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Spelt Snickerdoodles – Cinnamon Cookies

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If you like cinnamon, then snickerdoodles are the biscuits for you. Isn’t the name fabulous? For those not in the know, they’re a popular American classic: buttery balls of dough that are rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking. These spelt snickerdoodles are made with wholemeal spelt flour and produce a delightful soft and chewy cookie.

Cinnamon Spice

I’ve been a cinnamon fiend ever since I can remember. Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what cinnamon makes me think of. If I had to pick just one spice, cinnamon would probably be the one. I just hope it never comes to that, because a life without chilli, ginger, cumin, cardamom and turmeric seems rather a bleak one.

Cinnamon and sugar in a bowl for rolling snickerdoodles.

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree and has been prized for its medicinal qualities for thousands of years. It’s high in both fibre and manganese, which means it’s meant to be particularly good for colon health. It’s also said to lower blood sugar levels, making it a favoured spice amongst diabetics.

People love this spice because of its sweet and warming qualities which work well in both sweet and savoury recipes. I find it lends itself particularly well to biscuits. You can see several biscuit recipes I’ve made below. It seems I have a particular fondness for cinnamon shortbread. Oh well, don’t fight it.

Try to use a good quality cinnamon and make sure it hasn’t been hanging around too long. It makes all the difference. Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, is the one to go for if you can find it.

Spelt Snickerdoodles

These spelt snickerdoodles are made with wholemeal spelt flour and they’re incredibly easy to make. You just need to cream butter and sugar, add an egg & stir in the dry ingredients. Then comes the best part, which is rolling the dough into balls then rolling those balls in cinnamon sugar. Ooh that scent. Mind you, the smell emanating from the oven whilst the spelt snickerdoodles are baking is hard to beat.

Snickerdoodle Dough Prior to Baking

Place well apart on the baking tray as the cinnamon cookies will spread. Although, it’s best to press them down flat with the bottom of a glass or cup before baking.

Wholegrain Spelt Cinnamon Cookies

They’re at their best warm, when they’re not long out of the oven. When cool, they’re pretty cool, however.

Wholemeal Spelt Snickerdoodles

These spelt snickerdoodles have a slight sugary cinnamon crackle to the tops, but should be soft and chewy inside.

Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar is an integral ingredient in snickerdoodles. It gives a slight tang to the biscuits and helps to make them soft. However, if you don’t have any cream of tartar, you can substitute this and the bicarbonate of soda with two teaspoons of baking powder. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Soft v Crisp Biscuits

If you prefer your biscuits to have a bit of a snap, just cook these spelt snickerdoodles an extra 2-3 minutes. They will then be crisp around the edges, but still chewy in the middle. On the whole, I favour a good dunking biscuit that has a bit of a crunch to it. Having said that, these cinnamon cookies are perfect just as they are meant to be, which means soft and chewy.

Which type of biscuit or cookie do you prefer?

Half a spelt snickerdoodle on a plate piled high with snickerdoodles.

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Spelt Snickerdoodles – The Recipe

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Spelt Snickerdoodles

Easy to make buttery biscuits that are rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking. They're an  American classic with a soft and chewy texture.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, cinnamon, cookies, easy, quick
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 73kcal


  • 115 g butter
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 175 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch sea or rock salt


  • 25 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Set the oven to 200℃ (400℉, Gas 6).
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and mix together until everything is just incorporated. It's important not to over mix so you don't develop the gluten in the flour which makes for a tougher cookie.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls between the palms of your hands, then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Place on lined baking trays with enough space between each one to allow for spreading. Press the balls flat with the bottom of a glass or cup.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes when the cookies should just be just staring to turn golden. Leave on the trays for a couple of minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool. Or just eat them whilst they're warm.


You can substitute 2 tsp of baking powder for the cream of tarter and bicarbonate of soda mix if you need to.
If you like a crisper cookie, bake for two to three minutes longer.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg


I’m sharing these wholemeal spelt cinnamon cookies with Jo’s Kitchen Larder for #BakingCrumbs, Casa Costello for #BakeOfTheWeek and Recipes Made Easy for #CookBlogShare.


  1. Debbie Skerten

    7th May 2019 at 10:40 am

    These sound wonderful. I love a crunchy biscuit with a softer centre and cinnamon is my favourite spice.

    • Choclette

      8th May 2019 at 8:19 am

      Yay for cinnamon. I reckon you might just like these biscuits Debbie.

  2. angiesrecipes

    7th May 2019 at 10:57 am

    Definitely a cinnamon fan! These wholegrain spelt cookies look so inviting with that chewy soft texture.

    • Choclette

      8th May 2019 at 8:20 am

      They’re definitely on the decadent sugar overload side of baking Angie, but sometimes that’s what’s needed.

  3. Mary

    8th May 2019 at 4:38 am

    These sound lovely. I have started using spelt flour quite a lot recently. I also like to use barley flour which has a lovely flavour. Not easy to find and a bit pricy.
    I’m afraid that while I really like cinnamon and always put it in my morning smoothie, my favourite spice in baking (at present, could change) is cardamom. Absolutely love it. But won’t use it in these biscuits. 🙂
    Thankyou for your recipe.

    • Choclette

      8th May 2019 at 8:18 am

      Hahaha, I think cardamom in these biscuits would be a bit overpowering. Cardamom is a wonderful baking spice though and I use it a lot. I keep a whole load of pods in a jar of sugar so anything I bake with that sugar has subtle notes of cardamom. I’ll add the actual spice to any bakes where I want a bit more flavour.

      • Mary

        9th May 2019 at 9:07 pm

        Never thought of putting it in a jar of sugar. Brilliant!! Off to do it right now. Thanks!! 🙂

        • Choclette

          10th May 2019 at 7:32 am

          I have one jar with vanilla pods and one with cardamom pods. I use the cardamom one the most.

      • Corina Blum

        13th May 2019 at 12:19 pm

        I love anything with cinnamon in and these snickerdoodle cookies sound so good! They’d be perfect as an afternoon snack.

        • Choclette

          13th May 2019 at 7:39 pm

          They are right up your spicy street Corina 😀

  4. Jacqueline Bellefontaine

    8th May 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Well its no secret that I love Snickerdoodles. I shall have to try making them with spelt, As for how i like my biscuits Im definitely a crisp girl who likes her biscuits to snap

    • Choclette

      8th May 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Good for you Jacqui. There’s nothing quite like a snappy biscuit, but I do like a snickerdoodle. As something of an expert, I’d love to get your feedback if you do end up trying wholemeal spelt.

  5. Helen - Cooking with my kids

    8th May 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I love cinnamon in baking. I also love the name snickerdoodles – so these could well be the perfect biscuit.

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:52 am

      Yay for cinnamon in baking Helen. Do have a go at making them, they’re really easy. Fun to make with the kids too.

  6. Nickki

    9th May 2019 at 8:50 am

    I’ve always loved the name of these cookies! Being a huge cinnamon fan, I’m wondering why I’ve only ever made these once and it must have been at least 15 years ago! I must try them again soon. Your cookies look delicious.

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Sounds like it’s time for you to make snickerdoodles once again Nickki 😀

  7. Anna | Once Upon A Food Blog

    9th May 2019 at 9:27 am

    I’ve heard of snickerdoodles but didn’t realise that they were a cinnamon biscuit. I like chewy in the middle so these would be perfect for me.

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Yes, the name doesn’t give much away does it? Call them what you will, they’re really good.

  8. Kavita Favelle

    9th May 2019 at 10:20 am

    I didn’t know snickerdoodles were cinnamon either, I’d heard the name but never had one myself! These look simple and really delicious.

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Kavey, it’s not like you not to know something. I think of you as the food guru.

  9. Hannah

    9th May 2019 at 3:38 pm

    These look so good! I love snickerdoodles, but I’ve never tried a spelt version – in fact, I’ve never cooked with spelt flour at all (something which absolutely has to change now that I’ve seen this recipe!)

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Yay, someone who has heard of snickerdoodles and made them too. Spelt flour is my go to baking flour, I love it.

  10. Jacqueline Meldrum

    9th May 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Oh yes, I bet these taste absolutely delicious Choclette. Sharing these now. Wish I could reach in and grab one.

    • Choclette

      9th May 2019 at 7:55 pm

      It’s just as well we can’t reach into the screen and grab every tasty morsel that took our attention – just imagine!!!

  11. Esha

    10th May 2019 at 3:18 am

    Love Ceylon cinnamon. And I am on the crunchy biscuit team all the way. These cookies doing so darn amazing

    • Choclette

      10th May 2019 at 7:34 am

      Oops, these snickerdoodles might not be for you if it’s only crunchy biscuits for you Esha. They are so tasty though, I reckon they’re worth trying at least once.

  12. Jenny Walters

    10th May 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I too am a cinnamon fiend so am loving these snickerdoodles. Love that you have used spelt flour too. I am seriously inspired to buy some and get baking.

    • Choclette

      10th May 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Well it’s my favourite flour, so I’m not going to dissuade you. The snickerdoodles are just fabulous.

  13. Jill Colonna

    10th May 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I so have to try these, Choclette. I’m all into trying spelt and really love the sound of them!

    • Choclette

      10th May 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I’ve been baking with wholemeal spelt for more years than I care to remember and it’s still my favourite flour.

  14. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    10th May 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Oh yes definitely chewy in the middle for me please! As always, I do like the sound of your spelt version of these fun biccies very much! I do share your love for cinnamon too. With ground ginger they are my two favourite spices. Thank you for sharing these yummy Spelt Snickerdoodles with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    • Choclette

      10th May 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Chewy in the middle seems to be coming out tops. And yay for spelt flour, it deserves more recognition. Ginger is another firm favourite with me too. Oh, so many flavoursome spices.

  15. Cat | Curly's Cooking

    13th May 2019 at 12:30 pm

    What a great idea of using spelt flour. These snickerdoodles look so delicious – I’d definitely prefer them soft. You can’t beat a soft cookie in my opinion.

    • Choclette

      13th May 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Oh it’s interesting to hear the soft versus crunchy predilections. I think it’s all about mood for me. Mostly, I prefer crunchy, but sometimes soft and chewy is all that will do.

  16. Belqui

    13th May 2019 at 6:25 pm

    These will be perfect for my husband! He loves cinnamon! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Choclette

      13th May 2019 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Belqui. Do let me know how you get on if you make the recipe. I hope your husband likes them.

  17. Janice

    19th May 2019 at 11:36 am

    These look so good, I love anything with cinnamon and spelt flour always adds extra flavour and texture – great recipe.l

    • Choclette

      20th May 2019 at 8:42 am

      Biscuits coated in cinnamon sugar are just perfect for cinnamon fans. Plus snickerdoodles are really easy to make – added bonus.

  18. Sisley White

    24th May 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Well I know what I’m making this weekend. Absolutely delicious.

    • Choclette

      24th May 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Oh, let me know what you think Sisley.

  19. Nico @ yumsome

    25th May 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t worry, I wasn’t planning on fighting the urge to rush into my kitchen, and make cinnamon shortbread. You enabler, you!

    I love that you’ve used spelt for your snickerdoodles – it’s one of my favourite grains. I bet these are super-yum, especially when soft and chewy (as all cookies should be, IMO)!

    Pinning to my to-make list!

    • Choclette

      26th May 2019 at 10:22 am

      Haha and did you make any Nico? These are calling out for a veganised version. Spelt is my go-to baking flour – other than bread that is. It pretty much always produces a good result.

  20. Jenny Paulin

    27th May 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I have never made these cookies but if nothing else I love their name and the flavours used. I especially love your healthier twist by using spelt flour Choclette, what a great idea! thank you for sharing with #Bakeoftheweek x

    • Choclette

      1st June 2019 at 12:20 pm

      The name is brilliant, I love its quirkiness. And the biscuits are rather good too.

  21. Camilla Hawkins

    3rd June 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I have never had a Snickerdoodle but have heard so much about them. I bet the addition of spelt flour makes these extra tasty!

    • Choclette

      4th June 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Well being a big spelt fan, I’d have to say yes to that 😀

  22. Nancy Perine

    4th June 2019 at 10:46 am

    Hello! I loved cruising around your web site. I love anything with cinnamon & sugar in it. Have made Snickerdoodles in the past, but not for a long while. I didn’t know what spelt flour was, but our local grocer helped me out. I was able to change oven temp. from celsius to Farenheit and measurements from grams to cups. And then, I was off to the races. It gave me a chance to use my new cookie sheets, also. And .. the Snickerdoodles were delicious. Bring on the spelt flour!! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I’ll be back.

    • Choclette

      4th June 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Glad you managed to get the US conversions sorted out Nancy. One day I’ll get around to having them on my blog to avoid confusion. Glad you liked the snickerdoodles and spelt.


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