Holiday Snickerdoodles

November 24, 2010

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By MANDY POON

Looking for that perfect treat to package up as a holiday surprise or to bring in for the office party?  Not only are snickerdoodles festive, they look fabulous and require only a few simple ingredients to throw together.

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of devouring snickerdoodles before, they are fluffy, buttery cookies, baked until lightly cracked and covered in a cinnamon sugar topping. Is there any better way to welcome the cold weather?

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Combine together in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Cookie Dough

Dry

  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Wet

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup OR maple syrup
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Steps

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the butter until light yellow and fluffy either using sheer upper arm strength (thank you, Pilates) or a hand mixer. Add sugar slowly and continue to mix together.
  4. Add the rest of the wet ingredients until all are mixed together.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the large bowl of wet ingredients, and mix until blended. Your dough is now ready! Easy, eh?
  6. If dough is too sticky to handle, chill in the fridge for about one hour.
  7. Roll the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball, then roll those balls in the bowl of cinnamon sugar topping to coat. Place dough balls about two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 10 – 11 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed up and the surface is slightly cracked. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing, then cool completely on a wire rack.

Enjoy giving these away, or nosh on them with a cup of hot cocoa!

Recipe

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