Welcome to day twenty-one of Baltimore Baking Examiner’s 25 days of Christmas cookie recipes. The cookie today is a traditional holiday classic: the snickerdoodle. It is believed that the snickerdoodle originated in Germany around the late 1880s where it was referred to as the “Schneckennudel” (which translates to snail noodle.) Since then it has become part of the traditional Christmas cookie cornucopia. The best recipe for snickerdoodles comes from The Joy of Baking. The recipe is as follows:
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about one to two hours).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch round balls.
- In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches apart. Then, using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake the cookies for about 8 – 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown and firm around the edges. The centers of the cookies will still be a little soft. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
This is a fantastic recipe. The textures and flavors are sheer perfection. Everything about this cookie screams holiday season. Not only is it tasty it is very festive in appearance. The ingredients are inexpensive and this is a rather simple recipe to created. Baker’s Tip: These are fantastic to create ice cream sandwiches with. Baltimore City residents who wish to purchase the ingredients for this recipe can do so at the following locations: Whole Foods Market 1330 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 and Giant Foods 1020 41st Street Baltimore, MD 21211.