On the 9th Day of Sugar my true love gave to me Snickerdoodles. . .a perfect, classic, cookie for the holidays.
It dawned on me the other day that with all the cookie recipes I have posted on my site, I have never shared my favorite snickerdoodle recipe (gasp!). Now we all know how much I love chocolate chip cookies! If I had to choose between the two, I would obviously choose the chocolate chip cookie over a snickerdoodle, buuuut that doesn’t mean I don’t love snickerdoodles too.
These snickerdoodles are perfect if you ask me. They are crispy on the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. Pure cookie perfertion! This recipe uses a combination of butter and shortening which creates chewy, soft cookies with perfectly crispy edges. Now I know a lot of people don’t like to use shortening in their cookies, but I promise, it makes all the difference in how your cookies will turn out.
Snickerdoodles rock. They are a great cookie for cookie exchanges or to wrap in a cellophane bag and gift to your neighbors, or just keep them all for yourself.
- 1/2 cup butter , softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I use butter-flavored Crisco)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture:
- 2-3 tsp. ground cinnamon (depending on how "cinnamony" you like it)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and mix until well incorporated.
Add the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined.
In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and granulated sugar to coat the cookies. Roll the dough into golf ball-size balls and roll in the cinnamon and sugar to coat. Place the balls of dough about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake the cookies until the edges are light golden brown and the centers are soft and puffy, about 10-12 minutes. The cookies will flatten slightly after they come out of the oven so don't panic.
Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.