The cool thing about cooking bloggers is we do the research so you don’t have to, right?
Tonight’s super quick recipe is a homemade batch of snickerdoodles. Butter, shortening, sugar, flour… The only thing you may need to swing by the store for is Cream of Tartar. But it’s essential! Oh, and you’ll need to log in to a (free!) account to America’s Test Kitchen. The recipe is here, it’s great, and I promise you won’t mess it up. Just one Drunken Cookie tip:
If you have a choice between a regular cookie baking sheet and an insulated sheet, use the regular sheet. You want the crinkle top characteristic of a classic snickerdoodle, and my cookies on the insulated sheet didn’t “fall” as they cooled. (Still delicious, of course.)
Trust me, this recipe is worth the free registration. Your kitchen will smell amazing, and your friends will think you deserve your own baking blog.
I love cinnamon rolls, especially as a breakfast treat. I confess I will buy a Cinnabon or a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but I always feel guilty. What’s in those? (Don’t look at the label!)
This recipe saved me at least a little bit of the guilt that comes along with eating sugar, butter, and flour for breakfast. I think mostly because they’re homemade. They do not require yeast and are baked in a muffin pan, which make these a little bit muffin, and a little bit roll.
Ahhhh, warming a cold Saturday morning with the sweet smell of baking cinnamon.
I found this recipe on Allrecipes. Thanks to Carol, the original submitter of these delicious little muffin/roll hybrid. Her profile doesn’t seem to be on the site, but I thought this was worth a shout out 🙂
I didn’t use raisins or currants… I’m not a fan of raisins in cinnamon rolls, but feel free to add them if you are!
I made a cream cheese icing, your basic cream cheese/butter/confectioners sugar/vanilla/milk icing. I’m sure these are equally yummy with the glaze that’s included in the recipe.
I thought I may have originally under-baked these, but they set up well, and the middle had the gooey-chewy feel that I like in a cinnamon roll. I feel that over-baking these slightly would dry out the edges too much for my liking, so keep an eye on them.
Who says you can’t enjoy pumpkin after thanksgiving?
If it’s cold outside, I’m enjoying pumpkin spice.
I’m sure you’ve heard about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte not containing actual pumpkin, at least until this year when they decided to add it… well, I’m here to assure you there are plenty of holiday recipes made with real pumpkin and spice.
The beauty of real pumpkin spice recipes is you can adjust the “spice” to your liking. Cloves have a real punch, so many opt to leave it out altogether… I used the full amount in this recipe, only 1/4 teaspoon, and found it plenty adequate. Cinnamon comes in many varieties, so you can alter the flavor of your favorite recipes simply by purchasing a different type of cinnamon. My favorite spice shops are Penzeys and The Spice House, both of which have a variety of fall spices.
This Pumpkin Cheesecake is baked in a water bath, but I’m sure you’re a pro at that by now, if you’ve followed my blog thus far! A few tips:
Plan ahead, as this should refrigerate overnight. Still tasty after three days, if kept refrigerated and covered.
You’ll need a 10-inch springform pan, which is an inch larger than the seemingly “standard” 9-inch. I have both sizes, but if you only have a 9-inch pan, you’ll need to increase the baking time.
For the Crust
9 whole graham crackers (about one sleeve in a box, 4 oz)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare the springform pan by wrapping heavy-duty aluminum foil around the bottom, to keep the water bath from seeping through.
Blend graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor until finely ground. Slowly add melted butter, pulsing until crumbs start to clump. If you don’t have a food processor, place graham crackers in a ziplock bag, crush with a rolling pin (or soup can, or whatever you have… hey, I’ve been there), then mix the remaining ingredients thoroughly until the mixture will clump when pinched with your fingers. Press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, and allow to cool.
TIP: I halved this recipe, using just a half stick of butter and 16 oz of powdered sugar, and it was enough to cover my sheet cake just fine. I measured the powdered sugar on a scale, but if you don’t have one, it’s about 3 and 2/3 cups of powdered sugar.
The thing I love about finding new recipes is learning ways to tweak them. I want to make other versions of browned butter frosting/icing because it adds a depth of flavor (think nutty, caramel-ish) I think would work well in other desserts.