When I was in Los Angeles, I hung out at Mike’s apartment a lot. He lives with three other guys. What did I learn?
Boys are not good at doing the dishes. They just leave them in the sink, without even doing a quick rinse. Boys love to watch football and yell at the TV at the same time.
Boys also love cookies.
While I was there, it was Mike’s roommate’s birthday. He absolutely loves cinnamon and sugar. He puts them in and on everything. He even suggested rolling my favorite Nutella cookies in cinnamon sugar. I was slightly reluctant because I thought my Nutella cookies were perfect the way they were, but I tried it and it turned out alright!
So for his birthday, I decided to make him (and the apartment and Chrissy) some of these maple snickerdoodles. Nothing screams cinnamon sugar more than snickerdoodles. Well, also churros. But that wasn’t as easy to make in an under-equipped kitchen. (They didn’t even have table salt.)
These were a huge hit! The ingredients are simple. Most snickerdoodle recipes require cream of tartar and/or shortening. And I didn’t want to spend money on items that were probably going to be sitting in the Boy Apartment’s cupboard until the end of the year.
So if you are around boys, in love with cinnamon sugar, have an understocked kitchen, or just love delicious things, you should make these.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of butter, room temp
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 3 tbsp of real maple syrup (I only had the fake one)
- cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup of white sugar + 1 tsp of cinnamon… you can estimate with this, depending on how much cinnamon you want)
*Note: These have a hint of maple flavor, but if you want more maple-y goodness you can add some maple flavoring for the vanilla or use maple sugar for the coating.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. A hand mixer would be ideal, but I just used a fork to mix it as well as possible.
- Beat in the egg, vanilla, and maple syrup until well combined. Then add in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and cinnamon and mix until just combined.
- Put the dough in the fridge for half an hour. I found that it was easier to work with the dough this way since it is pretty sticky if it’s at room temp.
- Grab teaspoon sized balls of the dough and roll into a ball. Then roll it into the cinnamon sugar, covering the entire cookie dough ball with delicious sweetness.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be done when the edges start to brown a little bit and the top is a little crackly. The middle should be nice and soft. YUM.
- Enjoy with some lovely friends and a cup of milk. We had this with our steak fajita fiesta!