Why Snickerdoodles?

11 01 2014

IMG_3483Snickerdoodles equal comfort food in cookie form and make an ideal winter indulgence. This type of sugar cookie rolls in cinnamon sugar before baking and emerges with its signature crackly surface. Snickerdoodles use basic pantry staples and have a soft or crisp consistency depending on ingredient substitutions and baking methods.

The Snickerdoodle’s origin is debatable, with strong evidence linking it to either German or Dutch heritage, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch. Snickerdoodles most likely originated from New England where food received nonsensical names. Combining the German pastry word “Schneckennudeln”, the Dutch word “snekard”, and the New England knack for inventing crazy names is the best theory on why a Snickerdoodle is called a Snickerdoodle.

Snickerdoodle Recipe:

  • 1 C. shortening
  • 1 ½ C. granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ C. white flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Mix the first three ingredients, then add the dry ingredients and mix all together. Form into balls and roll in a cinnamon sugar mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Makes approximately 30 cookies depending on size.

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