Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cookie Ninja: Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana
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Dear Owner of House of Which I Placed a Box of Cookies On the Porch, Rang the Doorbell, and Then Ran: 

You’ve been cookie-ninja-ed! It’s not every day one receives a box of cookies from a complete stranger, so I understand if you’re a little bit wary. Just know that I hope that these cookies made your day a little bit better, a little bit brighter, a little bit sweeter. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but that’s just part of the whole concept of the random acts of kindness.

It would be supremely awesome if you could return the favour and cookie-ninja one of your friends, or relatives, or coworkers, (or go the adventurous route and present a stranger with a box of cookies) just to let them know that there are kind people out there. It’s a crazy life and I feel like sometimes, we need a little reminder to do something thoughtful.

Because the world would turn just a little smoother if we all had more cookies.

Your friendly neighbourhood Cookie Ninja,


Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yield: 35 to 40 cookies

For the topping:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the cookie dough:
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside. To make the cookie dough, stir together the dry ingredients. 

In a bowl with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and continue to mix, then add the eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough 1 hour if it's sticky or difficult to handle. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut, flatten into a disc shape, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Place on an un-greased sheet pan 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed up and the surface is slightly cracked. Let cool on the sheet pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Place in a cardboard box and present to the person of your choice as a random act of kindness. 


  1. Kyleen, cookie-ninjaing is a great idea. Thanks to you, a neighbor is going to have a box of coconut macaroons sitting on his porch. Ps I found my adapter and will be posting my popovers post reaaalllly soon! Xo Nicole (formerly bread&silk but currently kimchiburgers)

  2. Love it. Cookie ninjaing is a tasty and fun pastime!

  3. Aw how sweet. I'd be a bit suspicious, though, when there is an unknown box of cookies placed in front of my door. Hope you at least left a note? ;)

    Your snickerdoodles turned out so nice and puffy, mine usually are a bit flatter.


  4. If you want to cookie ninja ME at all ever, I solemnly swear to carry on the cookie-ninja-ing tradition.

    PS - these look amazing.

  5. Could you cookie ninja me too? These look so yummy!

  6. Haha, awesome idea - I hope he appreciated the cookies, and time and effort you went to for this little gesture!

    Charles @

  7. What a fantastic idea! I'll have to try that. I just have to think about what kind of note to leave so they'll get eaten. Your cookies look so plump and delicious, by the way!

  8. you make them look really easy! and I wish I was cookie ninja-ed it is really funny haha but you made someone happy

  9. That is so sweet of you!!! I wish I could be cookie-ninja-ed one day...

  10. That's awesome!! I'd love to be cookie ninja-ed and to be a cookie ninja. I have to bring that to my neighborhood!

  11. What a neat idea!!! :D Plus, those cookies look fabulous!

  12. How I wish someone could cookie ninja me..
    These look great! Never tried snickerdoodles before, but it is definitely on my to do list!

  13. I love the cookie-ninja idea! I have a vision of you running, as a masked ninja bandit, up to someone's door and blindsiding them with these incredible cookies. That makes me smile. You can bet I'd pay that forward for sure!

  14. I would have loved to have seen the expression on their faces after being cookie ninja'd . What a great idea. Thanks for stopping by my website so that I could find yours. Take care, BAM

  15. This is a great idea! I love the cookies and the act!

  16. "Because the world would turn just a little smoother if we all had more cookies." Aw, you just made me smile (:

  17. Hehe, cookie-ninja! Everyone over here is going mad for Herman the German cakes at the moment, but you kinda need to come face to face with your target so you can give them the instructions!


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