A day of ice, drizzle, and cold stirred with in me the need to bake something. Those who know me are well aware of the family rut- I have been baking the same chocolate chip cookies for over 20 years with no end in sight. My children have grown up with little variance to that; changing my pattern always made me feel as if I were cheating on the standard favorite.
While my challenge to the norm is rare, it seems over that past few years that another favorite has crept into the family. The farm boy has made his plight known- the chocolate chips are tradition, but a new competitor has risen. I introduce to you, the doodle, best known as the snicker doodle.
I have no idea where the longing came from, or where it was first introduced. My mother-in-law started making them regularly a few years back; I had made them many years ago... but where did the farm boy get such a craving for them? Who knows. Maybe this is a teenage rebellion? A stepping out into male dominance? Either way.. there is a new cookie in town.. and he aims to stay.
Farm Boy's Snicker Doodles
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons each cinnamon & sugar for rolling cookies in
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients. Cream butter, shortening and sugar together before stirring in the eggs. Stir in dry ingredients until well incorporated. Shape by rounded teaspoons into balls, rolling them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place on a parchment lined (or lightly greased) baking sheet 2" apart- they do spread. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. I cool mine a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
You can store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread to keep them soft and chewy. We place ours in zip bags and freeze them.
Whatever the reason for this rising new favorite, there will never truly be a replacement for the standard chocolate chip cookie. Believe it or not, I made both today.. satisfying the cravings of both my hard working men and quieting my inner baking yearning.
Now, enough of this out of place ice storm nonsense- I'm ready for sunshine and gardening!