Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Not your average Snickerdoodles

Years and years ago, my Sergeant brought in these cookies and he was kind enough to give me one. I remember I went nuts for them. Declaring my love (to the cookie) and demanding he get the recipe from his wife. I didn’t even know his wife, but I didn’t care. I wanted more and she had to supply it to me.

Thing was, she was a little reluctant to give it. Instead of a recipe, she’d give me a clear bag of all the dry ingredients mixed together with the remaining instructions to bake the cookies. It satisfied my need for them, but not for having it broken down so I could make them as often as I wanted.

3 more times she gave me the bag of dry ingredients, before I pleaded with her to give me the recipe. By this point months had gone by, we had become friends (it helps when you gush over someone’s cookies), and she finally conceded and I had the recipe in my hands.

First thing I noticed was how simple it was. So very simple. I’ve seen many other snickerdoodle recipes and they called for so many things, but not this one. That only served to have me fall in love with them more.

I made them and they were perfection. what can I say? I’m an exceptional baker.

Having it for years, I think it’s high time I share it with you all so you too can have perfection in the form of a snickerdoodle cookie.

One tip of mine while baking them. Under bake. I’m a major advocate for soft cookies. Hard cookies aren’t enjoyable to me. They crumble… no no no.

So when it says bake for 8-10 minutes, plan on taking them out around 8-9 minutes. I tested the first batch (in a new to me oven) this last time at 9:15 minutes and though they were soft, I took all the others out at 9. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but it’s a science and 9 minutes made them perfectly soft yet firm. (my old oven I would take them out at 8) Snickerdoodles are meant to be soft.

just sayin’


In a bowl combine the dry:

2 3/4 C flour
1 1/2 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar

((if you want to give this as a gift, combine all those above in a cellophane bag with a ribbon and give them the following instructions))

1 C softened butter
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 C sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixer or large bowl, cream the butter until light, add the eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth. Add the dry ingredient mix slowly and continue to beat until the dough begins to form. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sugar/cinnamon mix. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Go forth and make many merry, my friends, by making these delectable cookies.


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Wendy said...

This recipe looks so easy! And tasty! I will be trying it out this weekend! Hope you are having a great week!

http://sweetcanadian.blogspot.com/ said...

I love to bake, but have never heard of snickerdoodles before. I am real picky though so not sure i want to give them a try (cream of tartar??). Your pics look like you did a good job though.

My-cliffnotes said...

I need these you know my address ;)

Erin said...

Oh I have tasted the sweet goodness of these cookies and they are so evil we kept taking more and more from the bag. Thank you for posting the recipe so I can not have self control at my own house. LOL Trust me sweetcanadian these are worth trying!! Thanks sis!! :)


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