Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Cookie to Please the Masses

Much to my dismay, I have come to discover that there are people in the world who do not (gasp!) like chocolate. My boyfriend is one of these people. This can create some problems, as my motto tends to be: if it doesn't include chocolate, it's not dessert. Recently, however, I have mastered the art of making snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles do not have any chocolate in them, and yet they are an incredibly tasty and pleasing cookie. They are essentially sugar cookies with a hint of cinnamon and dusted with cinnamon-sugar. Snickerdoodles are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. And while some crazy people may not like chocolate, I challenge you to find someone who can refuse a snickerdoodle.

**Warning: this recipe will make 5 dozen or more small cookies. I recommend halving the recipe if you don't want so many.**
 3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + extra for topping
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar + extra for topping
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees farenheit.

Stir together the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer beat together the butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and honey and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until blended.

In a small bowl mix together about 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut (bigger if you want bigger cookies). Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until they are coated. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the surface is puffed and slightly cracked. Enjoy! ((post by emily))

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