Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Snickerdoodles...everyone's childhood favorite!

Well, they may not be everyone's absolute favorite, because there are certainly enough chocolate chip cookies, oreos, shortbreads, etc in my past to give them a run for their money.  But these are probably the first cookies I learned how to make.  I've adjusted the recipe only slightly, even keeping the baking soda and cream of tartar rather than switching to baking powder.  I like how the soda gives the cookies a slightly higher loft.  But you can do as you choose :-)


1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c shortening
2 eggs
1/4 t vanilla
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/4 c sugar
2 t ground cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF.  Mix 1 1/2 c sugar, the butter, shortening, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl. Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Mix 1/4 c sugar and the cinnamon together on a small plate.

Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture.  Refrigerate for 15 or 20 minutes. 

Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.  Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet covered in parchment.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set, rotating the pan half way through. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool.

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