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Friday, February 19, 2010

Snickerdoodles


I don't think I actually had a Snickerdoodle until I was a teenager.  I pretty much was a chocolate chip cookie girl.  If there was a choice, chocolate, in any form, won :)  But now, now I would have a hard time choosing.  There is something about the buttery moist texture and the wonderful cinnamon and sugar flavor of these cookies.  It's a bit unclear how the name for these cookies came about, but recipes for them started showing up in American cookbooks and newspapers in the early twentieth century.  I have had Snickerdoodles that are much thinner then the ones I have made, I don't know exactly why mine don't flatten more, but the taste, the taste is still the same, so I am happy with the outcome. If you have never had a Snickerdoodle, I highly recommend trying this recipe out.  You just may never go back to chocolate chip cookies.... hehehe..yea, right!!

Snickerdoodles
From Martha Stewart's Cookies cookbook
Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups, plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar.  Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Mix in eggs.  Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture.  (if you do not have a stand mixer you can do this all by hand, it will just take longer)

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl.  Shape dough into twenty 1 3/4-inch balls; roll in cinnamon sugar.  Space 3-inches apart on baking sheets.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 10-15 minutes.  Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.  Enjoy!

8 comments:

Andrea said...

I love love LOVE snickerdoodles! Your post has inspired me to make a batch this afternoon. The perfect way to enjoy a snowy afternoon :)

Jenn said...

Glad I could inspire you Andrea!! SNOW? Really? Geez, it's a beautiful 78 degress here!!!

Sook said...

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite kinds of cookies!! I didn't try them until I was in college. And I love them!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I am a total sucker for these - your look gorgeous and perfectly cinnamon-y:)

Jenn said...

Miss Meat and Potatoes, I use a Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon from Penzeys spices.. it's a bit darker and so much more tastier then regular cinnamon!

Debbie said...

Would you believe I have never made snickerdoodles? I saw these recently on another food blog and now I definitely have the bug to make them. Yours look wonderful!!!

Ashleigh said...

I've never heard of these and they don't look the littlest bit familiar.
I wonder if it's cuz I'm Canadian...
They look tasty. Gonna have to try them.

Velva said...

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies! Just love them. Your recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.