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A combination of snickerdoodles and molasses crinkles, these Snickercrinkle Cookies have the texture of molasses crinkles (flat cookies that are crispy outside, but soft and chewy inside), and the flavor of snickerdoodles (buttery, cinnamon-y, and slightly tangy because of the cream of tartar).

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Last holiday season I went to a cookie exchange. Before going, I knew that all the classic favorites would be there (like peanut butter kisses, frosted cut-out cookies, hello dollies, Russian tea cakes, jam thumbprints, and all kinds of fudge), but I wanted to bring something different. I searched online, in numerous cookbooks, and even in my mom’s recipe box, but I didn’t find anything that really called to me.

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Then an idea hit me: a hybrid cookie! A pairing so perfect that both cookies would come together seamlessly. The two fantastic cookies that I chose to combine ended up both being old-fashioned favorites: snickerdoodles and molasses crinkles. With my hybrid, I was going for a cookie that looked like and had the texture of molasses crinkles (flat cookies that were crispy outside, but soft and chewy inside), and the flavor of snickerdoodles (buttery, cinnamon-y, and slightly tangy because of the cream of tartar). These cookies were right on the money and ended up being a huge hit a at the cookie exchange.

They’re sure to be a hit with your family and friends!

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Snickercrinkle Cookies
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Yield: 2½ to 3 dozen
A combination of snickerdoodles and molasses crinkles, these cookies have the texture of molasses crinkles (flat cookies that are crispy outside, but soft and chewy inside), and the flavor of snickerdoodles (buttery, cinnamon-y, and slightly tangy because of the cream of tartar).
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature (or unsalted butter)
  • 1¼ cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet; refrigerate the dough until chilled (I stick it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes).
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. In a shallow bowl, combine the white sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Scoop the dough out with a 1½ tablespoon measure and roll it into balls; roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and arrange them on the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart (they will spread out quite a bit as they cook; I do 6 cookies per half sheet pan).
  6. Bake until the cookies are puffed (they’ll flatten as they cool) and are set along the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the trays once halfway through (be sure not to over-bake!).
  7. Cool for a couple minutes on the tray, and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooking.
Recipe is a hybrid of my recipe for Molasses Crinkles and Martha Stewart's recipe for Snickerdoodles.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I made these cookies tonight and they were delicious; mine never flattened though so I’m not sure if I just didn’t get the batter cold enough before baking them or what…but the flavor was amazing and I will be making these again!

  2. I love classic cookie mash-ups! The end results are often better than either individual treat. Plus, how could you not love a name like “snickercrinkle”? Quite catchy. :)

  3. Oh what beautiful idea for a hybrid cookie. I\’d definitely love to try this.

  4. oh faith, i like these very much, and i’m sure that’s no surprise. clever thinking!

  5. I love the idea of a hybrid cookies—and these are two of my favorite kinds! They sound amazing—and they look really perfect too :-)

  6. These look SO perfect! How do you make your cookies so beautiful? And the combination of flavors sounds divine. I think you just transported me to another world with the photos…

  7. You fused 2 of my favorite cookies together Faith! What a great idea. They look completely delicious and very irresistible!

  8. My community exchange should be planning one of these exchanges soon for Easter…well, I can only hope people don’t back out at the last minute.

    Loving this cookie…and I shall one day try your version as well ;o)

    Have a great weekend Faith.
    Ciao for now,

  9. What a great idea to combine the two. I’m not cookie baker so I appreciate how perfect yours look. These wouldn’t last long at home. :)

  10. Love this cookie. Fantastic idea and expertly shot. Your photos never cease to amaze. I am making cookies too today, guess we are in a mood for cookies.

  11. Ooh a hyrbid cookie! What a brilliant idea. I made snickerdoodles and they were such a hit but mixing them with molasses crinkles makes them ever better I bet! :D

  12. Oh wow, I love the idea of combining these flavors….I would have never thought to, they sound wonderful! Take care, Terra

  13. A cookie that’s the best of both worlds. Now, we’re talkin’! I bet these become a total classic.

  14. I like the look of these hybrid cookies Faith and your photos are gorgeous! Don’t you just love a cookie exchange;-)

  15. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies so I think I will have to try these Snickercrinkles for sure!

  16. they look thin, crispy and delicious, I’m wondering if I could make an ice cream sandwich with them

  17. What a great name to give to those fabulous cookies.

  18. Yum! I want one of these cookies for (lunch) dessert. A cookie exchange sounds like a lot of fun! These photos are stunning Faith :)

  19. I haven’t tried either of these two types of cookies but your hybrids look like something I would gladly want to accompany me when I drink my afternoon tea! They look crispy and tasty Faith! And coming up with a new cookie is definitely a success!

  20. That’s the trick, Faith. Crisp on the outside with a softer center. Brilliant recipe. And I love your name. Fits this cookie perfectly. Copied it already. Wish someone around here would have a cookie exchange. They are so much fun. Think perhaps my age bracket is out on the golf course and NOT baking!

  21. I would make these for the name alone — too cute! But, they are picture-perfect and I can’t wait to make them!

  22. Perfect! That is such a delicious cookie.



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