Sunday, April 22, 2012

Snicker Doodles

Not that cookies have any big nutritional merit, but these were fun to make. And they were delicious! A little crisp on the outside, buttery, light and soft on the inside. The cookies weren't overly sweet. I made these for a friend, but even though the recipe says it makes 24 cookies, it made more like 4 dozen. I scooped large cherry sized balls out of the dough, and then let Graham roll them in the cinnamon sugar. That made perfect sized cookies. I had enough to give to my friend, a few more to share at a play date, and plenty for Graham and I to do some serious cookie damage.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
Chill dough  for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
Remove from pan immediately and eat them up!
*Although cookies may not be high on the health food list, cinnamon actually has quite a few redeeming qualities. It contains calcium and maganese. In Chinese medicine it is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea and painful menstrual cramps.  There have also been studies showing cinnamon has a beneficial effect on blood sugar. Some studies show cinnamon intake in type 2 diabetics lowered fasting blood glucose and cholesterol. I doubt these snicker doodles would do all that, but interesting to know about the healing powers of a spice like cinnamon.

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