Monday, September 29, 2008

--Snickerdoodle Pan Cookies

Snickerdoodle Pan Cookies
Land-O-Lake's 5th Annual Holiday Cookies, 1998

1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts I omitted these and Snickerdoodles don't have nuts anyway!

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

1. Heat oven to 375F. In a small bowl combine all topping ingredients.

2. In a large mixer bowl, combine sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add remaining bar ingredients. Beat until well mixed.

3. Spread batter evenly into 15x10x2-inch jelly roll pan. I used a 14x11-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake 11-13 minutes or until light golden brown and bars begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 5 minutes. I would cool them longer - they're still pretty soft at 5 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares; cut each diagonally into triangles.

I've been so exhausted that lifting up cookbooks is just too much work. When I have a couple of minutes, I'll usually peruse the small pamphlet type books that I've acquired. They have a tendency to get ignored since they're kept in baskets and aren't staring out at me from my shelves.

I saw this recipe in this booklet from 1998 and since my son loves Snickerdoodles and this recipe was less work than (although essentially the same as) my regular Snickerdoodle recipe, I immediately decided to make these.

These were so buttery and delicious. They were delicate though so they won't be replacing my regular Snickerdoodle cookies on my Christmas cookie trays, but I prefer the bars personally. I love the gooey part of cookies so I love cookies made into bars. I did have one problem that as I was cutting them, they kept disappearing. One after the other. Once I got a taste I couldn't stop and my son felt the same way. He has one in his lunch today (I add one small cookie to a regular home prepared lunch so he doesn't miss having a Lunchable like some of the other kids bring. Not that I feel superior packing a home prepared lunch but I bought him Lunchables and he really only liked the cookies and the meat - what a waste.)

Question of the Day: Are you cutting back on your holiday cooking and/or baking due to higher prices this year?


M Smith said...

Absolutely not! LOL!

No, this is such a traditional part of the holiday season for our family. We all get together to bake cookies and such and throwing our annual cookie exchange is something our friends and neighbors have come to expect each year. I start all fo the planning for it in September, so I am already underway, so to speak.

Unknown said...

Probably not! Maybe make more simple things but won't cut back. It's too much fun and is still an inexpensive way to give lots of people a gift!

ThursdayNext said...

Nah...I will just work OT to save for grocery bills for the holiday season. I dont usually bake anyway, I cook, so in the end its my sisters who will make that call since they are the bakers. I have to spend money on expensive cheeses like gruyere, so its hard, but worth it.

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Yum! These look fabulous. Guess what I'll be baking this afternoon?

. . . said...

yum indeed! these look so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Probably will do about the same. I can't wait to make these pan much quicker than making all those little cookies.


Anonymous said...

We are actually thinking of doing "food" items as gifts this year instead of going to the store and buying a present. I'm already looking up cookie recipes.

Heather said...

I can't possibly cut back, but I am going to be looking for deals on ingredients.

I was just listening to Jillian Michaels and she was just talking about how bad Lunchables are for kids, way too much sugar. So good for you on packing a homemade lunch.

Wanda said...

Probably. Not because of the higher prices, but because of the much lower income we have now, just in the last couple of months, that will continue indefinately. But, really, I have been cutting back for the past number of years, though, for several reasons. For one thing, I just can't get it all done, myself. When the kids were still home, I had a lot of help with it. Besides that, two of the kids (with family) don't make it home in December, now, so there is less food needed. And being older, myself, I just wear out so much easier from all the other Christmas activities, besides.

Unknown said...

Sometimes it is easy to over look cookie recipes that have been around a long time. Maybe it is because these cookies are more plain looking than today's creations or maybe it is because they do not use exotic ingredients. But what these old fashioned cookies do have is great flavor that makes eating one just about impossible. Snickerdoodles are a great example of this.



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Lindsey said...

These were fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.