Snickersnaps…aka Gingerdoodles

As much as I enjoy all the fancy holiday baking I like plain cookies best.   Most of my everyday cookie baking consists of chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and gingersnaps…tasty and basic.  We needed some freshly baked cookies so I got the bright idea to fancy up my usuals and combine SNICKERDOODLE dough and GINGERSNAP dough into something new…a SNICKERSNAP.  I was elated to think that I had actually thought of something NEW AND EXCITING…who’s ever heard of a snickersnap or a gingerdoodle?  But I thought I better google it to be sure and, wouldn’t you know, somebody else had this great idea first.  I had never met BAKERGIRL and was so very happy to find her blog. I know I will visit her often when I’m looking for new baking ideas.  I decided to go with her cookie recipes..what the heck!… and was so glad I did.  This delicious cookie has just the right ratio of crispy edges and soft and chewy center.
 DELICIOUS is all I can say!

My family put this cookie through a grueling taste test and sampled a lot of them to be sure about their verdict.  Everybody LOVED it.  There is just something about the snickerdoodle, gingersnap combo that works.  Buttery vanilla – spice gingersnap…magic!  I couldn’t figure out how to put these two recipes into my recipe plugin so you will just have to copy and paste if you want to print it.  I hope you try this fantastic recipe.  I bet it becomes a favorite in your family too.

SNICKERSNAPS

SNICKERDOODLE DOUGH

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla  (I used the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean)
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and mix well, until creamy.  Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar and mix until combined. Combine cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl and set aside for coating the formed dough.

GINGERSNAP DOUGH

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour (I used 2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup sugar for coating cookies 

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add molasses and egg and continue beating.  Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.  Put 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a baking sheet (or line with silpat or parchment).  Set aside.

Roll a small amount of gingersnap dough into a ball and toss in sugar.  Roll a small amount of snickerdoodle dough into a ball and coat with sugar.  Press both dough balls together and smush a little bit to form a ball.  Don’t over mix so the colors stay separate.

Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.  

When I try a new recipe I  usually do a trial run of a cookie or two to  make sure the cookie holds its shape.  The gingersnap dough wasn’t firm enough for my taste so I added an additional 1/2 cup of flour.  That extra few minutes to experiment can make a big difference in the way your recipe turns out.

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Comments

  1. Lynda says

    We personally prefer our everyday cookie recipes too, with snickerdoodles being one of our top favorites. What a great idea for a cookie Cathy! I love both of these cookies, but never thought of combining them.
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  2. Heather @girlichef says

    This is definitely a brilliant combo – two of my personal favorites together.
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  3. Eileen says

    Oh, that sounds fun and delicious. I’m going to pin these so I can try them later this month. I’m so longing for my holiday break when all I have to do is wrap gifts and cook and bake. :)
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  4. Sophie says

    What delightfully & appetizing looking cookies! I need a few right now! thanks for this tasty recipe! yum Yum Yum!

  5. Rhonda (@diningalone) says

    What an awesome idea, I am craving a gingerbread latte and this cookie sounds almost like that drink in cookie form! Thanks for sharing this new idea.
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  6. Susan says

    Cathy, I think you have a winner. I love both cookies and together…wow. As I slap my forehead…”Now why didn’t I think of that?”
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  7. bellini says

    This combine 2 of my favourites for the simple cookies we love too.
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  8. Bonnie says

    I actually like plain cookies the best as well. We all love snickerdoodles and gingersnaps so the combination must be wonderful. Here’s a shopping tip: Costco has a great price on vanilla beans. Ten in two tubes for under $10.00.

    Best,
    Bonnie
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  9. Karen (Back Road Journal) says

    I think I’m probably one of the few people who has never eaten a Snickerdoodle but I do love gingersnaps. I like the look of the two toned cookies…I bet they are delicious.
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  10. Linda says

    I am such a cookie monster, so you better believe these are going to appear at my house. At one time there was a neighbor German lady who every week made snickerdoodles and was good enough to share so those became a favorite. Add that to a gingersnap….I’m in heaven.
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  11. Sue/the view from great island says

    Brilliant! I think you’ve coined a new holiday classic. I’ve always thought of snickerdoodles as a little dull, but you’ve fixed that!
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  12. Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) says

    Great idea Cathy. Not being a baker, everyday and cookie just have never been prevalent words here. Your pictures make me wish I could bake.
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  13. Mrs. Magpie says

    I just polished off some ginger snaps, and your combo sounds delicious! That’s a cute name, too.

    XO,

    Sheila
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  14. Foodiewife says

    When I saw the title of your recipe, I was excited. I love Snickerdoodles and Gingersnaps (and my husband doesn’t). However, I might change his mind with this cookie. I love it when I get this brilliant recipe idea, and then find out that I’m not the only one to “invent” it. Still, I’m glad you had the idea. These look fantastic. I agree with you– fancy cookies are impressive (and I just don’t have the talent for making them), but a simple delicious cookie is just right for me.
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  15. Penny says

    They look delicious Cathy. I am baking cookies today. Pretty pictures too.
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  16. Angie@Angie's Recipes says

    I love these cookies. A brilliant combo!
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  17. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen says

    I think you make the prettiest cookies on the internet Cathy. Another winner.
    Sam
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  18. Susan says

    I couldn’t agree more – the simplest cookies are my favorites – I actually dislike frosted cookies. I know I’d love these!

  19. Cindy says

    I’m with ya on the plain cookies. As much as I love chocolate, I’ve been known to make a few chocolate chip cookies without chips just for me. The frosted decorated ones are still fun to create, and so pretty for gifts… Check out my latest post for more on that. Happy holidays Cathy!

  20. Jeannie says

    I too like plain cookies best, no dressing up to mess up the original taste of the cookie itself….these combination of snickersnaps looks delicious!
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  21. Karen says

    A perfect combination of two favorite cookies!
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  22. Erin @ Making Memories says

    I just love these cookies! I love how they look and they were so delicious! The best of both worlds =o) Thanks so much for sharing (even though the kids at all of them!)
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  23. Jacqueline says

    Oh, you are so clever to put these two yummy cookies together! I love it and they are so pretty that way too. Wonder which side I would eat first!
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  24. Roz says

    What a wonderful idea to combine these two favorite cookies! Wish I had read this in time for Christmas, but was so busy with family and hospital visits to my dad, I just couldn’t make my blog rounds nor bake as I would have like to have done. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Buon Anno . . . Happy New Year, Cathy!

Trackbacks

  1. […] the Snickerdoodle part. If you want to check out what a Snickersnap is, go to my Mom’s blog, Wives with Knives, to see what they are. But after making this recipe I was pretty excited to eat them make them […]

  2. […] Thin & Chewy Gingersnap Cookies Makes about 20 Cookies Originally adapted from Wives With Knives […]

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