Strawberry and Hibiscus Snickerdoodles

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My husband is a huge fan of cookies, and he likes only specific ones. He is picky about his cookies! His favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle! He loves cinnamony baked goods. For his 40th birthday, I gifted him 40 items, some big, some small. One of the gifts was a snickerdoodle cookie ;). 


Snickerdoodles are fun and easy to make! The signature texture of the slight tanginess, and chew comes from the cream of tartar reacting with baking soda. I love how chewy and soft these cookies are. They simply melt in your mouth quite quickly! These cookies are adapted from a recipe from

strawberry hibiscus snickerdoodles

Ingredients added in these Snickerdoodles:

  • All purpose flour
  • Freeze dried strawberry powder : I get the freeze dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s, grind them fine, strain them to get the strawberry powder as a cheaper option. You can even get them from Amazon linked here
  • Freeze dried hibiscus powder : I got mine from Amazon linked here
  • Cream of tartar: Available at any grocery store
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Butter : Should always be at room temperature. If it is not, you can zap it in the microwave for 15 seconds, twice to soften it a bit.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract: I actually love using vanilla bean paste which I get from Amazon. I use a lot of it, so I buy the big bottle and it lasts me for atleast 2 years! It is linked here if you are interested in getting a big bottle! 


The dough comes together very quickly. Make sure that you do not put it in the fridge for more than 15-20 minutes, else it hardens quite a bit and then, the cookies do not spread. I love when the cookies are slightly thinner, giving it the signature snickerdoodle look and taste.

strawberry hibiscus snickerdoodles

Rolling it in a strawberry-hibiscus sugar enhances the flavor all together! I got the idea for this cookie from the Strawberry-Hibiscus Jam that is in my cookbook, that is really so delicious! It is one of my favorite jams, and I cannot wait for Strawberry season again, starting April so that I can make them again.


TIP for knowing your oven with cookies:

The biggest tip that I can give anyone making someone else’s cookie, and for setting them up for success IS – Make 2-3 cookies first. For example in this case, make 2 snickerdoodles and bake them off first. My oven temperature may vary from yours, and I mention to bake these cookies for 9 minutes, but you may be done in 8 minutes. Look for cues from your oven to know how long to bake the cookies for. It may be a minute here and there, but watching, and observing your initial cookies bake first, will be a great indicator, as to how long to bake your batch of cookies.

strawberry hibiscus snickerdoodles

This is just a tip that I started doing to ensure that my whole batch does not go to waste. 



These cookies will ship well. Make sure to make them a day before packing. These cookies should be again made last before packaging, firstly because they are easy to make and secondly, because you want maximum freshness out of the cookies reaching your loved ones.

strawberry hibiscus snickerdoodles

I hope these tips are useful, setting you up for success! Hope you get a chance to try these cookies for your cookie boxes! I will be making a few more cookies and posting the recipe this week! Please look out for these posts! I always enjoy watching and seeing what you all bake from my blog!


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