than cookie! Enjoy.

October 13, 2009 05:19 PM
Leisa said...

hey that was the first cookie we learned how to make in 4H.
My kids love them too. so know i will try the cupcake one!! they look so good i can smell them know!!

October 13, 2009 05:20 PM
Lisa said...

Definitely the cookie book. More to share with my friends and co-workers!

October 13, 2009 05:20 PM
shirley said...


October 13, 2009 05:20 PM
Jennifer Ellis said...

Cookies are delicious, but cupcakes are so darn cute. I would definitely go with the cupcake book.

October 13, 2009 05:23 PM
kelly said...

I agree with your opinion on the seven minute frosting. I did make it before…long and well plain. BUT….sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the icing and it is much better! I did this for a coconut cake I made. Yummo!!

October 13, 2009 05:26 PM
CourtneyV said...

As much as I love cupcakes, I’d have to go with the cookie cookbook.

October 13, 2009 05:26 PM
Jena Simms said...

Cookies please, I choose the Cookie Cookbook. Well on second thought, maybe cupcakes. OK final decision, Cookies Please.

October 13, 2009 05:26 PM
Esmenet said...

Why must you make us choose? You are a cruel cruel person. ;_:

But if I had to, it’d be the cookie one. :)

October 13, 2009 05:26 PM
Hannah said...

Tough choice, but I think cookies win out in the end.

October 13, 2009 05:28 PM
Lindy W. said...

(homer simpson voice) mmm…cookies!!!

October 13, 2009 05:28 PM
Jessica said...

I would love the cupcake one! I love to bake and eat cake! Cupcakes are so cute!

October 13, 2009 05:28 PM
Brandy said...

Cookies, definately the cookie book!!

October 13, 2009 05:30 PM
Super Mama said...

those cupcakes look super yummy!
if i had to choose between books…it would be the cupcake on. Mainly because they are more fun to make.

October 13, 2009 05:30 PM
Cathryn said...

It’s terrible to have to choose between cookies and cupcakes!

However, her holiday cookies have always impressed me to no end. Cookies book please!

October 13, 2009 05:32 PM
Meg said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 05:32 PM
Karen H said...

That’s a hard choice. I have several cookie cookbooks though, so I’ll have to say the CUPCAKE book. :)

October 13, 2009 05:32 PM
Emily said...

ooooh! I didn’t know that Martha even had a cookie book! I’m dying for it now! I also just made these snickerdoodle cupcakes and had issues with the frosting. boo.

October 13, 2009 05:32 PM
Starr said...

Cupcakes, by a landslide!!!

October 13, 2009 05:33 PM
Michelle Allison said...

If chosen, I’d love the cookies book but wouldn’t complain about winning either.

Your site is too stinking cute for words!

October 13, 2009 05:33 PM
Beth said...

I have been eyeing the cupcake book! These pictures may have put me over the edge.

October 13, 2009 05:33 PM
Melanie said...

Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookies!!!! I love them, and they are my go-to cookie when I have a craving! =) And I think I will have to try the cupcakes tomorrow!

I don’t know which book I would choose!!! I love cookie books….but I already have a couple…I don’t have a cupcake book…so, if I *have* to choose, I choose CUPCAKES!!!

October 13, 2009 05:34 PM
Erin said...

Ooh! Cookie book, please! :D :D :D

October 13, 2009 05:36 PM
abby sheridan said...

i would love the cupcake book. This is such a great idea for a cupcake. I can’t wait to try it. My family is snickerdoodle fanatics.

October 13, 2009 05:37 PM
courtney said...


October 13, 2009 05:38 PM
Kelly Mc said...

I would love to have the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 05:39 PM
Kristi said...

Cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes or cookies? This is a toughie! Cookies it is!

October 13, 2009 05:39 PM
Amber Kerr said...

I would love the cupcake book. I just finished taking a cake decorating class. I was inspired to start baking more ever since I fell upon your website. I just made cupcake bites for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. They were a huge hit!

October 13, 2009 05:40 PM
Teresa Crook said...

Cupcakes please!!! I love your blog. It’s so wonderful.

October 13, 2009 05:41 PM
Rachel said...

Cookies, cookies, cookies, I am all about cookies. I can sure add another book to my collection.

October 13, 2009 05:41 PM
carrie m. said...

Would love the cupcake cookbook!

October 13, 2009 05:42 PM
pamada said...

Oh.. oh.. what a choice!

I have to say cookies all the way though.. only because I have a cookie obsession!


October 13, 2009 05:43 PM
crystal said...

Cookie Cookbook :)

October 13, 2009 05:45 PM
Jennifer Stewart said...

The cupcake book, of course! I AM ADDICTED to cupcakes and I would love to own that. Thanks for the chance!!!

October 13, 2009 05:48 PM
Rebecca Woods said...

I am more a cookie girl. I love making cupcakes too but make alot more cookies. I would love to win the cookie book. I love the little cupcake pedestals though. How cute!!

October 13, 2009 05:49 PM
Pavakgirl said...

Cupcakes.. all the way!

October 13, 2009 05:50 PM
Amber said...

Oooh! Choose between cookies and cupcakes??! I enjoying eating cookies most, so I guess they win. But decorating cupcakes is so fun! Such a hard choice! Thanks for the cupcake pedestal link. When I saw the pic I thought “How cute! I wonder where she got those?’ You must have read my mind :)

October 13, 2009 05:51 PM
Mandy said...

I’d pick cookies, but tough choice. I’d be happy with cupcakes too. All look delicious!!

October 13, 2009 05:53 PM
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