Monday, June 16, 2008


First an intro. Concoctions by Peabody is the type of cook I would like to be clever and creative. As I was browsing I stumbled across her Snickerdoodle Muffin recipe, and thought wow! just Wow! the sheer genius of this left me speechless. Then Snickerdoodles turned up as The Cookie Carnival's Cookie of the month I had my burst of inspiration. I would do both and compare them! So here is the muffin recipe (I omitted the nutmeg from the original recipe).

Snickerdoodle Muffins

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp cream of tarter
1 and ¼ cup sour cream
2 and ¼ cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar and 2 TBSP cinnamon mixed together for rolling

1. Cream the butter and sugar until soft about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until each is incorporated.

2. In a separate, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and cream of tarter.

3. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately to the egg-butter mixture in the additions. Start with the flour and end with the flour. Scrape the bowl occasionally.

4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the muffin around in the mixture until it is covered completely in cinnamon sugar.. Place muffin in to muffin tin.. Depending on the size of your tins, you should get about 12 to 14 muffins. Bake them for approx. 20-22 minutes in a 350F oven or until they are golden brown.

Temper's notes:
First of all let me say mmmmm mmmm good. I had them for breakfast the next morning and they were still moist and delicious. Definitely tasted snickerdoodly. I will Definitely make these again, and probably again.
Now for the critique, I found the characteristic tang of cream of tarter a little weak. I am not sure why she didn't use more cream of tartar and less baking powder. Also my hot kitchen made the butter melty and the batter less stiff then desired for rolling. I made it work though and my fingers were yummy.
I think next time I need more cinnamon in my sugar and I definitely will put more batter in the muffin tins so I get a muffin shape and not a hockey puck shape.


Peabody said...

If you put the batter in the fridge for about 15 mintues it will firm up and scoop and roll better for you. Also, less cream of tarter to allow for the nutmeg(which you omitted) taste to come through and you need the baking soda for the rise.

Temperance said...

Thanks for the tip, I had thought about shoving it in the fridge but wasn't sure if it would effect the texture or not. I will have to try it again with the nutmeg it sounds like, I omitted it because Snickerdoodles don't have nutmeg in them (and I lost my nutmeg). For some reason putting in Baking Powder, Soda and Cream of Tarter seams a bit redundant.