Sunday, 9 June 2013


Being in the midst of revision chaos for prelims, I keep missing dinner in hall at Lincoln. Consequently, my diet this Trinity has consisted mainly of cereal and porridge, eaten at very odd hours in between long stints in the library. At the end of the day, when you're a lazy student, nothing beats a good bowl of cereal.

And I definitely got overexcited when I discovered a new obsession.. the delicious joys of sugary, cinnamon coated, Curiously Cinnamon. I have eaten an abundance of these little grahams of goodness this term, which surely cannot be good for me, but sod it. 

So, I simply have to convert by cinnamon craze into baking form, and Snickerdoodles are definitely the way to go! For those among you who don't know what a bizzarrely named "Snickerdoodle" is (I didn't!): they are a sugary cookie rolled in cinnamon before baking. 

Simple, but oh so wonderful. 

60g unsalted butter 
160g caster sugar 
1/4 tsp vanilla essence 
1 large egg 
plain of flour 
3/4 tsp cream of tartar 
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the coating:
1 and a 1/2 tbsp caster sugar 
1 tbsp ground cinnamon 

Using a handheld whisk, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. 

Sift together the remaining ingredients and add these to the creamed mixture in two or three batches, stirring well in between each addition. Place the dough in a ball and chill in the fridge for approximately 40 minutes. 

While the dough is resting, pre heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius, and line two or three baking trays with grease proof paper. (baking parchment)

Once the dough is ready, break off small, walnut size pieces, and roll these in cinnamon sugar, making sure the ball is completely coated. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray, allowing five or six per sheet and spacing them well apart.

Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes and allow to cool before to transferirng to a wire rack.

Yup, I know these are more of a Christmas flavoured treat and it's the middle of Summer, but who says we can't enjoy our favourite things all year round?!

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