Only the best cookies ever. With the funniest name ever. Which got me to thinking … why the eff are they called snickerdoodles?
Because I am of the internets, I consulted the trusty Google. The Google consulted the Wiki, which had apparently consulted The Joy of Cooking, and spit back this:
Y’all. Snail noodles. Srsly.
All that aside, the cookies are awesome. And here’s how you make them.
- 1 cup shortening
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (which is neither creamy nor tartar sauce-y)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-3/4 cup flour
- Cinnamon-sugar mixture for coating
Preheat the oven to 400°. Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Form into balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart for 8-10 minutes.
(Here’s Mama’s handwritten version. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all.)
And here’s a copy of the beautifully used version my mother’s dear friend Charlotte Clifford has had since my sisters and I were neighborhood children running around with Charlotte’s kids.