Saturday, December 01, 2007

Sweet Saturday - Snickerdoodles



It's holiday time and there's magic in the air. Wait - that's not magic. It's the cozy aroma of cinnamon, which means that the Remarkable Marcy has started baking her Christmas cookies!

When I pitched this seasonal series of Saturday cookie recipes, sweet daughters Flannery and Mo demanded that I start with Snickerdoodles, a cookie almost as much fun to say as it is to eat.

The shortbread cookies topped with sugar and cinnamon are fairly ubiquitous. But I say this with an admitted bias and pure honesty - Marcy's 'doodles are the best I've ever had. They're soft, moist and highly addictive.

The recipe she uses comes from the wonderful James Beard American Cookery book, which also includes a brief historical sketch of the cookie. Here you go:

Snickerdoodles (aka Snipdoodles, or Schneckenoodles)

1 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Topping
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon

Cream the butter well, then cream in the sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs. Add the milk and the flour sifted with the salt, soda, and cream of tartar. Stir to combine well, easiest done with an electric mixer. Form into rolls about 1 inch in diameter and chill in the refrigerator. Cut off in 1-inch lengths and roll in the palms of the hand to form balls. Drop into the mixture of sugar and cinnamon, or dip only one side of the ball in the mixture and bake dipped side up. Place on a buttered cookie sheet or baking pan, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. (These cookies can also be made without chilling the dough. When mixed, dip up with a greased teaspoon, scrape off with the back of another greased teaspoon onto buttered pans, then sprinkle the tops with the cinnamon and sugar.) Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven until a delicate brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Loosen from the pans while still warm. Makes about 40 to 45 cookies.

Yummmmm. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Natural said...

Snickerdoodles sound great. I could use a batch right now. I made banana bread today, even though I'm sick.

Glad your computer issues cleared up.

Sullicom said...

sorry to hear you're sick, but I understand banana bread has tremendous healing powers. As for the computer problems, it was nothing that $300 and a litany of swear words couldn't fix.