Let the Baking Begin.
Ayanna, my oldest grandchild, got me into Snickerdoodles over the past several years. I love oatmeal raisin cookies and have for much of my 71-years. However, I do not know what got me into craving Snickerdoodles, but I do.
Therefore, making Snickerdoodles for my two youngest grandchildren, Jack and Owen, seemed a natural. However, merely giving them cookies that I made ruins almost all the joy. I love watching their little minds get excited about the process of making things. We have done pies, cakes, blueberry pancakes, and the list goes on.
Therefore, one day while babysitting for them in Indy, we made Snickerdoodles. Part of their excitement about making those cookies is probably the name, Snickerdoodles. In the culinary world, there is a great debate about the etymology of the word. Some claim that it comes from the German word Schneckennudel, which means snail noodles. Snail noodles are a German pastry or roll.
However, many diss that notion. This group believes that the name is merely a made-up one, which merely contains a strange but interesting sound to the word. While my expertise is not in the etymology, the explanation of the Schneckennudel seems a non-starter. The Schneckennudle looks more like a cinnamon bun. I prefer the funny sounding name, which Jack and Owen liked saying.
Thus began our Snickernoodle-day.... While Owen rolls the cookie dough in the cinnamon and sugar, Jack realizes that the cinnamon sugar mixture tasted good even without the cookie.
Then back to the serious work at hand of rolling the
Then Owen realizes that he missed the rolling step while
Jack now realizes that the baking sheet is full.
Owen is sure that he could get another Snickerdoodle on the baking sheet.
Then they showed me where large cookie sheets were kept
Jack, looking like a questioning Louis Pasteur, examines one
Then Owen examines another one as Jack continues to wonder.
After several minutes of examining their Snickerdoodles, their
"Papa, this is pretty good. Can we have another?"
Owen knows that asking for another is not worth the effort.
Betty Crocker's Snickerdoodle Recipe
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