Saturday, 16 May 2009

Rachel's Snickerdoodles

I got the Rachel Allen, Bake, book a while ago. I had a voucher and had seen Maria do a few recipes out of it and they looked right up my street. Of course I got it and then it's sat in my kitchen for god knows how long.
(If I had my way I'd bake something different every night and spend the day eating the fruits of my labours.)

So I pulled it out the other day and had a look at all the pages I so studiously bookmarked the day I got it. The Snickerdoodles won out ecause they looked relatively simple and, well, they're called Snickerdoodles.

And they rule.

They rule the biscuit world.

They are light and fluffy and taste a little bit like Christmas because of the cinnamon and nutmeg.

I seriously might spend all day eating these...
(Rachel reckons this makes 26 but I only got 13 - not sure where I went wrong!)
125g butter, softened
110g caster sugar (plus 1dsp extra for rolling)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
Half tsp freshly grated nutmeg (I used ground because I'm lazy)
Three quarters tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 dsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 180c
2. Cream butter in large bowl. Add 110g caster sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined.
3. Sift in flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt and mix together to form a dough.
4. Mix dsp of sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
5. Using hands, roll dough into walnut-sized balls then roll in the sugar and cinnamon mixture and place on baking tray (This could be where I went wrong - maybe I thought walnuts were twice the size they actually are!!)
6. Leave about 3cm between each ball (no need to grease or line the tray) and then flatten down with the palm of your hand.
7. Bake in oven for about 15 mins, or until they feel firm around the edges.

Loving these and will be taking them to my Mum's today because my brother is over with his wife and baby and I'm hoping we can all enjoy them with cups of tea. That is if there's any left before I go over there...


Maria♥ said...

I love Snickerdoodles but haven't made Rachel Allen's recipe yet! Yours look wonderful and really yummy! I promised my hubby I would bake him some cookies for his arrival home and these fit the bill perfect ;o)


Wonk said...

Oooooooh! Awesome, thanks for the tip. I think I'll use your version of the recipe then - if for no other reason than I R lazy and don't have to convert from cups to grams, hehe.

They look fantastic so I'm particularly looking forward to Method 8. Might be this weekend's project then :)

And yes, I thought the exact same...they're called Snickerdoodles - how can I not make something with a name like that, haha!