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Snickerdoodles Are Not Related to Snickers: Why Did I Not Know This?


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I can’t be the only one who thought that snickerdoodles were connected to Snickers bars. All of my life, I’ve been avoiding snickerdoodles because I thought that they were peanut butter cookies – darn that deceiving Snickers in the name! All of my life, I’ve been missing out!

What is a Snickerdoodle?

In case others are in the dark like I was, a snickerdoodle is a sugar cookie dusted with cinnamon and sugar on top.

Where Did the Snickerdoodle Get Its Name From?

The Wikipedia article on Snickerdoodles states:

The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word for “snail dumpling” (Schneckennudeln, or cinnamon-dusted sweet rolls). Similarly, one author states that “the word ‘snicker’ may have come from a Dutch word ‘snekrad,’ or the German word ‘Schnecke,’ both describing a snail-like shape.” However, another author believes the name came from a New England tradition of fanciful, whimsical cookie names, and yet another cites a series of tall tales around a hero named Snickerdoodle from the early 1900s.

While the origin of the name snickerdoodle is unclear, it is clear that it has nothing to due with the Snickers bar.

Where Did the Snickers Bar Get Its Name From?

According the Wikipedia article on Snickers, Snickers bars got their name from a favorite horse of the Mars family.

Why the Sudden Interest in Snickerdoodles?

Wholly Wholesome was kind enough to send me some baked goods to try. They sent oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and a crumble cake. The surprise favorites (at least to me) were the snickerdoodles. They were little pieces of cinnamon and sugar goodness and they led to an important discovery – snickerdoodles are Bride 2.0’s favorite cookie! Of course, I had to make some snickerdoodle cupcakes.

Were the Other Wholly Wholesome Baked Goods Tasty?

I found the chocolate chip cookies and the oatmeal raisin cookies to be just average. I didn’t love them. However, I gave them to Bride and Groom 1.0 to take to a BBQ and the report was that they were a HUGE hit. Apparently people were raving about them and everyone wanted to know where to buy them. I never would have guessed that they would be so popular.

The crumble cake also didn’t blow me away, except for one important feature – the fresh berries. The cake packaging mentioned that it had berries, but I didn’t expect quality, fresh-tasting berries, and tons of them. Real berries are rare in a store-bought cake and were a really nice touch. If you topped this cake with a little bit of ice cream, some whipped cream, and some more fresh berries, it would be a winner.

The best part of all Wholly Wholesome products is that they use real, all-natural ingredients. If you are considering store-bought baked goods, I’d feel comfortable recommending these. If you want to make your own snickerdoodles check out this snickerdoodle recipe.

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