Friday, December 12, 2014

Snickerdoodles

No relation to a Snicker's candy bar!


Old-fashioned Snickerdoodle cookies are, basically, chewy sugar cookies rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture!   Sounds great already, right? 

Snickerdoodles have been around for a long time, yet they are often overlooked. Maybe it's because they are more plain looking than today's creations or maybe because they don't use fancy ingredients. But what these old fashioned Snickerdoodles do have is great flavor, so it is almost impossible to eat just one.

While using the most basic of ingredients; butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and ground cinnamon, when you bite into one you will find the edges are wonderfully crisp yet inside the texture is soft and chewy with a lovely buttery sweet flavor. Snickerdoodles are similar to a sugar cookie in taste, only instead of sprinkling a little white granulated sugar on top of each cookie before baking, you roll the entire cookie in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
Don't let the 400 degree oven throw you off, either.  For years I thought that it was too high of a heat for cookies until one day I followed directions.  Oh yes, big difference, they bake up quickly and perfectly at this temperature!  So, if you haven't had a Snickerdoodle yet, here's your chance to enjoy the best cinnamon-sugar cookie ever!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2-3 tsp. cinnamon

Heat oven to 400'F. 

Mix thoroughly butter, shortening,  1 1/2 c. sugar and eggs. 

Blend in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.

Mix 2 Tbsp. sugar and the cinnamon; roll balls in mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until set (closer to 8 minutes)

Immediately remove from baking sheet onto wire rack to cool.  Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

* Cream of tartar is used in traditional snickerdoodle recipes and gives it the cookies a unique tangy taste and chewy texture. Still, you can substitute the cream of tartar AND the baking soda from the recipe and instead use 2 teaspoons of baking powder.


"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  -Isaiah 9:6

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