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Thursday, December 9, 2010
A Snickerdoodle Saga
Since Blogger.com decided to eat my original post this morning I headed off to bake the dozens of cookies I need for my daughter's Christmas party. What is that saying about the "best laid plans?"
First we had to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas-cute movie, funny songs-then we got down to the business of baking cookies; copious amounts of cookies.
(Above: Innocuous looking little buggers, huh?)
Now, I love to cook but my enthusiasm for food runs toward roasting, braising, sauteing ... baking is just not my thing; at least not when it comes to cookies!
Don't get me wrong, I love to eat cookies, I even love to search for new recipes; I just don't like implementing them. It's the actual baking time that always seems to be my breaking point. Scooping out all of those little dollops, watching to see that they don't burn, taking them out of the oven at the peak of their perfection ... see where I'm going with this?
I started out making the Snickerdoodle batter. Everything went fine. Popped the batter into the fridge to chill and moved on to make the chocolate chip batter. Again, I have no problems mixing the stuff up, it's that actual baking thing that gets me-every time!
The chocolate chip cookies spread halfway across the sheet pan, (don't ask me why, I said I didn't do this part well!), then proceeded to brown around the edges so I took them out. Now the recipe says "cool on sheet for 2 minutes then transfer, blah, blah, blah. I followed the directions, so I'd like for someone to explain to me why they were stuck like glue to the sheet pan? Huh, anybody?
I managed to get about 3 dozen usable for "company" cookies out of the batter. The rest are for "immediate family" only. So now on to the Snickerdoodle Saga, (trust me, it only went downhill after the chocolate chip cookies).
I grease the sheet pans, roll teaspoonfuls of chilled dough in cinnamon and sugar, and place them about 2 inches apart on the pans: Just Like It Said!!
You know what I'm going to say, don't you? (Go ahead, take a minute and laugh ... I'll wait.)
The darn cookies took their cue from the chocolate chip revolt and spread all over the place! One big blob of a Snickerdoodle;tasted pretty good but in no way resembling any cookie I've ever seen.
However, I persevered. The next round went into the oven and I set the timer for 3 minutes before the recipe said they'd be done. I was going to catch those little devils before they merged. Yeah, well I happened to be tweeting at the time ... and must not of heard the timer go off.
Let's just end this now. It's depressing me all over again. The last batch somehow survived and look decent enough to give away and I'm DONE baking; for the night anyway :(.
(The best of the bunch: not saying much!)
Want to try Snickerdoodles? They really are delicious-I'm just a lousy cookie maker.
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (find in the spice section-it's a stabilizer, though not apparently for willful cookies intent upon spreading to- China!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
Into a small bowl put
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions (Relax, highly doubtful you'll share my experience-I'm under a cookie curse)
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with vegetable spray
3. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda into a bowl and set aside.
4. In a mixing bowl: cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well
6. Turn mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until all is incorporated
7. Chill dough for 30-60 minutes
8. Once chilled: Take rounded teaspoon size amounts of dough, shape into a ball and roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until coated. Place on greased cookie sheets.
9. Bake for 13-16 minutes (Warning! Recipe is lying here-watch those suckers like a hawk!) or until the outside of the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch. (I've got no advice for this-see above!)
If you try this recipe give me a shout and let me know if they turned out right.
As for me? I'm thinking I need to call my Aunt Trinia: she makes the best Snickerdoodles in the world. "Hmmm, wonder how soon FedEx could get those babies here?"
Posted by Rachel Lynne at 6:14 PM