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.


Bonnie said...

That cupcake book is a book I would read from cover to cover …then bake each and every cupcake . What a prize that would be. I wish …I wish …I wish….

October 12, 2009 05:04 AM
Ineke said...

I would really like to try all the recipes of de cookie book!
I recently tried to make the cake balls. They were so good!
My colleagues love me now.

October 12, 2009 05:04 AM
Crystal said...

You’re really going to make a pregnant lady CHOOSE JUST ONE!?!?! Torture. I’m going to have to go withCookies on this one!

October 12, 2009 05:05 AM
Ina garcia said...

The cupcake one for sure :) I love love love cupcakes. Love reAding ur blog it’s so Awesome

October 12, 2009 05:06 AM
Beth said...

Easy. Cookies.

October 12, 2009 05:09 AM
Laura said...

Cookies!! I love variety in chewy, crispy, crunchy cookies!

October 12, 2009 05:09 AM
Ashley A. said...

Well, I have to say that I love this site, first of all!!! Second, I really want to cookie book. I am a hobby cake decorator, but my husband and my son love cookies more than cakes and cupcakes, so would love to have the cookie book for them. Thanks.

October 12, 2009 05:10 AM
Heidi Wendland said...


October 12, 2009 05:12 AM
Dicope said...

I would love to win the cupcakes book !! I can help it ! I love them ^^

October 12, 2009 05:14 AM
Christa said...

definitely the cupcake cookbook!!

October 12, 2009 05:14 AM
Barbara said...

It’s a tough choice…So I understand that in your last post you also didn’t want to decide and just made cookies AND cupcakes. ;-)
I think I would go with the cookies book!

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

I think its the book that chooses the person. And the cookie book would definitely NOT choose me – i’m too much of an airhead! Too spongy and crumbly – believe me I crumble under pressure. But normally once opened people find me all sweet and gooey coz there’s chocolate in the middle. Hey, they say you are what you eat! So to summarise, cupcakes please!

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

I’d love the cookie book, my cookies turn out so similar in taste no matter the recipe…

October 12, 2009 05:16 AM
Heather said...

I would looooooooooooooove the cookie cookbook.

October 12, 2009 05:18 AM
mrsluukkonen said...

Definitely the cookie book! :)

October 12, 2009 05:21 AM
Jeannie said...

Since I already have the cupcake book, I’d love to have the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 05:23 AM
Julie said...

Oh the cupcakes are to darn cute but I love the cupcake pedestals! Might have to look into those. I would love love love to have the cupcake book. Thanks for the chance to win :)

October 12, 2009 05:25 AM
Heather said...

I’m a cookie girl, all the way! I don’t know that I’ve ever asked this question before, but how do you eat the snickerdoodle cupcakes?!? I sure wouldn’t want to do it in public :) After I licked off the icing, I’d devour the cookies of course!

October 12, 2009 05:26 AM
mcpagal said...

I’d love either, but the cookie book wins it!

October 12, 2009 05:27 AM
Sarah said...

AUGH they look too good!

Cookies :)

October 12, 2009 05:29 AM
Katie said...

I’m always on the search for yummy, beautiful, unique cookies! I would LOVE the cookie book. Thank you!!


October 12, 2009 05:30 AM
Jenny said...

Cupcakes are the top notch of desserts – your own mini cake that won’t make you sick (as with a normal cake you would’ve eaten all of it hence the full sick stomach) I’ve never seen Martha’s cookbooks in Australia :(

October 12, 2009 05:34 AM
Orla said...

Cookies. No, cupcakes, No.. Cookies…
aaahhhgggg. BOTH???

October 12, 2009 05:39 AM
linda powers said...

i think i’d love to win the cupcake book, and pass it on to my little cupcake who’s in boston attending law school!

October 12, 2009 05:42 AM
Marie said...

Ooooh!! The cupcake one is begging me to give it a new home..! :P If you ship to Sweden that is. Maybe I can find a tip for my upcoming wedding! Have to have cupcakes on my wedding…

October 12, 2009 05:42 AM
Esmée said...

Cupcakes, I just love cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 05:43 AM
sydney said...

oh i would love the cookie book. i have the cupcake booke and this would make my set complete!!! btw- i made a variety of cake balls for dessert at my sis-in-law’s baby shower and i thought they were going to be devoured before they were ever completely put out of the container. :)

October 12, 2009 05:44 AM
Dimpy said...

I would love to have the cookie book…I already have the cupcakes one and it´s amazing…thanks

October 12, 2009 05:44 AM
CNH Johnson said...

Love your site and receiving the e-mails, but this is the first comment I’ve ever left. I want the cupcake book for my daughter! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

October 12, 2009 05:46 AM
Emily said...

Thanks for the great site and adorable ideas you share. I would love the cupcake book!

October 12, 2009 05:48 AM
Diane said...

I think both look wonderful, but the cupcake book is looking inspiring!! I LOVE your website. Thank you!!! Diane

October 12, 2009 05:49 AM
QF said...

I’d love the cupcake cookbook! I moved to England from California four years ago and cupcakes are finally beginning to catch on here (albeit slowly). Cupcakes truly are the way forward.

October 12, 2009 05:49 AM
Rebecca said...

Oh I would just love to bake cupcakes with my daughter… that is the book for me!

Love your site!

October 12, 2009 05:49 AM
Nikki B said...

I would love the cupcake book! I love making cupcakes and bringing them into my husband’s work!

October 12, 2009 05:52 AM
Deb said...

I’d pick the cookie book! I think the pics of your cupcakes are great.

October 12, 2009 05:53 AM
Brittany said...

I definitely would love to have the cookie book!!

October 12, 2009 05:53 AM
Edith said...

i love your blog!!
love those butiful and inspiring pictures!
both books look great, and i would love to have them both…

October 12, 2009 05:55 AM
Brooke said...

Cookies!! I’m constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks for my little man – of course none of those look healthy but they sure do look good!

October 12, 2009 05:57 AM
Edith said...

this is my correct email…

October 12, 2009 05:57 AM
Ghia said...

hello from the philippines! :) i prefer chewy crunchy delectable cookies! cookie book it is! i really really love your website bakerella. thanks for sharing and giving.

October 12, 2009 05:57 AM
Evans said...

It’s really a tough call, but I’ll pick the cookie book!!! All of the cookies in the pictures look soooooooo pretty and delectable!

October 12, 2009 05:57 AM
Vera said...

That’s a tough choice! I would go for Cupcakes – simply because Iove them :)

vera at

October 12, 2009 05:58 AM
Andrea said...

Ohhh hard choice- but it’s gonna have to be the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 06:01 AM
karen said...

cookie! cookie!!…i would love the cookie book! :) your website is such an inspiration..looking at the cupcakes you bake makes me droollll…..

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

Oooh, I love snickerdoodles! Anything with cinnamon is right by me :)

The cupcake book looks yummy, but I can’t resist a good cookie.

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

No contest- I’d love the cupcake book! Thanks for the giveaway!

October 12, 2009 06:07 AM
Michael Lynn said...

I love Snickerdoodles! I remember making them as a kid. I would love to win the cupcake book. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!!

October 12, 2009 06:07 AM
nataloy said...

I would choose the cookie one!

October 12, 2009 06:08 AM
Jeanmarie said...

I think you can tell which I will choose from my e-mail :-)
I’ll take cupcakes!!

October 12, 2009 06:08 AM
Lynne said...

Both, I want both! But I think I would start with the cupcake one!

October 12, 2009 06:11 AM
Nida said...

I’d have to go with cupcakes :)

October 12, 2009 06:11 AM
Vicky said...

Such a hard choice, but I would have to choose the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 06:13 AM
leslie said...

cookies please :)

October 12, 2009 06:14 AM
Frugal Femina said...

I guess I’d go with the cupcake book. And then I’d probably buy the cookie one later. ;-)

October 12, 2009 06:18 AM
lunzy said...

tough choice… me thinks cookie book.

October 12, 2009 06:18 AM
Mary said...

Mmmmm… It is a hard choice, but I will have to go with cookies. Yummy Cookies!

October 12, 2009 06:20 AM
Stephanie said...

The cookie cookbook would be great! My husband is very hard to please with cookies lol So some Martha Stewart recipes would be awesome :) Thanks!

October 12, 2009 06:22 AM
Lauren said...

I love cupcakes but cookies are hard to beat! I always wanted to know what Snickerdoodles were too, we don’t have them in Australia!

October 12, 2009 06:24 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

OMG yum. These look perfect!

October 12, 2009 06:29 AM
Devon said...

Hands down the cookies!! I definitley feel like less of a piggy when I make (see eat) a dozen cookies as opposed to a dozen cupcakes… :)

October 12, 2009 06:29 AM
Jenna said...

I would love the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 06:30 AM
LilooMink said...

Id go for cookies.. just because! Here’s to hoping for the draw!

October 12, 2009 06:31 AM
Anonymous said...

Definitely the cookie book.. I bake cookies about once a week and it would be great to have some new recipes.
I am definintely going to try the snickerdoodle recipe sometime soon. I wonder if it would be good as a Christmas cookie?

We are a cookie family

October 12, 2009 06:31 AM
Lise said...

Since I allready have the Cupcake-book, I would love to get the one about Cookies. Love your site :o)

October 12, 2009 06:35 AM
Becky said...

Cookies are more my style :) Yum!

October 12, 2009 06:35 AM
Rhiannon said...

Cupcakes! No doubt about it! :D And those Cupkies, er, Cookcakes, er… they look amazingly cute! <3

October 12, 2009 06:37 AM
natalie said...

yum! these look great!! the cupcake book looks like so much fun, i’d prob gain ten pounds just flipping through it!!

October 12, 2009 06:38 AM
Ilenia said...

First of all… your cupcakes look even more delicious because of the fantastic pictures you make!!!! and the pedestal detail is adorable!
Anyway… I would like the cupcakes book… let’s see if I can spread these recipes also here in Italy. so they finally became well known here too. We have so many cakes/sweets and no cupcakes :-( each time I see all the store you have I so would like to be there!!!

October 12, 2009 06:42 AM
Emily said...

I’m a cookie girl!

October 12, 2009 06:44 AM
xiuxiu said...

Thanks for the chance to win the books.
I really really want the cookie cookbook!

October 12, 2009 06:44 AM
Beth said...

oh, yum! I think I’d like the cookie book stacked on top of the cupcake book!
Because there is now way I can decide :)

October 12, 2009 06:44 AM
jengd said...

I’d love to have her cupcakes book. While I think the cookies would be awesome too, I have a 2yr old and I think cupcakes are soon to be a staple of my future. :)

October 12, 2009 06:48 AM
Julie Weinstein said...

Cupcake book please. Love your site!!!

October 12, 2009 06:48 AM
Grayce said...

Trays of cupcakes for everyone this Christmas ! Just send me the cupcake book and I’ll get started !
Grayce Blair
3434 Eglinton Ave East
Suite # 914
Buzzer 1110
Toronto Ontario M1J 2J1

October 12, 2009 06:49 AM
Nikka A said...

Hi! I would like the cookie book (since cookies are the only thing our “oven” can cook well). If I win (I hope!), you can contact me at

October 12, 2009 06:52 AM
JoAnn Cook said...

I would LUV the cupcake book!! I would LUV to win!! I would LUV to brag that I won! I would LUV to mention how much I LUV your Bakerella website too!

October 12, 2009 06:53 AM
Kelly said...

I would love the cupcake book!! Yum!

October 12, 2009 06:53 AM
Debbie Fisher said...

I love the pedestal and liners. I also LOVE snickerdoodles. They are my favorite cookie.

What a tough choice! I keep going back and forth. I think I will go with cookies.

October 12, 2009 06:53 AM
Marian (sweetopia) said...

Your photographs are always so amazing… I want to eat your site! lol ;-)

In this I’d love to have the cookie book… cuz I already have Martha’s cupcake one.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

October 12, 2009 06:54 AM
Ann said...

I’d looove one of your wonderful cupcakes… and the cookie book, if I must choose.

much love from switzerland!

October 12, 2009 06:56 AM
Selina pitt said...

Those cupcakes are do cute and tasty looking! Although I love love love me some cookies I would choose the cupcake book. The pictures in both books are amazing!

October 12, 2009 06:56 AM
Janice said...

I would love the cupcake book to give me inspirations and ideas.

October 12, 2009 06:57 AM
Casey said...

Gotta go with cookies. I love making cookies.

October 12, 2009 06:57 AM
Martha said...

I’d love either book but I already have lots of cookie books…….so maybe the cupcake book is my choice!

October 12, 2009 06:58 AM
Damjana said...

I just love to look at your blog and see your beutyfull photographs!
And if I’d win this giveaway I’d pick Cupcake book.

October 12, 2009 06:58 AM
nilla said...

Would love a cookbook. My children and I love to bake together. The kids love decorating cupcakes…I’ve made several of your creations and everyone loves them.Thanks

October 12, 2009 06:58 AM
Mary Beth said...

What a hard choice. I had to flip on it because I would love both. I will take the cupcake book. :) YUMM

October 12, 2009 06:59 AM
Katja said...

I love your blog so much! I was just wondering….the cream of tartar is very hard to come by overhere in the Netherlands. Is there anything else I could use. Baking powder, perhaps? Dont´t know if you are willing or able to send a book overseas, but I would love to receive the cupcake-book.

October 12, 2009 06:59 AM
brenda said...

Hmmm I love making all different kinds of cookies for the holidays so I lean towards the cookie book, but cupcakes are so much fun!! Since I don’t have any cupcake books, I’d have to choose the cupcake book!

October 12, 2009 07:00 AM
Katie said...

I would love the cookie book! Isn’t Martha so nice to give us all her cute, fun, creative ideas???

October 12, 2009 07:00 AM
Charlotte said...

Cupcakes please! They look beautiful. And it is so hard to get a good cupcake here in the UK!

October 12, 2009 07:00 AM
Nina said...

I think I’d have to go for the Cookies book… I already have 5 cupcake books, and no cookie, so it’s an easy choice for me!

BTW, your new website looks awesome!

October 12, 2009 07:01 AM
julie page said...

Definitely the cupcake book because I have two little boys who LOVE LOVE LOVE cupcakes :)

October 12, 2009 07:01 AM
Alycia said...

Cupcakes – definitely! Cupcakes are the perfect dessert – not too much, not too little!

October 12, 2009 07:01 AM
Abigail said...

IT’S SO HARD FOR ME TO PICK! i think i would choose the cupcake book. when i finish school (15 atm) i am going to london with a friend so i can do cooking school there. I’ve always made cupcakes and am always willing to do some new form of decorating on them. thats why i go onto your website all the time…it’s fantasic for that sort of thing!
I also have a secret obsession with martha stewart and her cupcake knowledge…..

October 12, 2009 07:03 AM
Martha said...

I already have and love, the Cupcake Book. So,it’s the Cookie Book for me!

October 12, 2009 07:05 AM
Katee L. said...

I LOVE Cupcakes! I just found a high end cupcake bakery near our apartment and they have been HEAVEN! Would love to have the cupcake cookbook so I could make those fancy ones myself!

October 12, 2009 07:05 AM
Cat said...

you’re always giving away such cool stuff ;) i’d love to win the cookie cookbook. cookies i can make. cupcakes? not so much.

October 12, 2009 07:05 AM
Gwen Howell said...

I would love the cookie cookbook! Love your snickerdoodle combo!!!

October 12, 2009 07:06 AM
Lindsay said...

Both books look amazing! I love making cookies though!!! I’d take the cookie book in a heartbeat! :)

October 12, 2009 07:07 AM
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