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Old 07-20-2014, 10:14 PM   #21
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They may flatten a bit more with butter, but I'm sure that the flavor would be great

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Old 07-20-2014, 10:17 PM   #22
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And another thing..what about the shortening in most of the recipes? Wouldn't butter make them better, now that I can afford butter?
Butter makes everything taste better. Even before bacon.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:26 PM   #23
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And another thing..what about the shortening in most of the recipes? Wouldn't butter make them better, now that I can afford butter?
Butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening so when you put cookies made with butter in the oven, the butter melts quickly and makes the dough spread out flat before it has a chance to set. I see a lot of snickerdoodle recipes with both butter and shortening. The butter gives you flavor while the shortening holds the cookie up so you get a thicker product.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:04 AM   #24
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Thanks for the butter vs. shortening info. I think I'll use half and half.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:40 AM   #25
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Cheryl, I have that exact Snickerdoodle recipe! Mine is actually in my Mom's 1963, First Edition "Betty Crocker's Cooky Book".

Besides the cooky book, I also have a Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle mix on hand. They both use cream of tartar and soda. Hmm, wondered why I had that container of cream of tartar in the pantry.

Andy, you said cream of tartar should be good for a long time. As in decades? I might consider a new one if I get around to baking snickerdoodles.

Kayelle, my cooky book lists "1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)", so back in 1963 they were using a combination. T&T!
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:57 AM   #26
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I know that if you chill cookie dough that contains butter until it is firm, then quickly form the cookies, (work fast) it will take the butter longer to spread the dough. So you end up with a high cookie yet still have the flavor of the butter.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:35 AM   #27
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...Andy, you said cream of tartar should be good for a long time. As in decades? I might consider a new one if I get around to baking snickerdoodles...

Beats me. It's a chemical rather than a food. If you C of T is decades old, I'd spring for a new jar.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:13 AM   #28
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I have made plenty of sugar cookies, but never Snickerdoodles. I am going to have to make them. I like the idea of just scooping them with an ice cream dasher instead of having to roll out the dough and then cutting them. And they sound delicious. Anything with cinnamon sounds good to me. And I do have CofT. on hand in the cabinet. Cherry I wrote down your mother's recipe. It sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing.
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I have made plenty of sugar cookies, but never Snickerdoodles. I am going to have to make them. I like the idea of just scooping them with an ice cream dasher instead of having to roll out the dough and then cutting them. And they sound delicious. Anything with cinnamon sounds good to me. And I do have CofT. on hand in the cabinet.

Every snickerdoodle recipe I've looked at calls for rolling the dough into a ball then rolling the ball of dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
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One of the best things made in school cafeterias! Love snickerdoodles.
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