|Snickerdoodles with Sprinkles Instead of Cinnamon|
Each summer, the elementary school I work at has "Library Night." Throughout the summer, every Thursday night, the library is open for families to come check out books for summer reading. About three years ago, we started adding a hot dog dinner to sweeten the deal, and teachers will also make desserts for the event each Thursday. Tonight is my night to make some cookies, and I thought sickerdoodles would be delicious; and then I thought snickerdoodles with sprinkles would really please the kids (not to mention this big person who loves sprinkles on sugar cookies). They turned out GREAT. A little on the crisp side, because I don't like my snickerdoodles underbaked.
I made half sprinkled and half cinnamon/sugar, just because I could. Using sprinkles for half the recipe used a whole 3 oz. bottle of nonpareils.
--Adapted from www.kingarthurflour.com
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ½ cup softened butter
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ¾ cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 6 oz. rainbow nonpareils
Beat together the shortening and sugar till smooth, then add the eggs, again beating till smooth. Beat in the vanilla, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, then add the flour, mixing slowly till combined. (Don’t overbeat. And for the record, be sure to NEVER overbeat cookie dough.) Cover and refrigerate at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
|Cover the entire dough ball with sprinkles|
Once dough is chilled, roll tablespoon-sized balls in the nonpareils in a shallow pan or bowl. You can coat 3-5 balls at a time. Gently shake the pan/bowl to coat the dough balls with sprinkles. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving about 1 ½" between them.
Bake the cookies at 400°F for 10 to 11 minutes, or until puffed and browned around the edges. Remove the cookies from the oven, cool on the pan for about 3-5 minutes, and then cool them on a rack.