Snickerdoodles are sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. They have a characteristically crackly surface, and can be crisp or soft, depending on preference. Some variants include nutmeg, raisins, or nuts. They are a traditional Christmas cookie in North America.
The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word for "snail noodles" (schneckennudeln).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar. Set aside.
- Beat butter, shortening and sugar.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing fully.
- Roll into 1 tbsp balls.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp and light brown.
- Let cool completely before eating.