Saturday, December 5, 2009

Weekend Cooking: Snickerdoodles

Saturday has come to mean Weekend Cooking, the new feature hosted at Beth Fish Reads. Stop by, see what's cooking, and leave your link to any type of food-related post.

I've been baking this week, but not Christmas cookies just yet. We're traveling to Massachusetts this weekend for Daughter #1's basketball tournament, and she has requested "Snickerdoodles".

This is the recipe my mother used when I was growing up. It's hard to believe that I've been making them with my girls since they needed a step-stool to reach the kitchen counter! The recipe is very kid-friendly. What child doesn't enjoy rolling the dough into little balls and rolling the balls in cinnamon sugar?

Snickerdoodles

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Mix 2 T sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside

In an electric mixer, combine butter, shortening, sugar , and eggs. Beat until smooth and fluffy.

Gradually add in flour mixture. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Roll balls in cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.
Enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. Oh yum! We may have to make these...

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  2. I love Snickerdoodles! We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. Perhaps it's time to make them again!

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  3. Tee hee hee.

    My dad loved Snickerdoodles. And everytime my mom would make them, he'd snicker. It's one of those cheesy family traditions...

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  4. Yumm! Nigella has a recipe for these which I made years ago and have been meaning to try again for a while.

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  5. I love Snickerdoodles too. I haven't made them in a very long time but I'm getting out the stuff today. Just the smell of cinnamon from the oven will a great Saturday treat.

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  6. Hey! Your mom used the same recipe for snickerdoodles (don't you love the name) that mine did! Best of luck to daughter #1 and her team in their tournament. They will definitely be perked up by these!

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  7. Mmm...love snickerdoodles! I will be saving this recipe as the one I use is inconsistent as far as the results. Best of luck for the tournament:)

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  8. I can smell them!! Yummy!! I'm copying your recipe!!

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  9. Sandy - Let me know if you try them...gotta love those snickerdoodles!

    Beth F - One of the reasons I keep making these is my own childhood memories.

    Caite - I can honestly say I've never met a cookie I didn't like ;-)

    Softdrink - Cheesy family traditions are the best!!

    Verity - Oh, I'd love to compare this recipe with Nigella's.

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  10. Margot - There is something comforting about the smell of cinnamon, isn't there?

    DS - That must have been 'the' snickerdoodle recipe back in the day! The girls lost Friday night, but had a very exciting come-back win today...which they're attributing it to the cookies!

    Book Psmith - Hope you have better results with this recipe. It's been around for quite some time. The team was .500 at the tournament, but (if I can brag here) Daughter #1 had her career-best game today, and got a trophy for being named to the all-tournament team!

    Staci - This recipe is a classic! Hope you like it...

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  11. I have eaten my fair share of these...but I've never made them. I'm always looking for fun things to try in the kitchen with my nieces!

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  12. Yummy :-) Love snickerdoodles. :-)

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  13. My mom makes these every Christmas :) Yummy.

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  14. Jill - Go ahead and give them a try. I'm sure your nieces would love it!

    Marie - It's hard to decide whether I like the cookie or the name more!

    Stacybuckeye - They are a delicious treat, aren't they?

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  15. Awesome...that is so wonderful! I think all moms should be able to brag every once in a while:)

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  16. They look wonderful JoAnn, and I bet your kitchen smelled even better! Best of luck to your daughter with her basketball!

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  17. Book Psmith - I don't usually carry on like that, but I think this time I was even more excited about the game than she was.

    Darlene - There should probably be a candle with a snickerdoodle scent - they smell so good! There are a couple more basketball games before the holidays, but then we travel to Texas for a tournament between Christmas and New Years.

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  18. What a nice mom! Snickerdoodles are my all-time favorite. Yum. If you are interested in an easy, so-delicious Christmas bread check this out:

    http://theglasgowclan.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-bread.html

    Makes 6 loaves, but we never want to give any away.

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  19. Kim - I'll definitely be over to check that out! I'm looking for a new Christmas bread-type recipe to make and share.

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  20. Kim - Your recipe looks delicious! I'd like to try it this year, but one question. Do you know how much butter is in a "cube"?

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