Friday, January 30, 2009

Otherwise Known As Sugar Cookies

If you are on a diet, click away . Do NOT scroll down. I don't want to be responsible for pushing any of my friends down the slippery slope...unless it's on a sled, of course! Anyone want to come over and forge their way down our ravine???


Last night, after our delicious but smelly Salmon dinner, I decided that I needed to make some cookies. Both because I had a hankering for something sweet, and because the house smelled like a New England dockside (our windows are taped shut...remember?).

The boys have two favorites. Since we made Chocolate Chip Cookies last time, this time we made Snickerdoodles. I say "we" loosely.

I made the cookies, my youngest snuck clumps of dough, and my middle one was told he couldn't have any til he was done his homework.

Now you know my third reason. PURELY motivational...because I'm that kind of mom.

My mom made this recipe since forever ago when I was little and my favorite part was rolling the balls in the Cinnamon and sugar. An embarrassingly small percentage of the dough made it on to the cookie sheet, so nothing has changed in the process. I'm sure everyone (accept blogger spellcheck) has heard of these before, because it's a common recipe. But just in case...


1 Cup soft shortening (I use a Crisco generic)
1 and 1/2 C Sugar
2 eggs
2 and 2/3 C Flour
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Dough will be slightly crumbly. Form lightly into golf ball size balls, and roll in Cinnamon and sugar mixture (3 T sugar to 1 t Cinnamon).

Space about 2 inches a part and bake in 375 oven until balls flatten somewhat and cracks form on the top. I should give you a time, I know, but I usually just keep an eye on them while I roll the next tray of balls.

My Tip: Do not over bake! I get them out before they start to brown at all. Even the bottoms should still be light in color or else your cookies will get crunchy, and crunchy is burnt according to my boys. Just so you know.

Enjoy! These go great with a mug of hot chocolate, which is on the menu for tonight after we come in from seeing who can make their snow fort the biggest and best, ever.

I plan to get out there with the little guy this morning to get a head start on our fort. That's fair because he's four, and I'm old. Just so you know.


Christina said...

Snickerdoodles are my FAVORTITE cookie! I have a recipe already, but I'm thinking I'll try yours too.

Hannah said...

mmmm, snickerdoodles! My mom used to make those for us too. I'm thinking I need to make a batch with the kids sometime soon!