Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles are kicked up a notch with the addition of  nutty, toasty flavor of browned butter.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles | The classic cinnamon sugar coated cookie with a boost of flavor from brown butterBrown Butter Snickerdoodles

We were heading down to Indiana University to treat my youngest and his roomies to another dinner on the town. I imagine after 3 months of cooking for themselves, any alternative to their skimpy recipe repertoire would be welcome.  I’m not sure I’d find any of their home cooked meals actually edible, and there are rumors that Nick has been designated (demoted to?) dishwasher duties. Not sure he’s mastered much as far as cooking.  It was my motherly duty to bring the boys some cookies. I packed up both these Brown Butter Snickerdoodles rolled in Ceylon cinnamon and sugar and the super decadent Double Chocolate Cookies I posted last week.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles | The classic cinnamon sugar coated cookie with a boost of flavor from brown butter

On-line Bake Sale!

I am offering these cookies up for an on-line bake sale for typhoon relief organized by my blogger friend, Tina, of Pinay in Texas. She and her husband have family in the Philippines, so the super typhoon Haiyan was a threat to their loved ones. Thank goodness they’re all OK, but so many are not. Thousands of people have died and nearly half a million are homeless. Tina has a total of 48 delicious items for auction donated by 38 bakers/bloggers from 5 countries. Most items are only available for shipping within the US, but she has 4 items available for international shipping, 2 within Europe and 1 in the UK. Please help us spread the word on your blog or facebook page…or even take the plunge and bid on one of the marvelous items up for sale. You won’t regret taking part in this fundraiser during this week of Thanksgiving where besides reflecting upon our blessings, we can help out those in need. Thank you, one and all.Brown Butter Snickerdoodles | The classic cinnamon sugar coated cookie with a boost of flavor from brown butter

Benefits of Cinnamon

I was also the lucky recipient of some Ceylon Cinnamon Powder from Flavor of the Earth. They also sent me a ONE POUND bag of Ceylon Cinnamon for one of my lucky readers. I am happy to ship this to any US or Canadian mailing address. You will be able to make dozens and dozens of these  brown butter snickerdoodles as a pound of cinnamon will last you a LONG time!!! Ceylon cinnamon is much lighter than the Cassia cinnamon most of us find in the grocery store…it’s less bitter, with a sweet, mellow scent…with lighter, brighter citrus tones.  Ceylon cinnamon “is a super healing antioxidant powerhouse packed  with calcium, iron, zinc, immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber and manganese with anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-inflamatory properties.” The list of benefits go on and on. Use it in your hot tea or coffee, oatmeal, smoothies or…the best of all…in cookies!

Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below to enter. And make sure to check out Tina’s blog and bid on some of the great baked goods…all to help those who have lost so much. Thank you.

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Serves 3½ dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins

A classic snickerdoodle kicked up from the addition of brown butter


  • 1 cup butter,cooked till browned, then cooled to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. With mixer, cream together cooled brown butter and 1½ cups sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix till combined.
  3. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and shape into balls.
  4. Mix the 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll dough balls in mixture. Place about 2 inches apart on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or till set. Remove immediately to cooling rack.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1438kcal Calories from fat 587
% Daily Value
Total Fat 65g 100%
Saturated Fat 40g 200%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 269mg 90%
Sodium 525mg 22%
Carbohydrate 199g 66%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 109g
Protein 16g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles | The classic cinnamon sugar coated cookie with a boost of flavor from brown butter


  1. I love using cinnamon in tea

  2. I love to use cinnamon in cookies, cakes, with sugar on toast, in hot cider in endless recipes.

  3. Stephanie-Oh says:

    I add cinnamon when I brew coffee. Love cinnamon in baked goods:cookies, pies(fruit).

  4. Stephanie C says:

    Your snickerdoodles look fantastic! Going home to make them this evening. Would love to win cinnamon – I sprinkle it in my morning coffee.

  5. Ha ha ha demoted to dishwasher duties, funny and but poor guy. These cookies look wonderful, love anything with cinnamon in it. And yay Canada can participate. Good luck with the charity bake sale.

  6. yayyyy browned butter makes everything amazing!!!

  7. Your youngest and his room mates must have been so thrilled when they saw these wonderful cookies along with the Double Chocolate ones. Love snickerdoodles and I can imagine how much more special they taste with brown butter too. What a great cause too Liz, that’s wonderful that you are participating and helping to spread the word. Hopping on over to show my support. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. These look fantastic and for such a great cause.

  9. I love anything with cinnamon…These cookies look so delish, Liz!!! I hope you are enjoying your time in Virginia.

  10. Great post, great cause!

  11. These snicker doodles look perfect, soft and chewy 😀


  12. Graham Blackall | Glazed & Confused says:

    Oh god. My mouth is watering.
    I can seriously taste them already!

  13. These cookies look incredible, Liz, and you’re definitely donating them to an important cause. I can’t believe the devastation in the Philippines right now.

  14. Love cinnamon in my crumb cake!

  15. I use cinnamon most in my Sweet Potato Pound Cakes.

  16. Barbara Bradford says:

    I love adding cinnamon to my oatmeal every morning.

  17. I love baking with cinnamon and I can think of no better use for it than these snickerdoodles!

  18. I love making a cinnamon pie. The smell of cinnamon in the house is wonderful.

  19. Lizzy, thanks so much for being a part of the Online Bake Sale for the Philippines! I truly appreciate all the support!

  20. Lizzy,
    I don’t know that I have one favorite way to use cinnamon. I love it in fried ice cream, ultimate crumb cake crumbs and apple pie. I will also love it in these snickerdoodles. They look so good and fluffy.

  21. I love using cinnamon in my cinnamon rolls of course.

  22. Love snickerdoodle cookies! Bet the browned butter gives it such a better flavor!

  23. theresa krier says:

    oatmeal raisin cookies

  24. You can offer this up to me any old time. They look delicious

  25. My favorite way to use cinnamon is in spice cakes…But once I make your snickerdoodles, Liz, your cookies may be moving into the number one spot!

    On a more serious note – So lovely of you to bake up these beauties for the Philippines typhoon survivors <3

  26. Cinnamon in baked goods is the best. I love pairing it with chocolate.

  27. Have a wonderful time! Lovely cookies – perfect for this.

  28. Oo these are what Im most looking forward to at Christmas! I cannot wait for Christmas cookies 🙂 These sound amazing, and a great cause, have a happy Thanksgiving Liz!

  29. Nancy Connolly says:

    I love cinnamon I use it in my oatmeal, in my coffee, and whenever I can.

  30. Gorgeous yummy cookies, enjoy it.

  31. Chris Merulla says:

    I love to add cinnamon to my oatmeal in the morning or sprinkle it on hot rice with either butter or milk.

  32. i love to use cinnamon to make plum cake

  33. Yay!! Ceylon Cinnamon… that is from my homeland…. Sri Lanka!! I won’t participate in the drawing since I want someone to get try it and see how fabulous it is. 🙂

    Thanks you for helping out with this cause to help out in the Philippines!

  34. An old favorite. I’m sure your son, Nick, appreciated it as well as his roomies. I’m pretty sure Tina was happy too. 🙂

  35. In my oatmeal is my favorite way to use cinnamon.

  36. Happy Turkey Day to you and yours Liz!!!

  37. The brown butter is the main attraction probably, but that roll in good cinnamon is the cherry on the cake Liz! We have such a crappy cinnamon here, and though I can go to specialized places and get the good stuff, i still have some I brought from the US. This recipe puts it to good use! And a good cause!

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