December 12: Snickerdoodles


I think the cat’s out of the bag now. I’m resuming my status as a Cheesehead for one weekend only.

My friend Nichole was nice enough to put me up for my time here. I’ve known Nichole for 8 years now, and amongst the many things I know about her, I know that her favorite cookie is Snickerdoodles. While she was at work this morning, I decided to whip up a batch to thank her for letting me stay with her.

Have you ever tried to cook at someone else’s house? What about bake? Thankfully, she had all of the ingredients on hand for Snickerdoodles (which I pretty much knew she would, since she and I are cut from the same cloth), but trying to find all that I needed was another story. Thankfully, I did find it all, minus the potholders, but I used her nice hot pink hand towel for that. (Surprise, Nichole!)


Again, you guys have seen many pictures of the inside of my mixing bowl, so I don’t need to take you through what it looks like when you cream butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs together.

But Nichole’s mixer is far superior to mine, so I thought we should all admire it for a minute.


(A few years ago, she brought her old mixer to where we both worked so our friend could try to fix it. He ended up electrocuting himself. So now she has this one.)

When it came time to add the 2 3/4 c of flour, I went rogue. You see, another thing I know about Nichole is that she likes to incorporate whole wheat flour whenever she can. This is her flour bin:


And I could tell it was a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat. Some sleuthing in her pantry uncovered this, and it’s what I used. She’ll thank me later.


Also, when I bake someone surprise thank you cookies, I like to make a mess of their wonderfully clean kitchen. It’s an important part of the process.


When it came time to bake the cookies, I looked for a cookie sheet, only to discover that Nichole has the largest cookie sheet known to man. If you need a gross of cookies baked at once, see Nichole. She can lend you this pan.


I rolled the dough in cinnamon and sugar and baked them at 400 for 10 minutes. When they came out, I put them on paper towels because I didn’t know where her wire rack was. Unlike all the rest of my cookies, this batch is just for one person.

Well, most of it.


I hope the rest of these make it until she gets home.


Trisha Yearwood’s Snickerdoodles



1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 medium eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar and the eggs and mix thoroughly with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt, and stir into the shortening mixture.

In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon.

Shape the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (1 tablespoon per ball), and roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar. Arrange the dough balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake two sheets at a time until the edges of the cookies are set but the centers are still soft, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Transfer the cookies to wire racks for cooling. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Store in an airtight container.



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