I have to tell you all something. I have never in my life been a fan of snickerdoodles. In fact, I think that the best thing about them by far is their name. I realize that they are rolled in cinnamon sugar and should be delicious, but for some reason I have always found them to be very bland. My mom feels the same way about them so maybe it just runs in the family. Anyways, I have been wracking my brain for a while trying to think of a way to make snickerdoodles delicious because I feel like I should like them since they are such a beloved cookie. I believe that I have found the answer.
NUTELLA! Because everything tastes better with Nutella. If you have not had it, then you are really genuinely missing out on something magical. It is a chocolate hazelnut spread that is delicious on everything. I cannot think of any dessert that would not be improved with a little Nutella.
I made one other small change to the classic snickerdoodle. They generally are just a plain cookie that is rolled in cinnamon sugar, but I decided to add some extra spices to the actual dough to make them a little more exciting. I added a teensy bit of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, and it made all the difference in the world. These cookies ended up being extremely rich but oh so delicious. I would suggest eating these with a glass of milk in hand.
One other thing to note is that these snickerdoodles on their own ended up quite hard. I tried all different baking times, and they all kept turning into fairly crunchy cookies. They soften just the right amount and are perfect once you add the frosting for the sandwiches, but I would probably not skip the frosting if you like soft cookies.
Nutella Snickerdoodle Sandwiches
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cups sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tablespoons cinnamon for rolling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Cream 1 ½ cups sugar and shortening with a stand or hand mixer. Add the eggs, mixing until well combined.
Add all dry ingredients (aside from the sugar and cinnamon for rolling) and stir until cookie dough forms.
Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough into small, 1-inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until completely covered.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are just browning. Allow to cool completely before icing.
1/3 cup butter
¾ cup Nutella
3 cups icing sugar
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream (more or less as needed for consistency)