snickerdoodles.

part of the reason why i’m going sugarless this week is because of these. and the brownies. and the pizza. i know, pizza doesn’t have sugar. but, this weekend was kind of….overdone.

these are akin to beavertails, or elephant ears, but in cookie form. sugary. cinnamony. cakey. melt-in-your-mouth-good. be careful not to choke, in letting it melt in your mouth, though.

it’s a shame that i had to come to these cookies defense so many times over the weekend. nobody quite understood what a snickerdoodle is, or what it does. or, why it merits any attention. sure, it looks place. but, it is a lot like the eggplant parmigiana: more than a sum of her parts, she is.

these are also very, very easy. and freezeable. so, why haven’t you stop drooling at the photos and made them yet? hmm?*

snickerdoodles
makes three dozen
adapted from smitten kitchen

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 large eggs

line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.**
sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and white sugar.
beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
scrape down sides of bowl. add eggs, and beat to combine.
add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.

in a small bowl, combine remaining brown sugar and the ground cinnamon.
use a tablespoon or small ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar.
place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after five minutes.
transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about five minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack.

*unless you too have gone sugarless. in which case, i’m sorry. i promise to post sugar-free things this week too.
**dear baking mats: why did i reject you? i have nothing but love for you now. three dozen snickerdoodles and nary one broken.

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