Old-Time Recipe: Snickerdoodles

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I had the pleasure of talking to Mrs. MacManus, the Family & Consumer Science teacher here at WMC, and I asked her if she knew of any old recipes that are still well known today and people still enjoy. She told me the recipe that came to mind was Snickerdoodle cookies. Below are some background on snickerdoodle cookies and a recipe.

The origin behind the name for snickerdoodles is still unknown to this day; however, some people believe that the word ‘snicker’ comes from the dutch word snekrad, or the german word schnecke. Both of these words mean a snail like shape. How the snickerdoodle was invented is unknown as well. One possibility is that they came from the 19th century of New England of the United States.

Recipe From Mrs. MacManus


  • ¼ c. butter
  • ¼ c. shortening
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ⅓ c. flour
  • 1 tsp. Cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • Dash salt



  1. Mix together butter, shortening, sugar, and the egg. Mix evenly.
  2. Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Blend into the butter mixture.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  4. Roll balls in cinnamon and sugar mixture (2 T. sugar + 2 tsp. cinnamon).
  5. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove immediately from cookie sheet.


Below are quotes from the journalism class, who tried the cookies.

Anna Jaretsky: “They taste how Christmas smells.”

Pamela Smith: “Nice and crunchy on the outside but also nice and chewy. It has the right amount of cinnamon.”

Robby Zarouni: “They taste everything Christmas.”

Quinn Iannuzzo: “It tastes like holidays. Very good.”

Grant Jenkins: “Perfect crunchy outside, comfortable and squishy inside. Makes me give this a 9.2 out of 10. Really did stimulate my taste buds.”

Justin Morris: “Impacted with flavor. Reminds me of grandma’s cookies.”

Sydney Wall: “Christmas in a bite.”

Kayla Hartman: “I recommend that you eat them while they’re warm, because they are a bit crispy. They have the right amount of cinnamon and the cracks in the cookies are really good.”

Teesha Kubik: “It is so soft I love it!”

Dr. Wright: “It was delicious.”


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