This has hands-down been the most-made recipe out of the entire book. These snickerdoodles are delicious. They’re chewy, perfectly spiced with a combination of black pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. I love giving these away because they have a bit of staying power. They taste delicious even if they’re not straight from the oven.
The chewiness is heavenly. I attribute the cream cheese to their good texture. It’s truly magical in these.
I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t drink a ton of dairy milk but man, with these cookies, a glass of milk is SO GOOD.
I love it.
I am a little slow on content this season because I decided to attempt to build a gingerbread estate and now I’m kicking myself because there are a little too many components. I’m nervous I won’t finish it in time but it’s coming along! So many art direction decisions—it’s overwhelming honestly.
I guess I should eat a couple of these cookies and sketch out a game plan.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teas[poon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and warm
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cardamom
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, and pepper.
- To the large bowl of a stand mixer, add the sugar, cream cheese, and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the oil and beat until incorporated. next, add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth. In 2 additions, add the flour mixture, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl in between, until just mixed.
- On a small plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces of about 2 tablespoons each (or you can use a medium cookie scoop). Using your hands, roll the dough pieces into balls. Working in batches, roll the balls in the sugar and spice mixture. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, flatten the dough balls into 2” cookies. Sprinkle the tops evenly with some of the remaining sugar + spice mixture.
- Bake 1 tray at a time for 11 to 12 minutes, rotating the tray after 7 minutes, or until the edges are set and just beginning to brown. Continue until all the cookies are baked. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before serving.