Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Snickerdoodles

I find myself turning yet again to Martha Stewart’s cookie book when I’m looking for a cookie recipe. A friend of mine was having an event at his place, and I happened to know he was a big fan of snickerdoodles, so I decided to whip these up. Fortunately, this recipe comes together incredibly quickly, and turned out very good. They weren’t quite as soft as snickerdoodles I’m used to (admittedly, I don’t eat a lot of snickerdoodles), but my guess is that it’s because this recipe uses butter in place of shortening.

Martha’s Snickerdoodles

Martha says it makes 18, I found closer to 24

2 ¾ cups flour 
2 tsp baking powder 
½ tsp salt 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
1 ½ cups plus 
2 T sugar 
2 large eggs 
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. Beat together the 1 ½ cups of sugar and the butter at low speed until fluffy. Turn the mixer speed up to medium and add the eggs. Gently mix in the flour mixture.

3. Roll the dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Mix the remaining 2 T of sugar and the cinnamon. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until they are completely covered.

4. Bake the cookies (I found an insulated baking sheet worked best for these), leaving them lots of room on the sheets to spread out. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Let cool on a rack. 

2 comments:

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Amicus- You may not eat a bunch of snickerdoodles, but I do! They're far-and-away my favorite cookies. Ever. Yours look beautiful, but I gotta confess, I've been making my Grandma's snickerdoodles since I was a teen (substituting butter for her written oleo) and I'm pretty sure I am constitutionally incapable of making Martha's over my Grandma's. My Grandma is cuddlier than Martha.

Amicus Cupcake said...

Rebecca,
Sorry it's taken me so long to write back, but I'm busy getting ready for finals. I think one of the joys of cookies has got to be those old recipes that you've been having since you were little. I don't find it hard to believe that your grandmother is cuddlier than Martha either.