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.


Amy J in SC said...

I just saw these books today at the bookstore, came home to read some of my favorite blogs and there they were again! Hate that I missed the contest but love the post – the photos are awesome!

October 14, 2009 03:52 PM
Marianne said...

Cookies, cupcakes, cookies, cupcakes…it’s so hard to decide…..okay I’ll say cupcakes!!

October 14, 2009 06:31 PM
Joyce said...

OMG, Bakerella. I just saw the $30 brownie pops on Williams-you-know-who website. Not sure how to feel about that. Grrrrrr. I think.

October 14, 2009 07:16 PM
carla said...

mmmm cookies

October 14, 2009 08:10 PM
Charli Campbell said...

I love cookies! Snickerdoodles were the first cookie I ever made all by myself. I was 9 years old and I forgot to put in the cream of tarter. They came out completely flat but they tasted great. They are still my favorite.

October 15, 2009 12:05 AM
vicky said...

I’m all into cookies!! and those pictures look amazing!

October 15, 2009 07:53 AM
Norma said...

The cupcakes look yummy, planning on getting both books today.

October 15, 2009 08:47 AM
kim said...


October 15, 2009 11:55 AM
Sues said...

Oh man! I’ve been dying to make those Snickerdoodle cupcakes from Martha’s book! But this?? This idea is even better!!!! You always manage to outdo Martha :)

October 15, 2009 12:25 PM
Wendy said...

I would try the cupcakes with a cinnamon frosting! I haven’t tried the one I found online, but I’m sure it’ll be great on the cupcakes! Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies, and have been, since I was 7 years old. I’m excited to try making these!

October 15, 2009 12:48 PM
KIm Lamb said...

I love cupcakes. They are so fun to create and work with. No one can resist cupcakes!

October 15, 2009 01:38 PM
Taryn said...

I made these in a mini form today. 1 TBSP of batter per cupcake and 1/2 tsp of dough per cookie. My girls LOVED them! Taking them to work tomorrow for bosses day.

Thanks for the great ideas!

October 15, 2009 09:23 PM
courtney said...

YUM! I just made these as well…and all I could think about were snickerdoodle cookies! Great idea!

October 15, 2009 09:32 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These are really cute. And I have to say thank you for the tip about the confectionary house a while back. I was able to get cupcake liners in my friend’s wedding colors for her 10th anniversary party. And I have enough leftover to make more cupcakes like these all dolled up!

October 16, 2009 02:52 AM
Polprav said...

Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

October 16, 2009 01:09 PM
Elz said...

You can make chocolate snickerdoodles!! I think Nigella Lawson has a recipe for them in her ‘domestic goddess’ book… my copy is back in the UK but maybe you can find it on her website? They’re definitely better as a chocolate version!!

October 16, 2009 03:47 PM
Stacykaye said...

I MADE the snickerdoodle DUO today and it was AMAZING!!! I will soon be posting pics on my website…I will be sure to give you props for the recipe! YUMMMY! My husband’s quote was “Those look REALLY bad for you, but REALLY good!”

October 16, 2009 08:39 PM
Heidi said...

These look so yummy! I would love the cookie cook book.

October 17, 2009 03:02 AM
meg said...

i’ve never tried making snickerdoodles or its cupcake version, but this has got me thinking :)) its really a tough call to pick bet. cookies or cupcakes. I LOVE THEM BOTH! but recently, after trying out white chocolate macadamia cookies.. i’d have to say that i’ve leaned on to the cookie side. (sorry cuppies!) hahaha

October 17, 2009 10:58 AM
andrea said...

hi bakerella.. can people outside the US can join too?? :)

October 17, 2009 01:18 PM
andrea said...

*can people outside the US join too? :)

October 17, 2009 01:18 PM
Bobbi Gonzalez said...

Love your recipes…another one I’ll have to try!

Cupcake book for sure!

October 17, 2009 10:36 PM
Tahitian Moon said...

I’d love the cookie book. It’ would be perfection for the holidays.

October 17, 2009 10:38 PM
Shandy Hanke said...

WoW! Very pretty but I am with you, 7-minute frosting is not my thing. Loved the cupcake pedestals so much that I took you up on your link and ordered a set of my own. Thank you =)

October 18, 2009 03:13 AM
bakerella said...

Naomi – thanks so much for the tip

Andrea – yes, but it’s already over. Sorry.

October 18, 2009 05:16 PM
Amy said...

I was already too late for the contest when I saw this a few days ago, but I thought the idea of snickerdoodle cupcakes was great! I made the cupcakes (without cookies) for my daughter’s birthday party yesterday. Lots of compliments! I didn’t have time to make both cupcakes and cookies, so I had to choose. Yum!! I used buttercream for the frosting because there was no time for Martha’s frosting, but I linked to her recipe so I could make a bigger batch. Thanks!!

October 18, 2009 07:28 PM
Lufflee said...

ohmygoodness. I took out the cupcake book from the library and the whole book can be summed in one word…. omfg! lol. Its so awesome. I love how at the back she gives tips and certain ingredients that should be in the pantry and why. As well as piping tips.

After I went through the whole book I was ready to whip up a batch of the banana ones only to find that there was no sugar in the house (I know right?) xD

October 31, 2009 12:22 PM
annie said...

Thanks so much for your advice. I like Martha’s ideas, but sometimes her recipes are too whacked out for me to make. I appreciate the thoughts on the frosting. I am going to do something different. Making it for my brother’s girlfriend’s bday. Hoping they’re in celebration of their engagement!

November 12, 2009 12:50 PM
Ceria Dillard said...

I made these, and they were amazing!!!

November 22, 2009 05:10 PM
Michelle said...

I made your snickerdoodle cookies last night. I had never even HAD a snickerdoodle before let alone made them, but they were amazing. today i took some to work and they are still soft and fluffy, not crunchy at all. they were a hit. you rock. thank you.

December 22, 2009 01:49 PM
Caroline said...

I am a HUGE fan of everything (mostly everything) you bake. You are very talented :) I am going to make the snickerdoodle cupcakes without the cookie on top but what other frostings would you suggest for this cupcake? I know nothing too sweet. Do you think a cinnamon buttercream frosting would work with it?

March 22, 2010 06:23 PM
Florine said...

Hello! what a wonderful idea! my husband loved them! However, I tried a buttercream frosting but as always it turns out too liquid… would you have any advice?
thks so much for making us drool!

July 18, 2010 05:00 PM
Nicole Wilson said...

Im definateley gonna bake this it looks so delicious i just wanna eat it right now i wish i can get some free ones

July 26, 2010 11:25 PM
al.sun:) said...

cupcake cookbook please:)

July 27, 2010 01:07 PM
Donna said...

I’ve read and made so many of your recipes and always get rave reviews. I am a Snickerdoodle cookie fan and even though there is no chocolate, I make this exception for this amazing cookie. I also made Martha Stewarts cupcake recipe but I’m not a fan of light and airy frosting either. Here is my Snickerdoodle buttercream – it turned out perfectly!

1 c. butter, chilled or slightly softened – not room temp
3 3/4 c. confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar), sifted
3 to 4 TBSP milk (or half/half)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Blend butter in a large bowl, on low speed until fluffy, approx 30 seconds.
- Add sugar, 3 TBSP milk, and vanilla.
- Blend lightly.
- Add cinnamon.
- Continue mixing until sugar is well incorporated. Increase speed and beat until fluffy. If the frosting is stiff, add the remaining 1 TBSP of milk. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.

July 31, 2010 01:39 PM
Andrea R. said...

Just wondered if you had seen this. I thought I had already put this on here, but I guess not. Thought you would not only find it humorous, but also be interested in the fact that he used your picture! :)

September 17, 2010 09:52 AM
Stephanie Gibson said...

Oh My Goshness….too funny. i almost bought that book the other day and put it down cause i still wanted to finish working on some of her cupcake recipes and Im the type where if i get something else before Im finished with what I have…I will never finish what I started. So, I didn’t but then I came across this wornderful website and love it!! great ideas.!!!!! cookie book sold here to the lady in the apron! :)

September 25, 2010 06:40 PM
Allie said...

I just made these for a friend of mine for his birthday. I already had one and absolutely loved it!!!!! I have to agree with you though about the frosting; it is a pain to make, definitely use a different one next time! I wish I could meet you some day. I love reading your blog and trying to make things you did!

December 5, 2010 10:14 PM
Allie said...

The cupcakes were a huge success!!! I’ll be making these again for sure!!!

December 6, 2010 06:17 PM
Christina Wilson said...

Hello. Can I please use your Snickerdoodle Towering Cookie image for my cookie mix brochure? The recipe will not be used. The school does recieve profits from the advertised cookie mixes. Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you. My email is

Christina Wilson
school teacher

December 26, 2010 03:15 AM
Anonymous said...

I love the cupcakes !

March 19, 2011 07:27 PM
Darci said...

I redirected to your website from the web site. I am addicted to snickerdoodles. I am in love with the idea of a snickerdoodle cupcakes and cookies. I have to try the recipe out. I am so excited.

March 24, 2011 09:19 AM
Christina said...

One of my friends sent me the link to this. I don’t know why I’ve never seen this till now! I bake snickerdoodles all the time. A cookie and a cupcake together? Sounds perfect.

June 10, 2011 11:05 PM
Angela said...

Where can I fin those adorable individual cupcake stands.

July 16, 2011 08:32 AM
Kari said...

I’m new to this, but could you double the recipe for more cupcakes, or is it just better to make a second batch after the first?

July 21, 2011 05:03 PM
Terra said...

I made Snickerdoodle Cupcakes last week and everyone raved about them. However, my recipe called for the same 7 minute frosting which I can’t seem to master, so I used a vanilla Buttercream and sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar topping. They came out PERFECT!

August 12, 2011 10:59 AM
Brookies said...

Mmm…those look delicious. Cupcakes are usually fancier and more professional looking, whereas cookies remind us of the good times. Personally, I prefer cupcakes, but because I live in an impatient family where fancy-ness isn’t very high on the priority list, I end up making alot of cookies.;P

September 1, 2011 11:55 AM
cupcake obbsesed said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that looks like on amazing cupcake i mean cookie no wait cupcake what im so confused all i know is that it looks delish whatever it would be

November 19, 2011 11:19 PM
Dasha said...

Would this work with just buttercream? I’m not too confident in myself to make anything meringue-based…

March 17, 2012 10:40 AM
Taylor said...

Cookies are my signature. So yes, I would go with the cookie cookbook. Too bad the contest is over.

August 26, 2012 03:00 PM
Cynthia said...

What different icing would you use ? Totally wanting to make these tonight..

September 14, 2012 12:18 PM
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