Baking is creative. It is soothing. The end result is amazing and delicious and, especially if it includes chocolate, can boost your mood.
The Star Wars movies provide familiar surroundings to slip into. [PSA: My daughter, Madeline, is watching the series, not in the order of their release, but in the chronological order of the plot of the series. She skipped a large portion of JarJar—naturally. She also recommends skipping the bulk of Padme and Anakin’s romance in Episode 2. Don’t think too hard about that one!] Disney+ gave us Baby Yoda—right before we knew how much we would need him.
So combining the comfort of baking and Star Wars? Who knew that was a thing. But the geniuses at W&P knew it way before we did. These products don’t necessarily make sense, but they put a smile on our face (and they're available to shop in our online store).
So, I wanted to share a “secret family recipe” for Snickerdoodles. The “secret” is using powdered sugar. This happy substitution came about when my other daughter, Molly, was making them but we didn’t have enough sugar. She was 11 years old at the time and did not consult anyone as she made this decision. The result was SO good that it has become our go-to recipe. I also like to add the tiniest bit of nutmeg to the sugar/cinnamon mix that you roll the cookies in. Also, I don’t believe in “secret” recipes. Food and recipes were meant to be shared.
If you’ve come up with a happy substitute in a recipe—especially at this time when there is a limited supply of ingredients—let us know!
Molly’s “Secret” Snickerdoodles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
½ c butter
½ c shortening
¾ c regular sugar
¾ c powdered sugar
Cream those ingredients.
Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time.
Add 2 ¾ c flour
2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
¼ t salt
Roll dough balls and dip into mixture of 1/3 c sugar, 1 t cinnamon, and ¼ t nutmeg.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Slightly under-baking leads to a yummy result!