It has been another semi-snowy day here in Japan. Due to needing to update our steam heating that we have here on base, they thought it to be a wonderful idea to shut heat and water off for 8 hours of the day. Yes, I did mention snow, so with that are freezing temperatures and high winds. I live in Tower apartments and these are on the “older” side of housing, so there are drafts. Of course what can go wrong, shall when you will absolutely need that hot water and possibly the heat. It was one of those days here. Let’s just say one of my dogs got sick everywhere….cold baths and snuggling to keep warm while she dried.
As I thought about this the other day, I decided I would do a little baking today. The oven allowed for some heat, at least in my kitchen, for a while. Perfect. Trying to decide what to bake on this chilly day had me stumped. I tried to “plan” some stuff to bake last night but really I do most of my baking selections on a whim, unless there is a special request by my husband or people he works with or whomever lives close enough to me.
Right before Christmas there was a special request from his shop for Snickerdoodle cookies. Perfect yumminess to bake today! There is just something wonderful about the buttery, cinnamony, sugary smell that these cookies put out that makes everything okay. Really. You should go bake some! I ate one and they delicious. I like to try my baked goodies, fresh & warm from the oven, adds more pleasure to the tasting!
- 2¾ cup Flour
- 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 2 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 1¾ cups Sugar, more if needed
- 2 tablespoons Cinnamon, more if needed
- 2 large Eggs
- Preheat Oven To 400.
- Grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper; set aside.
- Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- With an electric mixer cream together butter and 1½ cups sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs and beat till combined. Add dry ingredients, beat till combined.
- You can now either chill the dough for an hour till overnight or start making the cookies right away.
- In a small bowl combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar with the cinnamon.
- Use a scoop, ice-cream scooper or spoon to make 1 inch balls. Roll into a ball; roll in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Press cookie dough down with the bottom of a glass.
- Bake 8-9 minutes, move to wire rack to cool.
- Depending on how big or small you make your cookies, this recipe will yield 2-3 dozen cookies.