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Snickerdoodle Scones

Snickerdoodle Scones

Snickerdoodles are incredibly satisfying cookies, considering how simple they are. They’re simple sugar cookies that are rolled in a cinnamon-heavy cinnamon sugar mixture before baking. This results in a soft and chewy texture for the vanilla cookie and a crisp, somewhat spicy exterior. I’ve played with the idea before and loved the way that it translated into a french toast recipe. This time, I wanted to translate the snickerdoodle idea onto a scone. A scone is much closer to a cookie than a piece of custardy french toast, after all!

The scone is a fairly basic vanilla scone, dropped in slightly flatten balls on the baking sheet to look more like cookies than scones that were rolled out and cut. I leavened the dough with baking soda and cream of tartar in place of baking powder (although cream of tartar is often the main component in baking powder) because that is the traditional leavening combination for snickerdoodles. The mix produced a really nice rise on the scones, puffing them up enough to produce a “crackly” look in the cinnamon crust.

The finished scones looked like giant snickerdoodles. They were tender and slightly crumbly on the inside, with a crunchy cinnamon sugar crust outside. Despite the sugar coating, these really aren’t too sweet, as there isn’t much sugar in the scone dough. This makes them seem very light and it’s easy to eat a whole scone without even noticing. In other words, they’re very tasty. I like them plain, and just like the cookies, I like to serve them with a big glass of milk

Snickerdoodle Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into pieces
6-8 tbsp milk or cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar. Add butter to the flour mixture and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour, breaking the butter down into pieces smaller than a pea.
Combine milk and vanilla in a small dish and add about 6 tablespoons to flour mixture. Stir with a fork until dough comes together into a slightly sticky ball. If necessary, add additional tablespoon or two of milk. Dough should not be too wet.
Divide dough into six even balls.
In a small dish, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar and ground cinnamon. Roll each ball of scone dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture and flatten slightly on to prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until scones are set and edges begin to brown.
Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Makes 6 large scones

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  • Risa
    May 20, 2009

    I actually just posted my version of snickerdoodle scones on my blog yesterday. Great minds think alike.

  • howtoeatacupcake
    May 20, 2009

    Wow! Snickerdoodle *insert plural word here* are popping up all over the blogosphere! These scones look great! 😀

  • Tianne
    May 20, 2009

    Those look delish! great idea!

  • Kerstin
    May 20, 2009

    What a great idea – they look delicious!

  • Abby
    May 20, 2009

    Scones are all OVER the place recently. I love the idea of these. Snickerdoodles are sooooo good.

  • BrenDiva
    May 20, 2009

    Yummm! It’s been years since I made these. it’s time again:)

  • Grace F
    May 20, 2009

    These look really good and would be great with coffee. I know what my next breakfast is! Thanks!

  • dawn
    May 21, 2009

    you have won my heart on this one! not only do I love scones, but I ADORE snickerdoodles. (yes they are very satisfying)

  • Ashley
    May 21, 2009

    Mmm I never tire of snickerdoodle reincarnations! These look so good.

  • amy
    May 21, 2009

    Hi, I’m new to your site. These scones look really great! I know what I’m making this weekend. . .

  • Nina
    May 21, 2009

    This recipe looks really easy and satisfying. I am a beginner baker, and this recipe looks doable! Its hard to find easy recipes for delicious treats these days. I was thinking, apples go great with cinnamon, so maybe to incporperate this fruit in the recipe could taste awesome and give it a little kick. Its just an idea but I think it might taste really good!

  • Elyse
    May 21, 2009

    Wow, these scones look fantastic!! I love snickerdoodles, so to get that flavor into a scones sounds particularly fantastic. I bet these would be incredible with some nutella…or with my fav: clotted cream 🙂

  • The mix produced a really nice rise on the scones, puffing them up enough to produce a “crackly” look in the cinnamon crust.

  • tina
    July 4, 2012

    Nice, light. I was looking for a scone my whole family would enjoy
    This worked. I did add cinn. and more sugar to the dough.(did use some fresh vanilla bean seeds mixed into the sugar). Pressed into a 8 inch pan and then flipped it out. Cut into 8 triangles. I lightly sprinkled cinn. and sugar on top only.
    Everyone enjoyed. My picky 7 year old said it tasted like a cookie she just made at school.
    Thank you- this is just what I was looking for.

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