Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nigella Lawson's Snickerdoodles.

Nigella's Snickerdoodles

I love it when my roommate borrows my cookbooks. I get to sample treats I might never make myself and I don't have to wash any dishes!

I'd passed over this recipe before, thinking oh i've made tons of snickerdoodles already. When Kim said she'd made snickerdoodles, I was surprised to see these donut-hole looking things on the table. They actually taste quite a bit like donut holes when they're fresh from the oven.

They're definitely satisfying, given the minimal effort that goes into making them.

adapted from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 baking sheets, lined with parchment or greased

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt, and set aside for a moment. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the 1/3 cup sugar until light in texture and pale in color, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Now stir in the dry ingredients until you have a smooth, coherent mixture. Spoon out the remaining sugar and the cinnamon onto a plate. Then, with your fingers, squeeze out pieces of the dough and roll between the palms of your hands into walnut sized balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and arrange on your prepared baking sheets.

Bake for about 15 minutes, by which time they should be turning golden brown. Take out of the oven and leave to rest on the baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Variation: replace 2 tbsp of the flour with cocoa to make "chocodoodles."


Jennifer said...

I made these and the chocolate version during the holidays. They are delicious!

Maxine said...

I just made these this weekend too after seeing them on Jennifer's blog! Sounds like great minds think alike. :)

Hillary said...

I tried these from Maxine and they were delicious! Yours look wonderful too!

ruth said...

I made these this weekend and my friends loved them. I thought they were not as moist as they could have been but that's personal preference. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Lily said...

Thank you! I borrowed Nigella's cookbook from a friend once and made these, but have since lost the recipe. it is by far the best snickerdoodle recipe i've ever tasted...a welcome deviation from the original.