his going-away party is the next in a short, but successful, line of appetizer and dessert parties. the basic principle being: take the two parts of any meal people like best; remove all the boring parts in the middle that require you to count cutlery and keep a napkin in your lap; enjoy!
so, for this appetizer and dessert party, m and i volunteered to bring one of each - it only seems fair, since there are two of us. and we might live on a single salary, but we still eat like 2 (or maybe 2.4) people! our appetizer of choice, per usual, is that most texan of dishes (in fact, it is, by legislation the official snack food of the state of texas) - chips and salsa! (and guacamole!)
for dessert, we wanted to do something a little more special - something with that homemade touch. m and i had been watching the food network (i know, what a shock!), and someone (i suspect it might have been paula deen) was making snickerdoodles. well, imagine my shock when m said "snickerdoodle? what's a snickerdoodle?"
what's a snickerdoodle? only my favourite cookie growing up! what's that you say? chocolate chip? ain't got nothin' on a snickerdoodle! (can you hear the twang creeping back into my voice?) snickerdoodle!!
so, for jg's party, i emailed my mom to get her recipe for snickerdoodles, that beloved cookie of childhood on which i grew up. my mom was more than obliging and sent me this:
Cream together: 1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
Add: 2 eggs, unbeaten
Mix: 2 eggs into shortening/sugar mixture
until well blended. Don't overmix.
Sift together: 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups flour
Stir dry ingredients into shortening mixture.
Roll into balls the size of a walnut. Roll
each ball in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes in hot oven, 400 degrees F.
Layout newspaper...cover with paper towels. Let hot cookies set for a
minute, then remove to paper towels to finish cooling. Makes 5 dozen
--Copied by Grandma Fix
July 17, 1962
"grandma fix" is my mom's mom. my provenance for the recipe ends with her copying it - i don't know where or who she might have copied it from. so we made them just this way with a few modifications. specifically, we used sugar from crystallized organic cane syrup to roll them in, since it has such a nice golden colour, and the bigger crystals give a spectacular crunch. we baked them on our pampered chef pizza stone, for 11 minutes. and our batch only made 43 cookies, not the 5 dozen it said it would. but i guess walnuts are just bigger than they were in 1962!
i just ate one, and it was delicious - perfect and tasty.
here is our chilled dough (we actually made it last night and stuck it in the refrigerator):
and here is our "roll each ball in cinnamon and sugar" station:
here are the rolled balls of dough (the pre-cookies, as i like to think of them) all set up on the pizza stone:
and the finished work:
look pretty good, don't they? we will try to post an update later with photos of people actually eating them!!