Lindsay Ann Bakes: Giant Single-Serving Cinnamon Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookie For One

Monday, January 20, 2014

Giant Single-Serving Cinnamon Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookie For One

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This giant version of the classic cinnamon-sugar coated cookies comes simply from baking my small-batch snickerdoodle recipe, which yields 8 regular cookies, into one ginormous cookie.  Mainly, because it is so much easier to plop the mound of dough on the baking sheet, than scoop out individual cookies and because it is so much more fun to eat, share or give one of these to someone special.

This cinnamon-ey, chewy-centered, crispy-edged, GIANT snickerdoodle cookie is one of my favorite things to make and indulge in or give as a gift! Anyone who receives one of these will be sure to have a smile as big as this cookie when they lay their eyes on this ginormous cookie for one. This XXL cookie is so simple to whip together, with no mixer required and is so much more fun to receive than a traditional batch of cookies. Plus you can create a cute custom pouch to deliver it in to add a fun touch!

 Baking in small batches is so easy and quick. First, beat together the cooled butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Then, add the wet ingredients. I use a combo of vanilla and egg yolk, to create an ultra rich, chewy cookie, that wont turn our cakey, dry or lacking in flavor.

When baking in small batches, ever little bit of ingredient makes a BIG difference in the outcome, so be sure to watch my video on How To Properly Measure Flour and then stir in the dry ingredients. You want to make sure you check out my video to avoid accidentally adding too much flour, which will create dry, dense cookies, that don't spread properly.
Then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture! I LOVE cinnamon, so I usually add a little extra cinnamon in my mixture :)

Place on your baking sheet. Then, I like to refrigerate mine for a few hours to really let the flavors develop and allow the dough to firm up a little so the cookie doesn't spread out too thin in the oven.


When you're ready, pop it in the preheated oven and bake!

Wait for the magic to happen and voila! Pure deliciousness!

I have made giant cookies for different occasions too! I usually use the chocolate chip version, like from my Giant Cookie For Santa

my Valentine's Day version

or my One Smart Cookie teachers gift. This is the same idea, I just skipped the chocolate chips and added a cinnamon sugar topping (I can't wait to share my other variations with you, too, the possibilities are endless)!

Yup, this baby, bakes up to a whopping 1/2 foot across!

GIANT Single Serving Cinnamon Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookie
Yield: 1 giant six-inch cookie*

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 45g (6 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper if desired.

Beat together butter and sugars with an electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt, gently mixing until just incorporated, making sure not to over mix your dough. Scoop dough onto center of your baking sheet into a large mound. Refrigerate dough to firm up for a few hours, if desired.

Bake 13-16 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown but center is still soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Let cookie sit on baking sheet for about 8-10 minutes. The residual heat from the pan will continue to cook and set the middle of the cookie for a soft, chewy center and crisp buttery edges. 

Note: Use my small-batch snickerdoodle recipe to yield 2 giant cookies! You can even skip the cinnamon sugar on one of them and swap out chocolate chips, for a fun combo. Here is one of each:

It's also a really fun gift for friends, classmates or co-workers. Who doesn't love a delicious, homemade cookie?! You can get creative with the mix-ins to create different flavored cookies to suit any preference, for a wonderful, inexpensive gift made with love, that is sure to make a BIG impression!


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