Sunday, April 3, 2011

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some of the wonderful weather we had here in Iowa. It still amazes me that less than a week ago there was snow on the ground and today temps got into the 70's!

Joey, Nutmeg and I spent as much time as possible outside over the past couple days, going on long walks, runs and taking an inaugural (and probably final) trip to the dog park. I'm not sure what I expected, but none of us really thought the dog park was as much fun as we expected.

When Joe got here on Friday night, I had a plate of these cookies waiting. Growing up, my memories weren't of chocolate chip cookies, but of warm, chewy cinnamon-spiced snickerdoodles. For me, they are the most comforting type of cookie and always make me feel at home.

Bottom line: the cookies are chewy, perfect goodness and I've got two cuties waiting for me to cuddle. Have a wonderful start to your week!

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Adapted from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook 

*1 cup butter, softened
*3/4 cup sugar
*3/4 cup brown sugar
*2 large eggs
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/2 cup sugar
*1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

*Preheat oven to 375°F. Beat butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
*In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons and form into balls. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough in cinnamon sugar and place on a baking sheet.
*Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Cool slightly on baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Happy baking!



Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Yum! Just the way a snickerdoodle should be!

Amanda said...

Snickerdoodles are the best! By far one of my favorite cookies.

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

Those sound delicious!!

Regarding dog parks - we avoid them, too. They can be quite uncomfortable when you have owners who can't control their dogs. A lot of dog trainers recommend always bringing mace and a large stick to a dog park. Yikes! I'd rather avoid them completely. Fortunately, we have another space we can run our dogs off-leash. I hope you find a workable solution for Nutmeg!

Megan said...

I've actually never made snickerdoodles...perhaps it's time I change this. Enjoy cuddling with your cuties!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

I love chewy cookies! These look truly fabulous.

Jesse said...

my stepmom always made my sister and i snickerdoodles for car trips, i can't tell you the last time i had them. but i can bet the next time i have them will be this weekend:)

Clara said...

i'm so impressed by how perfectly round and thin your cookies are, while still being chewy. How do you have them come out that way?

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

Those look yummy, and I love the photo with the hands. Your photos -- though always wonderful -- just keep getting better!

I laughed at your dog park comment. I remember when I first got my dogs, I was so excited to take them to the dog park, only to realize as you did that it's not that fun for the dogs or their humans! :-)


Madison Mayberry said...

Clara - I make sure to roll them between my hands for a little longer than usual until they are really round, then flatten them just the tiniest bit on the top. To keep the chewy consistency, I try to under-bake them slightly (reflected in the timing above) which usually works great.

Tanja - thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm happy to know I'm not alone in my dislike for the dog park :)

helen said...

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies :)

Natalie said...

ahhh you can just tell they're super chewy! love it! i thought it was interesting that this recipe didn't include cream of tartar, like most snickerdoodle recipes!

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