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Posted on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 : noon

Chocolate snickerdoodles are perfect for celebrating National Cookie Day

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

It's National Cookie Day! Whether you eat cookies, bake cookies, or eat cookies that you bake, this is a day of celebration.

Snickerdoodles are a universal favorite — simple buttery cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar. Why not spiff 'em up a bit by adding a bit of cocoa powder, to transform them into chocolate cookies?

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, these are just good ol'-fashioned cookies that will make you happy.

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

1-1/2 cups + 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening, softened
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together 1-1/2 cups sugar with the margarine and shortening; stir in the egg. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in the cinnamon sugar; place onto a baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between cookies.

Bake for 10 minutes, until cookies are just set. Remove to a rack to cool completely, and continue with remaining dough.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 2:47 a.m.

Just made them tonight- they are yummy!

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

Oh, I'm so glad you liked them! I'm jealous - I don't have any more to eat ....

Linda Peck

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 1:06 a.m.

These look very nice and very edible!

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 3:09 a.m.

They're really good!


Tue, Dec 4, 2012 : 5:50 p.m.

Just reading about these cookies makes me happy!

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 3:06 a.m.

I was really pleased at how well these turned out! I hope you make them ... and enjoy them ... :)