Cookie Madness: Snickerdoodles vs. Russian Tea Cakes

Snickerdoodle cookie, photo by Cristine Struble
Snickerdoodle cookie, photo by Cristine Struble /

Cookie Madness, Cookie Bracket: Snickerdoodles vs. Russian Tea Cakes

Hopefully you’ve been playing along and voting in the Twitter polls to get your favorite cookie to win the 2020 Cookie Bracket. It’s not March Madness, but cookies make everything better, so it’s a close second, right? This matchup pits the traditional, old-fashioned recipe of Snickerdoodles against the Holiday favorite Russian Tea Cake.


Baking a batch of Snickerdoodles is fun for several reasons: first, because saying the name is just cool and second, they are a soft, moist cookie with a unique flavor. There is no clear explanation of how the name came to be – there are multiple areas of the country claiming to be the start of the cookie and various people who it was created for, named after or invented by – therefore we’ll just consider it a lucky break they were invented!

These cookies are unique tasting because the cream of tartar used makes the cookies fluff up while baking, and keeps them soft once they are finished. It has a slightly acidic taste, but delicious when combined with the cinnamon and sugar.

One of the softest, sweetest Snickerdoodle cookie recipes can be found here.

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes are one of the first cookies in the bracket that require some work in order to make. The ingredients are simple, it’s the preparation to bake that becomes fussy. Once the dough is made, it needs to be separated in to blocks and covered up to place in the refrigerator. The dough is then cut into equal pieces and rolled into balls.

Now, that isn’t hard in itself, because the cookies are then baked. It’s after the baking that requires more work! The cookies need to cool and get rolled in powdered sugar not once, not twice, but three times. You could stop with two coating if the coverage is good, and they are cooled enough where the heat doesn’t melt the powdered sugar, however three times is usually the magic number.

Russian Tea Cakes that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious can be made with this recipe.

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