Snickerdoodles – and a variation on a theme

Several years ago I referred to my snickerdoodle recipe in a post but never posted it.  I continue to get requests for the recipe so I figured it was about time I posted it.  I made them this week and played around with the recipe a bit – some variations on a theme.


I have made a lot of snickerdoodles in my time.  I think snickerdoodles are soley responsible for my son Clark and his friends hanging out at our house during high school – they loved my snickerdoodles and I just kept making them!


My original recipe used Crisco and even though Crisco no longer contains trans fats I just didn’t like using it.  So this last week when I made them to take to some of the ladies at church celebrating birthdays this month, I finally decided it was time to try them with butter and see what happened.  Guess what – they were great!  Doesn’t butter make everything better?

Another change I recently made to the recipe was using almond extract instead of vanilla – so good!! I love the added almond flavor with the cinnamon.

Remember those oatmeal cookies I started playing around with?  First I added caramel bits and then some chocolate chips.  Well, I decided if it worked for oatmeal cookies it would work for snickerdoodles too.

I was inspired by Recipe Girl so instead of caramel bits though I used some Heath Bar Bits.  Let me just say – yum!!  It was a match made in heaven.


And then of course I needed to make a good thing better and I added some chocolate chips.  It took those snickerdoodles to a whole new level.


I can’t decide which I like better.  I keep eating one of each to try and make up my mind….


Yes, snickerdoodles with toffee bits and chocolate chips – yum!!


If you like snickerdoodles as much as I do be sure and check out these other fun snickerdoodle recipes.  Snickerdoodle cupcakes, snickerdoodle muffins, snickerdoodle french toast, and snickerdoodle blondies.


Snickerdoodles – and a variation on a theme


  • 1 C butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 C flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 C Heath Bar Bits, optional
  • 1 C chocolate chips, optional
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon


  • Cream butter, sugar and eggs together
  • Add in vanilla or almond extract
  • Mix in flour, cream of tarter, soda, salt
  • Mix in Heath Bar bits and chocolate chips if desired
  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon
  • Form dough into balls and roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture
  • Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes

Tidy Mom


  1. 1
    Julie says:

    Almond extract also makes everything better–what a great idea! I think I”ll give that a try in my next batch of snickerdoodles too.
    Julie recently posted..Dirt Clod War

    • 1.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Totally agree – everything is better with almond extract. I was at my hairdressers house the other day and her daughter had spilled a whole bottle in the kitchen and I loved being able to sit there and smell almond while getting my hair done!

  2. 2
    Jeanne says:

    Thanks for the almond tip–I love it too. Where’s my apron?

  3. 3

    I just happened upon your blog, and I really like it. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed, and invite you to check out my blog, as well ~

    I’ve never thought to add Heath Bar bits or almond extract to Snickerdoodles, but what a great idea. I’m going to give it a try!
    Kathy @ The Sugar Queen recently posted..Hawaiian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

  4. 4
    Susan says:

    Leigh Anne These sound so good, I making them tomorrow morning for my son in Afghanistan. I thought that I would divide the dough in three parts and let his unit vote on which variation they like best. Also trying your Malted Milk Ball Chewies. Plus a recipe from my sister. And always a pan full of Brownies. thanks so much for all the great recipes. One note: I noticed that most blogs don’t show how many cookies the batch makes. Where do you get Kraft caramel bits? I am using Heath Bar Bits tomorrow though.

    • 4.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      What a good mom you are and what lucky boys they will be! I bought the Kraft caramel bits at Target (ours has a grocery store in it) The Heath Bar Bits will be yummy too. Thanks to your son and his unit for their service.

  5. 5
    Kate says:

    omg. these cookies really look yummy! the cookies look like they have cinnamon but I guess it doesn’t because its not in the list of ingredient. Is there a way to add cinnamon in it? Im absolutely inlove with cinnamon but don’t have enough knowledge with cooking to experiment :D

    Kate Gasset
    International Properties and Investment Inc
    Wellington Homes For Sale

  6. 6
    Erin says:

    These sound amazing! I will definitely be trying them. Thank you for taking everything you do to a new level ~ YOU are amazing!

  7. 7

    I love snicker doodle cookies! I’ve made similar ones, with toffee, but they didn’t have chocolate chips. I’m adding some in next time.

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there!
    Allison @ Alli ‘n Son recently posted..Sweet Tooth Friday- Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Bars

  8. 8

    Yum, I love snickerdoodle cookies. I will add some toffee chips to my next batch.
    Tameka Downing recently posted..Peanut Butter Cookies stuffed with Mini Peanut Butter Cups

  9. 9
    Heather N. says:

    All your snickerdoodle recipes sound amazing! We just bought some mini cinnamon chips at one of our local shops and I am anxious to make the snickerdoodle blondies. YUM!
    Also, if you are ever looking for flavored chips, a local shop a couple miles from where I live does ship them. They have all different flavors, and also have many different kinds of bread and cookie mixes, as well as different kinds of jams that are wonderful! You can go to their website at

    • 9.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Thanks for the link. I have heard of them but never ordered from them. Will have to give them a try. Would love some fun different flavored chips.

  10. 10
    TidyMom says:

    YUM!!! I’ve never thought of adding anything to Snickerdoodles!! I can’t wait to try!!

    Thanks for linking up! I shared them on my wrap up post!! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
    TidyMom recently posted..I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up – Cookie Recipes

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    Tiffany says:

    I love this recipe; I can’t count how many times I have made it! I made it for a Stake Faith in God Activity this weekend (a double batch and they were the first kind gone), and am making more this week for my son’s baptism. This is a really good snickerdoodle recipe, but the toffee really makes them stand out! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!


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