Thursday, November 18, 2010

Some facts about Snicker Doodles

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snickerdoodle is a type of sugar cookie made with cream of tartar and rolled in cinnamon sugar. It is characterized by a cracked surface and can be crisp or soft depending on preference. In modern recipes, the leavening agent is usually baking powder.[citation needed]
Some people mistakenly refer to snickerdoodles as "sugar cookies." The difference between the two comes from the use of cinnamon, which is balanced with cream of tartar to give the cookies their sweet, spicy flavor.[citation needed]

The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln, which means "snail noodles."[1] A different author suggests that the word "snicker" comes from the Dutch word snekrad, or the German word Schnecke, which both describe a snail shape.[2] Yet another hypothesis suggests that the name has no particular meaning or purpose [3] and is simply a whimsically named cookie that originated from a New England tradition of fanciful cookie names.[4] There is also a series of tall tales about a hero named "Snickerdoodle" from the early 1900s which may be related to the name of the cookie.[5]

  1. ^ Rombauer, I. S., Becker, M. R., & Becker, E. (2006). The Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition. Scribner.
  2. ^ Olver, Lynne. ""The Food Timeline: Cookies, Crackers and Biscuits"". Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  3. ^ Herbst, Sharon Tyler (2001) Food Lover's Companion, Barrons Educational Series, New York, NY ISBN 978-0-7641-1258-4
  4. ^ Stradley, Linda. ""Snickerdoodle Cookies"". Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ Grosgebauer, Clare H.. ""Snickerdoodle, Tall Tale Hero"". Retrieved 2007-11-03.

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