Who doesn’t enjoy giving gifts from the homestead? This cookie recipe has been in our family for many, many years. I remember the first time I ever made Snickerdoodles for a friend, she said the taste of these cookies reminded her of a cookie her grandmother used to make. They are a timeless classic and everyone I have ever served them to just loves them. These Snickerdoodles are delicious with a buttery cinnamon flavor. Perfect with your afternoon cup of tea.

Snickerdoodles are sometimes confused with sugar cookies since they share the same basic ingredients; four, butter, eggs and vanilla. The one difference is that these cookies also contain cream of tartar, this gives them a chewier texture and a more crackly top than sugar cookies. The cookie balls are also coated in a sugar cinnamon mixture before baking which results in that buttery cinnamon taste.

Snickerdoodles are easy to make and freeze well. You can even mix up the dough, form your balls and freeze for later baking. This cinnamon delicious cookie is also great for gift giving. Make a basket for your neighbor and include a tin of cookies and a box of tea. It’s a perfect gift for a new mom, someone recovering from surgery or just a welcome to the neighborhood gift.

Here is your shopping list for making Snickerdoodles. Most of these items you probably have in your refrigerator or pantry.

Shopping List

Cream of Tartar
Baking Soda

Gifts From The Homestead: Snickerdoodles


1 cup butter
1 ½ cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 ¾ cup flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup sugar


Cream the butter with 1 ½ cups sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs and continue beating. In another bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Stir into the egg mixture. Wrap the dough with wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minute.

Position the rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degree. Mix the remaining ½ cup sugar and 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside.

When the dough has chilled for thirty minutes, shape the dough into 1” balls and roll in the sugar mixture.


Arrange the cinnamon-sugar coated cookie balls on your baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees F.


Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

homemade cookies

Time to complete:

Including the chilling of the dough this recipe will take about 1 1/2 hours. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make the dough one day and make the cookies the next. Next time you are looking for gifts from the homestead try these delicious cookies.

You may also mix the cookie dough three days ahead, cover and chill. Let the cookie dough come to room temperature before portioning and coating in the cinnamon-sugar.

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