Friday, June 20, 2008

Snickerdoodles

The first cookies I ever made by myself, at around 12 years of age, were snickerdoodles. Around that time my Mom went back to work, leaving my brothers and I in charge of cooking dinner for the family. She would leave step by step instructions for simple meals, and a hot dinner would be ready for her and my Dad when they got home. This is how I learned basic kitchen skills and where my love of cooking began (a love of eating had already been established). I soon began making desserts from my Mom's Betty Crocker cookbook (enter the snickerdoodles), and from a box filled with my great grandmother's recipes for Boston Cream Pie and other delightful sugar and fad-laden treats. So when I saw this snickerdoodle recipe on Have Cake, Will Travel, I immediately tagged it. I finally got around to making them today for a nice after lunch treat. They are crisp yet soft, and are everything a snickerdoodle should be. I did add a tsp of canola oil to a double recipe because the dough seemed too dry, and I made bite-sized cookies that fit perfectly into the kids' lunch bags for school. Thanks, Celine!

10 comments:

Celine said...

I'd "fave" that post if I could, because of the lovely background story that started it all.

Eesh said...

I've never had these cookies before. I'll definitely be making up a batch tonight. I love that the ingredients are things that every well stocked pantry would have.

Teresa said...

Hi...It's funny because right before you posted your (terrific) Snickerdoodle picture, I was investigating this recipe through the link you posted at the bottom right of your blog. I was curious as to what the original Veg Times recipe was. (HCWT said hers was scaled down and slightly modified). There's no way I want to come out with a batch totaling 7 cookies!

So, naturally, I googled...FYI, here's the link to the original recipe. I'm going to give it a try with whole wheat pastry flour asap.

http://terranotterror.blogspot.com/search?q=Snickerdoodles

---Oh, and thanks again. Tonight I gave your chickenless veggie wingz with sweet and sticky sauce a try. My finicky son loved them! Homemade veggie nuggets have arrived. You're the best, Vegan Dad. Keep on bloggin'.

wendytthomas said...

Oh my goodness! I've been a vegan for 10 days now (after 15 years of being a lacto-ovo) and these are the first things I've baked. My carnivorous daughter licked the spoons and loved them, and I just tried my first little nibble. And second bigger nibble. These are so good!!! And so easy to make. Wow. I honestly can't tell they're vegan. And like another commenter said, this can be made with what's in your pantry. I've bought my first soy milk and margarine, and other than that I had everything. This is fantastic, thank you!!!

Teresa said...

Could you give me any input on how to make the wingz less rubbery? Did yours have a "bouncy" type texture too? My 5 year old has nothing to compare them to, but my memory serves me well. Thanks.

Vegan Dad said...

teresa,
You can play around with the water:gluten ratio. I like these a bit tougher, but, yes, they are a bit bouncy. Make sue they are fully cooked--I use a dark baking sheet, and that may make a difference. More water will make them softer, but also more spongy. It's kimd of a trade off. I like this recipe, but it make not suit the "mouth feel" you are looking for.

Shelby said...

O0o Snickerdoodles are my favorite and these look delish!

Katy said...

I made these snickerdoodles a few weeks ago. I agree that they are delicious!

Erin said...

I love a good snickerdoodle! These look wonderful.

appifanie said...

ooh thanks! snickerdoodles are the reason i started making cookies, and i am currently needing a good recipe. hurray!!