Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodle cookies


Even though I love decorating, and slaving for hours over complicated desserts, somehow I don't like making cookies too much. It just seems like too much effort, when I could make bars out of them just as easily. The most probable reason would be my tiny oven, in which I can just about manage to squeeze about 10 cookies. So for cookies with yeilds like these, it takes atleast 5 whole turns, which is a long time to sit about, doing nothing, while waiting for it all to get over so that I can go out. I love being active, baking, but just waiting for the cookies to be done is akin to torture for me!


A few days ago, I was craving snickerdoodles bad, and no matter how much I tried to push it away for aforementioned reasons, it simply wouldn't go. I contemplated halving, or even quartering the recipe, but went for the full recipe in the end, figuring, it's a rare occasion when I make cookies, I'll make a lot so that they'll last forever.


Snickerdoodles waiting to be rolle


However, after I tasted one of these cookies, I realised they aren't going to last too long, and they were so good that I'm pretty sure there are a lot of cookies lined up in my future. They make a nice soft snickerdoodle, that just barely crunchy on the out, chewy on the inside, not too sweet, thus complimenting the cinnamon sugar coating perfectly. They are a wonderful treat, and if you're one of those lucky ones to have those huge in-built oven, these will be ready in an instant.


Snickerdoodles rolled in cinnamon sugar


I like slightly puffy cookies, and so I put them in as round balls, as you can see. If you like flatter cookies, just flatten them a bit before you bake them. These cookies require you to chill the dough and the cookie sheets before baking, something that drastically reduces spreading




Snickerdoodles
Adapted from RecipeZaar
Yield - 50 cookies using a 1 tbsp scoop


1 cup [2 sticks/ 225 g] butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt


5 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons cinnamon


Instructions -


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [160 C]. Line two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one a time, beating between additions.
  3. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Slowly add this to the butter mixture, beating on low till flour is incorporated.
  4. Chill dough for 30 minutes. Mix together the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl, keep aside.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out the dough into little balls. Roll them completely in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and bake on chilled cookie sheets for 10 - 12 minutes.
  6. Let sit for about 2 minutes, then cool on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

22 comments:

  1. Mm this is one of my favorite cookies. I tend to like mine thinner and chewier, but I'm sure I'd love these too :).

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  2. These are my husbands favorite cookie! They look yummy!

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  3. Avanika, I adore snickerdoodles! These look like they are perfect!
    And I understand the boredom behind cookie baking. By the time the last batch goes into the oven I no longer care about making them look neat and uniform ergo everyone can tell which stage of boredom I was in based on the appearance of the cookies. :D

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  4. I have made them for a book review. I kinda liked it :) I hate to disagree, but, I love baking cookies! :D

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  5. My husband loves snickerdoodles. Haven't made them for a while.
    Did you know there are snickerdoodle bars? Make your life even easier and get the cookie you're craving. You could just google it and find them all over the place.
    Isn't that funny, I would rather MAKE batches of cookies than anything else. Glad we're all different, huh!

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  6. I love snickdoodles but not had them for ages, yours look delicous. Love how round they are, would make for yummy soft centres.

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  7. What beautiful snickerdoodles! That is a speciality I really love. Very addictive!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Xiaolu - I'm going to try one of those flat cookies too. Recommendations?

    April - Thanks!

    Valerie - Heehe the same happens to me. Except that I did this one in stages! I was just throwing them in towards the end :P

    Ria - Oh I love a good argument. Disagree away :)

    Katrina - Hmm.. I never thought of making these as bars, next time for sure. And yup, judging by the endless cookie recipes on your blog, it's kinda obvious :)

    Katie - Oh yeah, they were wonderfully soft!

    Rosa - Addictive they are. I'm already contemplating a a twist on these!

    Val - Thanks <3

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  9. So, so delicious. I love a good snickerdoodle. Soft and chewy on the inside, you say? I'm so there. :)

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  10. Greetings from Malaysia!

    Stumbled upon your site and love it (I've already subscribed to your posts)! I've just bought 2 baking books and in the process of reading it. I am going to venture into the land of baking soon and hope I can learn more from your site!

    http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/post/2010/08/13/Off-On-A-New-Adventure.aspx

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  11. Hubby loves these! I made a cinnamon version and they went down a treat! :D

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  12. It's been way too long since I've made snickerdoodles! These are gorgeous yummmm. Good idea making a full batch. ;)

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  13. Avanika I feel the same about Cookies and even have the same issues as yours(I have a tiny oven too), but inspite of all this I think I bake Chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies every other week!, they are sooooo addictive, damn!
    These snickerdoodles look awesome, they are up next!!

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  14. I haven't made these yet, and after seeing yours I most definitely shall! :)

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  15. LaChelle @ SugarDuchess - If you like soft and chewy, these are perfect for you!!

    I'm a full-time mummy - Welcome to the blog. Glad you're liking it, see you around :)

    Lorraine - Huh? Aren't snickerdoodles always with cinnamon?

    eatme_delicious - Oh, you won't even know when the batch vanishes straight in front of your eyes!

    bindiya - Wow. I simply don't have the patience for it! Come back and let me know what you think of these ;)

    Aparna - Oh, please do!

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  16. Always looking for a great snickerdoodle recipe! These sound great!

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  17. Amen, sista! I don't like baking cookies either. Too much work when I can make the same thing in bar form.

    Btw, I'm digging the all the non chocolatey posts! :) ha-ha!
    ~ingrid

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  18. good tips. sometimes when i make these, they get too flat

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  19. How funny is that I have been craving a snicker doodle for weeks! I pop over here and boom here they are again! I guess I need to bake some, its a sign!

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  20. cookies and cups - This is the one you'll find on most places, it's the most common, most loved one :)

    Ingrid - Hehe now because I love you so, I'm going to post a chocolate recipe, just for you :)

    Justin - Thanks. Refrigerating them really reduces spreading.

    Sweet Sins - It sure is. Be sure to report back :)

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  21. snickerdoodles are one of my favorites!

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