Do you ever have that moment where you want something sweet, but you don’t want to make a whole batch of cookies because you only want one or two and if a whole batch of cookies gets made then a whole batch of cookies is definitely going to be eaten. Enter Snickerdoodles for Two. This small-batch recipe makes two deliciously large cookies (or four regular-sized cookies) with really basic pantry staples, so you don’t ever have to plan ahead. …Or deal with the leftovers. 😂
Originally posted 1-27-2015, updated 12-8-2021.
What Are Snickerdoodles?
If you haven’t experienced the heaven that is a snickerdoodle cookie, allow me to attempt to translate their deliciousness into words. They’re soft, slightly chewy, rich, not too-too sweet, and they have a warm and cozy cinnamon-sugar coating. They’re simple, delicious, and perfect for dunking in a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee. They’re also incredibly easy to make, especially when you’re preparing a super small batch, like this. You can have these cookies made and ready to enjoy in about a half-hour!
Make Two or Four Cookies
As mentioned in the introduction, this recipe makes two LARGE cookies. Like the type of big gourmet cookies that you’d get at your local cafe or cookie shop. If you want to make regular-sized cookies, just divide the dough into four portions instead of two and bake for a few minutes less. But personally, I think the big cookies are kind of fun. :)
Where’s the Cream of Tartar?
Snickerdoodles traditionally use a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar as a leavening agent. The cream of tartar, or tartaric acid, gives the cookie a subtle tart flavor that snickerdoodles are known for. For our small batch recipe, we used baking powder for leavening, which is actually just a premixed combination of baking soda and tartaric acid. A traditional snickerdoodle recipe might have slightly more cream of tartar than what is contained in the baking powder here, but when the recipe is scaled down this far the difference isn’t noticeable. Shortcuts for the win!
Snickerdoodles for Two
- 3 Tbsp room temperature butter ($0.30)
- 3 Tbsp sugar ($0.03)
- 1 large egg yolk ($0.21)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract ($0.07)
- 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder ($0.01)
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ($0.05)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 1 tsp sugar ($0.01)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, whip together the room temperature butter and sugar with a fork.
- Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and salt to the bowl with the butter and sugar. Whip with the fork again until the mixture is light and creamy.
- Add the flour and baking powder to the bowl and stir together with a fork until everything is evenly combined. Divide the cookie dough into two equal-sized pieces, then roll each one into a ball.
- In a separate small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar until completely coated.
- Place the cinnamon sugar coated cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until they're mostly flattened, golden brown on the outer edges, and a little cracked on top.
- Allow the cookies to cool slightly before enjoying.
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How to Make Small Batch Snickerdoodles – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Whip together 3 Tbsp room temperature butter and 3 Tbsp sugar. The butter must be room temperature or else you won’t be able to effectively combine it with the sugar. Since this is such a small amount, I just used a fork to “whip” it together the best I could.
Once the butter and sugar are well combined, add one large egg yolk, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, and ⅛ tsp salt. “Whip” these together with the fork again, this time continuing to whip until the mixture is light and creamy (it will be much easier to whip once the yolk and extract are added).
Finally, add ½ tsp baking powder and ⅓ cup all-purpose flour to the bowl. Use the fork to mix the ingredients together until they form a soft cookie dough.
This is what the cookie dough should look like. It’s very soft. Use your hands to divide the dough into two (or four, if you prefer) and roll each portion into a ball.
In a separate small bowl, combine 1 tsp sugar and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Roll each cookie dough ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until it is fully coated.
Place the cinnamon-sugar-coated cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake the snickerdoodles in the preheated 350ºF oven for 15 minutes, or until they’re mostly flattened, the edges are golden brown, and the tops might appear slightly cracked.
Allow the cookies to cool slightly before enjoying.
They’re just so soft, cinnamon-y, and delicious!!