While chocolate chip cookies are a classic to make all year round and sugar cookies tend to be the star of the kitchen during Christmas as people decorate the cookies with sprinkles, colored sugar, and festive cookie cutters, the Snickerdoodle is the perfect cookie to make this autumn. These delightful, aromatic cookies highlight the warm and comforting spice of cinnamon. These cookies are very simple to make, and if you’d like to play around with the recipe this year, then you should try making these Coffee Snickerdoodle Cookies from The Life Jolie. Enjoy a batch of these warm cookies as you make the most of the fall season.
Ingredients for the Cookie Dough
- 2 sticks or a cup of softened butter
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ¾ cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
If you think you can get away without using the cream of tartar, then think again. While other cookie recipes may not typically call for this ingredient, this is the secret ingredient that sets the snickerdoodle apart from the rest. The cream of tartar works with the baking soda to make the cookie softer.
This variation of the snickerdoodle recipe uses instant coffee. The Life Jolie says that the two tablespoons of instant coffee that are called for in the recipe are “subtle”. If you really want to taste coffee in your cookie, then you will want to add another tablespoon.
Ingredients for the Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
While cream of tartar may be the secret ingredient, one could contend that the key ingredient to the snickerdoodle is the presence of cinnamon. To the ordinary observer a snickerdoodle looks like a simple sugar cookie with cinnamon, and many may argue with you on that. However, the cinnamon helps elevate the snickerdoodle to something truly delicious. You will absolutely need this cinnamon sugar coating for your snickerdoodles.
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Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. You will also want to cover a sheet pan with either parchment paper or silicone baking mat. You can set the sheet to the side until you are ready to place the cookies in the oven. Next, you will thoroughly combine the softened butter, one and a half cups of sugar, and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, you will whisk your dry ingredients — flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and instant coffee — together.
You will then add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients. Stir everything well. You can opt to chill your dough anywhere from an hour to overnight. When you are ready to set out the cookie dough on the cookie sheet, you will combine the cinnamon and two tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl. You will then roll the cookie dough into small balls that are about an inch wide. Roll the cookie dough balls into the cinnamon sugar coating and place on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and enjoy!