Welcome to my BlogSpot. I have created this blog in hopes of inspiring everyone to cook. I have found my inspiration from living in both Southern and Northern California. My influences in flavors have come from family recipes and meals with emphasis on healthy foods, marrying into an Italian family and the ethnic flavors throughout California. There are so many wonderful memories connected to our family dishes as well as new memories in the dishes that have been recently created. My husband, Randy who is recently retired, has been my biggest supporter and inspiration in our kitchen. He is my taster, my sous chef, and has created some really great dishes himself, which will be added to this blog. It is my hope that you too will be inspired to cook and create your own dishes for your loved ones and enjoy the craft of cooking.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Ultimate Snickerdoodle

This recipe has been in our family for years. It is a family favorite and once you make these you won’t be getting your Snickerdoodles anywhere else. Recently I have been baking with organic coconut oil in place of butter or shortening. I didn't think these cookies could get any better but coconut oil made did make it better.

The Ultimate Snickerdoodle

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.
1-1/2 cups shortening (or Organic Coconut Oil)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

¼1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Combine the sugar and cinnamon into a shallow bowl for rolling the dough into.

If you choose to use coconut oil, it is best to melt it. Combine the shortening (or coconut oil) and sugar and cream together. Beat in the eggs and cream together, then add the vanilla and mix well. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend well. Using a melon ball scooper, scoop out even size scoops and form into balls, then roll into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place them on a greased baking sheet about 3 inches apart and bake for about 11 minutes.

Granddaughter McKenna gives her seal of approval.

Susie Tronti

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