A Girl’s Best (Cookie) Friend: The Snickerdoodle

Note: I am now publishing a weekly column in the Skidmore Newspaper! For those of you who aren’t so lucky as to go to Skidmore, on Fridays, I will be posting my column as is!

SkidNews, Oct. 22, 2010

My dear new readers. There are 3 things you should know about me before we get started. 1. I like to bake.
2. I like to have adventures.
3. I always, always have room for dessert.

About a year and a half ago, these three things collided, resulting in an explosion of butter, sugar, and flour, and A Sprinkle In Time was born to the blogosphere. Now, I am no expert, just a girl who likes to share good eats with her family and friends.  It has certainly been a journey over the past year—my computer keyboard has seen its fair share of dough, batter, and chocolate splatters, and my family is always complaining that I will make them all fat, but it has been absolutely fun and delicious.

I wanted to start by introducing you to my best friend in the whole cookie world.  I present you with the snickerdoodle. Not too adventurous, I know. But they are simple to make, and they are universally loved by all. There is something just a little more exciting than your average sugar cookie, but these guys are not too extravagant or flashy. They have a little crunch, and a little chew. A little sugar and… a little more sugar. Friends, this right here is my go-to recipe. The one I always turn to for that last minute baking request. The bake sale, the group meeting, the family gathering.  You know, the one you forgot about until an hour ago.

One tip for you smart cookies who decide to try these out. Don’t skip the cream of tartar. Now as we get to know each other a little better, you will learn that I am the queen of lazy substitutions when I don’t have an ingredient on hand. However, cream of tartar seems to be the key secret ingredient for an excellent snickerdoodle, so pop over to the Chopper and invest in some.

So, I hope you are ready to set off on a new chapter of baking adventures with me. It may not always be pretty, and it might get a little messy, but I promise you it will always be yummy.

Snickerdoodles
Adapted from PopularCookieRecipes.com

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 1 cup sugar

• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

• 1 large egg

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds or by hand with a fork.  Add the 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended.  Mix in flour until ingredients come together in a ball. Cover and chill for 1 hour. (Eco-friendly tip: instead of using plastic wrap, try putting your dough in tupperware or covering it with another bowl!)

Combine the 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Place balls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden. Makes about 30 cookies. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. I dare you to eat less than 10 in one sitting (oops!)

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