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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

basic snickerdoodles recipe

This basic recipe, (which I got from one of those googled sites after hearing "snickerdoodles" on some TV show), makes about 40 cookies depending on size of spoon used to put mix on trays. I like them small. To me, they're just sugar cookies, but the snickerdoodles name is funny so I'm going to keep using it.

BASIC SNICKERDOODLES

2 and 3/4 cups plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 and 1/2 cups of white sugar (I used caster sugar)
1 cup margarine
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla essence (I used extract instead)

>Heat oven to 200*C (My thermostat is busted so I set it at 170 and watched carefully)
You know your own oven so set it accordingly.
>Cream margarine and sugar.
>Add vanilla and eggs
>Mix in sifted dry ingredients.
>Put spoonfuls of mix onto lightly greased oven trays, leave room for biscuits to spread.
Or use that non-stick baking paper which means no washing up and catches the sugar sprinkle too.
(I find they don't spread much at all, so put more per tray then I did the first time I made them).
>Bake for ten minutes or until light golden brown.
(They pass from light to dark pretty quickly)
>Sprinkle with a cinnamon/sugar mixture as they come out of the oven
>Cool on racks.

If I'm adding extras such as dried cranberries, or sultanas, or choc-chips I'll stir those into the sifted flour mix.

9 comments:

  1. Yum, yum.
    I've been loving the Aldi packet of fruit and nut mix on my porridge - it's got seeds, coconut, tropical fruits, etc, - would be good to use in a bikkie recipe, too :)

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  2. I made some plain ones once and wasn't all the keen but with choc chips...now there's an idea!

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  3. Good recipe. They would be good made small, especially if you are expecting kidlets for company (or have kidlets of your own)
    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  4. EC; You're welcome. Enjoy.

    Jayne; are the nuts etc chopped up smallish? If not, I think you'd have to chop them a bit to use in biscuit recipes. But I agree they would be nice.

    Lightening; They're definitely better with add-ins.

    Manzanita; No kidlets around here, so I get to eat them all! Well, except for the ones I take to work to share. They're also easy enough for kids to make I think.

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  5. What does cream of tarter do, what is it?

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  6. R.H. it works with baking soda/baking powder to form a raising agent for the flour. It was used way back in the days before self-raising flour became widely available. It's available in boxes in the baking aisle of supermarkets, near the flours.

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  7. Can you just use self raising flour instead?

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  8. Mmmm I am so going to make these. Thanks River, you are one smooth lady.

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