Saturday, September 22, 2012

Snicker Doodles

August 27th was my last post?  MAN!  My hat goes off to all you 'daily' bloggers.  I just can't keep up.

I know this cookie is nothing new...but it's always been one of my favorites.  In fact,  I like them better than America's favorite cookie, the chocolate chip. But for some reason I never make them.
Last month, I was asked by a good friend to make some for her daughter's bridal shower, so I whipped out the old Betty Crocker cookbook---the one I got for my high school graduation, oh so many years ago  (back when teenage girls had 'hope chests' and collected homemaking stuff )--and made the traditional, nothing fancy, old-fashioned Snicker doodle.  And man was it good!  All sugary and cinnamony.  Mmmm. It was just like my mom used to make, because--it was the one my mom used to make!  (not flat, but a bit puffy)
No need to look any further than Betty Crocker.

What's your favorite 'nothing fancy, traditional, old-fashioned cookie?"

Snicker Doodles
from Betty Crocker
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 T sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
*I added  1/2 cup more flour than was called for. 
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix thoroughly: butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups of the sugar and the eggs.  Blend in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.  Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.
Mix the remaining sugar and the cinnamon; roll balls into mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheet.
Bake  8-10 minutes or until set.
Immediately remove from the baking sheet.
**I also refrigerated my dough for an hour or two before baking, and raised my heat to 415 degrees.  I have no rhyme or reason for this EXCEPT that I didn't want flat cookies.  I wanted them to be puffy like my mom's.  Since I live at  4000 feet above sea-level, sometimes I have to fiddle around with baking instructions.

My cookies featured at the shower... I wanted to share because the yard was so beautiful!

The backyard before the guests arrived.  And yes, those are parasols hanging from a tree.  It was so pretty.  And the Snicker Doodles were a hit!


bermudaonion said...

I love the way the cookies were presented. You won't believe this but I've never made or eaten a snickerdoodle. I know my son likes them, though, so I'm going to save your recipe.

Brenda said...

Debbie, my son-in-law loves snickerdoodles, I should make these for him. And I bet you and I have the SAME Betty Crocker cookbook, lol! I got mine 30 years ago when we got married. :o)

Brenda said...

OMG, you have to get rid of that thing where we have to prove we're not a robot. Took me four tries to post that last comment. ARGH!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

This is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Christmas cookie! What a treat - in September!

Pretend Chef said...

I need to make these for my family soon. Perfect dessert.

Susan Lindquist said...

Wow! So lovely a garden party! I LOVE those parasols! What a nice touch! As for my favorite old-timie cookie ... chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles are close seconds to soft molasses cookies ... yum! Your snickerdoodles look so light and fluffy! Excellent job!

Karen said...

I love Snickerdoodles, too :) What a pretty bridal shower that was. I love all the different (vintage?) tablecloths. I'd much rather have homemade goodies at a shower like this than a store bought cake.

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