Category Archive: Cookies


  1. Snickerdoodles

    The humble sweet and spicy Snickerdoodle – some will giggle at the name and I hope you do! There is nothing but fun about these lovely cinnamon sugar cookies.

    My favorite memories of these are from my Grandma Noner’s kitchen. A woman from Tennessee in Appalachia (read proud hillbilly! and an amazing cook, it seems appropriate that I mention her first on this blog with a recipe rumoured to be both American and German in origin, which were branches of her roots! Anything she baked tasted like it was from heaven and these were no exception.

    I have not had them for years (a sad state of affairs I must say) and was inspired to bake them with a friend of mine who wanted a baking project for the day. Something about them screams Autumn so what better time than now to break them out of the recipe box for a long overdue reunion!

    Now, a little tip – a true Snickerdoodle requires that you use cream of tartar and baking soda, however in a pinch, you can use a teaspoon of baking powder to leaven these cookies, omitting the cream of tartar and soda. I would, however, recommend that you try the real McCoy! We made about three dozen from this batch, which is a good thing because we easily ate 5 each before the day was out…

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    Snickerdoodles

    Makes three dozen

    Preheat oven to 190°c/375ºf

    Ingredients

    225g/1 cup/2 sticks salted butter, softened

    250g/ 1 and a scant 1/3 cup  caster sugar

    2 medium eggs

    1 1/2 tsp good vanilla extract

    3 cups/ 380g plain flour

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    2 teaspoons cream of tartar

    1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

    For the cinnamon sugar

    50g/ 1/4 cup caster sugar

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    Method

    In a deep medium bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar electric beaters or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle until light and fluffy – this means that the color of the butter turns pale and the butter is really whipped. Don’t be tempted to move on to the next step until it is really fluffy or you wont be able to mix in the flour effectively.

    In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and cinnamon until evenly distributed.

    Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined and then beat in the vanilla.

    Beat in the flour in two to three batches (you may need to mix it by hand at the end) until thoroughly combined. You should now have a smooth, thick dough.

    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and roll the dough into balls a little smaller than golf balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mix. Line them up on the baking sheet and lightly press the tops down to create an indent, which will help give them the right shape. You should be able to get a dozen onto each sheet, leaving plenty of space for the dough to spread as it bakes.

    Bake for 9-12 minutes. I generally go for a less done centre as I like them soft, so stick to the 9 minutes, but it depends how hot your oven is so check and see. They should not color too much in the oven but rather come out pale golden without any dark patches, which would indicate that there is still raw dough in the center.

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  2. Coconut Cream Cookies

    I am a coconut fiend- that’s all there is to it. I love coconut so much that I reckon if I were stuck on a desert island with a coconut tree, I would be happy. So, this is what I made recently in my kitchen to feed the coconut cookie monster living in my house… that’s me, by the way.

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  3. Kick-Ass Cookies

    Sunday was Mothering Sunday. I hope everyone remember to call, send flowers too, or think about their mum and how amazing mothers are generally.

    My beautiful, loving, liberal mother has taught me a lot of things. She has taught me how to tie my shoes, spell b-a-n-a-n-a, eat a banana, walk, and make chicken cacciatore- a few among many examples of course. My mother also taught me about protecting myself, about seeing signs of danger- but that didn’t stop me being chased down an ally-way aged 21… details aside it was pretty scary, fortunately I got away without a scratch.

    Now, I generally don’t get all dark and dreary about much- but street harassment, harassment in general, is a real bugbear of mine- partially because I have experienced it before, too many times, and sometimes it has been scary. This week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week and not many people know about it- so, I’m spreading the word about as thick as I spread butter on homemade bread.

    Catcalls, sexist comments, flashing, groping, stalking, and assault. During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, people worldwide will collectively speak out about gender-based street harassment and work toward solutions.”

    I may be a woman and I may bake a lot of cupcakes- that doesn’t mean I’m weak, and neither should any other woman think they are, or man for that matter and NO ONE should feel they aught to put up with unwanted attention or threat. Gender-based harassment, mainly toward women and girls, is a huge problem internationally. It happens all the time. Let’s do something to help stop it happening where we walk- let’s take back the street.

    visit- http://www.meetusonthestreet.org/– for more information on how you can help the cause. 

    Now, I’m off to make some kick-ass cookies…. I’ll be thinking of you, Mom. See the recipe on my Cooking Page.

    Made by Maggie
    After the Market

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