Spiced Snickerdoodles

Spiced Snickerdoodles is a spin on the traditional Snickerdoodle we all love. Allspice, vanilla bean, cardamom, and cinnamon make this version delightful.Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe

This is my second year participating in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It is becoming a tradition that I really look forward to and love participating in. Cookies for a good cause? You had me at cookies, but being able to contribute to Cookies for Kids Cancer makes it even sweeter. (See what I did there? I’m on fire today.) I love getting packages of homemade cookies made by other bloggers. They start to arrive the first week of December so it is a very nice way to welcome the holiday season. I love having some new recipes to add to my repertoire and it just really a lot of fun.

When I’m deciding what to bake, I have to remember that these guys are going in the mail and some to faraway destinations. I need a sturdy cookie, that will hold up for a few days. Last year I made Orange Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Cookies. (So, so, good, I need to make them again soon.) This year I decided to update one of my favorite cookie recipes, my Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are probably my favorite cookie, they are sturdy, and you have a few days with them. And this recipe is my favorite, I’ve tried quite a few.

I love the spices that we seem to use a lot of during the holiday season. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove – the warming spices. Cardamom happens to be one that I really love, but I don’t think gets enough attention. I added a few of them to my beloved recipe, and now have a new cookie that will be made year after year.

Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe

I added some spice inside of the cookie, and a lot in the sanding sugar mixture. Next time, I would add the regular sugar, vanilla bean, and spices and give it whirl in the food processor to break up the vanilla bean. Mix in the sanding sugar after so that you don’t lose the bigger chunks. I wanted to use gold to make them shimmery and pretty.

Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe

I had some extra sugar left and have used it in muffins, tea, and mulled wine. It is so delicious.

Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe

If I was delivering these in person, I would have put more effort into the packaging. I like to package almost as much as I like to bake. But I knew that these were going to get jostled in the mail, and I would be happy if the cookies made it in one piece.

I sent cookies to Ashton of Something Swanky, Alice of Honestly Fitness, and Jessica from A Happy Food Dance. Check out what made. All of the cookie recipes will be live on hundreds and hundreds of blogs today. You can follow along using the hashtag #fbcookieswap

Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe

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Spiced Snickerdoodles

Spiced Snickerdoodles

Yield: 3 dozen

Spiced Snickerdoodles is a spin on the traditional Snickerdoodle. Allspice, vanilla bean, cardamon, and cinnamon make this version delightful.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (use extract if you don’t have any)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Spiced rolling sugar:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, spilt and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon gold sanding sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla bean paste.
  4. Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop or two teaspoons, roll the dough into a ball.
  7. Mix together rolling sugar ingredients. (To make it more evenly dispersed, add everything except sanding sugar to a food processor and pulse a few times, then add gold sanding sugar.)
  8. Roll the dough balls in the sanding sugar.
  9. Place the cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press the dough down slightly.
  10. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Alice @ Honestly Fitness

    Oh my goodness, you have no idea how excited I am to know the recipe to these cookies. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a box of cookies that fast before. I am so grateful to have received cookies from you!
    Happy Holidays 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      That makes me so happy, I am so glad that you liked them so much.

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Oh I love me some snickerdoodles!

    1. bakedbree

      Same. Here. They are my favorite.

  3. Sarah E.

    I adore snickerdoodles. Love that you put a spin on them – saving your recipe to try soon! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks! I hope you love them.

  4. Roxana

    I love snickerdoodles! This recipe looks lovely – so many wonderful spices! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! The kitchen smells amazing when they are baking.

  5. Dev M

    Mine came out looking sooo completely different, yet taste sooooo incredibly wonderful. It has been a joy to finally start baking some of your recipes. This was one of the most flavorful cookies I have ever tasted. I’d never used or smelled cardamom. It smells so fragrant, and just divine. I used a pumpkin pie spice in place of the allspice (none on hand), made due with the vanilla extract adjustments, and used green and red sugars in my rolling sugar mixture. Loved it!!

    1. bakedbree

      Cardamom is one of my all-time favorite spices and I think it is so underused in baking. I’m glad that you like it.

  6. Rianna

    I made these when you first posted them, and I now have to make them for my family every Christmas, they’re such a favourite!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad!! They are a request at my house as well.

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