Amber Mueller’s Snickerdoodles Recipe


Tasty Traditions

By Gray Bennett | Photography by Kristina Armstrong

What could be sweeter than dessert? For some, beloved sweet treats often go hand in hand with a special tradition shared with family and friends. From family game nights to birthday celebrations, a nostalgic dessert always adds more meaning to the memories. Here, we spoke with four locals to learn more about what makes their tasty traditions so sweet. 


amber mueller and friends

For Amber Mueller, snickerdoodles are a special part of the Christmas season. While enjoying the cookies – fresh from the oven, of course – her family has made it a tradition to gather together after dinner, play a game, and talk about life. She shares that traditions like these act as a “stabilizing force” in her life, “providing a sense of comfort, security, and belonging.” The snickerdoodles she has shared with her loved ones over the years are much more than just delicious cinnamon cookies. They are cherished moments of laughter, love, and fun. The cookies not only bring back childhood memories for Mueller, but they also serve to strengthen family bonds and create new memories for her family today. Whether shared over a competitive card game or a nostalgic board game, warm snickerdoodles have made her life sweeter to savor. “Nothing beats the smell of these cookies coming out of your oven,” she says. “I remember that every post-dinner family gathering turns into game night, suddenly, any previous worries are forgotten!”


snickerdoodle recipe

Amber Mueller’s Snickerdoodles

Amber Mueller
“Every time I bake these cookies it brings me back to Christmastime! The smell of cinnamon reminds me of the candles burning around the holidays with my family."
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar + 2 teaspoons cinnamon, for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine butter and sugars until creamed. Add vanilla and egg and beat until fluffy. Add all remaining items and slowly beat. Cover dough and place in the fridge for an hour.
  • Separate into 14 balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mix. Flatten each ball slightly on a cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes.
Keyword christmas cookies, christmas dessert, snickerdoodle
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