The apples post Friday got me thinking about cooking. This weekend, driving through southern Wisconsin's fields shining green and rolling hills covered with maple trees turning orange, in weather warm enough to bike or play baseball and cool enough to need a sweater, signalled the beginning of autumn, which to me means cookies in the oven and soup in the crock pot.
The kids' school is holding a Bake Sale today, so last night I mixed up some Gluten-Free brownies and a batch of Snickerdoodles. While putting together a meal for my family can be a hurried affair, baking treats always relaxes me. I love how following the sequesnce of steps laid out in the recipe brings a predictable, delicious, success. And how everyone who opens the door (in this case, my dad coming over to watch the Brewers win their second playoff game) gets a welcoming gust of cinnamon or chocolate.
sitting on a Secret Project I just finished using Happy Fuzzy Yarn's Hand Dyed Sport
In the spirit of early morning frost and afternoon sunshine, I pass on to you the Snickerdoodle recipe shared by a good friend. She calls them Cookies for the Revolution, because when times are tough but spirits high, they bring cheap, easy deliciousness . Whenever I make them, it always seems like too few ingredients and too little of them, but somehow, when you take them out of the oven, they create a full batch of cookies, delicately spicy, with a crisp exterior giving way to a soft , slightly chewy center.
Makes 24-30 cookies
1/2 C butter, softened
1.5 C all-purpose flour
1 C white sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t baking soda
1 Twhite sugar
1 t cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease two cookie sheets.
Beat butter; then add half the flour; when well-mixed, add rest of ingredients and combine thoroughly, including second half of flour.
Cover and chill one hour.
Roll into 1-inch balls, and roll those ball s in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 12-16 evenly-spaced on cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, switching from upper to lower oven shelves after five minutes.