Best Snickerdoodle Muffins (Video)

Snickerdoodle muffins have the soft texture and cinnamon taste of snickerdoodle cookies. The sour cream ensures they are the most moist muffins you’ve ever made.

Snickerdoodle muffins make a delicious snack or breakfast treat with a cup of coffee or tea. I also enjoy them with a cold drink, like a glass of milk or a Chocolate Cherry Smoothie. The sweet and flavorful cinnamon sugar topping is out of this world, and makes them the perfect holiday treat.

Snickerdoodle Muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins

How did the “snickerdoodle” get its name?

Joy of Cooking, one of the most popular cookbooks in the United States, claims that the word snickerdoodle is a misinterpretation of the German word Schneckennudel, meaning snail dumpling, referring to the snail-like shape of the original biscuits.

However, New England has a tradition of giving cookies whimsical and creative nonsense word names. Since the snickerdoodle is nearly unheard of in countries outside of North America, this is also a possibility.

Why is there cream of tartar in snickerdoodles?

When cream of tartar is combined with baking soda, it activates the baking soda, producing carbon dioxide gas. This results in the soft yet chewy texture and slight tanginess of the muffins.

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Snickerdoodle Muffins

How do you store snickerdoodle muffins?

Snickerdoodle muffins store well at room temperature for up to three days in a sealed plastic bag.

HOW TO FREEZE:

Snickerdoodle muffins can be frozen in heavy foil or freezer bags for up to three months.

For either method, allow the muffins to cool completely before sealing them in a bag.

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS:

To reheat the muffins, wrap the frozen muffins in heavy foil and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 300F. Do not thaw the muffins before reheating.

Homemade Snickerdoodle Muffins

Can I make snickerdoodle muffins in advance?

  • Yes! You can prepare the batter completely and then put it into the refrigerator overnight. Stir before using.
  • I do not recommend leaving batter in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours. The baking powder will lose its potency by then and the muffins will not rise as they should.
  • Note: The Snickerdoodle muffins will take a few minutes longer than the recommended time to bake since they start cold.

Can I make mini Snickerdoodle Muffins?

  • This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins. If you want a small snack or appetizer, turn this recipe into mini-muffins.
  • A mini-muffin cup is one-third the size of a regular muffin, so this recipe will produce 36 mini-muffins.
  • To bake mini Snickerdoodle muffins, keep the oven temperature at 350F but only bake them for 10-13 minutes. Keep a close eye on them because they bake much faster than standard sized muffins.

Snickerdoodle Muffins

5 from 10 votes
Snickerdoodle Muffins
Snickerdoodle Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Snickerdoodle muffins have the soft texture and cinnamon taste of snickerdoodle cookies. The sour cream ensures they are the most moist muffins you’ve ever made.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Snickerdoodle Muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 158 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brow sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar or more
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cups and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and salt. Stir and set aside.
  4. Add butter and both sugars to a large bowl and beat until light and creamy. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  5. Add egg, sour cream, vanilla and milk. Beat until fully combined and smooth. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and using a spatula fold them in. You don't have to use the mixer for this step, to avoid over-mixing the batter.
  7. Once the flour mixture has been fully incorporated, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  8. Brush the muffins with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
  9. Bake the muffins for 15-25 minutes. It varies based on the oven, but start checking on them after 15 minutes. The muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, but NOT raw batter.
  10. Remove muffins from oven when ready and place pan on a cooling rack.
  11. If desired, brush muffins again with melted butter and sprinkle or roll in extra cinnamon sugar. This should be done while the muffins are still warm.
  12. Cool muffins in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them.
  13. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Video

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Recipe Notes

Snickerdoodle Muffins Video:

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Nutrition Facts
Snickerdoodle Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Snickerdoodle Muffins

11 Comments

  • Tracy

    Huh, I never knew that about the name Snickerdoodle! Neat! This is my husband’s all time favorite cookie, I can’t wait to surprise him with these muffins!

  • Karyl Henry

    Thanks for the tip on storing these muffins, but they won’t last that long in my house! My mouth is watering at these pictures…gorgeous!!

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I absolutely love baking snickerdoodle and muffins are my weakness. I can;t wait to combine two of my favorite. The whole house would be smelling heavenly!

  • Marisa Franca

    I’ve never had the muffin version of the Snickerdoodle but since we love our snickerdoodles I know it would be a favorite. When Hubby and I were first married I always made snickerdoodles for him to take in his lunchbox. Those were the days when he was working his way through the University. I’ll make him the muffins to surprise him.

  • Natalie

    What a great idea – snickerdoodle muffins!! I absolutely love this. I love snickerdoodle cookies but never would come to combine this flavors in a muffin. Great recipe. I will save this and try, like definitely.

  • Swathi

    Snickerdoodle are my favorite, never imagine in muffin form. your recipe made that it is possible. I am going to give it try. After all it is holidays means sincerdoodle in any form.

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