Recipe of the Week: Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

Can you believe that of all the years I have been baking I have NEVER made a snickerdoodle? Isn't that craziness?! It is such a traditional cookie, but I've just never been inspired to make them. That all changed this week when I stumbled upon this special recipe saved on my computer that I had completely forgotten about. It is a wonderfully soft snickerdoodle, no crunchy flat hockey puck cookies here! And the secret is all in the chilling process, so whatever you do don't even think about skipping that step!! You really must try them, they make your house smell so delicious, cinnamon almost makes me have a warm feeling.

2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place in refrigerator to chill. Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside. In an electric mixer (with the paddle attachment) cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add one egg at a time, combining well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture at a low speed until completely blended. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes (do not skip this step, it helps the cookies keep their beautiful shape). While the dough is chilling in a small bowl combine the 3 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon. Scoop about 1-inch balls of dough and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 10 minutes. Make sure to chill baking sheets and dough between batches.


ali said...
November 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

what do you mean by chill the dough and the baking sheet?

Melissa said...
November 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Ali-Sorry for delayed response. By 'chill' I mean place it in the refrigerator.

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