Snickerdoodles are one of those all-American recipes that I've always known about from US TV shows without ever really knowing what they were. When I saw a recipe go through on my blogreader on The Pioneer Woman, I scuttled off to have a look and decided to have a go. Hers came out as puffy round pillows, mine came out as flat cookies, but they still tasted gorgeous and the kids loved them ! Must be a difference in ingredients? Anyone got any ideas what went wrong? (Ahh, looking online I found this article about American baking with French ingredients and it mentions the problems with different flours and the fact that confirmed US bakers often open their ovens to find their cookies melded into one giant blob - suddenly I feel better about my Snickerdoodle cookies !
2-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Cream Of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoons Salt
1 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
1-3/4 cup Granulated Sugar, Divided
2 Large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200°. Mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Now this could be where mine went wrong. Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda. Cream of tartar doesn't exist in France but baking powder is a mixture of baking soda/bicarb and cream of tartar so I just tossed in a spoonful of baking powder and one of bicarb and hoped for the best !
Beat together the butter and 1.5 cups of the sugar in a separate bowl. Now as I was using child labour, I replaced the butter with margarine so it would be easier to mix.
Nice and creamy and airy but probably not as rich and maybe firm as with butter?
Crack in the eggs.
Gently fold in.
Then gradually beat in the flour.
Mix the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and the cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Roll out balls of dough with your hands.
And roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
Put them on baking parchment (or foil) and pop them in the oven for 8-9 minutes until just golden around the edges.
Hmmm this isn't how they are supposed to look so make sure you head over to the original recipe to see her perfectly shaped, airy beauties !
There were no complaints from the kids though - they just yelled "yum, cookies" and polished off half a plateful before I could say that they were supposed to be snickerdoodles !
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