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Place of originUnited States
Region or stateNew England
Main ingredientsFlour, butter or oil, sugar, cinnamon sugar, salt

A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with flour, fat, sugar, and salt, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough. Snickerdoodles are characterized by a cracked surface and can be either crisp or soft depending on the ingredients used.

Snickerdoodles are often referred to as "sugar cookies". However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar whereas snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon. Cream of tartar is added for its signature texture as another main difference.


Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudel, a Palatine variety of schnecken.[1] It is also possible that the name is simply a nonsense word with no particular meaning, originating from a New England tradition of whimsical cookie names.[2][3] The Oxford English Dictionary claims the word's origin is "uncertain", and possibly a portmanteau of the word snicker, an "imitative" English word with Scottish roots that indicates a "smothered laugh", and doodle, a German loanword into English meaning a "simple or foolish fellow", originally derived from the Low German dudeltopf, meaning "simpleton, noodle, night-cap".[4] The earliest use of the word recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1889.[4]


Snickerdoodles have traditionally been made with a blend of shortening and butter.[5] Some updated modern recipes have replaced shortening (a hydrogenated fat) with different varieties of oil. The cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar which varies in the intensity of cinnamon flavor with some recipes using a 1:1 ratio of cinnamon to sugar. The process of making it is similar to many other cookies; first the fat and sugar are creamed together until pale and fluffy, then an egg is whisked in, and the flour is added last.

Food trends[edit]

The cookie is common to Mennonite and Amish communities and was a favorite treat of the Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley.[6]

In more recent times, the snickerdoodle cookie has transformed into a popular flavor of desserts, sugary sweets, drinks, candies, etc. For example, General Mills created a snickerdoodle flavored Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to their snack line.[7] During the 2014 holiday season, Dunkin' Donuts unveiled a snickerdoodle cookie latte on their holiday menu.[8] In addition to a snickerdoodle latte, Nestlé Coffee-Mate introduced their take on the cookie in the form of a coffee creamer.[9] Brands such as Braum's Ice Cream[10] and Prairie Farms[11] have dedicated an ice cream flavor to the popular cookie.

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  1. ^ Rombauer, Irma S.; Becker, Marion Rombauer; Becker, Ethan (5 November 1997). JOC All New Rev. - 1997. Simon and Schuster. p. 830. ISBN 978-0-684-81870-2.
  2. ^ Herbst, Sharon Tyler (2001) Food Lover's Companion, Barrons Educational Series, New York, NY ISBN 978-0-7641-1258-4
  3. ^ Stradley, Linda. "Snickerdoodle Cookies". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  4. ^ a b "snickerdoodle". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  5. ^ Cook's Illustrated Baking Book. America's Test Kitchen. 2013. ISBN 9781945256813.
  6. ^ Byrnn, Anne (2018). American cookie : the snaps, drops, jumbles, tea cakes, bars & brownies that we have loved for generations. Rodale. ISBN 9781623365462.
  7. ^ "Page not found - General Mills Convenience and Foodservice". Retrieved 13 October 2017. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  8. ^ Tadeo, Maria. (November 3, 2014). "Dunkin' Donuts unveils calorie-packed snickerdoodle and sugar cookie latte ahead of Christmas" The Independent
  9. ^ "Products - NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Snickerdoodle Flavor | COFFEE-MATE®". Archived from the original on 2015-04-27.
  10. ^ "Premium Snickerdoodle - Braum's". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  11. ^ "NEW! Old Recipe Snickerdoodle Ice Cream, Feature Flavor" Prairie Farms

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