Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Snickerdoodles

We were invited by a Chinese family over for dinner and the wife requested that I bring snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles? Really?I thought that Chinese didn't care for super-sweets? Apparently, she had tried snickerdoodles before and loved them, so she wanted to share them with her family.

I had never made snickerdoodles before. I'm not a big cookie person. I like quick-breads, muffins and scones. I like baking projects that take 15 minutes to prepare, then 15-55minutes to sit and wait for the lovely smells to fill the house.

Cookies are more complicated than this. One must be on the ball throughout the whole process. You have to watch the cookies and prepare batch after batch after batch, and then there are the cookies sheets to clean.

But snickerdoodles she wanted and so snickerdoodles I made.

Apparently, the key to these cookies is butter. Butter and Sugar.

After the cookie dough has been made, you must roll the dough into little balls and then roll these little balls in cinnamon-sugar. Or maybe I should call it sugar-cinnamon.
Need a little extra sweetness in your life? Here's the recipe:

2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking bowder
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup sugar 
2 teaspoons cinnamon

whisk together flour, salt and baking powder
in another bowl, beat the butter and the sugar until smooth
add the eggs, one at a time
scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla extract
add the flour mixture and beat until the dough is smooth
if the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (1-2hrs)
preheat oven to 400F degrees and either line w/parchment paper or grease cookie sheet
shape dough into 1in balls
combine sugar and cinnamon
roll balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, about 2in apart
using the bottom of a glass, flatten each cookie
bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown (the centers will be soft)
{makes 4-5 dozen cookies}

A delicious, cross-cultural crowd-pleaser, you don't get much better than that!

P.S. our Chinese friends ate at least 2 cookies each. One even had 4!

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