snickerdoodle1I have major problems with technology. I’ve broken a Kindle without doing anything to it. I’m on my fourth phone in a month. However, I did have the first phone for five years. But then it died. (I was so sad. When you have something so long, it’s difficult to get used to a new phone.) So I ordered a new phone, but I was sleeping on the beach, and a wave came up closer than expected, seawater seeped into my beach bag, and the phone got wet. I kept it in rice for a week, and although it turns on, the keyboard doesn’t register.

On to an old brick phone. I used it for a few days and managed to lose the charger. Now I’m on the last old brick phone in my house. I can’t find the back of it, but I’ve taped in the battery. I could buy a new phone, but I’m just not in the mood right now. I have no desire to have a smartphone, so I’ll battle through texting with T9 again.snickerdoodle8

However, I hoped to get lucky, because my friend has an old Blackberry that she said I could have. I offered to pay her for the phone, but she absolutely refused. She loves my snickerdoodles, though, so that’s her payment. She likes them more than chocolate chip cookies, which I think is nuts. They are really good, though, nice and soft in the center with just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon-sugary on the outside.


It turns out that her phone didn’t work because it’s for Verizon, and they use different technology, but I made the cookies anyway. At least they’re a reward for her tries and my struggles.



adapted from Martha Stewart
makes 20, 3 ½ -inch diameter cookies

Note: You can use 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1 teaspoons baking soda instead of the amounts I’ve given for baking powder and baking soda. I’ve never purchased cream of tartar, so I substitute.


2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
3 ⅕ teaspoons baking powder
⅘ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon table salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup shortening
1 ½ plus ¼ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream (at 2) together butter, shortening and 1 ½ cups sugar. Once light and fluffy, add eggs . Mix (2) to combine, and then mix in vanilla.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Toss/mix a few times; add to wet ingredients and combine (mixing at level 2).

3. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup sugar and cinnamon. Mix well. Turn oven on to 400F.

4. Scoop dough and roll into 1 ½ inch balls. Once all balls are formed, roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes at 400F. Let cool.

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