Two Bite Snickerdoodles
I’ve been baking cookies for a long time. And baking is in my DNA. Both of my grandmothers and my grandmother’s grandmothers (and probably their grandmothers too) all baked. It seemed to bypass my mom, but hey, it just wasn’t (and still isn’t) her thing. But I’ve got the baking bug and cookies are my jam! And these Two Bite Snickerdoodles? Well, they’re dedicated to those fine baking ladies before me!
My Grandma’s ♥
Like most of you, I love and loved my grandma’s! Both completely different women, but both equally awesome. My mom’s mom, who’s still living with my dear grandpa, is the cookie baker and is the soft, huggable, perfect grandma. For years she made oodles and oodles of cookies for Christmas. I loved them so much! And my favorite was the reindeer cutouts that had Red Hots for noses! She doesn’t bake much now, but every time I bust out my cookie cutters, I channel her patience! Now, my dad’s mom, was a little more eccentric then my mom’s mom. She was a character – she smoked cigarettes and wore leather mini-skirts! I know, right? #awesome. She baked too, and I remember some great things coming out her oven including pumpkin pies and persimmon pudding. Man, so yummy! So you see, I was born to bake!
Two Bite Snickerdoodles
Now that you have a little background about my grandma’s you’ll have a better sense as to why I was so excited about what happened with this month’s Recipe Redux challenge. You see, the challenge was to “grab a book and cook.” Meaning, take a cookbook off your shelf, dust it off and use page 16, 201 or 216, for a Recipe Redux. So, I picked up my trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (a prized gift from my mother-in-law!), and turned to page 216. And what did I see?
I saw Snickerdoodles! I felt nothing but joy! What luck! My grandmothers both loved Snickerdoodles and I do too! This was going to be fun!
Building A Better Snickerdoodle
I was on a mission. First, I wanted to change the flour. All purpose flour (AP) is the traditional flour for cookies, but I wanted a healthful twist. That’s why I swapped half of the AP flour for whole wheat pastry flour. I knew it would be lighter than regular whole wheat or white whole wheat flour, therefore perhaps less detectable too. Then, the sugar. The BHG recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, but I knew that was more than these cookies needed, so I dropped my sugar to 2/3 cup. Next up, that roll in cinnamon and sugar, I wanted to change that too, and use turbinado sugar – for it’s extra pop of crunch! And finally, size. You know I like small things, and cookies are no exception, so I kept to a rounded teaspoon (or about 10 grams).
The result? Oh, well, just that pile of beauties you see here! A delicious two-bit treat that will bring back all kinds of great memories, or perhaps create new ones. I know these will and would make my grandmothers proud. And even though they weren’t here to help me bake them, they were “here” inspiring every moment! I love you Grandma Rump and Grandma Coffman!
Two Bite Snickerdoodles
One, two – two bites of whole grain goodness and even less sugar in the easy-to-make Two Bite Snickerdoodles!
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour, lightly scooped
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a small bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula then add the granulated sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar. Beat about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Slowly beat in the flour. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375’F. In a small bowl, combine the turbinado sugar and the cinnamon. Portion dough into rounded teaspoons and roll into balls. Toss dough into sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat, pressing gently so that sugar adheres. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart, and bake 10 minutes. Remove from the tray and cool on a wire rack.
- Yields about 50 cookies
- Serving Size: 25
- Calories: 88
- Sugar: 6
- Sodium: 16
- Fat: 4
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 1
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 12
- Protein: 1
- Cholesterol: 17
So sweet! Especially this time of year! So glad you love to bake – we who receive and enjoy the bounty of your kitchen are extremely grateful!
Yay! Mom, I bake because you are so grateful! 🙂 And well, because I just love to bake!!!
Grandma’s are the best 🙂 And so are Snickerdoodles! These look perfect—and I appreciate that you’ve made my favorite cookie a little bit healthier!
Thanks so much for your comments Karman! I did try and make them healthier and really, they don’t taste any different, just as good as the full throttle version! 🙂
My Aunt Edith made snickerdoodles and I have not made them in awhile. This is tempting me to roll up my sleeves and bake!
Oh yay! Do it Janice! These are super easy and really fun to make!!! Channel your Aunt Edith!
I read this in my bed this am when I woke up and it made me so happy! I feel like I know your family and ironically you and I’ve only ever met twice haha! And your mom is on fleek, first to comment before 530 AM PST! LOVE IT- How do you get your mom to read your blog? Dying to know your tricks!
I’m baking your grandma’s recipe for persimmon pudding this Christmas. I’ll have a bite for you
I love that, please do!!! Merry Christmas!
I was so excited to see what you had up your sleeve and not only did I get this delicious recipe that I’m salivating over, but I got to learn about your grandmas and that made me so happy too! I love that you have those memories and they inspire you in the kitchen everyday!
Who doesn’t love snickerdoodles?! I know these would be a big hit in my house. Especially with my 3 year old! She’s really been into anything with cinnamon and sugar lately.
I always forget about snickerdoodles. I ate them all the time as a kid and I’m afraid I may be failing at motherhood because I don’t think I’ve ever made them. I’m inspired – thanks Sara.
No way are you failing motherhood! 🙂 Snickerdoodles are simple, you’ll love them!
These look so perfect and just pillowy soft! And I loved hearing about your grandmothers. Mine loved to bake too. I wish I inherited that gene… 🙂
I’ll bake for you Marisa! 🙂