Maple Snickerdoodles

makes 60 small cookiesSnickerdoodles are the bomb.  They are literally a conglomerate of everything most people have laying around the house mixed into chewy, crunchy goodness.  They are sort of the go-to cookie when there isn’t much around.  According to Wikipedia, the word “snickerdoodle” comes from the German word “Schneckennudeln” which means “snail noodles”(a pastry).

Now is the time of season to be baking tasty treats all the time.  They make fantastic gifts and I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like a cookie.  Therefore, I have a fabulous excuse to bake whenever the hell I feel like it.

If you don’t have a family that will eat the cookies you makes(eh-hem..my parents) they make great treats to take to friends at school, co-workers, parties, et cetera, et cetera.  My favorite part about these cookies is how adorable they are.  They’re so tiny and cute that they are just too hard to resist.  Then again, you can make them larger if you please.  I bet they would taste just as great.

Although I wanted to make a snickerdoodle type of cookie, I wanted to jazz it up.  I found a recipe for maple sugar cookies and a recipe for chai spiced cookies.  So, I mixed them together.  The result was tasty.

Let’s do this.

 What you’ll need:

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup pure maple syrup(don’t use fake maple syrup!)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

For topping:

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat your oven to 350˚F.  Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Add the egg, maple syrup, and vanilla, mix until everything is evenly combined.  In a medium bowl, mix together the baking soda, salt, and flours.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices.  Set aside.  Roll the cookies into 1/2-1 inch balls, roll them in the spice mixture, and place them 1 inch apart on un-greased cookie sheets.  Repeat until all your dough is gone.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.

Make sure to eat them warm with some tea or coffee.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes and OhLadyCakes

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