Snickerdoodles ~ just for fun


The name is as fun to say as the cookies are to make.

Snickerdoodle-01Snickerdoodle-03Snickerdoodle-04Snickerdoodle-06I’m typically a chocolate chip cookie girl, but every now and then I stray to another type. I actually don’t eat very many cookies, but I sure like baking them and passing them around to neighbors or friends. As I was baking these I noticed something in my recipe book that I’ve read over in the past. In small type right about the ingredients was a little note that Snickerdoodles originated in the 1800s in New England. It also said they were named “purely for fun.”

Purely for fun.

Snickerdoodle-07As I rolled the dough in cinnamon and sugar, I kept thinking about that line, “purely for fun.” At least a handful of times a day I ask one of my kids, “Why are you doing that?”

The answer is almost always, “I don’t know. It’s fun.”

Why are you flipping the water bottle? ~ I don’t know. It’s fun.

Why do you want to repel off the roof? ~ I don’t know. It’s fun.

Why are trying to balance that on your brother’s head? ~ I don’t know it’s fun.

Kids are awesome at doing things purely for fun – things that usually make no sense to me! Somewhere along the way, adults get so good at being purposeful and intentional at making goals and working towards those goals – we forget to do things purely for fun. Maybe I’m just talking about myself.

Snickerdoodles were given the best name purely for fun. I’m so grateful someone living in New England in the 1800s chose to have fun for the sake of fun. Today instead of wanting to bang my head on a wall each time my son flips that water bottle, I’ll eat a Snickerdoodle and join him in the water bottle flipping…and maybe he will teach me a bit more about doing something just for fun.

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  • Ariel - You’re so cute. I love that each post is thought-provoking and meaningful, even about the most simple things. You are a great example.

  • Cathy - Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie!!! I like to add cinnamon chips to the batter to make them a little more cinnamon’y!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carol - Racing gocarts with grandkids is pure fun

  • Susie - My boy got a new hobby instead of bottle flipping. In wood shop he made a Mexican yo-yo. I think that’s what it’s called. It looks like a top with a string…. I will take a photo of it and tag you in Instagram, your dad probably could make one in his shop. They are just for fun!

  • Tiffany - It is good to know my boys aren’t the only ones driving their mother batty with bottle flipping! I will remember this next time I have Gatorade bottles flipping all over the kitchen! LOL

  • mc - You won’t believe the feeling of accomplishment when that bottle finally lands upright! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin - Your photos are gorgeous. And I love the invitation to do something just for fun. I tend to move furniture “just for fun.” ? Your website is beautiful. Thanks for all your hard work. You’ve created something magical here.

  • Seamingly Sarah - I never liked snickerdoodles, then I changed my diet to be dairy free and we put in bananas to sub out some of the butter…delicious!!!

  • Angie - Just today I was shuttling my 6 year old daughter around and I kept hearing her make loud gasping sounds from the backseat. I asked her what she was doing and she said, “Holding my breath.” I logically then inquired, “Why?” Can you guess what she said? Yep, for fun!! How much these kids can teach us!

  • Alicia Johnson - YES! Loved this thought and needed it today. Always enjoy the insights you share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mikaela Lewis - This looks so tasty! Definitely going to try!

  • Nichole - So we are from New England and have a sweet donut shop up the road named Snickerdoodles. We just have fun saying that we are going there! The owner is also a teacher at our home school coop, and she always has cool little bits of interesting history or quotes on her sign. I’ll have to ask her if she new that little history nugget! Thanks for sharing!
    PS the cookies look amazing
    PPS I would love a neighbor like you! (sharing all those goodies!)

  • Renee - This reminds me- I overheard my 2 and 4 year old daughters playing pretend together. The younger one said something about being a grownup and the 4 year old said, “no emma. We’re not grownups. Grownups don’t play. They just talk to each other.”

  • Nicole L. - I had no idea! That is the best reason for the name! That makes me like them even more. Some of my favorite memories growing up is making snickerdoodles with my friend.