I love cookies. I've said it before and I will continue to say it, there really isn't anything more friendly than a plate of cookies. Except maybe a bouquet of daisies along side a plate of cookies! I mean the friendliest flower and cookies? HELLO!
Cookies are simple and perfect. They make children smile and old people smile. They make everyone SMILE! What's better than bringing a smile to someone face? Not much in this world my friends. Not much at all!
I looked through my recipes and thought and thought about what to share with you all this week. I have some complicated recipes that I make for gifts at Christmas time. I have some that take time and detail to decorate. I have even more that take preparation for days. I nixed all those ideas, and I will share some of those as we approach the holidays, but today? Today I wanted some recipes that are as simple as they are perfect.
So today, we have my take on my favorite childhood favorite, and my favorite of all times! Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Cookies!
1 1/2 Cups Granulated White Sugar
1 Cup (2 sticks) Room Temperature Butter
2 Extra Large Eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 Cups All purpose White Flour
1 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tablespoons Granulated White Sugar
2 teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon
(Note: Siagon Cinnamon has a bolder flavor, in my opinion than regular cinnamon. Keep that in mind when preparing these cookies. It is totally fine to leave the cinnamon out of the actual cookie and use it only in the sugar topping.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl mix together 2 1/2 cups of the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda and set aside.
Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Add vanilla. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture. The dough will be somewhat wet and sticky. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour a little a time until the dough is no longer sticky. (You may not need all of the flour.)
Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
Roll the dough into 1 - 1 1/4" balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture and add to a non greased cookie sheet.
Bake cookies for 9 - 11 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack immediately.
Brandee's Peanut Butter Perfection Cookies
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 extra large egg
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose white flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup extra fine granulated white sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add peanut butter, and mix well. Scrape down sides again.
In a small bowl mix flour, salt and baking soda.
Slowly add flour mix to the creamed peanut butter mixture. Dough will be consistency of wet sand, not sticky.
Roll dough into 1 in balls.
In a small bowl, roll the balls to cover completely in the extra fine granulated sugar.
Place rolled sugared dough balls on a non greased cookie sheet.
Take a fork, dip in the sugar and lightly pressed from side to side on the sugared balls.
Bake in the 375 degree oven for 9-10 minutes. Remove and let the cookies sit for a minute before moving to a wire rack to cool.
I shared my favorites. Now it's your turn. Break out those recipe boxes and link up your favorite cookies!
The Smack Talker
I'm a fast talkin', smack talkin', food lovin', recipe writin', ADHD sufferin', joke tellin', wit swappin', SNARKTASTIC mommy of five. I married Prince Charming who just so happens to be a Star Wars geek, and we are living happily ever after. I tend to over share, lose my cool and make rash generalizations. I'm teaching my kids to love everyone and appreciate all things. Did I mention I love FOOD?