How to make quick and easy snickerdoodle cookies

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We have a teenager friend who calls these snickerdoodles "More-ish" because once she starts eating them she always wants more. They are crazy good, and crazy easy to make, so we have "more-ish" cookies a lot. Here's Lauren Chattman of Pillsbury to show you how to make snickerdoodles.

How to make quick and easy snickerdoodle cookies
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. 
  2. In large bowl, break up cookie dough and add a 1/3 cup of flour. Stir or knead in flour until well blended.  Flour is added so the cookies bake up puffier and softer.
  3. Reshape dough into log.  Cut cookie dough into 32 (1/4-inch) slices.
  4. Shape each into ball and roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  
  5. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. 
Pillsbury's Snickerdoodle recipe makes 32 cookies.
 
Transcript LISA: I’m Lisa Birnbach for howdini.com and this is Lauren Chattman for Pillsbury. And these, my friends, are snickerdoodles. Now I have just been informed that there’s neither snicker nor doodle in these delicious confections and that they’re easy to make, right?

LAUREN: Very, very easy Lisa. Especially when you start with refrigerated cookie dough. And that’s what we’re going to do today.

LISA: Okay.

LAUREN: So here we’ve got our cookie dough all crumbled up into little pieces and we’re going to add a quarter cup of flour.

LISA: And why are we doing that?

LAUREN: This is to customize that cookie dough so it will bake up a little bit puffier and a little bit softer in the oven.

LISA: And then we can also say we made these cookies more or less from scratch.

LAUREN:  They’re homemade exactly. Exactly.

LISA: Homemade.

LAUREN: And knead all of that flour in. This is a super fun thing to do especially if your kids like to get messy. And then once the flour’s all kneaded in you’re going to roll it back into that same cylinder shape that you started out with.

LISA: And this is just so you can cut a uniform round cookie?

LAUREN: That’s right and we’re going to cut this log into quarter inch thick pieces.

LISA: Lauren how many cookies are we making out of this log?

LAUREN: You should get about thirty two cookies.

LISA: Okay.

LAUREN: Now we’re going to roll each of these slices into a ball.

LISA: Okay.

LAUREN: Right between the palms of your hands. Once you’ve got all of the balls rolled out—

LISA: Yeah.

LAUREN: You’re going to put together your secret—

LISA: Your balls look better than my balls.

LAUREN: Oh thank you. Secret snickerdoodle ingredient—this is three tablespoons of sugar mixed with half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

LISA: Is that what makes it a snickerdoodle?

LAUREN: Exactly. That’s what distinguishes these cookies from plain old regular sugar cookies. All right so that’s mixed up and you simply take the balls, roll them in the cinnamon-sugar.

LISA: Oh. So they have a kind of crunchy outside?

LAUREN: That’s right it gets crunchy and caramelized and it’s got that wonderful cinnamon aroma.

LISA: Okay so Lauren let’s put these in the oven right?

LAUREN: 350-degree preheated oven. They’ll take about ten to fourteen minutes.

LISA: Okay well here they are. They look great. I’m sure they taste great.

LAUREN: And they’re just beautiful added to a dessert plate like the one that we have here.

LISA: Okay let’s see if I can do a good job.

LAUREN: Next to the chocolate cashew caramel bars and the lemon bars also made with refrigerated cookie dough.

LISA: Thanks Lauren.

LAUREN:  That was fun.

LISA: For more great cookie recipes, check out Pillsbury.com. I’m Lisa Birnbach for howdini.  
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  • Lauren Chattman

    Lauren Chattman Cookbook Author and Pastry Chef Lauren Chattman is a former pastry chef, a cookbook author, and an ardent home baker. She has made a career out of translating upscale food trends into easy recipes that can be made at home, realistically and without stress. more about this expert »

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