\ ˈsni-kər-ˌdü-dᵊl How to pronounce snickerdoodle (audio) \
plural snickerdoodles

Definition of snickerdoodle

: a cookie that is made with usually butter, sugar, and flour and that is rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking

First Known Use of snickerdoodle

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snickerdoodle

probably a fanciful coinage, from snicker entry 2 + doodle "doodlebug" (though without clear semantic connection to either word)

Note: An alternative etymology derives the word from Palatinate German dialect Schneckennudel, Scheckennurel, Schleckenurrl "sweet pastry made from yeast dough twisted into a spiral" (from Schnecken "snail" and Nudel "dough in various forms"), with variants in other dialects (Baden, Swabia, Saarland). However, none of these words appear to have surfaced in 19th-century American English, and early attestations of snickerdoodle do not suggest a German-American connection.

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“Snickerdoodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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