The Story Behind These Snickerdoodles
Grumps was Shay Sunnyside’s Grampa and Farley’s dad. He was the best cookie maker ever and his Snickerdoodles were legend.
Grumps had a big ol’ hound dog named Patches and it was like they were joined at the hip. Patches would do anything my dad said and would cheerfully die for him if she had half a chance. Grumps would make a big batch of these Snickerdoodles up after supper and Shay and Patch and me would come trotting in for a feed.
Grumps would take a cookie and tell Patches to “sit” and she would sit motionless while my dad balanced a warm sweet Snickerdoodle on her nose. She would stay there perfectly still staring crosseyed at the cookie. After a few minutes she would start to drool and she would hungrily glance up at Grumps – without moving her head mind you – hoping for the command. He would say “OK” and Patch would flip the cookie up in the air – 3 feet or more – and catch it in her mouth never letting one hit the floor, ever!
One day Grumps was torturing poor Patch this way when the doorbell rang. It was a neighbour who asked Grumps for help with something. Off he went. Poor Patch was left sitting in the kitchen cross-eyed, staring at the cookie perched on her nose and drooling copiously.
A couple of hours went by and Shay came home from shopping. There was Patch still patiently waiting with a cookie on her nose and a large puddle of doggy drool at her feet. Shay said “OK Patch” but the dog wouldn’t budge. Shay reached to take the cookie off her nose and Patch whined and moved her head away still carefully balancing the Snickerdoodle.
Shay stormed outside and found Grumps puttering away in his garage. He had long forgotten Patch. She demanded he go in and let Patch have her cookie. He just chuckled and sticking his head out of the door of the garage yelled loudly – “OK Patch”. When Shay went back inside there was no cookie and Patch was laying on her carpet having finally enjoyed her well-earned treat.
You have GOT to try these Snickerdoodles … they taste best if you balance them on your nose until your significant other says “OK”. Then flip them up in the air and catch it them your mouth. Or you can dunk them if you want to be uncivilized about it.
Enjoy …. Shay Sunnside & Farley Crabgrass
Grump’s Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
Remove from pan immediately.
>>> If you want your cookies nice and soft , don’t overcook them <<<