Only the best cookies ever. With the funniest name ever. Which got me to thinking … why the eff are they called snickerdoodles?

Because I am of the internets, I consulted the trusty Google. The Google consulted the Wiki, which had apparently consulted The Joy of Cooking, and spit back this:

snail noodles

Y’all. Snail noodles. Srsly.

All that aside, the cookies are awesome. And here’s how you make them.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (which is neither creamy nor tartar sauce-y)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3/4 cup flour
  • Cinnamon-sugar mixture for coating

Preheat the oven to 400°. Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Form into balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart for 8-10 minutes.

(Here’s Mama’s handwritten version. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all.)

snickerdoodles (1)

And here’s a copy of the beautifully used version my mother’s dear friend Charlotte Clifford has had since my sisters and I were neighborhood children running around with Charlotte’s kids. 

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