Snickerdoodle Mini Loaves (and muffins)

Snickerdoodle Mini Loaves

There are some baked goods that I call “get-it-out-of-the-house-or-gain-ten-pounds-delicious”, and I created that expression specifically to describe snickerdoodle mini loaves. They’re insane.

Antonia — the same Antonia who inspired me to make the Cheesecake Brownie Bites — asked for something decadent again, this time to celebrate John Calvin’s birthday tomorrow. She isn’t a Calvinist; in fact, that’s why she needs to be cheered up on his birthday. Life is complicated. And Snickerdoodle Mini Loaves make things better.

It all begins, as these things must, with butter and sugar, and in this case, salt and cinnamon too.

butter, sugar, cinnamon, salt

mixing has begun

And then, once mixed, eggs.

eggs added

Then I was supposed to add vanilla and sour cream, but I didn’t have any sour cream. I did have vanilla yogurt, so I replaced the sour cream with it, and toned down the vanilla a little.

Things were looking good.


Separately, I whisked together the remaining dry ingredients, which really just meant flour & baking powder. I added that to the other mixture, and blended, this time by hand.

added flour

all mixed

See those cinnamon chips on the left? Here they come…

cinnamon chips going in

Yes, the whole bag. And THEN look.

cinnamon chips in batter

I sort of wanted to swim in it.

Instead, I mixed up some white sugar and cinnamon for the topping, after spilling a pile of it on the counter.

spilled cinnamon

cinnamon and sugar

Once everything was ready, I used about half the batter filling up the mini loaf pan.

batter in trays

And then I sprinkled the sugar & cinnamon on it. Perhaps sprinkled isn’t the right word. I covered each one with sugar & cinnamon.

cinnamon and sugar on top

While they were in the oven, I used the rest of the batter to make muffins. I got 12 out of the batch. Almost.

snickerdoodle muffins

Everything looked pretty delicious when it was done baking.

out of the oven

out of the pan

The muffins looked pretty good too.

snickerdoodle muffins

Now for the getting-them-out-of-the-house-or-gaining-ten-pounds part. They’re leaving with me in the morning, although the kids and Dave will get to keep some of them, as long as they promise to eat it all up before I get home from work.

Happy birthday, John Calvin!


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