My love of cinnamon has been passed down to Lauren and Dominic (guess it's in the genes). When you think of a cookie that has cinnamon, what is one of the first cookies you think of? Snickerdoodles? These smelled so good yesterday when they were baking. That's what I love about cinnamon - it makes your whole house smell good :) Lauren had one of her good friends over for a bit after school yesterday and the both of them, plus Dominic were my "taste testers." I sent some cookies home with Lauren's friend and gave a few to Dominic's bus driver this morning. There's something about the word "snickerdoodle" that puts a smile on a person's face. Since St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, I sprinkled a little green sugar on top of the cookies before baking - just to be a little festive!
Ingredients for Cookie Batter:
2 3/4 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and nutmeg with large spoon. Set aside. In large bowl, put butter, vanilla extract, light brown sugar and white sugar. Beat with mixer or by hand until smooth. Add the eggs and then stir in the flour, soda and nutmeg. Combine well and then cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge at least one hour. If you roll the cookies about the size below, you should be able to get about 3 1/2 dozen out of the batter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, put the sugar and cinnamon and mix well with small spoon. Roll the dough balls in the sugar/cinnamon mixture and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.
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