Tuesday, October 2, 2012


October 1 is National Homemade Cookie Day.  Did you know that?  Did you bake cookies yesterday? As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short as they say.  I missed the day completely.  Oh well, that is nothing unusual considering the wacky schedule we keep.

What is your favorite homemade cookie?  Do you have one?  I have several, but snickerdoodles are one of my very favorite cookies to make and to eat.  If you love cookies and milk, these rank right up there with chocolate chip cookies.  I may like them even better with a nice cup of coffee.  I mean, they are a wonderful buttery cookie covered in cinnamon and sugar that is crisp around the edges and soft in the middle.  Wow, are they ever good.

This is one of the few sweets our sons would actually eat when I baked something.  Neither of them are big sweets eaters (they didn't take after their dad), but they both love a good homemade cookie.  This was probably John's favorite cookie because he loves cinnamon.  Our oldest grandson could not remember snickerdoodle, so he would ask me to make "those snickers cookies."  The grandsons all love them too.

I have been making this recipe for at least 43 years - as long as we have been married.  It's definitely a keeper.  Here is what you need:

2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs

to roll the cookies in:
3 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. sugar

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Chill the dough.  To make the cookies, roll about a tsp. of the dough into balls and roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Let the cookies sit for a minute before removing from the cookie sheet.

I ALWAYS double this recipe when I made snickerdoodles.  You will get a couple dozen from this recipe and they will be gone before you can get them all out of the oven, so make the effort and double the recipe so everyone can enjoy some of these wonderful cookies.  Trust me, you will be glad you did.

No one is sure where the name for this cookie came from.  I have to admit it is unusual but fun, and it doesn't matter what you call them.  These cookies are fabulously delicious.

It's not too late to take part in the National Homemade Cookie day celebration.  You are just a few hours behind.  No big deal.  Make these cookies, it's worth it.

Everyday Donna

Things to Remember:

“Think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.   

Robert Fulghum, I Learned Everything I Needed To Know In Kindergarten

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