City Girl Snickerdoodles

Sugar is crack.  I love Alicia Silverstone’s thoughts on this in The Kind Diet, “Like crack, white sugar lifts you up, up, up, and then smacks your head on the floor, leaving you wasted and useless.  And yet within minutes you’re begging for more.”

These snickerdoodles are the epitomy of a delicious sugary treat.  While they are vegan (and oh so delicious!), they contain a substantial amount of white flour and white sugar.  And, while I used Natural Cane Sugar, I am definitely feeling the effects of eating a few of these delicious cookies yesterday.

 

The snickerdoodles rock!

 

from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar:

1 C non-hydrogenated margarine, softened (use Earth Balance sticks)
1 1/4 C sugar
2 T non-dairy milk
1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
1 2/3 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C cornstarch
1 t cream of tartar
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

Cinnamon sugar for rolling:(this is slightly modified from the original recipe)
1/3 C sugar
1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon
A big pinch of ground nutmeg

  • In a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together until light and creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  • Add the non-dairy milk and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Sift in the flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and beat mixture until a soft dough forms, about 4 minutes.  Dough will be soft and fluffy.
  • Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a small shallow bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball.  Drop is into Cinnamon Sugar to coat.
  • Place dough balls on cookie sheets about 3 inches apart.  Part 10-12 minutes.  Cookies will be puffed and will deflate after removing from the oven.  Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving to wire racks to complete cooling.  Store in a loosely covered container.

So, while Nathan, the ultimate snickerdoodle fan, gives these an A+ rating, I will reserve them for super special occasions.  I am learning that I much prefer to feed my family (and myself) baked goods on the healthier side.  I think I at least need some veggies, oatmeal, or natural sweeteners in there!

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