I never thought I was a huge fan of snickerdoodles until I found the recipe I’m going to share with you guys today. I mean, I always liked them ok but if given the choice, I’d probably choose a peanut butter or classic chocolate chip cookie. However, this snickerdoodle totally gives those other cookies a run for their money. Just like the title says it is totally soft and crazy thick and full of yummy cinnamon flavor! I took them to our gourmet cooking club the other night and heard several people say they were THE BEST snickerdoodle they’ve ever had. Yay! And I have to agree! If you’re looking for a cookie you can whip up quickly and will get you rave reviews, look no further! This is it!
1 c. (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
1⅓ c. Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg, room temperature
2 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
3 c. All-Purpose Flour
2 t. Cream of Tartar
1 t. Baking Soda
2½ t. Ground Cinnamon
½ t. Salt
¼ c. Granulated Sugar
1 t. Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Make the topping by tossing the ¼ cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three different parts. The dough will be thick.
Roll 1.5-2 Tablespoons of dough into a ball and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes, rotating pans and switching racks halfway through. Let cool on the pans for two minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Sometimes I make the mistake of doing, ahem, research for my blog when I’m hungry. And it never ends well. After looking at numerous varieties of desserts for this post, it was all I could do to not go into my kitchen, get a huge bowl of peanut butter, sprinkle it with dark chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers and call it dinner. But I didn’t! Instead, I had a sensible meal of garden lasagna (delicious!) and refrained from eating every bit of sugar in my house. Just a word of caution!
Any of these desserts would be GREAT for a Superbowl party. I tried to choose things that were fairly simply and not too labor intensive. After all, you’ve barely recovered from Christmas baking! I really don’t think you can go wrong with whatever recipe you choose–they’re all delicious. And next week I’ll have football themed desserts if you’re feeling a little more crafty with your baking…football shaped sweets are just too darn cute!
There is a cute little bakery in Branson, MO that I have been DYING to try for a few years, called Sugar Leaf Bakery. This past weekend I was finally able to stop in! I had heard from both family and friends that they had great baked goods and fabulous wedding cakes. The day that Jeremy and I went they had German Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cake, Carrot Cake, Turtle Cheesecake and an assortment of delicious looking cookies. So hard to choose!
For me, it was a toss up between the Key Lime Pie and the Coconut Cake but because I had heard they had amazing Coconut Cake, I went with that. And oh my, was it good. The cake was moist and dense and the coconut filling was super gooey. It was all covered in a light whipped cream frosting and toasted coconut. It had a great balance of flavors and wasn’t sickening sweet so that was nice. I also got a jumbo snickerdoodle cookie that was chewy, cinnamony and delicious.
As for Jeremy, he apparently was filling the whole caramel/chocolate thing because he got a massive slice of Turtle Cheesecake and a Turtle cookie. And I have to admit, he chose well. The cheesecake was a dream. Seriously. First, you had a thick layer of chocolate cookie crust which was filled with the creamiest, smoothest vanilla cheesecake filling I think I have ever had. The cheesecake filling had shavings of dark chocolate all through it and finally the whole thing was topped with a layer of caramel and drizzled with chocolate. After the first bite I wanted to yank the plate away from him and scarf the whole thing down. But I refrained. I have to say, it was probably the best cheesecake I’ve ever had. And I always thought I made fairly good cheesecake but this one definitely inspired me to improve on my own recipe. The Turtle cookie was great also…a nice thick chewy chocolate cookie with a pool of caramel in the middle, sprinkled with chopped pecans. Mmmmmmm!
They also had great looking salads, soup, paninis and other sandwiches. We are already planning to go back and try lunch sometime and I fully intend to have a slice of that Key Lime Pie! Do NOT miss this place if you’re in the Branson area–you are definitely in for a treat!