Here’s an oldie but goodie!
I have always been a cookie lover and cookies are the sweet treat that I make most often. I have been making these Snickerdoodles since I was a kid and I still love them! They are chewy, buttery and full of flavor.
I recently found out that this was my grandmother’s recipe that my mom used to make in college. (I have made a few minor changes over the years.) It is so fun to have a recipe that has been passed down! Hopefully I my daughter will continue to love these and eventually make them for many years to come.
Snickerdoodles don’t last very long in my house, which is good because they can dry out easily, usually after 2 days. A great way to keep moisture in the cookies, is to put a piece of bread in the storage container with them. I wrap the piece of bread in a paper towel, which helps prevent the cookies directly underneath the bread from absorbing too much moisture. The cookies stay moist and the bread dries out. I have also heard that using marshmallows in the same way can help keep the cookies from drying out.
1 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups, plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
2. Sift together and gradually add in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Form into a ball and chill dough for at least an hour.
3. Roll the dough into balls the size of a walnut. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Roll the balls in the sugar/cinnamon mixture to evenly coat.
4. Bake at 400 degrees, on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet, for 8 -10 minutes until very lightly golden brown. Cool before serving and store in an airtight container.
*FYI: The day I was planning on making these, I discovered that I was out of cream of tartar. I looked online to see if there were any possible substitutions and found out there is no substitution for cream of tartar.