A snickerdoodle is a long-winded confusing name for a cinnamon sugar cookie.
Spiced cookies are a bit of a balancing act. Too much spice and your cookies will taste like soap. Too little and you can’t taste it at all. Too many other ingredients and you might as well not add the spice to begin with. That’s why following a recipe like this one is best.
These melt-in-your mouth cookies are great with a cup of tea or coffee and are nice treat when you want something sweet but not TOO sweet.
Here’s How You Do It
Difficulty Level: Medium - Easy
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Baking time: 15 Minutes
Makes about a dozen cookies
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
¼ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg – You can buy nutmeg whole and grate it yourself or buy the stuff pre-ground. The latter is easier and weaker in flavor, so ideal if you have any fussy eaters in your home.
½ Teaspoon of Salt
¾ Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Large Egg
2/3 Cup Butter at room temperature – You can get it to this temperature by cutting it into cubes, putting it on a plate, and leaving it in a warm place for 15 minutes, or popping it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
1 Tablespoon + ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon – Divided
1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar –Divided
½ Teaspoon Vanilla extract or Rum – Optional – It adds nice flavor, but it’s not necessary.
2 Baking Sheets
Measuring Cups and Spoons
1 Medium Sized Mixing Bowl
1 Large Mixing Bowl
Electric Beaters or 1 Whisk
1 Wooden spoon
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flours, the salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and the ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, stirring with a fork to combine.
In your big mixing bowl, beat the butter and ½ cup of sugar together until fluffy.
Beat the egg and Vanilla (if using) into the butter and sugar mixture.
Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until it forms a slightly crumbly dough.
Stick the bowl in the fridge and walk away for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the dough will keep the cookies from spreading out too much while baking.
Preheat the oven to 325 oF.
In the same medium sized bowl you kept the dry ingredients in, combine the 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon with 1 Cup of Granulated sugar.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
Take the dough out of the fridge.
With clean hands, compress the dough into balls about an inch and a half across and roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
Place them on the baking sheet a couple of inches apart to allow them to spread.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
Cool on the pan for 10 minutes and serve!
-Samantha R. Gold
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