Snickerdoodles….comfort cookies…. call them what you will, this cookie will have you curled in the big comfy chair with a steaming mug of cocoa, basking in what can only be described as the best smell on earth as these babies bake. Soft and pillowy on the inside with a hint of holiday spice, crunchy cinnamon sugar coating…oh yes the ultimate comfort cookie on a very chilly day.
I actually made these Friday when my daughter was off of school for teacher conferences. Too early and too cold to venture out, I thought it was the perfect time to try my hand at a healthier snickerdoodle.
Aided by my little helpers (a little TOO helpful at times) we came up with a HUGE cookie (two cookies worth actually) that at 145 calories a piece with whole grains and reduced butter and sugar…. well its practically Christmas a little early!!!
Trying my hand at a old/new to me fancy smancy camera, (as you’ve probably noted I’m very technical) Jaycie kept insisting on being photographed or just photobombing….but come’on hard to get mad at someone that cute posing with our new cookie jar( a $4 thrift store find!!!!)
Healthier Snickerdoodles (aka comfort cookies)
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven 350
Combine flours, tartar, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy.
Add in the applesauce, vanilla and eggs and beat well.
Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the flour mixture, beating until combined.
Cover and chill for about 1 hour.
In a small bowl combine the 3 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Using appx 2 tablespoon of dough (depending on how big you like your cookies) roll into a ball and coat with sugar mixture.
Place on a well greased cookie sheet. Bake for appx 8-9 minutes. Do not overbake. You want them to look ever so slightly underdone as they will finish baking on the hot cookie sheet even after you pull them out. 9 minutes was perfect for me. I got 23 large cookies out of this batch at 145 calories a piece.
23 large cookies at 145 calories a piece.