Snickerdoodle Hop

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt came up with a wonderful blog hop idea for the holidays: a Virtual Cookie Exchange. She had us at cookies. Follow the flour dust trail….

Our mother is a terrific baker and one of her specialties is the Snickerdoodle: a bit crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and coated with a sweet cinnamon and sugar crust.


Helen’s Snickerdoodles

I have to confess that I was never a huge fan as a kid, but I’ve made up for my lack of judgement in the last 10 years or so. Mom can easily bake through a 25 lb. bag of flour from a warehouse store in a couple of weeks when she is preparing for the holidays.

And every grain of that flour traverses through a giant sifter that was extracted from a Hoosier cabinet and installed in a specially built kitchen cabinet for just such a baking enthusiast.  (This must have occurred in the ‘40s when the “modern” kitchen was added on to the house and the Hoosier was relegated to the basement (sans flour sifter, of course)).


Flour bin and sifter from a farmhouse Hoosier cabinet

Anyway, for our virtual cookie exchange, we present Helen’s Snickerdoodles. She says the secret to her special version is using extra-large eggs. Since you probably don’t have a Hoosier flour sifter, she recommends measuring the flour and then double sifting it.


To celebrate the holiday and this unique cookie exchange from Carol at Just Let Me Quilt, Cindy designed the Candy Cane 2.0 placemat that you can whip up quickly.

This placemat can be used as a table decoration while you display all the cookies you make from Carol’s Blog Hop.  You can use scraps in your stash OR you can dash out and buy some great Christmas fabrics that coordinate with your decor.


Candy Cane 2.0–a free placemat pattern!

Download this free pattern here:  Candy Cane 2.0 Placemat 12 03 17

But wait, there’s more!  We’ve learned another secret to delicious Snickerdoodles:  the cinnamon!  There are different varieties of cinnamon but our favorite is Chinese “Tung Hing”.  We’re giving away one 2 oz. jar of Chinese “Tung Hing” Cinnamon from The Spice House (located in Chicago, Illinois), to help the lucky winner re-create a farmhouse Christmas like Cindy and I used to share with our family.


Tung Hing cinnamon, sugar and Snickerdoodle dough balls–just waiting to be popped in the oven!

To enter our giveaway, simply leave a comment for this blog post before December 11, 2017.  We’ll pick a winner at random and contact the winner via email to arrange for a jar of cinnamon to be shipped directly from The Spice House to the winner.


Snickerdoodles – Freshly Baked!

We hope you enjoy the Christmas season with your family and friends!  Looks like someone in our house got an early start on cookie eating!


Check out all the other wonderful blogs taking part in the Virtual Cookie Exchange!

December 5 

 Creatin’ in the Sticks

Creative Latitude

Domestic Felicity

Pieced Brain


Ms P Designs USA

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

 December 6

 Sew Incredibly Crazy

Freemotion by the River

Moosestash Quilting

One Old Goat And Her Little Farm

A Little Bit of Everything, from Mike & Alisa

Hazel’s Daughter

Patchouli Moon Studio

Bumbleberry Stitches

Selina Quilts

Brenda’s Blog

 December 7

 Quilt Doodle Doodles

Kris Loves Fabric

Life in the Scrapatch

Home Sewn By Us

For The Love Of Geese

Stitch Days

Val’s Quilting Studio

Tu-Na Quilts

It’s a T-Sweets Day

Just Let Me Quilt


106 thoughts on “Snickerdoodle Hop

  1. Lisa Marie says:

    Snickerdoodles were always a favorite in my house when I was growing up. You are right that good cinnamon makes a big difference in recipes (and good vanilla too!). I haven’t tried the kind you mentioned but I am intrigued. Your cookies and projects look wonderful!

  2. Carol Kussart says:

    I love snickerdoodles–the pictures make my mouth water. Thanks for your recipe! And thanks for such a cute placemat pattern! I’ve been wanting to make some new Christmas mats–these may be just the ticket!

  3. Connie Kresin Campbell says:

    Yummy cookies, thanks for sharing! My parents had a old farm house with a flour bin in the cupboards.

  4. paulette says:

    have always enjoyed snickerdoodles & still make them during a baking frenzie! I will try your recipe for sure

  5. Carla says:

    Thanks for the recipe! That sifter is amazing and the story even better. Thanks for the giveaways, what a fun hop!

  6. Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day! says:

    Snickerdoodles are a classic! I’m intrigued by your specialty cinnamon. I have always used the plain cinnamon from Costco. I am definitely going to have to check it out! Thank you for the great recipe and quilt block pattern❤️❤️

  7. krislovesfabric says:

    Thanks for sharing your snickerdoodle recipe, they sure look good. That flour sifter is something I’ve never seen, thanks for sharing it as well. I am intrigued by the cinnamon you mention, sounds like it would be fun to try!

  8. Carol S. says:

    I love, love, love Snickerdoodles and the idea of rolling them in balls and cinnamon leaves me speechless! Yum! Thanks for that cute placemat pattern, too. I’m so glad you joined in this year…thank you!

  9. Deonn Stott says:

    What a fun story – love the picture of the old flour sifter! My sisters and I used to make Snickerdoodles for entries in the county fair. These definitely look like blue ribbon cookies! Thanks for the recipe and for the placemat pattern. Tha’s adorable!

  10. Jan N. says:

    I think I’m the only person in the world who never tried a Snickerdoodle. Your pictures of them are making my mouth water! They look absolutely deeeeeeelicious. I’m going to have to make these. Thank you for the recipe and for the pattern.

  11. Deb says:

    This was the first cookie I learned to bake in Home Ec class in 9th grade. To this day, they remind me of school (which wasn’t my favorite place to be)….my girls love to bake them each Christmas. I’ve told them the school story and they understand why i don’t take any. I’m sure YOURS are delicious though!

  12. June @ QuiltQuest says:

    I didn’t know until Home Town Buffet that these delicious cookies had a name! Looks like a fun recipe to make – thank you for sharing. I downloaded the pattern too – fun idea. Thank you!

  13. Carrie P. says:

    I have not ever made snickerdoodles before but I am sure I would like them because I like anything with cinnamon.

  14. Cecilia says:

    I haven’t tried a snicker doodle cookie either, but I may have to try them this year. Thanks for the recipe and pattern.

  15. Kathy E. says:

    Oh, my goodness! I haven’t had a Snickerdoodle in almost forever! My sweet mom used to make them, but she liked the hard, crunchy and well, overbaked. I’m sure yours would be must more to my liking being soft and chewy. that Hoosier sifter is awesome! Now I have one more recipe to add to my list this year. Thank you!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Hi Kathy! I do like a soft cookie…with a little crunch on the outside. It took me a few batches to get the timing just right, but now I will never bake another hard and crunchy snickerdoodle!

  16. farmquilter says:

    Thank you for the recipe and the adorable placemat pattern!! I can see that the 5 pounds of flour I just bought will NOT be enough now that I found this cookie hop!! Chicago is waaaaay to far from me for me to just pop over and buy a jar, so I’ll cross my fingers that I win!! Or I’ll just have to go online and buy my own, right? Merry Christmas!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Yes, you can order spices online…that is what I do because Ohio is way to far away from Chicago, too! I will be baking a lot from this cookie hop as well. I love to hear all the family stories behind the recipes.

  17. Judyk says:

    I just made a large batch of snickerdoodle cookies to serve at a wedding reception. I’ll have to compare the two recipes and see how similar they are. Wish I’d had your type of cinnamon.

  18. QuiltShopGal says:

    I didn’t grow up with Snickerdoodles, but somewhere along the way, as an Adult, I think someone brought them into work. Needless to say I’ve fallen in love with them and think of them as a traditional holiday cookie. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe. I look forward to making them “this year”. I’m sure they are the best. What a wonderful holiday placemat design too! Thank you.


  19. princess says:

    Like others, Snickerdoodles are the favorite cookie of my sons and myself. It was the first cookie they learned to make on their own since we could never find ones in the store that was near what was made at home. Now they make them for their own family’s. Obtaining the best cinnamon would be the crowning touch (excuse the pun). Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  20. Lisa in Port Hope says:

    I haven’t done Christmas baking the last couple of years but these do look yummy! I have a handheld crank flour sifter that was my mom’s so it’s at least 50 years old. Don’t pick me for the cinnamon since I’m in Canada.

  21. Valerie Reynolds says:

    Your snicker-doodles sound exactly like my mom’s: soft and perfectly chewy in the middle! So yummy! Thanks for sharing the place-mat pattern too! I’m new to your blog and added myself as your newest follower. V:)

  22. LJ says:

    These Snickerdoodles look so yummy; I’m glad you finally think they’re an amazing cookie. Ohhh, I’m so envious of your Mom’s sifter. I remember my Grandma’s hoosier cabinet and the sifter. How I’d love to have that cabinet now. I’m rather a fan of Watkins cinnamon but had no idea there were different varieties. I’d love to try out “Tung Hing”. Thanks for the pattern and the recipe.

  23. Amelia W says:

    My daughter’s favorite cookie is snicker doodles. We try new recipes all the time and decide which are our favourite. Ill certainly try yours!

  24. Joan says:

    Snickerdoodles are always a hit in this house too! What a blast to the past to see the giant sifter. Oh to have a hoosier cabinet…that would be a treat!
    Merry Christmas

  25. Brenda Hulsey says:

    Snickerdoodles!!! I had forgotten all about them! They were the first cookies I learned to make and that was through a 4-H program. I loved them and made them quite often. Thanks for bringing these wonderful cookies back to me!

  26. Brenda Ackerman says:

    I had never eaten a Snickerdoodle until I met my husband. They are now my favorite cookie and I ask him to bake them throughout the year! We would love to win some of your special cinnamon to try on our cookies! The Candy Cane Placemat pattern you are sharing is also a fabulous bonus! Thank you so much and have a great day!

  27. Theresa says:

    Those snickerdoodles look so delicious! Your flour bin is awesome! My great grandmother had a hoosier cabinet. I’ve also been sad over the fact I wasn’t able to get it from my grandmother when she passed.

  28. lewisnancy54 says:

    Thanks for sharing your great recipe and the darling table runner. I can’t wait to make both of them!!

  29. tierneycreates says:

    That was like cookie porn! Oh my goodness, I tried to remove some from my computer screen to eat but that did not work! Thanks for sharing the recipe and those gorgeous images!!!

  30. Amy says:

    I used to make Snickerdoodles a lot before I was married. Hubby doesn’t like them so much, so so much for them. They are delicious. Love your candy cane placemat.

  31. dondim says:

    When we lived in China for a year in 2012, we found out that mostly in Asia cinnamon is used to enhance the flavor of meat. It was so interesting an idea for us US thinkers. A good Snickerdoodle is so hard to resist! Thank you for the picture of a hoosier. Now I actually know what it is, other than a fan from the Mid-West. I agree with the responder who loved vanilla from Mexico. I used to take mine out of the refridgerator just to sniff it if I weren’t baking often enough. Thanks for your great blog!

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