Bake With Me; Snickerdoodles

Hello! Welcome Back, I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was pretty eventful, friday night I had dinner with my aunt, uncle and cousin which was nice since we never see them. Then on Saturday my older brother took me to New York as a belated birthday present. We spent the day walking around Soho & Brooklyn. Then on sunday, I prepped for this post and made snickerdoodles! Yes, I just gave away what this post was about but then again I think the title did that as well. Like I mentioned in my last Bake with Me; i LOVE to bake, especially at this time of year. There’s just something so cozy about cuddling up with the fire and having a freshly baked treat. When I mentioned I wanted to try and making snickerdoodles my mom told me her grandmother always had these ready for her and her siblings when they came to visit. That just solidified that I wanted to make them, because I love finding ways to connect with family members that I may not have gotten a chance to know. These are the perfect treat for something sweet after sunday dinner. I followed a recipe that I found online which I will link at the bottom of this post, also all my measurements are going to be US friendly but the recipe I followed does have the ingredients listened in grams as well.

What You’ll Need

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First, you’re going to want to mix together your sugar and your butter. I wasn’t paying attention and used salted butter but the recipe calls for unsalted butter. If you only have salted butter on hand, it’s okay to use you’ll just skip or go lighter on the added salt, I didn’t find that my cookies came out overly salty. You can either use a hand mixer or a kitchen aid, which ever you have. I used a hand mixer because our kitchen aid has been packed away for years. The hand mixer got a little challenging because the recipe called for you to have it on the highest speed. I recommend if your doing this with a younger child, I would either do this part for them or hold the hand mixer with them so you don’t have butter and sugar chunks all over. You want to mix everything together for 2-3 minutes, personally I mixed for a little over two minutes.

Next I started to add in my eggs, I did one at a time mixing for 30 seconds – 1 minute in between each. You want to make sure the egg is mixed in well and that your dough is nice and creamy. I then added in my Vanilla Extract and mixed that in starting at a low speed going up to the highest speed with about 15-45 second intervals. The changing of speeds was probably a little unnecessary but I wanted to make sure everything was mixed as well as it could be.

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After you mix together you wet ingredients, it’s time to add in the dry ingredients, like your flour, baking soda, cream of tarter and salt. Like I mentioned earlier since I used salted butter I only added less then 1/8 tsp of salt because I didn’t want them overly salty. However the recipe does call for 1/4 teaspoons of salt, so unless you use salted butter I recommend following what the recipe calls for. Whenever I’m baking and I have to add in dry ingredients, I always think it’s easier to mix them in a separate bowl and then add them to your dough little by little, just so you don’t have a big puff of flour everywhere.

When mixing in your dry ingredients you want to start your mixer on a low speed and work your way up. If you start on a high speed you’ll again have flour go everywhere. This is another step that if you’re making these with kids, the adult should do. You’ll need a bit of strength to really mix everything together. I mixed everything together for about 4 minutes alternating speeds to make sure that everything was thoroughly mixed together.

Combine

Now that your dough is all made it’s time to make the cinnamon sugar that you are going to roll your dough in, because after all that is the most important part to snickerdoodles. I used 3 tablespoons of both ground cinnamon and granulated sugar. Personally for the amount of dough I had and number of cookies I made, that was WAY to much. I could have gotten away with probably half of my cinnamon sugar mix, and I made 32 cookies.

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Once you have your dough made and your cinnamon sugar mix made, it’s time to get the cookies ready for the oven. I used a cookie scooper but you can just a small spoon if that’s all you have, you want to scoop the dough out, roll it in a ball and coat it in the cinnamon sugar. Don’t quote me but I believe my cookie scooper is either 1 or 2 tablespoons and it worked perfectly. I found that making the cookies not very big helped them cook more evenly. Once your cookies are coated in your cinnamon sugar mixture place the cookies on parchment paper about two inches apart. It’s important to either use parchment paper or lightly grease your pan with baking spray to ensure your cookies don’t stick to the pan. I like parchment paper more because it’s easier clean-up, but I’ve done both ways countless times and they both work. Finally, with your oven preheated to 375° F and your cookies ready for the oven bake them for 7-8 minutes. Snickerdoodles are meant to be a softer cookie so you want to keep an eye on them since every oven is different and make sure you don’t over cook them.

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After your cookies are done baking and carefully take them out of the oven, you’ll want to leave them to cool for about 3-5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. The recipe I followed said to move them instantly but I found that didn’t work very well. My cookies always transfer better when they’ve had a few minutes to set. Then you’ll want to repeat this process until you’re out of dough and there you go, you have yourself a nice warm plate of snickerdoodles! Grab your favorite drink to have with cookies, a nice blanket and pop on your favorite movie and bask in the glory of autumn.

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I’m really pleased with how these cookies turned out since it was my first time making them. I’ve been wanting to experiment with different recipes to bake and this seemed like one my whole family would enjoy. My brother has already had a few, my mom says they leave a nice taste in your mouth, of course my golden retriever loves them and I believe they just melt in your mouth so it seems like they are a success! The only one I need to get to try them is my dad, but he’s not the biggest fan of cinnamon so it might take some work. What do you think of snickerdoodles, do you love them or not so much? What’s your favorite cookie to bake? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys! Thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

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