It’s a funny name, but a good basic cookie that I haven’t made in the past 25 years. Once I started making Mrs. Field’s Cinnamon Sugar Butter Cookies there really wasn’t a need for another cinnamon, sugar cookie in the repertoire. But, the slight twang from the cream of tartar and the crispiness of a snickerdoodle are unique so I decided to revisit them and I’m not sorry I did.
It took me two attempts to make these cookies so that I was happy with them. My first batch tasted great and had crispy edges but once they were completely cooled the crispy edges disappeared. I baked those on my air bake cookie sheets. In case you’re wondering I bake almost all of my cookies on air bake cookie sheets. While these had good flavor I was disappointed in the texture once completely cooled and might not have made them for another 25 years, except that I got a request for “something tasty”, and since I had all of the ingredients for these I decided to try again.
This time I used my flat cookie sheets and made sure to bake them completely. Success!! This time they are crispy with a nice chew and they retained their crispiness and chewiness even after storage in Tupperware.
Another difference between my first attempt and the second is that I didn’t chill the dough the dough the first time, but I did the second time. The last dozen were chilled for about 36 hours and they were the best of all.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cream together the following:
1/4 cup (48 grams) shortening
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (170 grams)
1 1/2 c. (300 grams) sugar
Add the following to the creamed mixture and combine completely:
2 large eggs
Sift together: (you don’t really have to sift this, but do be sure to rid the cream of tartar of any lumps)
2 1/4 c. flour (318 grams)
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
Combine the creamed ingredients and the dry ingredients. Divide the dough equally into three portions, wrap in waxed paper and thoroughly chill the dough.
When the dough is thoroughly chilled divide each third into 12 pieces of dough and form into balls.
Stir together 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon.
Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar topping and place on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes. The cookies should puff up and then deflate while in the oven. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yield: 36 cookies