the name just sounds so cute. tomorrow is my birthday, and while i’m here germany with most of my friends away on vacation, i am baking for myself. birthdays are really good excuses to eat all the sweets i want, including a fresh batch of snickerdoodles. these are my go-to cookies, and when i have to bring food to a party or someone’s house, i make these. they are so easy and quick. i have almost memorized the recipe, and i can make them in under a half hour including baking time! anyways, that’s why i made these for birthday-self. i was considering experimenting with a recipe or finding a way to incorporate the fresh plums i bought yesterday into something sweet and crumbly, but on my birthday i want something that i know tastes really good. and it was going to be impossible to mess these cookies up. these are also one of the first official recipes i learned when i became serious about baking. the recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s book, How to be a Domestic Goddess. they aren’t the traditional looking flat cookies, but little doughnut-texture balls that are more adorable. to birthday-ize these, i added chopped hazelnuts. I also substituted some of the flour for wheat flour because i have some and need to use it up. making things with whole wheat flour just sounds more “rustic,” and i love that word.
1 c. all purpose flour
2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder
tiny pinch of salt
1/2 c. butter (at almost room temperature makes things easier)
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. chopped hazelnuts (or whatever type you like)
1 tsp. extra of cinnamon and 2 tbsp. extra of sugar mixed together on a plate
preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C)
combine flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. in a bigger bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. beat in the egg and vanilla. stir in the nuts. slowly stir in dry ingredients until well mixed. roll 1 inch size (approx.) balls of dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture (you can also add some chopped nuts to the mixture too) and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. bake for 12-15 minutes. the bottoms should be just barely golden brown.