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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Grandmum's Snickerdoodles

A wise person once said that it's easier to ask for forgiveness that permission.

So, Grandmums.

Can I post your most famous cookie recipe for all to see?


And sorry.


That's covered.


These cookies are good.

Famous around these parts.

I like to say they put Grandmums on the map.

Although she has a few other credentials.


Raising three boys.

Moving 8 zillion times early on as a Coast Guard wife.

A faithful, charter member of a church for 60+ years.

Vacation Bible School teacher for 500 summers.

Served on 500 church committees.

Married 56 years.

Grandmother x 5.

Great-grandmother x 2.

And she still babysits.

At 86.


Impressive life resume.

And these Snickerdoodles?

They belong RIGHT under her name.

Top credential.


She gave me the recipe in 1999.

At a bridal shower before my wedding.

And I have ZERO clue how I missed it until now.

It was tucked away behind pasta salad recipes.

And chicken parmesan.

And jello salads.

Cinnamon and sugar perfection.


The world is now changed as I know it.

And so is yours.

You're welcome.

Grandmum's Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 cup flour

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

cinnamon and sugar for coating

Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Pretend there is a picture of that.

Bust out your Crisco.

In separate bowl, cream sugar and eggs together with the shortening.

All by hand.

Because that's how Grandmum's does it.

Add dry, sifted ingredients and mix until incorporated.

Then you might want to wimp out and ditch "by hand" method for your mixer.

Grandmum's wouldn't want you to get carpel tunnel anyways.

Chill dough for about 30 minutes.

Next to disgusting looking left-overs that really are delicious.

Roll into walnut sized balls and coat in cinnamon and sugar.

Bake @ 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

Resist the urge to bake them longer.

Even if they don't look finished.

Soft and chewy > crispy.


I'm a snicker doodle eating expert.

Right, Grandmums?



  1. Great minds think alike...Snickerdoodles, FTW!
    Your Grandmum's recipe is SO similar to mine.
    She chills her dough (I don't). She bakes at 400 (I bake mine at 375)
    I am going to try the chilling & baking at a higher temp to see if it makes a difference!
    Thanks for linking up! :)

  2. Yes!!!! Thanks Jess! I love Grandmums snickerdoodles!

  3. love these cookies but i will just enjoy them, i just cant work with shortening

  4. Emily, substitute the shortening with butter and take out the salt.

  5. whoa. i might be afraid for your life.

  6. wise words to live by. thanks grandmums. i enjoy a good chewy snickerdoodle myself!

  7. Im going to try these THIS MORNING with my girls before I go to a Silpada Christmas show. We have a worship team Christmas party tonight & I'll take them to that. Thanks for sharing the recipe Jessica:) Have a great weekend!

  8. Snickerdoodles are one of my very favorites! I am new to your blog and it is sooo lovely! I am glad I stopped by! :) I would love to have you link up this recipe for my Christmas Cookie Countdown