My book club was coming over last night, and I wanted to make a treat. I didn't have a lot of ingredients on hand or a lot of time, so I decided to make some simple, old-fashioned cookies. Snickerdoodles. Quick and easy and yummy.
I've always thought how amazing it is that a single batch of cookies can bring so much happiness. Think about it. You make a batch of cookies. There they are, fresh from the oven, for anyone to pick up and enjoy right out of hand or with a cup of tea. Some are set aside for book club, or a potluck, or a sick friend. Others are put in the freezer for a treat when there's nothing in the pantry. Still others are put aside for the lunchbox. Really, one batch of these little guys gives so much, for relatively little effort, don't you think?
I start by gathering the ingredients, and making sure I have everything. My heart sank when I thought I didn't have enough cream of tartar, but yes, there was another little jar on my spice rack. Whenever I open the last bottle or can of something, I add it to my grocery list. Yay, I thought. The system works.
I don't have one of those big KitchenAid stand mixers. I don't mind mixing things manually. One less big thing to sit on my countertop, one less thing to clean. Sometimes I use a little hand mixer, but not often. I usually don't get out my food processor, either, but instead, chop things by hand. Maybe it's because I learned to cook without those gadgets, I'm not sure. Maybe I just like the quiet.
After you mix the dough, it needs to be wrapped in plastic and sit in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
I have a bowl of cinnamon sugar I keep for cinnamon toast. I pulled this out to dip 1-inch balls of dough in before putting them on a cookie sheet.
I decided not to enlarge this photo; in X-Large it looked scary, and made me dizzy! Don't think it's in focus.
So the reward after baking? Tea, of course, and a couple cookies. Many times I have lists next to me, and here I am planning a trip to Denver to see my mother and sister and her family. I'm leaving tomorrow; none too soon. They are all very healthy out there, and maybe they will be a good influence on me so that I can get out of this long winter-induced carb-fest.
This Arthur Wood & Son English teapot came in a picnic basket with some other tea goodies that I won at a silent auction years ago.
The teacup is Rosina China Co. "Louise."
And the best for last; a little cupcake stand from Pottery Barn. Love those bunnies.
Here's the recipe for the cookies.
1 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 large eggs
Cream these together, and then add:
2 3/4 c flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix well, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Roll into 1-inch balls and dip in a mixture of:
1/2 c sugar
3 Tbs. cinnamon
Bake about 10 minutes at 375 F. Cool on rack.
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