One of my best friends in the entire world, Stacy, is one of those brave people that I admire. She went home to NYC to work for the summer, saved up her money, and then bought a one-way ticket to Chicago. She had no job, no plan, and moved in with two girls she met on Craigslist, without ever seeing the place beforehand.
I have so much respect for this girl, yet I'm still selfishly sad that she has moved so far away. She's no longer a 1.5 minute walk from my house at Wes, or even a mere 4-hour bus ride from Boston to NYC. She's literally a thousand miles away, and I miss her.
Her birthday was last weekend, and unfortunately, I haven't yet come up with a way to ship my birthday cakes. This means I couldn't send her something as awesome as I made for her last year. I had just made brownies a few days before, so I decided cookies would probably be the easiest to make and ship quickly. I didn't have time to go to the store, so I had to settle for what I had on hand, and came up with snickerdoodles. (I was also rushing, so I didn't have time to take step-by-step photos, sorry!)
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book
Yield: 16 large cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
-Beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds
-Add the sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar; beat until combined
-Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated
-Stir in the flour until dough is smooth
-Pack dough into a ball with your hands, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour
-After dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 375°F
-Combine together remaining sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a shallow bowl
-Scoop up tablespoonfuls of dough, roll them in your hand to form smooth balls, and then roll them completely in the sugar and spice mixture.
-Place on ungreased baking sheets, with at least 2 inches of space in between each
-Bake each tray on the middle rack for 10 minutes
-Cool on tray for 2 minutes, then remove cookies from tray and finish cooling directly on racks
Happy Birthday, Stacy! I love and miss you tons, and hope all is going well in Chicago!
Love and cookies,