Monday, March 12, 2012

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles have always been one recipe that I make better than Mom! This meant that while growing up, I was the one that made the Snickerdoodles.  They are not my most favorite dessert, but Mom loves them so I decided to whip a quick batch before my trip back to my parents' house this past weekend.   

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Recipe from Our Best Bites
1 3/4 cups sugar (12.25 oz), divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt*
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter* (not margarine) at room temp
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
*if using salted butter, just omit table salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish and set aside.  Whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl.
Beat butter, shortening, and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.
Reduce speed of mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds.  Give dough final stir to ensure that no flour pockets remain.
Working with 1-2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls.  Working in batches, roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet spaced 1-2 inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time until edges of cookies are set and just barely beginning to brown, but centers are still soft and puffy, about 10-12 minutes.  The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone.  Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.  Makes about 2 dozen 3-4 inch cookies.

This was just one of the many sweet treats we had throughout the weekend. More on that to come.

This week Kaydin is enjoying a Spring Break vacation back at Grammy and Papa's. That means a vacation for me, too! Although mine isn't as fun as hers. I'm still working all week and cleaning the apartment. I get so much more done when there's not a little girl behind messing up what I clean.  Last night I tackled her closet.  In 30 minutes I had it organized and lots of junk removed.  Now to keep the motivation going and finish up her messy room! :)
It won't be all work and cleaning this week, though.  When Kaydin is away it means more quality time with Tim! We don't have any big plans, but I have a few fun things in mind!