Snickerdoodle mania has taken over our house. Considering we made three batches this week with a request for one more tomorrow, I think you could say this is bordering on obsession… and considering there is actually no nutritional value in a snickerdoodle, I am pretty sure it is not a very healthy obsession either!
Ok – if you are not from the US then there is probably a good chance who have no idea what a snickerdoodle is. I had no clue until I started reading blogs and even then I passed them off as ‘yet another cookie’ until I actually ate one that a friend had made. Despite the fact that they were so gloriously delicious that I could have scoffed the whole tin of cookies right there in front of my gracious host and my cooking bringing friend (which really would not have been polite so I held back) I still didn’t get the snickerdoodle bug until I decided to actually hunt down a recipe and make some for myself.
They are cookies, sweet biscuits.. and really when you look at the base recipe they are nothing all that special, but they have cinnamon and sugar which is a good indication of how great they will taste but truly.. nothing will prepare you for how good they actually are.
I’ve been using this recipe from my favourite American recipe blog Simply Recipes. They are not hard to make, but there is definitely a knack to getting them that perfect balance of crispy on the outside and soft in the middle and I am not even close to getting them right. But even the not so perfect ones taste delicious… especially when they are fresh from the oven and still warm.
Using real butter definitely helps… a lot. And don’t think you can get away without the corn flour because you can’t. This recipes recommends you turn them half way through cooking which for us, was also imperative but I am yet to figure out the precise oven temp and cooking time to bake them to perfection. The amounts for the cinnamon sugar in this recipe makes way too much for one batch of cookies – but that is ok, it just means you have it ready to make more the next day, and the next, and the next…
So join the madness and make some snickerdoodles – I think they make great Christmas cookies!