Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. -John Muir

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Snickerdoodles :)


I never like to go over a friends house empty handed especially when football watching is involved.  Snickerdoodles are very easy to make and I never ever have to go home with left overs.  This year I made some for a few football gatherings with friends.  The secret of these babies is to not mush they together too much with your hands when you roll them into balls.  If you leave some air in them you will have a much better cookie.  Don't expect these cookies to become flat.  If you ball them properly they will retain some of their original volume.

Dry Ingredients (whisk together in medium bowl) :
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Wet Ingredients:
1 cup butter (soft)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

With an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.  Add dry ingredients in 3 parts.  The resulting mixture should look similar to the picture below.

Now for the lovely cinnamon sugar coating.  I actually keep a jar of cinnamon sugar in my fridge for toast and for coating cookies with.  Yum.

In a small bowl combine:
1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Roll golf ball sized balls of dough and coat them in cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 400 deg for 7-10 minutes of until the just begin to get golden brown.

I always. always burn my mouth trying to eat a few right out of the oven and then can't taste anything else for the rest of the day.  But look at these little jewels.  How can you resist?

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