Some time ago, (years), I read about snickerdoodles. I had no idea what they were, so I googled and discovered they were sugar cookies. Plain cookies, sprinkled with sugar when they come out of the oven.
I made them and they were nice, since then I've made them several times, but I've added craisins.
Dried cranberries. And now they are nicer.
Recently, while shopping, I noticed something new in the store.
They make the spread a wee bit crunchy, nice enough but uncomfortable on my very sensitive teeth.
so I left the jar in the cupboard until I had a brainwave.
I decided I would use the cinnamon spread as a substitute for butter the next time I made snickerdoodles.
I was in baking mood this morning, so today was the day. That didn't turn out well.
The snickerdoodle recipe uses quite a lot of flour which I dump in all at once and just keep mixing until it is combined.
It turns out nut spread and butter are not the same when it comes to absorbing other ingredients.
I creamed the nut spread and sugar, which wasn't easy, added the eggs and vanilla, then dumped in all the flour.
It wouldn't mix in.
I had a bowl full of dry crumbly mix with a few lumps of buttery nut mix.
(In hindsight, I should have added the flour a little at a time. Or used half and half butter and nut spread, melted).
I needed the mix to be a consistency that would allow me to place spoonfuls on a tray for baking.
And I didn't have it. :(
I melted the last of the margarine in the fridge and stirred that in and really it didn't make a heck of a difference. Still had a bowl full of dry crumbly mix.
So I beat up a couple more eggs, stirred those in and was able to pull it all together in a lump.
I wasn't sure spoonfuls would work, and by now I was sick of the whole idea, so I divided the lump between two cookie trays, and spread them out as flat as I could and baked them.
When they came out of the oven I sprinkled them with a cinnamon/sugar mix and left them to cool.
So what did I have now?
Two giant square cookies, 38cm x 25cm.
I wasn't sure if they would cut or crumble, so I made a cup of coffee, cut a slice from the banana cake I'd made earlier and read all the blogs on my list.
Then I tried cutting the cookie slabs.
That went well.
I sliced them up into squares about 6cm and shoved the whole lot into a couple of storage containers. I ate the few that didn't fit.
They tasted very faintly of peanut butter, with maybe the barest hint of cinnamon, in texture a little chewy and a little dryer than the original snickerdoodles, but nice enough with something hot to wash them down.
I won't be making this again though.
I'll stick with the craisin snickerdoodles.
They're nicer and easier to make.
*maple bliss nut spread. Sweeter than just peanut butter and very nice.
Available in Woolworths for $5.13 I think, last week when I bought some more they were on special for $3.95.
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