The Best Snickerdoodles

I am such a stress-baker. Something about following a recipe – or eyeballing a recipe, as I usually do – is so calming for me. I’m a stress-eater too, so it works out.

It’s the end of the semester. I have a dozen projects that I should be working on and finals that I should start studying for. I hit that point that so many of us do where I have so much to do that I decide to do none of it. Admit it, you’ve been there too.

I got a serious craving for snickerdoodles. I hadn’t had one since I was a kid, and Curtis hasn’t ever had them. There was only one way to satisfy that craving. Bake time!

I called my Grandma for the recipe and my childhood was shattered when she told me that she used to buy them from a lady she knew that sold her cookies. I was excited to try out a family recipe that I remembered from Grandma’s house as a kid – and it turns out that these magical cookies weren’t even my Grandma’s.

I turned to Pinterest and hunted through dozens of recipes. As I mentioned before, I don’t really follow recipes as I see them. I instead like to check out a bunch of recipes and blend them together to create my own hybrid that I think will work.

I did a pretty good job on these. They turned out soft and chewy and everything that a snickerdoodle should be. Here is my hybrid recipe. You can follow it, or make it into your own!

The Best Snickerdoodles

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of golden shortening
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  1. Cream butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and cream together
  3. Mix in cream of tartar, flour, baking soda, baking power, and salt
  4. Refrigerate dough for 45 minutes
  5. Roll dough into small balls, and roll in mixture of cinnamon and sugar
  6. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes

How easy is that! And they are absolutely mouth-watering. I highly recommend them :)

 

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Day 8 of #100happydays – Cooking a great dinner at the end of a long day

Day 8 of my #100happydays challenge, and I’m still just busy at a bee. After a long week – and weekend – of running around and trying to get all my stuff done, it’s great to just take a breather and cook a nice dinner for Curtis and I. Just a simple chicken and shrimp stirfry with some veggies and honey garlic sauce. I love making dishes like this because it always gives us leftovers for the next day. Yum!

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Day 5 of #100happydays – Fruity goodness snacks

Day 5 of my #100happydays challenge is food. This is a trend that I foresee continuing for the remainder of this challenge because, let’s face it, I love food. I have very little time to do any type of food prep for my day. With everything I have going on, I spend my days running from school to work to errands to appointments to meetings and somewhere in there trying to make it home to sleep, eat, and shower. On my ways from point A to point B,C,D, and E, I try to stop at a grocery store – rather than a drive-thru – to grab something to eat. These pre-cut mango spears have become a new favourite of mine. I can grab them quick on the run and still feel good about what I’m eating. Nom nom nom :)

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Day 1 of #100happydays – Curtis Making Me Dinner

Day one of my #100happydays challenge:

Usually I’m the one who cooks, but today Curtis offered to make one of my favourite meals. I have been working on various assignments all day, and it’s awesome to have someone make me dinner :) Nothing beats classic chicken breasts baked with mushroom soup, with some wild rice, and a salad.

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