My posts will be a bit haphazard over the next week as I try to get the house ready for the baby to come home.

Mr. Coffee was pretty focused on *finally* finishing my book-shelves and getting himself ready for the trip, so I have a dirty house, a laundry mountain, a wreck of a play room, and a bored 4 year old on my hands. I have to attend to all of these, best as I can, before Tuesday.

I also really want to get everything I can onto my groovy new book-shelves! I am adding some Craigslist finds to furnish my “library/music room” (used as a lonely and pristene living room by the house’s previous owner). The whole process has been mighty fun because my co-director (M) had a requirement that everything be BLUE; this made it a bit of a treasure hunt. I will attempt to post a picture once it’s, more or less, done.

I had fantasies of weeding the yard and painting a room, but that’s obviously what they were – fantasies. I have fantasies of a long nap as well.

So, in the spirit of the upcoming randomness, I would like to humbly request a good Snickerdoodle recipe. This is a Midwestern cookie, I am sure, as I had never heard of it before I crossed the Mississippi and no one in my good Southern cake, candy, and cookie-making family makes these.

M and I tried to make some last week, and we ended up with some yummy sugar-cinnamon biscuits. Cookies – well, that is something they were not.


5 thoughts on “Snickerdoodle

  1. Tracy

    I am laughing at your weeding and painting fantasies! I have had similar fantasies myself. And, I hate to say it, but while I am both Midwestern and a Snickerdoodle fan, I do not have a good recipe. The one time I tried it, they were flat as pancakes.

    I library/music room — I LOVE it. I never really got the whole living room thing, either. Our “living room” is called our “piano room” (after my Grammy’s piano room — we actually have her piano). It is also home to my son’s bass guitar and sax when it’s at home. Much more fun than a lonely old couch. I can’t wait to see your blue pictures!

    1. Charlie


      Am I the only one whose fantasies involve saving helpless dragons from ravening princesses, taking tea with strange gods and discovering the lost city of Pacifis (the lesser known, unfashionable sister city of Atlantis…)?


      I’m jus’ sayin’…

  2. Deborah

    I have fantasies like that, too . . .

    Snickerdoodles! I can help. I love these cookies — I think it is the cream of tartar that makes them so smooth and yummy. Here is the recipe I use, from a weird little booklet entitled “Cookies for All Occasions” by Anita Gannett. I have no idea where I got this, but I use lots of the recipes to good effect.

    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    2 3/4 cups flour
    2 tsp. cream of tartar
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. salt

    For the coating:
    2 tbsp. sugar
    2 tsp. cinnamon

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs. Blend in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons into balls. Mix 2 tbsp sugar and cinnamon; roll ball in mixture. Place 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

    My notes: I think I have just used margarine for the butter and shortening, and the come out fine, so I’m not sure it matters to have a mixture of types there. If you find the dough too sticky to roll into balls, you can always refrigerate it for an hour or so. I usually end up making the sugar/cinnamon coating mixture twice, since this amount doesn’t get me through the whole batch of cookies, but YMMV. These also can burn on the bottom fairly easily — I always seem to overbake the first batch. They won’t look golden or cooked on the top even when they are done. Be prepared to do some over- or under-cooked ones until you get a sense of what they look like when they are really “done.”

    I hope this helps — let me know if you like them! (Midwestern, huh? I wonder.)

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