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Sunday, June 29, 2008

 

cookie carnival :: june round-up!

it's so exciting to have so many people participate this month! thanks to each and every one of you who baked the Doodles. i so much enjoyed getting your emails and photos.

so, let's get to it! i have to say. . . i enjoyed the cookies, but i wasn't all ga-ga over them. i know people who think they are the king of cookies. and they're good. they are a solid, real, honest-to-goodness cookie. but, at the heart, they are just a sugar cookie. which isn't a bad thing. it's just sorta. . . so-so. if i'm going to have a sugar cookie i prefer the Vanilla Bean Thins we did back in April. i think those had a little more character and were sort of more sophisticated, i guess. that being said, i'd make the doodles again. they were tasty with coffee, that's for sure!


here is the recipe brought to you by martha stewart.

INGREDIENTS

* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons
cream of tartar (what the frack is cream of tartar, anyway?)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 1/2 cup pure vegetable
shortening
* 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
* 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
, plus more if needed
* 2 large eggs


DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
2. Sift together
flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.


3. In a smal
l bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

and here's all the folks who participated. if you sent me a photo, it's placed *above* your entry.


first up (in no particular order) is sihan of
Fundamentally Flawed. you must visit her blog and read her post if for no other reason than the baby tigger situation. go see if you wanna know what i'm talking about.


next is jen of Delightful Delicacies.
check her post for the story of how she was sung to from a conga line! ha! fun.

megan of My Baking Adventures baked along with us and she wonders what i think when i get her emails (she's an infamous recipe fiddler). i
usually think, "hooray! megan's getting creative!" she added coffee to her doodles. check out her post to read how that went for her.

brook from And a Cookie For Dessert (great blog name) joined in and baked up some
snickerdoodly goodness. here is a bit of what she had to say about this recipe, "Nice and chewy with the perfect mix of sugar and spice from the cinnamon. " read the rest of her post here.


pam of Cookies with Boys is up next. clearly she is a cookie enthusiast and will no doubt fit right in here. here's a little snippet of her post. "They smelled really enticing and they looked alluring when they came out of the oven." read the rest here.

stephanie from Confessions of a City Eater is next and she has the most beautiful pink
ribbon'd cookies ever. here's a bit of her post, "This particular recipe was great...the cookies were crispy and chewy at the same time. Within 10 minutes of them being out of the oven, we ate half of them." read the rest of her post here.

stacy of Simply Tasty played along this month and her post cracks me
up because it goes into detail about her aversion to shortening. and i'm right there with her. no likee. read her post here.

temperance of High on The Hog didn't get the
crackly tops she was looking for, but seemed to like the cookies despite their flaw. read her post here.


hoooooraaaaay! kitty of Boring History Girl has participated quite a few times and and hasn't had an easy time of it, but this time she KICKED snickerdoodle ass! go, kitty. we knew you could do it. check her post here.


afoneleri of Camcupcakes had never heard of a Snickerdoodle before, but ended up cranking out some good little treats.
read her post here.

april of Abby Sweets got to give her hubby a treat with these--his fave. read her post here.

holly of PheMOMenon made hers a
little different and added M&M's! yum! i love that holly participates in my little food event. her emails are delightful to get. she's always cheerful. read her post here.


hannah of Ma Baker's Blog has also never had a snickerdoodle. but she baked herself up a fine batch of them! read her post here.

*side note* we need to get some guys baking with us, don't we? looooootta gals in here....

megan of Megan's Cookin' had this to say, "
These cookies were so soft and chewy. I'm eating one right now for breakfast research. When I asked the hubby for his opinion, he said "Mmmm, there so chewy and, and, Mmmmm!" she's always a fun one to have carnivaling with us. read her post here.


Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake wins for most fun photography. she also dug up some info on the usage of cream of tartar in the recipe as well as some history on the Snickerdoodle. fascinating!
read her post here.

carrie of Carrie's Sweet Life is new to the carnival and i certainly hope she sticks around. read her post here.



hygeia of Phamished had this to say, "Snickerdoodles are a great cookies to share. They are easy to make, no special ingredients are required, and everybody likes them!" read the rest of her post here.


and finally cat of creating with cattitude (LOVE the blog name) joined in this month
had this to say, "Today's cookie has a twist, it has been dunked into a cinnamon-sugar mixture thus calling it the Snickerdoodle." read the rest of her post here.

that's all folks! soon, i'll be emailing you with the cookie for july. until then, something i have been wondering. . . in your mind, would a bar be fair game for a cookie carnival? i'm thinking it is (especially given that many cookbooks lump them together in one section-- cookies and bars). what do you think?

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9 Comments:

Blogger Pamela said...

Thanks for the kind words on the round up. I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blog. I am definitely open to a bar cookie for a July.

June 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Bars are fair game as cookies in my world! I vote for bars.

June 30, 2008 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

I'm down for bars. Thanks for the sweet words and the great roundup!

Oh, and my geeky side is showing, but cream of tartar is actually a by product of wine making. LOL!

June 30, 2008 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

All the cookies look delicious!

I love the idea of a bar!....The cookie type and the 21 and older type :P

June 30, 2008 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

bar? did someone mention bar? im there!

July 1, 2008 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Ma Baker said...

great photos up there.
I am also all for a bar cookie this month.
I can't wait to try a new cookie! lol.

July 1, 2008 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Thanks for the compliment on the picture! I have a wrapping paper fetish...LOL! I always thought bars were called "cookie bars" so in my mind they're perfect for Cookie Carnival too!

July 1, 2008 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger wyndesnow said...

All of the cookies look awesome. I can't wait to take a peak at everyone's blog about their cookies. As for mine, well, we made them yesterday (a little late) no pictures, the neighbor stopped me outside and I couldn't get a word in and when I rushed in the house the little Snickerdoodles, were charcoal.

We love bars, sounds great!!

July 1, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Temperance said...

I think it would depend on the bar, apple pie bars while delicious aren't really that cookyish

July 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM  

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