What a wonderful treat to add to my baking repertoire. First of all, the name. It’s impossible to say the word 'snickerdoodle' without smiling. I love silly words! Whirligig, hootenany, lollygag. See? Now you try.
The secret ingredient in snickerdoodles is cream of tartar which, they say, adds a sour or tangy flavor. Personally, I don’t taste that element but the abundance of cinnamon sugar is more than enough to keep me happy.
My neighbor kindly did a(nother) huge favor for us and I wanted to reward him with the gift of baked goods. This was his request. Who knew it would be a treat for both of us?! And now for you too, Dear Reader. The recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen, which blocks access to their online recipes. Hover your mouse over the photos below to read the captions and get a general sense of how it works.
For the musical selections, I sometimes riff off of the recipe's name or key ingredient, and today will be no exception. There are not so many snickerdoodle songs out there. But a plain old doodle, however, now that is well represented by Chicago's late Queen of the Blues, Miss Koko Taylor.
Before Koko Taylor died in 2009, she passed the crown to Shemekia Copeland, another fine blues singer who combines contemporary and classic tunes to create a sound all her own. Please enjoy this album.
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