Snickerdoodles and Chocodoodles

Today’s holiday baking offering is a Snickerdoodle that offers a little twist as an option for chocolate fans.

As many cookies as I’ve baked, I have never made Snickerdoodles, one of the most common cookies around. I actually have a good reason for never having made them. As a child, I received a great disappointment in discovering that Snickerdoodles had absolutely nothing to do with Snickers. I was devastated to find out that they were sugar cookies coated in cinnamon. No chocolate, caramel, or peanuts to be found. I’ve never been a fan of them for that simple, silly reason.

I recently came across a Snickerdoodles recipe in Nigella’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess. I decided that it was high time I got over my opposition and baked some. The appeal of this specific recipe was that she offered a chocolate option. I figured that almost made up for my childhood disappointment.

Snickerdoodles and Chocodoodles offer the traditional cookie as well as a delicious chocolate variation.

These cookies have a cake-like texture that is very appealing. Nigella describes them as tasting like oven-baked doughnuts. They are indeed very tasty. I did think the nutmeg was a bit strong, but I did used freshly grated so that may have made the difference.

Nigella and I have certainly had our disagreements, but I still look longingly through the pages of that cookbook. I have great dreams of making yummy things from her recipes. These cookies will perhaps serve as a turning point for us. And, a new outlook on Snickerdoodles.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 32 cookies



  • 1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, + 2 tablespoons for rolling cookies
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°. Line or grease baking sheets and set aside.

Combine flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until smooth.

Mix together cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Pinch dough into walnut-sized pieces and roll into balls. Roll each ball in cinnamon/sugar mixture, and place on baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for one minute, then cool completely on a wire rack.


To make Chocodoodles: Replace 2 tablespoons of flour with cocoa.

Recipe slightly adapted from How to Be a Domestic Goddess.

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  1. Davak December 6, 2007 Reply

    Amazing picture.

    Snickerdoodles have absolutely nothing to do with Snickers?!?

    I had no idea.

  2. JEP December 6, 2007 Reply

    I like the nutmeg that is added to these—thanks!

  3. Patricia Scarpin December 7, 2007 Reply

    I love snickerdoodles and the chocolate version looks delicious!

  4. Tiffany December 7, 2007 Reply

    Oh, how sweet……not wanting Snickerdoodles because they don’t have Snickers. That is so funny!!! I’ve never seen chocolate snickerdoodles before….interesting!

  5. jennifer December 7, 2007 Reply

    Davak, it’s a cruel, cruel world.

    JEP, I liked the nutmeg, too!

    Patricia, the chocolate version might be my favorite. It is at least a bit different.

    Tiffany, I don’t know about sweet, but that line of thinking certainly seemed logical to my younger self.

  6. Paula from Only Cookware December 7, 2007 Reply

    Well I have never even heard of Snickerdoodles so I guess I haven’t missed anything. The ones in your pic look really good.

  7. joanne December 7, 2007 Reply

    I made these today. They are not too sweet, and using ground nutmeg, didn’t give it too strong of a flavor. They do remind me of donuts.

  8. jennifer December 7, 2007 Reply

    Thanks, Paula!

    Joanne, I hope you liked them!

  9. Amy December 10, 2007 Reply

    You know, I hate snickers because those commercials as a child – hand with peanuts, hand closes over peanuts, snickers magically appears in reopened hand – didn’t work in real life. I felt they tricked me. 30 years later I still won’t eat them. Good thing I never thought they were connected to snickerdoodles, which I LOVE.

  10. jennifer December 10, 2007 Reply

    I so remember that commercial, Amy. So much for truth in advertising, huh?

  11. Lauren December 26, 2007 Reply

    After the first batch, I flattened the rest down with the top of a glass. We liked them that way. They really aren’t very sweet like other snickerdoodle recipes I’ve tried. Different, but good.

  12. jennifer December 26, 2007 Reply

    I’m glad you liked them, Lauren! I don’t have much experience with snickerdoodles, so I wasn’t entirely sure what they should taste like. I’ll have to try a sweeter recipe next time.

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