Soft and chewy snickerdoodles flecked with crispy bits of homemade cinnamon sugar buttered toast breadcrumbs. This buttered toast snickerdoodle recipe is the sweetest way to use up that piece of stale bread that’s been sitting on the counter for too long.
One of my favourite breakfasts growing up was cinnamon sugar buttered toast on my mom’s homemade milk bread. Basically a generous layer of butter sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and then either fried on a pan or toasted in a toaster oven. It made the entire house smell like cinnamon rolls. So simple, but so delicious.
Last summer, I finally had the chance to visit Machino Donuts, which is a vegan donut spot here in Toronto. We picked up six donuts: mango cronut, black sesame matcha, the original, apple fritter, toffee and butter toast.
These donuts were seriously the best Eric and I have ever had. They’re literally the size of our head and such a good price. If I HAD TO choose my favourite, it would be the mango cronut and butter toast. I still dream of those donuts.
Anyways, during the holidays I had left a piece of bread on the counter that I was planning to eat and totally forgot about. It was so dry and stale, but instead of throwing it out, I did the only logical thing to do with in-edible bread: make breadcrumbs.
Instead of going the savory route, I headed in the sweet direction because I was still thinking about those donuts LOL. So this is where the inspiration for these buttered toast snickerdoodles came from. If I was good at making donuts, I would have probably tried to make donuts but perhaps one day, when I actually make a really good yeasted donut 😬.
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Ingredients for Butter Toast Snickerdoodles
These cookies consist of ingredients you’ll typically see in snickerdoodles with the addition of breadcrumbs for the butter toast crumbs added in.
- leftover crust or stale bread
- cinnamon sugar: homemade or store bought
- butter: I have had best results using Becel plant based block butter
- granulated sugar
- light brown sugar
- flax egg or egg
- vanilla extract
- all purpose flour
- cream of tartar or baking powder
- baking soda
How to Make Butter Toast Snickderdoodles
- Add stale bread to a food processor and blend until crumbly. Toast the bread until dry (about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes or until golden brown).
- Melt butter over medium high heat and then add the toasted breadcrumbs. Cook for a minute and then add in the cinnamon sugar and cook for another minute until the breadcrumbs are very toasty and cinnamon sugar is evenly spread out. Remove from heat and transfer to a paper towel lined plate or parchment paper.
- Whisk together melted butter, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add in flax egg or egg and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Fold in the dry ingredients using a rubber spatula until half combined. Fold in 1/2 cup (45-50 g) of the cinnamon sugar breadcrumbs until just combined and there are no more dry patches of flour. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
- Pre-heat oven to 325 F (162 c)
- Remove dough and scoop 1 1/2 tbsp (25 g) of dough and roll in breadcrumbs. Stack two pieces of dough together. Alternatively, weigh 50 grams of dough and roll into slightly taller balls.
- Coat in cinnamon butter toast breadcrumb mixture. You may need to ‘press’ them in as you’re rolling them.
- Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 9-14 minutes or until edges are just set, rotating the moving trays halfway. Remove from the oven half way and bang on countertop. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and move to cooling rack. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs and enjoy!!
If you don’t have flax seeds of dairy free butter on hand you can swap them out for:
- flax eggs – for eggs
- plant based butter – dairy butter
I have not tested this recipe with gluten free flours, so cannot guarantee results. However, if you do experiment with any flours, please leave a comment below on how it turned out!
Snickerdoodles typically require a standmix to beat the butter and sugar, but for this recipe all you need is a bowl, hand whisk and rubber spatula for the dough. I do recommend a light coloured baking pan to ensure the bottoms of the cookies don’t burn.
These cookies can be kept at room temperature in a airtight container for up to 3 days. Baked cookies can also be frozen, but I highly recommend freezing the dough instead and baking when ready.
Remove the cookies as soon as the edges turn golden brown and don’t over bake or they will dry out!
Yes! Cream of tartar gives it the signature snickerdoodle tang and lift, but can be swapped with a bit of baking powder that will err more of a cookie sugar cookie.
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