Snickerdoodles dressed up for Halloween with orange cinnamon sugar and Halloween sprinkles on the crispy outside and studded with creamy cinnamon chips on the soft chewy middle.
One of my favorite fall cookies is Snickerdoodles, especially when they’re loaded with cinnamon chips. I love when they’re baking and the smell of cinnamon fills the air and draws the kids in to the kitchen. I adapted this recipe from a Martha Stewart recipe. The recipe uses both butter and shortening so you get the benefits of both; the great taste of butter, and a lighter, fluffier texture from the shortening. I like to use the Crisco butter flavored shortening sticks which have no trans fats.
Cream of tarter gives Snickerdoodles their tangy flavor. Did you know baking powder is a combination of baking soda and cream of tarter. If you’re interested in learning more about the magical properties of baking powder and baking soda, check out this interesting article from Fine Cooking.
Cinnamon baking chips are cinnamon flavored white chocolate chips. You can buy the chips in my area year round at Harmons, but in many areas they’re only available in stores in the fall. This fall I picked up several bags at Super Walmart for $1.99 a bag. You can buy them online through Amazon or King Arthur Flour. If you’re adventurous, you can even make cinnamon chips at home. Renata at Testado, Provado & Aprovado did a delicious post about how easy it is to make cinnamon chips.
If you prefer a soft center like I do, don’t over bake these cookies. They don’t look like they’ve finished baking, but they’ll set up on the cookie sheet after you take them out of the oven.
Halloween Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour*
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar*
- 1 teaspoon baking soda*
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
- ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1 ½ cups sugar*
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange sanding sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400°degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, shortening, and 1 ½ cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients and beat to combine. Stir in cinnamon chips.
- Make Cinnamon Sugar: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar, orange sugar and the ground cinnamon.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to form balls of the dough. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 8 - 10 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
- Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
More Snickerdoodle recipes you might like:
Snickerdoodle Bread, Barbara Bakes
Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, Barbara Bakes
Snickerdoodle Pie, Mountain Mama Cooks
Snickerdoodle Blondies, Recipe Girl
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles, Two Peas and Their Pod
Snickerdoodle Creme Brulee, Taste and Tell
I’m with Carol. But, I AM making these tonight for a friend who loves Snickerdoodles and saw them when I shared on Facebook.
I can’t wait to get started.
These are so cute and I am sure they taste perfect 🙂 I love snickerdoodles!
2 Sisters Recipes
How did we miss this? Love these cookies and can’t wait to make them – thanks!
Big fan of your blog. Always looking for new recipes for my husband and my 5 kids. Thanks for all your hard work.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
I want to do trick-or-treat at your house. 🙂
Next cookie on my list to make! Thanks so much Barbara for sharing the recipe.
Cooking on a Dime
So cute to add the sprinkles for some festivity! I love snicker doodles. Yum!
I just bought cinnamon chips- now I know what I”m making! 🙂
They look so festive! I need to bake a batch soon!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
I still remember baking your Snickerdoodles and everyone loved them mum! 😀 Great idea for a Halloween version!
My Inner Chick
How did you know I’m into Snicker-Doodles now?
Love the idea of adding cinnamon chips. Mmmmm. xxx
Looks delish. One of my favorite cookies. How much of the cinnamon chips do you add?
Hi Judi – Sorry I left that off the recipe. I’ve updated it. I added one cup, but if you wanted you could certainly use the entire package which is about 1 1/2 cups. Thanks!
I’m always looking for a new Halloween cookie and I know someone who just loves snickerdoodles and sprinkles!
Stephanie @ PlainChicken
I love snickerdoodles. Love the addition of cinnamon chips! The cookies look delicious.
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
I really need to find these cinnamon chips I’ve been seeing everywhere. How perfect for snickerdoodles!
Snickerdoodles are my daughter Robin’s favorite cookies. My 2 grandsons love them too-they’d especially love the Halloween touch. That’s one great article about baking powder and baking soda too- I’ve got that bookmarked for future reference.
I just found orange sanding sugar when I was rearranging my baking cabinet the other day and thought what did I buy this for? It’s a sign Barbara-I need to make these cookies! 🙂
Rocky Mountain Woman
In my neighborhood we all know each other and trust each other so I think I’m going to put together little bags of these this year for the kiddos…
thanks for the idea!
Pretty cookies! I love this Halloween version.