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.


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3,851 comments on “Snickerdoodle Duo”

  1. I really really want the cookie cookbook!!!

  2. CUPCAKE BOOK!! I just started baking not too long ago, but I just can’t stop baking cupcakes. And I love the look on my friends’ faces when they eat the cupcakes! So happy that they like them :) Would love to know how to bake other kinds too! :)

  3. I’m torn… I’ll say cupcake book. Yum!

  4. Cookies, hands down! Cupcakes seem more special occasion to me (I don’t know, they just do), but cookies, you never need a reason to make cookies!

  5. I would love to see the cupcake book!!

  6. I would LOVE the cupcake book!

  7. I would loooove the cookie book. I’m such a cookie monster!!

    Now you’ve made me want to make snickerdoodles. I’ve only made them the “Sandra Lee way.”

  8. I want to cookie book!! I love cookies more than anything else in the world…. *Drool*

  9. Yummmm! I’d have to go with cookies.

  10. Cupcakes! Love them.

  11. Cupcakes rock.

  12. The cookie book! I already have the cupcake cookbook and the snickerdoodle cupcakes are my favorite that I have made so far!

  13. The MS cupcake book looks delightful. My fingers are crossed.

  14. I can’t decide! I’d probably make cookies more often, but a cupcake book would be so fun and my kids would love it! You’ll have to choose for me. Pick me, and then pick for me. Deal?

  15. Your site always makes me drool! It’s cruel, really. :) But I’ve tried a handful of your recipes since discovering this site only a few weeks ago and they’ve all come out great! I’d love to practice my decorating skills with the cupcake book.
    Keep up the great work!

  16. cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum!!!!!!!!!

  17. OOOooooh!! Both books are on my Christmas list! I’d love the cookie book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  18. I would absolutely love the cupcake cookbook!!!

  19. definitely the cookie cookbook!

  20. Definitely Cookies! :-)

  21. I would love the cupcake book because I seem to ruin sugar cookies, and I have better luck with cupcakes! Maybe it’d help with perfecting one thing before I move onto cookies!

  22. I want the cupcake book AND a post about what all you do that goes into the post. With LOTS of pictures

  23. I’d love the Cupcake book, as I believe I have worn out my welcome at the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. This is the first time I have visited your site and I just want to say thank you for taking the time make it for us. It is so well done and cute I’m a hooked fan. I’ll be sneaking out of bed so I can surf it undisturbed. Cuz hey, I can sleep when I’m dead. Thanks Linda :)

  24. I’d have to go with the Cupcake book… since those recipes can also be used for the full-size variety of cake, too!

  25. I would LOVE the cupcake book. We’re not huge on cookies in this house, but my little guy and I are all about making cupcakes together.

  26. Cookies! Simply because I’m much more likely to make cookies. lol.

  27. That is a hard decision but I think I would use the cookie book more often. GOOD WORK on the snickerdoodle cupcakes. They are lovely!


  28. I would LOVE the cookie book. If I got the cupcake book, I’d use it, too. I didn’t know these books existed. Perhaps if I don’t win, I’ll go out to Chapters. :)

  29. cookies for sure!

  30. Ooooh cookies please? I just love making snickerdoodles – how fun that you finally got to try them out! I always feel my sweet tooth aching a little after looking at your posts.

  31. Hmm, I made Snickerdoodles just last week. It was my first time too. :) They were awesome tasty but my mum gave most of them away so I only had 2. *Sob* I’m quite tempted to try the cupcakes now.

    And I couldn’t possibly choose between the two. It’s be like choosing a favorite child! So I’ll just take whatever you offer. x

  32. Hi Bakerella! LOVE your blog and everything you do! I would love to win the cookie book. :) Thanks so much for all your awesome baking creations!

  33. I would love the cookie cookbook.

  34. Wow that truly is a hard decision but I think I have a million cookie recipes so what would be better than to add a million cupcake recipes to go along!


  35. It’s always a tough choice, but today it’s cookies for me!!

  36. Oh, I would so much like the cupcake one. Yummy!

  37. Those cookie cupcakes are adorable! What a great way to take a treat to the next level!!

    It’s a hard choice, either would be awesome, but I’d love to be entered to win the Cookie Cookbook!

  38. ohmygoodness, I would LOVE the cookie book. I’ve been putting off buying it for like a year. I keep telling myself I don’t need it. I was actually just on amazon looking at my wish list, I feel fate is intervening here. :)

  39. I would LOVE the cookies book…while my husband and his sons love my chocolate chip cookies, I’m sure they’d appreciate a little variety every now and then!

  40. I would love the cookies book!

  41. wow, how can you choose between the two?! hmmmm, I think I’d have to go with cupcakes. then I’ll go out and buy the cookie one :)

  42. Ooo, definitely the cupcake book since my mother-in-law owns the cookie book and shares the best recipes with me! :)

  43. I can really see your problem. Today I solved it by baking soft cookies. :) It would be delicious to bake COOKIES as M. Stewart.

  44. C is for cookie, that’s good enough for meee! I love Martha Stewart, cookies and Bakerella so what could be better than winning a MS cookie book from Bakerella!!
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  45. Cookies! No Cupcakes! No cookies! Ugh oh. Will my comment not count if I can’t decide? Will happily take either one.

    (Though if absolutely forced I suppose I’d have to take cupcakes because I don’t have cookbook for those and I have other ones for cookies.)

  46. Ooooooooh! :-) Love all the pics… but I would definitely choose the cupcake book! Yum!

  47. LOVE your site. These cupcakes are adorable. Ill definitely have to try them soon. I would love to have the cupcake book :)

  48. I would like the cupcake book. I have checked it out of the library and made the pumpkin butter cupcakes, which were very good.

  49. Everytime I’m at the bookstore I skim through both books, trying to decide which book I want to buy first. CUPCAKES please!

  50. can I participate even if I live in Venezuela? I wuold like to win the cookie book ^^

  51. Cookies! i love cookies!

  52. Oooh…cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes! Yes please :)

  53. I would really like both of them, but I guess I can start with the cookie book!

  54. CUPCAKES!!!!!

  55. I would totally take the Cookie book! I really really wish I could reach into this computer screen right now so I could have a snickerdoodle cupcake/cookie. YUM! :)

  56. The cookie cookbook!!! Oh, I would have fun with the cookie cookbook.

    But now… I’m off to buy me some cute cupcake pedestals!!!

  57. I would love the Cookie book! I lvoe baking, especially cookies. And I really heart snickerdoodles.

  58. Cupcaaaaaaaaaaakes! Those cookies look amazing but I MUST know more about those chocolate ding-dong like cupcakes. They call to me…

  59. omg ive always wanted to make snierdoodes:]

    i would rather get the cupcake one:]

  60. Cupcakes, please! :)

  61. CUPCAKES! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy~ i would love the cupcakes book.. i forgot to update my feed to your new site, so ive been quite disappointed these few days.. how silly :P

  62. I’m going to have to try that Snickerdoodle recipe, my girls LOVE cinnamon!

    I would love the cookie book!

  63. I really like the look of them both,, but if pressed, I think I would have to go with the cookie bookie. <–that was a typing accident, but I'm leaving it!

    I can be reached at MistyHCunningham (at) gmail (dot) com

  64. my comment posted, right? I can’t find it.

  65. I would love to make some cupcakes out of the cupcake book!! You can’t go wrong with anything Martha Stewart!
    And have to agree, those individual cupcake stands are adorable!

  66. I guess I could try something besides cake pops! :) Drop my name in the hat for the cupcake book! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and pictures!

  67. Oooh – hard choice! But, I’m more of a cupcake kinda gal, so I’d go for the Cupcake book. :)

    (And thanks for all your beautiful, funny and inspiring posts, I really love your blog!)

  68. Definitely the Cookie Cookbook!! I love cupcakes, but I’m a cookie ho. There, I said it. A COOKIE HO! :)

  69. I AM the cookie monster! Cookies please!!

  70. Cookies, because i already have the cupcake one!

  71. I would LOVE the cupcake book!!!

  72. YUMMY! I love Snickerdoodles, but the cupcake book is calling my name! :)

  73. Cupcakes all the way! I love cookies, but cupcakes are where I like to experiment.

  74. I’m really hard pressed for both but I’ll go for the cookie book please!

  75. I love snickerdoodles! I’ve never tried them in cupcake form though. I think I might have to give it a go soon.

    As much as I love cookies, cupcakes have a special place in my heart, so I would absolutely love the cupcake cookbook.

  76. Oh neat!! I would love the cookie one the bestest! =o}

  77. I’m already addicted to another cookie mogul’s cookie book… so I must have this one!

  78. such a tough choice… but today i’ll take the cupcakes.. thanks!

  79. For Sure COOKIES!!! I can never have enough cookie recipes.

  80. hose cookies and cupcakes look delicious!!! Mmmm. I would love the cookie book. Thanks!

  81. Those came out super cute! Never made snickerdoodle cupcakes before.

    But I’d love the cookie book!

  82. Do I have to choose just one of the cookbooks?! They both look great and I <3 Martha! If I had to choose, I guess I'd take the cookie book, but only because a friend of mine is already the cupcake queen.

  83. Tough choice, but with christmas coming I’d have to say the cookie book.

  84. I would LOVE the cookie book!! Looks amazing!!

  85. CUPCAKES! they are so fun to make and so precious! loooove your site. your creations are so inspiring!

  86. I want the cookies book! No.. wait… the cupcakes!! No..

    Cookies. Definitely cookies.

  87. It is a difficult choice….. But I vote for the cookie-book, and then try Gingerbread-house with my boy, for christmas :-)

  88. I’m definitely going to have to go with the cookie one!!! My hubby and I love cookies- they never go to waste at our house! And I’m definitely more of a cookie girl!

  89. as my two year old twins would say..”cuppy cake pweeze”.. that would be so awesome…

  90. I’d love the cookie book! I bought the cupcake book a few month ago and I think it’s getting lonely.

    Katie xox

  91. Cookies for sure. I’m not much of a cake/cupcake eater…is that weird?

  92. Definitely the cookie book for me please! Cookies are just so much more versatile, with something for everyone!

  93. the cupcake book is just too precious not to want :)

  94. i have the cupcake one so i need the cookie book =)

  95. CUPCAKES CUPCAKES CUPCAKES!!! Who doesn’t love cupcakes? My friends and family love the cupcakes that I make for them, but they are looking for some new recipies! I’d love the book to share the cupcake love around!

  96. OOoooo I would LOVEEEEEEEEEE the martha steward cupcakes book!
    I hope I win!

  97. Cookies… or Cupcakes??? I think definitely cookies!!!!

  98. cupcake book for sure! Gotta love Martha!

  99. Absolutely the cookies book. Love love your creativity. All the cakes or cookies that you made look super cute!

  100. Ooo! ooo! ooo! The Cookie one! I love making new cookie recipes!

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