Starting with Snickerdoodles

I can’t see any other way to start this blog than with a cookies recipe. Snickerdoodles were my mom’s favourite recipe, and she even won a baking contest with them. The recipe has been modified a bit from the original Betty Crocker snickerdoodles (I think).

Snickerdoodles

Mix together thoroughly …

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg

Sift together and stir in …

  • 2 cup sifted flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Sugar Mixture

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Chill dough (optional). Roll into balls the size of walnuts. Then roll each ball in the sugar mixture before placing about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF until lightly browned but still soft, approximately 8 – 10 minutes.

As for myself, I never chill the dough, so I would consider it totally unnecessary. But I suppose if you were working in a warm environment, it might be a good idea.

At a craft fair in December, I discovered something miraculous. Flavoured snickerdoodles. There were candycane ones, and chocolate-mocha-y ones. It blew my mind. I decided I needed to try making my own snickerdoodle variations. So, inspired by an etsy store that had mojito flavoured cookies, I decided to make mojito flavoured snickerdoodles.

The modifications were pretty simple. To the wet ingredients, I added 4 finely diced mint leaves and 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice. Instead of the cinnamon mixture, I mixed together approximately equal parts lime juice and sugar and dipped the dough balls in that.

The verdict: the lime-sugar dip worked amazingly. It gave the cookie a bit of tang with each bite. However, I couldn’t really taste the mint or the lime in the cookie itself. I might try adding 1/2 tsp of mint flavouring to the cookies, or perhaps just increasing the number of mint leaves to 6. Oh yeah, and maybe getting a mortar and pestle instead of trying to dice it. With the lime topping though, putting lime juice in the cookie itself is almost unnecessary.

With any luck I will manage to convince myself to make it a second time with modifications. What I would like to try next is cutting down on the butter (and sugar) by substituting in apple sauce. Will post again with the results!

Sarah

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