This is an old fashioned recipe version of the classic American cookie, Snickerdoodle.
What makes it old fashioned you may ask?
Before baking powder was available, bakers made their own leavening agent by mixing baking soda and cream of tartar. The baking soda gets activated by the acidic properties of the cream of tartar creating carbon dioxide. The result is a product like baking powder that has the flavors of authentic old fashion baking.
How was that for geek-ing in the kitchen?
This time I enlisted the help of my youngest to make the best old fashioned snickerdoodles. He loves baking, cooking and eating sweets. Even though things can take longer with the additional help (much longer), the fun we have together outweighs the extra time and the extra cleaning at the end.
These Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles are quite easy to make for little hands…
Making dough balls and rolling them in cinnamon sugar is a fun task. As you can see above, we weren’t going for shape perfection! Trust me they will bake into rounds anyway!
Can you tell which ones he made?
When it comes to cookies, our house is divided. The hubs loves crispy cookies while my oldest loves chewy and soft cookies. The youngest doesn’t care as long as there’s sugar in them!
You can adjust baking times to suit different tastes. All you need to do is bake them for the full 15 minutes for a crispier result or a bit less for a soft and chewy cookie.
I usually bake them both ways (one tray of each) to keep everyone happy. To mess up with my very demanding crowd though, I like to serve them all mixed together (soft and crispy). I love to see them trying to figure out which is which. He-he-he-he (insert witch laugh here).
- Make sure your dough is cold and rested before baking.
- I put more than one sheet pan in the oven to bake at a time; (we do that in restaurant kitchens). I just make sure I rotate them throughout the cooking time (the one on top goes to the bottom and the front to the back – rotating 180 degrees)
- These commercial sheet pans are a MUST in my kitchen. I can’t say enough good things about them.
- This is my favorite standing mixer, it comes in all sorts of fun colors A great investment that will last you a lifetime!