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.


Amanda said...

Definitely the cupcake one is preferred, but I would love to have them both either way!

October 13, 2009 05:54 PM
Nadia said...

I love your site and these cookies look so easy – on my to do list this weekend.

October 13, 2009 05:54 PM
Nanci said...

Ooooo! I love snickerdoodles! I will definitely try these cupcakes. I think the cupcake book would be fantastic!

October 13, 2009 05:56 PM
Molly K said...

I love to bake…. choose me.

Today I made cookies, if I won, tomorrow I would make cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 05:56 PM
Jenny R. said...

I would love the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 05:56 PM
Debra said...

I always LOVE your cute cupcakes, so it would have to be Martha’s cupcake book! :)

October 13, 2009 05:58 PM
Nicole said...

ohhh, that cupcake one looks awesome! <3

October 13, 2009 05:58 PM
Stephanie said...

I would like the cupcake book please. Love your site, the photos are always beautiful and everything looks so yummy!

October 13, 2009 05:59 PM
Suzanne said...

I think I would have to go for the cookie book. I LOVE cookies, although I wouldn’t say “no” to the cupcake book either.

October 13, 2009 05:59 PM
Kirsten said...

Oh yippee! I love your photos and the lovely pink background! I would la la love the cookie book! Martha is totally my idol. Thanks!

October 13, 2009 06:00 PM
Pamela said...

Cookies please!!!!!!!

October 13, 2009 06:01 PM
Jill said...

Such a hard choice!! But I’m leaning towards the Cookie Cookbook.

October 13, 2009 06:02 PM
Morgan Mangum said...

Hmm.. My vote is cupcakes! But the cookies look fun too!

October 13, 2009 06:04 PM
Charlsie said...

I LOVE your site, and I just tried cake balls for the first time this week – strawberry with cream cheese icing. Yum! I would LOVE the cookie cookbook! :)

October 13, 2009 06:06 PM
Pink said...

Definitely the cookie cookbook! Hooray~

October 13, 2009 06:06 PM
Eliza said...

Cookie book cookie book! :D

October 13, 2009 06:07 PM
George said...

C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me.

October 13, 2009 06:08 PM
Valerie Burns said...

I have Martha’s cupcake book, but I didn’t know she had a cookie book. I would love to have it!!!!

October 13, 2009 06:09 PM
Kelly Morton said...

The cupcake book would make me so happy! Thanks for contintuing the wonderful blog. Those snickerdoodle cupcakes look amazing!

October 13, 2009 06:10 PM
Liza C. said...

I love what I’ve seen of the cupcake book – cupcake book, please :)

October 13, 2009 06:10 PM
Jocelyn Brubaker said...

I adore making cupcakes and have been wanting that book:-) I am loving the cupcake pedestals too! So adorable!

October 13, 2009 06:11 PM
Katie said...

I would love the cookie book. I love making cookies with my 3 year old daughter!

October 13, 2009 06:13 PM
Angela said...

martha stewart cookies looks delicious!

October 13, 2009 06:13 PM
Leslye Etienne said...

Ack! I have to pick just one…..hmmmm I’d have to go cookies if I’ve got to choose!

October 13, 2009 06:13 PM
Suzette said...

I really really want and have wanted the Martha Cupcakes cookbook!

October 13, 2009 06:14 PM
Helana said...

I would love these! My mom and I love to watch Martha when I’m sick!

October 13, 2009 06:14 PM
Fuzzbutt said...

Cookies…. not that I ever win anything. lol

October 13, 2009 06:16 PM
Bronwyn said...

They look so cute and delicious! Cookies or cupcakes… cookies or cupcakes??? I feel soooo conflicted having to make a choice. But, since you’ve asked, I’d have to pick Martha Stewart’s Cupakes!

October 13, 2009 06:17 PM
Jessica said...

I have to vote for the cookie book! Im not much of a cupcake maker although Ive eaten my fair share of them!!!

October 13, 2009 06:18 PM
Christina said...

We’re trying to find a great cookie recipe to make cookies as favors for our wedding. We’re all about the personal touches.

Cookie cookbook it is!

October 13, 2009 06:20 PM
Christa said...

I’d like the COOKIE book!

October 13, 2009 06:20 PM
ashley said...

I would love the cupcake book please!!!!

October 13, 2009 06:21 PM
Myrna said...

Yum! Would love the cookie book!!!

October 13, 2009 06:21 PM
Meghan said...


I have two friends going to “The Sandbox” for their second tour of duty, and every month I am vacuum-sealing home-baked cookies for them. I need every recipe I can get my hands on!

Personally I want the cupcake one, but I’m puttin’ the boys first. :)

October 13, 2009 06:22 PM
Sarah said...

Those are adorable! Cookies and cupcakes together, who wouldn’t love that?

The book choice is tricky, but I think I’m going to have to go with CUPCAKES! I am such a cupcake nut.

October 13, 2009 06:24 PM
Stephanie Maines said...

I am so inlove with snickerdoodles, I may have to make these TONIGHT thanks for sharing! I love either book!!! Love your blog!

October 13, 2009 06:25 PM
Danielle Goldie said...

I’m going to make these cupcakes. I love snickerdoodles. Winning the cookie cookbook would be great. Thanks for the chance.

October 13, 2009 06:26 PM
Laura said...

You are so awesome to always do giveaways!! I would love the cookie cookbook.

October 13, 2009 06:27 PM
Kristin Piombino said...

I just found your website, and it is too cute! While it is a bit tricky to decide, I would have to vote for cookies. As a college student just beginning to grow a cookbook collection, I think a cookie book would be a great place to start. Nothing beats a warm cookie with a tall glass of milk!

October 13, 2009 06:29 PM
Vanessa Ferrari said...

Cookies!! Definitely Cookies!

October 13, 2009 06:30 PM
Carol Achziger said...

Well, I’m not picky! I’d love either book. Thanks!

October 13, 2009 06:31 PM
Sylvia Terrazas said...

I would LOVE to win the cupcake book.

October 13, 2009 06:33 PM
Brittany said...

I think I’ll have to go for the cupcake book.

October 13, 2009 06:33 PM
Niina said...

I would choose the cookie book. Cookies are easier to eat than cupcakes :D

October 13, 2009 06:33 PM
TaraG said...

Cupcakes…much more fun with a little helper.

October 13, 2009 06:34 PM
Jodi Pilling said...

Ohhh…that is easy to choose. The CUPCAKE book. I love making cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 06:36 PM
hilary said...

The Cupcake book would be my choice…. but definetly DEFINETLY a hard decision… they both look great!

October 13, 2009 06:37 PM
Elizabeth Camp said...


October 13, 2009 06:37 PM
Cayley C said...

the cupcake book looks absolutely delightful :)

October 13, 2009 06:42 PM
Pam Winston said...

wow! tthe cookie book is my fave!

October 13, 2009 06:43 PM
Wendy said...

Cupcakes please :)

October 13, 2009 06:44 PM
ElizabethB said...

C is for Cookie!! ;) As much a I love cupcakes I have tons of books on them, not so much for the cookies. Snickerdoodles are my all time favorites. Soft or crunchy I love them either way. ps: I just bought my first edible black pen today to try some fun halloween cupcake bites. Thanks for the inspiration.:)

October 13, 2009 06:46 PM
Cassandra said...

cupcakes! they all look soooo cute

October 13, 2009 06:49 PM
Kaitlyn C. said...

The cookie book would be my choice out of the two! The cookies look so yummy!

October 13, 2009 06:49 PM
cara said...

Cookies!! We made Halloween cutouts this year for the first time in many, and now I have a one-track cookie mind!

October 13, 2009 06:49 PM
Stephanie said...

Totally the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 06:51 PM
Janet said...

I would love the cookie book! With me Christmas cookie swap looming ever closer I’d love to surprise everyone with something new.

October 13, 2009 06:52 PM
Kimberly Myers-Schuh said...

I would love the cookie book. You make everything look so great…..I love your site. Thanks for the inspiration.

October 13, 2009 06:52 PM
Cheryl M. said...

Wow – just read this in time! The cupcake book, please.


October 13, 2009 06:56 PM
Sarah said...

I got in just under the wire, and would love the Cupcakes book if I win! :)

October 13, 2009 06:57 PM
Amy said...

definately the cookies.

October 13, 2009 06:58 PM
Haley said...

YUM! Those are adorable. I would LOVE a Martha Stewart cupcake recipe book!

October 13, 2009 06:58 PM
Sarah D said...

I love this website! So many good ideas to make!! I also really like Martha Stewarts books :)

October 13, 2009 07:06 PM
Kayla said...

YUMMY! Snickerdoodles are my favorite!

October 13, 2009 07:11 PM
Allison said...

Hmmmm…I think the cookie book, I really like cookies! =) (P.S. recipe looks good! They are my favorite cookie I think.)

October 13, 2009 07:12 PM
Mallory Murdock said...

Cookies, hands down, cookies!

October 13, 2009 07:12 PM
Janet Mumford said...

Oh I hope it’s not to late. MY favorite is Cookies!

October 13, 2009 07:14 PM
trendykitchen said...

Difficult choice but I will love to have the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 07:16 PM
Heather said...

Definatly Cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 07:16 PM
Lorie said...

I would have to say Cookie. Although I am a cupcake fan, my SIL has the cookie book and says EVERY recipe is delicious!!

October 13, 2009 07:19 PM
Katharine said...

Ohhh it is a hard choice, but I would pick the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 07:20 PM
lily said...
I would want??…

the cookie book!!!!

or the

cupcake book!!!


very difficult decision !!!!!!

choose the one that you would like to you

and that it is the one that I choose…..

October 13, 2009 07:21 PM
Foldilox said...

Oh- just found your site and I LOVE IT…. And oh how I love my CUPCAKES! Would love to flip through those pages :-)

October 13, 2009 07:22 PM
sarah benson said...

pretty please, i’d love either, but maybe cookies, just thinking of the overall waistline….

October 13, 2009 07:26 PM
Sarah said...

I would love the cookie book! I already own the cupcake one. :) I think I might have just missed the cut off though. :(

October 13, 2009 07:27 PM
Laurel said...

Cupcakes all the way!

October 13, 2009 07:27 PM
Katy Devlin said...

Cookies please :)

October 13, 2009 07:32 PM
Steffanie said...

I LOVE your website! I already made Cowgirl Cookies and gave them away and the mini pumpkins! SOO Cute! Thanks so much for your cute and always clever ideas ;-)

October 13, 2009 07:35 PM
Lauran said...

Such a hard choice since I would love them both. I am going to have to say the cupcake book would be a better match for me though! How adorable and fun!

October 13, 2009 07:35 PM
Cyndi C said...

I have been dying to have the MS cupcake book.

October 13, 2009 07:39 PM
pearl said...

Cookcakes? Cupkies? I could never decide!

But I think if it comes down to it I would choose cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 07:39 PM
Amanda said...

The cupcake book :o)

October 13, 2009 07:41 PM
Katie said...

I would like to have both.. But if I had to choose probably the cupcake one because I have tons of cookie recipes handed down by family members..

October 13, 2009 07:45 PM
Stephanie said...

Cookies ppplease!

October 13, 2009 07:45 PM
Lauren said...

I would love a cupcake book! I enjoy making and decorating them and would love to try new ideas out. :D

October 13, 2009 07:46 PM
Megan said...

Cookies!!! Love your blog! You rock!!

October 13, 2009 07:49 PM
Leah said...

CUPCAKES! I love seeing the decorating ideas!
PS. I LOVE Snickerdoodles. They are a sinful treat for me. Once I start…I really can’t stop!

October 13, 2009 07:49 PM
Margeaux said...

Cookies. Because although I love cupcakes in theory (and make them every now and then) cookies are so much quicker!
Thanks for hosting this giveaway – you’re the bomb.


October 13, 2009 07:50 PM
Carrie said...

I think I am too late – boo! – but, if I can squeak my comment in under the wire, I’ll say I’d love the cupcake, but cookie would be equally great – especially with the holidays coming up. Love your site – thanks for the great ideas!

October 13, 2009 07:52 PM
Kaitlyn said...

martha stewart cupcake book!!
those look too fantastic and delicious!!


October 13, 2009 07:52 PM
Amy said...

Would LOVE LOVE the Cookie Book! Your pictures have tempted me….especially the ones of the chocolate covered cookies……

October 13, 2009 08:11 PM
danielle bumblebee said...

cookies please!!!! :)

October 13, 2009 09:05 PM
Katie said...

I have totally bought into the cupcake craze that is sweeping the nation. I would LOVE the cupcake book. And I can’t wait to try the snickerdoodle duo recipe!

October 13, 2009 10:58 PM
Patricia said...

Ohh! There´s nothing easy about choosing here ok?
Let me say I´m a silent reader, I just love your blog and think you are just impossibly gifted, congratulations on that!
Ok now for the choosing, I will go with cookies… but just because ok?! I love both (and who wouldn´t)

October 13, 2009 11:42 PM
Missy said...

Cookies because I can’t make cupcakes as pretty as you can!

October 14, 2009 12:24 AM
Cindy said...

COOKIES! So delicious… Snickerdoodles are my favorite so I’m glad you enjoyed them!

October 14, 2009 12:41 AM
Kristin Waite said...

I am so jealous of this cupcake pedestals. I would love to have the cupcake book and maybe my husband could justify buying the stands for christmas

October 14, 2009 09:54 AM
Chelsea said...

Definitely the cookie book!

October 14, 2009 10:20 AM
Naomi said...

I’m too late for the contest (stupid late night at work…happy to have a job….)
But I knew those cupcake stands were made for you!

October 14, 2009 11:33 AM
Janna Dallessandro said...

These cookies are even better with cinnamon chips in it! YUMM!! The cupcakses look amazing. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

October 14, 2009 11:46 AM
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