Dobra Bielinski is chef-partner at Delightful Pastries, a family-owned bakery located in Chicago. They have been serving loyal patrons since 1998 and specialize in European baked goods. But they also make great cookies.
Their classic snickerdoodle recipe is one that kids can help out with in the kitchen, and of course, it features cream of tartar, which gives snickerdoodles their unique texture and slight tang that sets them apart from regular old cinnamon-sugar cookies.
Try this recipe and taste the difference.
- ½ c butter, softened
- 1 ½ c shortening
- 1 ½ c + 2 T granulated white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 2 ¾ c all-purpose flour
- 2 t cream of tartar
- 1 t baking soda
- ¼ t salt
- 2 T ground cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Using a handheld or stand mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, 1 ½ c sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
3. Shape the dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
3. In a small bowl, mix together 2 T sugar and the cinnamon. Roll the balls of dough in the mixture, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake until set but not too hard, about 8-10 minutes. Remove immediately from the baking sheets.
Makes: 48 cookies