Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles
Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

‘Ooh that’s exciting.’

It’s normally a fun little positive phrase that isn’t it? It’s not when it’s coming from your optometrist when he’s looking at your eyes through some crazy machine. The ‘exciting’ thing was a nice little dry spot on my eye – a result of my inability to shut my eyes properly when I sleep. I thought it had gone away but in fact I’ve just ignored it so long it’s desensitised my poor eye which apparently is bad news. I must now sleep like a princess with a fancy eye mask to protect it.

In other ‘exciting’ news I must also wear my glasses full-time. It seems working on a laptop for a good chunk of hours every day isn’t too good for the old eyes. In honor of the occasion I’ve chosen a more blogger-suitable (the optometrist told me they needed to be a bit geeky if I was to call myself a blogger) pair of frames. I almost went for the bright red ones, almost. I might share a pic when they arrive.

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

After ‘exciting’ news, sometimes a sweet treat to soften the blow is in order. Enter Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles. I must admit, the first time I made snickerdoodles, I chose the recipe simply because I love saying snickerdoodles. They also have my all-time favourite baking ingredient – cinnamon.

They’re chocolately without being overly sweet, have a crunchy sugary crust that melts in your mouth and a soft, almost cake-like center. I’ve started making up double batches of cookies to try out recipes for Christmas. I bake half the dough and freeze the rest so I can whip up fresh biscuits on demand. Let’s just hope I don’t forget about them.

Mixing them up

You can make the dough for Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles entirely in the mixer which means hardly any work. The hardest part is rolling the balls. Start by beating the butter then add the sugars, cream of tartar, baking soda and cayenne pepper. You can leave out the pepper if you like but I think it adds a little bit of depth of flavour. Beat them all together until it’s nice and smooth.

Scrape down the sides then add the egg and vanilla and mix them through too. Sift in the cocoa and flour and beat on low until the dough has no more dry bits. If it gets too thick you can take the bowl off the stand and mix the last bit of flour in by hand but my mixer seemed to handle it ok.

Pop the bowl in the fridge for about half an hour for the dough to firm up.

Baking

Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan-forced and line two trays with baking paper. The recipe didn’t say how much dough to use at a time so I went with a teaspoon which I think made pretty good-sized snickerdoodles. I got about 30 out of half the dough. The recipe says that it makes 30 total. Clearly they make them super-sized in America!

Roll the dough into balls and then roll each one in the cinnamon sugar mixture. I threw them in the cinnamon bowl one at a time and then tossed the bowl like I was tossing something in a frying pan, that way I didn’t get sugary fingers and mix it into the dough when rolling. You’ll understand what I’m on about if you make them.

Lay them out on the trays with 3cm between each ball and bake them for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are crisp and they crack on top.

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Leave the snickerdoodles to sit in the trays for a minute or two then transfer them over to a wire rack to cool.

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

The recipe says they keep for 3 days in an airtight container or 3 months in the freezer. On closer inspection, it says that on every recipe in the book so I think you’ve got a little leeway. Enjoy!

What about you? Have you ever chosen something because you like the name? Do you wear glasses?

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles

 

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Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles
 
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Serves: 50
Ingredients
  • 125g butter, softened
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup caster sugar extra mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter for a minute until soft and smooth.
  2. Add the sugars, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper and beat until everything is combined.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the cocoa and flour a little at a time until everything is mixed in and there are no dry bits.
  5. Pop the bowl in the fridge for about an hour for the dough to firm up.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan-forced and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  7. Using about a teaspoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  8. Place the balls of dough on the tray leaving 3cm between each one.
  9. Bake the snickerdoodles for 10-12 minutes or until they start to crack on the top.
  10. Leave them to set on the trays for a minute and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

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14 Comments

  • I need to get my eyes checked… thanks for the reminder. Haven’t done it since I moved overseas, so I guess I need to seek out a new optometrist. These cookies look gorgeous! I *love* anything chocolate and spicy, so they’re a sure fired win in my books! I’ll definitely be trying them out shortly. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 4, 2012

      Yes do Katie. I got my new glasses on Friday and it’s like seeing a whole new world! You’re welcome I hope you like them!

  • I think a girl should have more than one pair of glasses if she’s a blogger.. then you can match up with your food styling:) I can see why you love red.. these cookies are incredible.. I’ve been reading posts all night and I have to stop on this one. I’m starving for a bit of chocolate and trying to resist.. but it’s time to succumb! Wish I had one of these though! I hope your eye improves!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 28, 2012

      Well that’s a very good point Barbara. Maybe I’ll have to get a few other frames as well. Thank you!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Reply Reply November 28, 2012

    I PROMISE not to call you “four eyes”! I have never heard of a dry spot and eye closing but I’m glad you’re back on to it.

    I thought I was the only one who loved saying snickerdoodles. These look so pretty on the polkdadotty fabric.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 28, 2012

      Nope Maureen you’re not alone. I love snickerdoodles and turtles, noodle… anything with and ‘oodle’ sound.
      Thanks!

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply November 27, 2012

    I’ve just had to get a pair of reading glasses – it’s old age apparently – but not in your case obviously. My glasses arrived last week. I haven’t been brave enough to post a photo of myself wearing them – and I certainly didn’t get red frames! Love the snickerdoodles – such a great and inviting name xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 27, 2012

      Well if I post you post Charlie! x

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Reply Reply November 27, 2012

    Love your Doodles Claire. I have to ssay I can’t see too well since spending ever waking moment on the computer. Every one is going to have a walking stick one day

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 27, 2012

      Very true. Not having glasses will be odd in a decade I’d say!

  • Oh you poor thing! That sounds nasty! I got told off for working on a computer by a chiropractor. Definitely show us the glasses when they arrive! 😀

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 27, 2012

      If there was a way I could blog and not be on a computer I’d do it but the two go together! Ok I will.

  • I’m wearing glasses right now! I bet the red ones would have been super cute on you 🙂 But I’m sorry about the dry spot – I hope the cookies helped!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 27, 2012

      Cookies always help! Yes the red were super cool but I think they would have looked a little crazy when I had to wear them out.

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