Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Snip doodles, kinkawoodles, and tangle breeches

I have some ideas for how to handle a cool, rainy day like today. Wear flannel jammies. Go barefoot. Invent new words. Find someone to hug and kiss. Make snickerdoodles.

"Cookies as we know them in America were originally brought to the United States by our English, Scottish, and Dutch immigrants. Earlier names for cookies such as Snickerdoodles and Cry Babies originated with the New England states. Even with its early history, cookies did not become popular until about a hundred years ago. In earlier American cookbooks, cookies were given no space of their own but were listed at the end of the cake chapter. They were called by such names as “jumbles,” “Plunkets,” and “Cry Babies.” The names were extremely puzzling and whimsical. New England cooks seem to have had a penchant for giving odd names to their dishes, apparently for no other reason than the fun of saying them. Snickerdoodles comes from a tradition of this sort that includes Graham Jakes, Jolly Boys, Branble, Tangle Breeches, and Kinkawoodles."
--Big Apple

I'd like to crawl into bed and do some kinkawoodling about now. First things first. Must roll my balls. Oven's ready! Time to put the little cry babies inside and watch them puff.


Adapted from The original Betty Crocker recipe (margarine & shortening options deleted)

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 400ºF.

Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

(Total time will vary; cook or bake time is per batch.)

Pinup Photo: Kitchen Disaster, Deviant Art


BadAssKona said...

Smacking lips....

Erobintica said...

I love snickerdoodles!

Kirsten Monroe said...

I made two dozen cookies and my kids and this pack of neighborhood boys swooped in and ate every single one. Ankle-biting locusts (and no, I'm not referring to myself!).

Snickerdoodles are some good comfort, that's for sure. Just like flannel jammies and hugs & kisses.

Craig Sorensen said...

I love snickerdoodles too, but the lovely tattooed chef in the photo needs to learn to balance her load, so to speak.


Kirsten Monroe said...

Hi Craig,

Yeah, all that hair and cleavage....making her top heavy.