Fall is here, it’s a little difficult to tell with the temperature still warm here in Southern California. But the signs are popping up everywhere else. I think a lot of us really get the first taste of fall when Starbucks reintroduces the pumpkin spice back into their lineup! I know I found myself digging in the back of the closet for my favorite sweaters to drop off to get dry cleaned the day after I saw the sign.
Fall makes everyone think about warm clothes, warm drinks and warm spices. And it makes me think of apple pie, apple cider, warm gooey cinnamon rolls or maybe just a hot cup of spiced chai. All of those things have at least one thing in common; cinnamon. For me, cinnamon is the quintessential fall spice.
And what could be better on a fall day than a nice snickerdoodle? You really can’t go wrong; it’s soft, warm, tender and most importantly has a mellow sweetness and a little cinnamon kick.
If you’re looking for a great new recipe for cut out cookies, that will be perfect for fall, look no further!
Snickerdoodle Cut-Out Cookies
1 cup butter, cold
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
3-3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Cut cold butter into chunks; combine in mixer with sugar and cinnamon until fluffy (about 1 minute).
Add egg and vanilla extract, beat until fully incorporated.
Scrape down the bowl and then just measure and scoop all the flour directly into the mixing bowl, add the salt and baking powder and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. This will only take about a minute and the dough will form a ball on the beater and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your favorite cutters to cut out shapes.
Line your baking sheets with parchment for even baking (and easy cleanup) and place cookies onto sheets.
Place baking sheets into the freezer for about 10 minutes (this prevents the dough from spreading) while the oven heats to 350 degrees.
Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.