Saturday, February 18, 2012

Beverly's Snickerdoodles

When I was growing up, there was an older lady named Beverly who was like the grandma in our church congregation (at least I thought so).  Beverly was super sweet, teeny-tiny, and visited our home regularly to chat with my mom.  When my mom was president of the women's group at church (aka Relief Society), she and her presidency put together a cookbook of cherished recipes from our congregation's members.  I was only about seven years old at the time they undertook this project, but I have my very own dog-eared copy of the completed cookbook.  Beverly contributed many of her time- and kid-tested recipes to the collection, including this snickerdoodle recipe.  I started baking snickerdoodles using her recipe when I was a teenager, and they are one of my absolute-favorite cookies.  Beverly passed away several years ago, and even though I don't specifically recall eating snickerdoodles that she'd made herself, I still love feeling a little connection to her when I use this recipe.

So, without further ado, I proudly present...

1 c butter/margarine/shortening (I like to use 1/2 c butter and 1/2 c shortening)
1 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon

Cream butter, then add sugar and mix well.  Add the eggs and beat some more.  Add dry ingredients and blend well (you can sift the dry ingredients together first, but I never have).  Chill dough.  Roll into balls and then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes; cool.  Yields 4-5 dozen, depending on size.

These magical snickerdoodles will help you win friends and influence people.
It's a fact.

And Now...A She Said Blooper
This is the third tray of cookies from my baking excursion this afternoon.  Perfectly-baked snickerdoodles have a cute little domed shape.  You may notice that one of these things is not like the others.

What on Earth?

I had some small chunks of butter that didn't get blended very well, and I think this particular cookie contained one such chunk, resulting in its unusual shape.  It still tasted fine and was definitely good for a laugh! :)


Natalie said...

I love love snickerdoodles! Definately going to try this recipe!

Just Me & My Family said...

If this is Nancy's post and if it is the cookbook I am thinking about, I still totally steal it from my mom from time to time. I just love so many of the recipes from it. It is beginning to fall apart; though after 20 years of good use you can't blame it :)

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