Snickerdoodle Cookies with the Boys & Girls Club - Southwest



Makes: about 40 cookies



  • 1 cup (184g) vegetable shortening
  • 1½ cups (298g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2¾ cups (326g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for rolling the cookies)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (for rolling the cookies)



    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
    2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar until smooth, then beat in the eggs, again beating until smooth. The mixture will become lighter, and lighter-colored, as you beat; this is the result of air being absorbed.

    3. Beat in the vanilla, baking powder, and salt, then add the flour, mixing slowly until combined.
    4. Place about 1/2 cup cinnamon-sugar in a dish or pan, for rolling the cookies.
    5. Drop the soft dough by tablespoonfuls into the pan with the cinnamon-sugar, about 6 to 8 balls at a time. Gently shake the pan to coat the dough balls with sugar.
    6. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1½" between them. Using the bottom of a glass or your hand, flatten each cookie until it's about 1/2" thick. Repeat until you've used up all the dough.
    7. Bake the snickerdoodles for 11 to 12 minutes, reversing the position of the pans (top to bottom, and back to front) midway through.
    8. Remove the cookies from the oven once they're set and just starting to turn golden. Transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
    9. Store cookies, tightly wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.



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