Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe
Our Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe is amazing! What makes snickerdoodles so, well, snickerdoodley? Its distinctive crackling and cinnamon-sugar topping make it a standout cookie treat. Don’t forget to include cream of tartar on your grocery shopping list when you’re planning to bake snickerdoodle cookies. Along with baking soda, it’s the secret to the cookie’s leavening. Some home cooks claim that hand mixing the snickerdoodles, instead of using an electric beater creates a better cookie, but you be the judge!
Ingredients for Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose or unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 400°F.
Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
Be sure to measure the flour carefully, spooning it into a measuring cup and leveling it off with a metal spatula or back of a straight knife. Too much flour will make what should be a light, chewy cookie denser and more cake-like.
What is cream of tartar? It’s actually a stabilizer (potassium bitartrate) and is often used when whipping air into egg whites and cream. Because it’s an acid, it can be added to sugar syrups to reduce crystallization—and in cookies, in combination with baking soda, it actually forms a type of baking powder.
Avoid overmixing as you incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet which can result in a tough cookie.
You want your cookie dough balls well coated in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, since that’s the best part! The best way to do it? Pour the mixture onto a large plate, so there’s plenty of room for rolling.
For best results, bake cookies on the middle oven rack. For even baking, it’s best to bake your classic Snickerdoodle cookies one baking sheet at a time.
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