Written By:  Leslie Means

Over 25 years ago I entered my first 4-H baking contest. Well, it was pre-4-H. And mom helped a little bit.

OK. Mom helped a lot.

Regardless, I won a HUGE pink ruffled ribbon for my Snickerdoodles! The ribbon looked a lot like this.

Yea. It was a big deal. That was before the “rainbow colored participation ribbons” they give out now.

They didn’t mess around in the 80s.

Ah hem.

Anyway, this big pink ruffle ribbon and the recipe that helped me win this big pink ruffle ribbon meant (means!) a lot to me. So much so, I used that memory to create my second Ella B. Bella book (hints the pink ruffle ribbon in the picture above).

Even though the title of the cookie has changed (Snickerdoodlers are fun to say when you read to a bunch of 2nd grade kids), the award winning recipe has remained constant. And it is a good one. I bring you…

Every piece of this cookie is tempting. From the glorious mixture of cinnamon and sugar..

to the fluffy crinkles of goodness in each bite…

these guys are perfect for Santa (and his helpers!). An extra bonus? These cookies are so easy to make and my girls love to help roll them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Kid friendly and tasty. You can’t go wrong! Make these this Christmas and you might even find a pink ruffle ribbon in your stocking from Santa.


Snickerdoodlers (as found in Ella B. Bella and the Secret Ingredient)

1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon


Cream together 1st three ingredients; then stir in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.

Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of walnuts. Roll balls in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place dough about 2″ apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes in 400 degree oven.

Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.