Friday recipe: snickerdoodles

December 3, 2010 —

It’s officially the holiday season, which means eating healthy is twice as hard. I say a little fudge and eggnog in moderation is fine. If you’re looking for a less-sinful recipe, try this one for snickerdoodles from Cooking Light. These are only 54 calories per cookie. I think you deserve two!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1  cup sugar
1/4  cup butter, softened
1  tablespoon corn syrup
1  teaspoon vanilla
1  large egg
3  tablespoons sugar
2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375°.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, stirring with a whisk.

Combine 1 cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the corn syrup, vanilla, and egg; beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.

Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk.

With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.