I don't know if there is a bigger cinnamon lover out there than me. I drink cinnamon tea. I heap a ton of cinnamon into my oatmeal every morning. I even put it in my hot chocolate. You would think that snickerdoodles would be my favorite cookies. While I like them, I never really think about them and hadn't made them before. Well, a couple of weeks ago my husband and I had some snickerdoodles from a bakery and were highly disappointed. They were dry and bland. Eric commented that snickerdoodles are always rather bland. I was about to argue with him, but then I realized he was right. Right then and there I decided I would make a snickerdoodle that was amped up and couldn't ever be considered bland.
Recipe adapted from here.
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Cream butter, shortening, and white sugar in a large bowl. Mix in eggs.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
Shape dough into balls, approximately with a 1 1/4-inch diameter. Mix brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and cayenne in small bowl. Roll balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixtures and place on the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies set.
Place cookies on a wire rack to cool.
Now, the cayenne pepper might seem a little weird or scary, but it really adds depth to these cookies. And it was Eric's favorite thing about them.
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