According to Wikipedia, that the name “Snickerdoodles” is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln (“snail noodles”), which is a kind of pastry. I grew up eating this very Classic Snickerdoodles recipe at my grandmother’s house in Iowa, who was of German heritage. Her secret ingredient (lemon extract) made them just a little bit tangy as well as sweet. I could never eat just one!
Frugal Tips: Since Snickerdoodles are mainly flour and sugar based, they cost less than cookies with chocolate chips.
- 1½ C. sugar
- 1 C. vegetable shortening or butter
- 2 eggs
- 2¾ C. flour
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar and shortening together. Add beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and add to sugar mixture. Add vanilla and lemon extract. Chill dough in the refrigerator for one hour. Roll in 1″ balls. Dust in mixture of 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Bake for 12-15 minutes.