This recipe appeared in the December 3rd edition of my local newspaper, The Hinton Voice.
[My friend Sarah hosted a cookie exchange this past Sunday and for this particular cookie event, I decided to make one of my favourite nostalgic cookies - the Snickerdoodle. My friend’s mom used to always make us Snickerdoodles when we were little, and my Gramma’s all time favourite spice to bake with is cinnamon so needless to say, these cookies definitely carry a lot of feel good vibes whenever they’re around.
With a name like Snickerdoodles, you have to have to wonder about their history (I did anyway). Word on the street is that Snickerdoodles are German in origin, and that the name is derived from the German word Schneckennudel ("snail noodles"), a rolled type of pastry also made with cinnamon (quite similar to cinnamon buns). There’s also another theory that the name is no more than a nonsense word without a particular meaning, originating from a New England tradition of whimsical cookie names (pass the Joe Froggers please).
What gives them their particular charm are their crackled tops coated with sparkles of cinnamon and sugar. Cream of tartar combined with baking soda leavens the dough and with gives it the required lift to make the soft pillowy centres that make these cookies so unique.
As with most any cookie, it’s essential to start with a cold dough. For best results make the dough the night before and refrigerate. I wouldn’t recommend baking these without at least an hour in the fridge, or my personal favourite method - outside on your deck on a cold winter’s day.]
Recipe makes 2 dozen large cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla bean extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla bean extract and 2 large eggs, one at a time.
Combine dry ingredients and work into wet batter.
Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour but preferable overnight.
Measure the dough into 2 tbsp balls and roll in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Refrigerate the dough once again for 15-20 minutes (trust me, this is an essential step for ultimate cookie pillowyness).
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. The cookies will look slightly underdone on top, but as long as they have a slight crackle on top, they will cool to the perfect texture.
Once you pull the cookie tray out of the oven, leave the cookies on the tray for 5 more minutes to firm up. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Always start the next batch with a cold cookie sheet.