Thursday, March 12, 2009
I think I make these once a week. They are a favorite with everyone, especially Josh. It's not just the kind of cookie, it is this particular recipe. It's really, really tasty. I like to cook mine just until the middle looks dry (before they even start to brown) so they are soft and chewy. Josh likes his light brown around the edges so they are crispy. The recipe calls for refrigerating the dough for an hour. They really are better if you can spare the time. We can never wait so I always cook one sheet right after making the dough and then put the rest of the dough in the fridge. We cook a sheet at a time whenever we're in the mood, but the dough doesn't last more than a day or two. Also, the recipe calls for butter and shortening, which I usually don't cook with. I've tried using all butter but really like the result I get with the half butter, half shortening combo. If you decide to use all butter your cookies will be crisper but will still have great flavor.
Snickerdoodles (from Great Cookies by Carol Walter)
In mixer, with paddle attachment beat:
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
Meanwhile, in another bowl whisk together:
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
2 t. cream of tartar
1/2 t. salt
Once butter and shortening are mixed and fluffy, slowly add:
1 1/2 c. sugar
Mix until fluffy. Add:
1 t. vanilla extract
With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients. Mix just until combined. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour. Roll into small balls, coat in cinnamon sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.