Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles

There are so many classic recipes out there.  So many family recipes that you don't want to stray from.  You know you love them and what if you try something new and it's not as good?  Well, then I guess you have a batch of cookies that you'll still eat (because they are still cookies), and next time you know better.

There's another possibility though.  You could switch it up and find out that Grandma's recipe was good, but just not quite as good (no offense, Grandma).  It might challenge your beliefs.  The ground might shake beneath you.  You could start to question things you once held as truths.  Or you could just start to work this new recipe into the rotation and still go about your days doing the same-old same-old.
These vanilla bean snickerdoodles from Joy the Baker will blow your mind.  Seriously.  In fact, her entire cookbook will have you drooling and setting butter out on the counter to soften, immediately.  You should buy it -- I'm not getting paid to say that - it would be welcome, but I'm not ;)
Recipe from Joy the Baker
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean (seeds scraped)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. sugar

1.  Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

2.  With a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar.  Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Mix in vanilla extract and seeds from 1/2 of one vanilla bean.

3.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture.

4.  Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.  Roll cookies into small balls then roll in cinnamon sugar.  Place on cookie sheet (give plenty of room between cookies because they will spread a lot).

5.  Bake at 350˚ for 12-14 minutes.


  1. These cookies were soooooooooooooooo delicious. I'd eat them every day if I could....but I'd run out of vanilla beans pretty quickly.

    1. I know exactly what you mean - it would also get pretty expensive :)

  2. I love Joy!! These cookies look so delicious

    1. Catey Lou,

      I love Joy too - I'm a pretty major stalker :) Do you have her cookbook yet? Because you should if you don't!



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