Sunday, May 31, 2009

Snickerdoodles


Snickerdoodles are one of simplest kinds of cookies to make but a definite comfort food. Since I will be graduating this Friday I'm a little scared, about my future and all. Baking though is always here,and snickerdoodles are always a great thing to make to bring back memories. These are simple and a classic.
Snickerdoodles:

2 3/4 cups (385 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Coating:
1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm enough to roll into balls (one to two hours).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Shape the dough into 1 inch round balls.
Coating: In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.


This is something I was pondering while making these:how did these sugary little cookies get the name snickerdoodles?does anyone know?

2 comments:

  1. don't be scared about what your future holds--be excited! as long as snickerdoodles are in your life, you'll be fine. :)

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  2. Congratulations on your graduation! It's great that you've found baking as a form of relaxation and connecting with happy memories.

    Nobody really knows how snickerdoodles go their name but they first appeared in New England back in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

    Happy Baking!

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