perfect snickerdoodles

My husband's birthday is today and these are one of his favorite cookies, so I thought I would surprise him with a batch.  My plan to bring them to his work this afternoon for a surprise treat was foiled though...  when I remembered that I don't have a car today!

Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right?  (Honey, that was for you!)  I love you husband!  These cookies are waiting patiently for you to get home tonight!

These are perfectly chewy, moist and cinnamon-sugar-y.  And the best part...  NO shortening, like so many snickerdoodle recipes seem to call for.  If you try these, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Perfect Snickerdoodle Recipe

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
for rolling:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.  Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

In your mixer bowl, cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add to the butter mixture, beating until combined.

In a small bowl, stir together the 1/4 cup sugar and tablespoon of cinnamon.

To form the cookies: scoop out a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball and roll it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart on your parchment-lined baking sheets.   (These cookies will spread!)

Bake for 7 minutes and then remove the pan from the oven, leaving the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes to set before moving them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies or so (depending on how many tastes of the dough there are!)  :o)

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