So sorry if anyone missed me yesterday. A bowling birthday party for two of our grandchildren (siblings turning 2 and 4 just a few days apart) wore me out. But everyone had a good time, especially the two stars of the day.
Now, my oldest stepson Shane does not like chocolate. I mean, to the point where it bothers his stomach. This is a guy who eats the hottest hot sauces ever invented, but no chocolate. He much prefers a cherry cheesecake to a birthday cake. So that’s what I make for him.
I wanted to make him some cookies one day, and settled on my Nana’s Snickerdoodles. My sister Claire and I used to make them together years ago. A good choice for a no chocolate guy. He loved them and I have made them for him many times since.
They are easy, and so good! They do take a little longer because you have to chill the dough for an hour, so keep that in mind.
Set 2 sticks of butter out to soften and 2 lg eggs to come to room temperature. Beat the softened butter with 1C white sugar and 2/3C brown sugar til light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in 1t vanilla extract. In another bowl, sift together 3C flour, 1/2t salt, 1t baking soda, and 1/2t cream of tartar. Beat the dry mixture into the butter mixture til well incorporated. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.
In a small bowl, mix 4T white sugar and 2t cinnamon. Roll the chilled dough in your hands into two inch balls. Roll each ball in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten each ball with a small glass dipped between each in the sugar-cinnamon to prevent sticking. Bake in an oven preheated to 300 F for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
These cookies are a favorite childhood memory of mine, and a new favorite of Shane’s!
More cookies to come, especially from my Polish side…. Enjoy! Gosh, I love cookies!