Last Saturday Brian left me for a whole six days to attend a MLB job fair in Orlando. Usually it's me leaving him home alone, so I always make him a treat before I go. But this time he was leaving me, but I wanted to make him a treat for his long plane ride. He had been talking about these snickerdoodles his mom use to make and she would roll them in candy canes for the holidays. So I emailed my mother in law, got her recipe and whipped up a batch for him to take on his trip.
|Whole ball rolled in candy canes|
|Only the top with candy canes|
The next day I was attending a cookie exchange and decided to make regular snickerdoodles. Since this recipe was new to me I wanted to try out the original way. The recipe says to use one cup of shortening, but for my second batch I only had 1/2 a cup, so I did half shortening and half butter. I noticed that the dough was softer, but overall taste was the safe. So you can pick. Each batch made about three and a half dozen, which was great for me since I needed seven dozen for the exchange. These were great cookies, soft, and easy to make. As long as you know you need that cream of tartar stuff, you should have everything else on hand! Thank Kathleen for sharing another great recipe.
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups flour
Cream shortening and sugar: add eggs and vanilla.. Add sifted dry ingredients gradually. Roll into balls the size of a small walnut. Roll in mixture of 2 Tablespoons sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees until brown but soft.