Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Christy's Super Tasty Snickerdoodles

In a completely random conversation the other day, my coworker Christy and I started talking about snickerdoodles. The only ones I know and tasted are Nigella's from her Domestic Goddess tome. Christy had a different version that she said were like actually cookies -- my snickerdoodles were like little munchkin donut holes.

We decided to do a snickerdoodle challenge and bring the goodies to work... Of course, my brain is like a sieve, and the day I was supposed to go out and buy ingredients for the snickerdoodles, I completely forgot about it, and then I was just too lazy to go out again.

Christy, thankfully, is less scatterbrained than I am, and did bring her snickerdoodles to work. They were delicious, chewy, sweet, awesome, super. Super tasty snickerdoodles. As Christy promised, they were flatter like real cookies. The picture below, from the Betty Crocker website, pretty much shows what Christy's snickerdoodles looked like.

Her recipe is a classic from Better Homes and Gardens and follows below. Try it, man!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
2. In a small mixing bowl combine the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 36 cookies.

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