Molasses Snickerdoodles

Molasses Snickerdoodles cookie recipe

Molasses Snickerdoodles.  Yes, I know… it’s something new.  At least, I think it is.

I’m fascinated by the Snickerdoodle.  And, what makes a Snickerdoodle a Snickerdoodle anyway?

Well, I’ve never met a Snickerdoodle that didn’t have baking soda and cream of tartar, but it’s the tell-tale cinnamon and sugar that its rolled in that dignifies a cookie as a Snickerdoodle.

This week, I decided to branch out from Mama’s Snickerdoodles and Confetti Snickerdoodles and try something a little different.  I love starting a recipe with a little intuition and a loose idea of what I want to develop.  I wanted a light and chewy molasses cookie that didn’t have a super strong molasses flavor.

The result was something spectacular.  During my taste testing, I had to sample a second cookie just to be sure.  My daughter decided to make fun of me and was determined that she had to try at least three cookies to see if they were good enough to post on All She Cooks.  The end game: 24 cookies are now just a handful.  I hope you enjoy them as well.

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Molasses Snickerdoodles
Recipe type: Cookies
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, molasses and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  2. In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add to wet ingredients and mix until combined nicely.
  3. Form 24 (1-inch) balls from the dough.
  4. Mix ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll cookie dough balls in the mixture before placing on baking sheet.
  5. Bake on 350 for 10 minutes.


Jessica McCoy

Jessica McCoy

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Jessica McCoy is the publisher and primary editor behind All She Cooks. She enjoys recipe development, food photography, as well as food and travel writing. You can find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.
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  1. says

    well these sound really good – I’m afraid though that after making chocolate chip cookies the other day and helping to finish the whole batch in 2 days I’m going to have to wait awhile before I try them – I really need to start exercising more so I can eat more cookies!

    • Jessica says

      Well, who can say no to chocolate chip cookies? I remember all my friends saying you made THE best cookies. ;). I am guessing it was the margarine instead of butter.

  2. says

    I wonder if Richard would notice the molasses. He loves snickerdoodles but doesn’t like molasses. Hmmmmm . . . . if this is a lighter taste I might be able to sneak it on him!

    • Jessica says

      :) Playing with food is fun, isn’t it? Let me know if you come up with another play on the classic snickerdoodle!

  3. says

    Oh, those Snickerdoodles look scrumptious! I’m stopping by from Mom’s Monday Mingle, and I am a new twitter follower. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  4. says

    Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! I love them with a cup of coffee :) visiting from MM.

  5. LGavin says

    These were good. The molasses is noticeable but not at all overwhelming. Good stuff, thanks for a twist on my fav. cookie!

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