snickerdoodles for andrew
my little brother is a sergeant in the marines in the 5th regiment and is about 3 months in on a year long deployment in afghanistan. i love getting to talk to him when he is in between missions over g-chat! we even got video chat working for a few very short-lived moments in which i could see and hear him, but he could only hear me… it was incredible!!!
he just recently got back from a mission and i was asking him what his favorite cookies are (i thought i pretty much already knew the answer, but wanted to double check just in case), and one he named was “cinnamon”, which i knew meant snickerdoodles!! growing up there was a cookie store right when you walked into the mall called blue chip cookie, that mom used to take us to. we would always get one of two cookies – snickerdoodles or a sugar cookie with white icing.
i have never personally made snickerdoodles, but oh my goodness these cookies are amazingly yummy! it’s all i can do to not eat them before i ship them out to andrew for a little holiday care package! as always when i’m on the hunt for a good cookie recipe, i hit up martha stewart’s website – her cookie recipes are all so great, i have yet to come across a “bad” recipe there. and as always, martha didn’t disappoint… these cookies are the perfect soft in the center, chewy on the outside, cinnamon-y goodness type cookies you can’t keep your paws off of!
i did modify the recipe slightly because i didn’t have shortening and didn’t feel like going to the store so i simply substituted butter. her recipe also stated that they tend to spread out a lot, which is one thing i am not a fan of when it comes to cookies… luckily i know of a little trick to help prevent that! after the batter was made, i put it in the fridge for a half an hour before i started rolling the balls so that the butter could set up and not melt instantly when i put them in the oven. the result were perfectly set, non-flat snickerdoodles!!
my only hope and wish is that they are still as yummy when they reach andrew, since i know it will be a few weeks until that happens. keep your fingers crossed they keep long enough!!
makes a little over 2 dozen 3 inch wide cookies, depending on how big you make the balls
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs
preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
start my whisking together the flour, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl and set aside.
in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar for about 2 minutes on medium-high speed. scrape down the sides. turn up the speed one more notch and add in the eggs one at a time, making sure they are mixed in well after each.
stop the mixer, scrape down the sides, then add in the dry ingredients. slow the speed down to the slowest setting and mix until everything is well incorporated. put the bowl with the batter in the fridge for 30 minutes.
while the batter is chilling, mix together the remaining sugar and the cinnamon in the bowl that had the dry ingredients in it earlier (less dishes later!). after the 30 minutes, form balls with the batter a little smaller than the size of a golf ball. roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar, then bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes.
warning: these cookies are incredibly delicious and will not last long around anyone who enjoys a good cookie!!