Snickerdoodles – a classic cookie with a classically silly name.
I love baking in the morning – particularly the early morning. There’s a comfortable quietness hovering like mist over meadows in the dawnlight. It’s very peaceful.
And if you’re gearing up for holiday baking just as I am, then you could probably use all the peace you can find. Heeheehee.
This sort of peace is particularly cinnamon-sugary… and you know, I’m okay with that.
If you’re going to a cookie exchange, looking for a cookie to wash down that piece of pumpkin pie with, or just looking for a bite of delicious simplicity, then you should give snickerdoodles a try. (They’ve certainly never let me down.)
This recipe varies slightly from your typical snickerdoodle in that I added vanilla extract and used vanilla sugar. Pure cookie perfection.
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ¾ cups vanilla sugar, plus more for coating
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if necessary (ha, necessary)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift or whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set this bowl aside. In another large bowl, beat butter and 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat to fully combine. Add dry ingredients and stir until fully incorporated. Chill dough for about an hour.
Combine remaining vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl for rolling the balls of dough. After dough has chilled, use a small ice cream/cookie dough scoop or a rounded teaspoon to form balls of dough – roll these in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Place them two-inches apart on the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes – until the cookies begin to set and crack. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely (or as long as you can wait without inhaling one…)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! Let the joys of holiday baking commence!