Snicker-doodles from London’s Famous Hummingbird Cupcake Shop & Loving Life in London …….. with Lilly!

A final, festive day of Jubilee celebration……….

………… sixty years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth …………. and a very proud day for all of England. I’m here in London, visiting my daughter and her family and I’ve loved seeing all the delightful festivities. Today was the final day of celebrations; a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage parade to Buckingham Palace and the culmination – a balcony appearance by the Royal Family. The streets were packed with well-wishers and loyal citizens, many who had queued for untold hours, just to get a glimpse!

You might be wondering if I joined all the excitement ……… well, not exactly………….. but I’ve definitely had my own fun and festivities. You see, my daughter and her husband took their two older girls off on a little getaway and I’ve been able to spend this time with my youngest grandchild, Lilly.

Lilly is two and a half and is delightful, full of life, energy and…….. a zillion shenanigans – she has kept me laughing, almost non-stop. We have traipsed all over this end of London, visiting parks, riding bikes, talking (Oh, how she LOVES to talk!), playing games and just hanging out together. And although we didn’t venture into the heart of the Jubilee activities, we did see evidence of the loyalty and great British patriotism – there were celebratory decorations;  flags, bunting and every imaginable paraphernalia in royal red, white and blue – everywhere we went! Check out a few photos from our day.

Since life in London involves a ton of walking, many children become quite adept at riding scooters at a very young age. Many of the primary schools actually have “scooter parking lots” just outside the school. It’s quite a sight to see hundreds of little scooters all lined up! Lilly, at two and a half can speed down these London sidewalks way faster than Grammy can walk, but when she gets to a corner she waits patiently for me to catch up! 🙂
We had fun playing at the park!

Although we didn’t get to the Jubilee celebration, just about everywhere we went today was looking quite festive!

Even the flowers seemed to be cheering on the Queen in beautiful hues of British red & white!

Oh, don’t let me forget the cookies …………

………… After returning home from our adventures today, we took naps (much needed, after all the walking and scootter-ing!) and then decided to bake cookies. Being in London, it really wouldn’t do, to bake just any kind of cookie!  I decided on a recipe I’ve had my eye on ever since my daughter received Cake Days – the  Hummingbird Bakery cookbook as a Christmas gift. The book hails from a famous cupcake shop here in London which has gained notoriety all over the world. I’ve always been quite smitten by Snicker-doodle Cookies and the Hummingbird Bakery version looked especially delicious. I wasn’t disappointed with the results; crisp, crackly, cinnamon-y exteriors with soft tender interiors. Lilly thought they were yummy too!


Just teasing, mum & dad! She really only had a small piece for dessert! 

Hummingbird Cupcake Shop Snicker-doodle Cookies

4 ounces (120g) butter, softened
1 ½ cups (320g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 ¼ cups (480g) all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ingredients for rolling the dough balls:
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

1. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, mix well and scrape down bowl, mix again to ensure all ingredients are combined well.

2. Add the remaining ingredients to the butter mixture in three additions and mix until combined.

3. Preheat oven to 325°F.

4. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl. Scoop up dough in approximately 2 tablespoon-size pieces and roll into balls. Roll these balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture making sure they are completely coated.

5. Arrange balls of dough onto baking sheets (line with parchment paper if desired), about 2 inches apart. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 12 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown. They will crack, this is fine. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack.


24 thoughts on “Snicker-doodles from London’s Famous Hummingbird Cupcake Shop & Loving Life in London …….. with Lilly!”

  • These look fabulous, and I have been on a quest for the “perfect” Snickerdoodle for ages! Looking forward to trying them, but I wanted to make sure that quantity for the butter is right–only 4 oz.? My other recipes have been double the butter/shortening amount.

  • I made these shortly after this was originally posted and have made them several times since. They are the best!

  • Love this post – it’s been 20 years since I’ve been to London. Had it pinned to try and finally made a half batch of the cookies tonight. And they are delightful! My daughter loved them too, I’ll have to make another full batch! And find a copy of the book… 😉

  • Lilly is so adorable! wow, i would think small kids like lilly riding scooters is such a cool thing to do!! It makes me smile reading that she waits for you to catch up!

  • Awww, love that you got some family time in lovely London during such a fun festive time! Your grand-daughter is soo adorable. The cutest kitchen helper ever! I love how nice and fluffy your snickerdoodles are. Mine always come out flat! boohoo

  • What a wonderful day you had together. Lilly is just gorgeous and those eyes. She could have looked up at me and I’d give her the whole plate of biscuits if she asked.

    You’ll never guess what I have on my to do list today (I wrote it earlier in the week)… make snikerdoodles! I just chose them because I like the name but now I can’t wait to make them.

  • She is just beautiful, and what gorgeous big eyes!!! What a blessing to be able to have this time just the two of you together!!! I love your shot of the decorations and double-decker bus, and other shots of London, you have given us a very good overview!

  • Oh I cant get enough of this pretty face, Lilly is such a cute little girl!
    I love your cookies, you know I was wondering what is the Snicker doodle thing, I;m going to make them for the weekend!
    Hugs my friend, and have a safe trip back home.

  • Thanks for the sweet memories. My husband and I just returned from a European tour that started in London and we can’t get enough of that lovely city!

  • How nice to be able To spend quality time with one grandchild and how nice for your daughter and son in law to have such a great mom that will do this for them. My mom and dad were the same way and still babysit but for my dogs now.

    I always enjoy your stories with your grand kids this is especially sweet. These snicker doodles look so fluffy and light, certainly not like the ones I’ve had. They look wonderful. I’m saving this recipe and may have to check out this book on amazon.

    Have a great time in London.

  • London looks so pristine and proper. I enjoyed your photos, especially of Lilly. Enjoy your stay. I know they all love having you there. Susan

  • This little Lilly is soooooooooo cute!!!!! And she looks like she enjoys the super cookies! Actually I have this book at home (present too) and I think you make me want to bake these cookies!

  • Ohh, how lovely it must be to spend time with your grandchildren! The cookies looks so delicious! And the picture of Lilly with cookies in her hands is so sweet 🙂 Cheers!

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