When my husband and I first got together I was eighteen. I was young, naïve, and cooking was something that we did on “special days” instead of going out to eat. Oh, those were the days. The two of us would hit up the grocery store together and buy a feast of food for one meal and cook side by side while laughing and flirting with each other. Well, fast forward six months, I know not really difficult because it isn’t that much time, and we are newlyweds. We had just moved into our home together and I barely knew how to take care of myself, let alone another person. I think I burned every meal that wasn’t pasta and jarred sauce.

One of my husbands aunts gave me one of the most thoughtful and special gifts for our wedding. A recipe book. One that she had put together especially for me full of family recipes. In 2006 there wasn’t even whispers of things like Pinterest, and if there were food blogs I am pretty sure they weren’t anything like they are today, so this book was like gold to me. I credit this book as part of the reason that I slowly learned how to cook and fell in love with it. Over the years I have added to the book with printed and hand scribbled down recipes that I love. This recipe though, this was one of the originals. It doesn’t have a source, so it could be one of her own, but regardless, it is amazing. By far one of the best snickerdoodle cookies I have ever had. Enjoy friends.




1/2 Cup Softened Butter

1/2 Cup Shortening

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

2 Eggs

1 Cup of Sugar

3 Cups of Flour

2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon




Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add butter, shortening, eggs, vanilla, and sugar to mixer. Mix until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Scoop about one tablespoon of batter and then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for approximately ten minutes letting them cool on cookie sheet for a minute before removing them. Makes approximately two dozen cookies.



5 thoughts on “Snickerdoodle Cookies.

  1. DeeDee

    Your love of cooking came early in life and it is so nice to see that others contributed along the way. Your first sprinkle of enjoyment came when you started first grade and I went back to work (on the same day I might add). You were sickly for the first 3 months of school and your “daddy” stayed home with you instead of me. It hurt at the time but the memories of you two baking together are heart warming. I have never had that love, or knack, but watching you, your dad and your brother grow in your love of baking and cooking is something I will forever treasure. Early childhood experiences embed themselves–good or bad. I am so thankful that yours was a positive experience…and one I hope that you share with your “littles”!!!!


  2. blair @ wild and precious

    oh girl! first of all… i don’t comment near enough. thank you for always leaving such sweet words over on WP.

    snickerdoodles!! my fave!
    your pictures are ridiculous good. pinning this asap!

    recipe books are so fun. i always love collecting… yet never cook…


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