Thursday, May 5, 2011


After realizing yesterday that is has been almost a solid WEEK since I last brought treats into the office, I decided cookies were obviously in order. Running low on chocolate chips, and helping out a colleague who isn't the biggest chocolate gal, I decided that my sweet tooth would be adequately satisfied by making my all-time favorite cookies- Snicker-doodles.  When I was younger, before every holiday, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, you name it, my Mom and I would go to Quebrada Baking Company and Mom would get cookies for whatever party we were throwing and/or having and I would get to pick one cookie to eat right then and there and an Orangina. Now a days I'll run the errand for my Mom and try to resist getting a cookie. Being nostalgic as it is almost Mother's Day, and as I said before, being out of chocolate chips, I decided to make my own Snicker-doodles!

These cookies are the perfect size and the sprinkled cinnamon sugar makes them truly hit the spot.

So easy to make, and 30 to a recipe, there really isn't any excuse not to bake these... every night.

Ingredients: (adapted from here) 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
2/3 cup light brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 large egg 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

I didn't really change much as these cookies were already pretty low in calories.  I also feared that reducing the butter in these types of cookies, where such a large component of their deliciousness is that they are nice and gooey, would completely destroy them.  I learned from my Confused Pancake Cookies that sometimes you should just let a classic be a classic.

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2) In a large bowl mix together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter with an electric mixer
3) Add in vanilla and egg and mix together with electric mixer
4) In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt, and stirring with a spoon
5) Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix with an electric mixer 
6) Form dough into 30 balls.
7) In a dinner bowl combine 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 
8) Roll each ball in sugar mixture, and place 2 inches apart on a tinfoil-ed and pam-ed baking sheets 
9) Bake for 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown
10) Let cool and devour. 

Now I knew that I had promised my team that I would bring in treats so I immediately put these cookies into a tupperware so that I didn't eat them all.  But... they didn't all fit, so of course us girls had to eat some and by some, I mean a lot. This is all that was left after we painfully stuffed ourselves last night.

I was going to give these an 8/10 Star Fabulous Rating but then my boss stood in front of me telling how incredible they were as she ate 4 (I still beat her last night with 6 so shes good to go :)) so they get a Star Fabulous Rating of....

Star Fabulous Rating: 9/10

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