Soft, chewy, and utterly delicious, these Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies are perfect Christmas treat.
I know, I know. I owe you something. Another story about friendly Canadian wild animals. Although those stories aren’t the best for our Christmas mood (Unless the reindeers are involved), there’s no point to wait longer.
Please note this happened a long time ago, I believe at the beginning of October when we didn’t change the time yet. However, I had already met a coyote and a couple of strange people. Besides, the mornings were getting darker and darker. Knowing I would need to adjust my route sooner or later, I decided to try it that day.
Oh boy, was I wrong!
The new route meant skipping the first part of the trail using the normal roads instead. Turned out that this part wasn’t longer as not so many people (and surprisingly, cars) you can see at around 6 a.m.
My idea was simple and so smart. By the time I finished the first, safe, part of my way (Which is roughly 2/3 of the whole way), the dawn would start, and I could safely walk through the last, forested, trail.
Oh boy, was I wrong! Did I say this before?
Unfortunately, it was still perfectly dark. And do you know what I saw while approaching the forested trail? Guess. You have 3 attempts. Hard? I know!
I saw the coyote crossing the road. Specifically, it was going in the same direction I needed. Since it disappeared in the bushes, I decided it was safe to cross the road and continue. All of a sudden, I felt something. My eyes aren’t great even with the glasses, but I think my peripheral vision worked that time.
I turned and saw the coyote. It was sitting in the bushes, like 5 or 7 meters from me being theatrically illuminated with a lamp.
Clearly, it was smiling at me. Even Canadian coyotes are nice and friendly!
There’s a little chance it wasn’t smiling because being friendly but because was imagining how much meat would he get from my body (If this is true, Mr. Coyote was pleased with that estimation). No, no, no. It was a friendly smile. I felt that.
Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies
Anyways. Darkness. Forest. Coyote. What would a normal person do? Probably immediately change the rout (In my case walking along the streets would add just extra 10 minutes maximum).
What would Ben do? Right – took the trail.
Did I say I was wrong? Apart from the known fact that it was still quite dark, I realized my logistics sucked. First of all, that was a very gloomy day, so I shouldn’t have expected much sunlight. Besides, unlike the other forested trails, this part was the real forest, with old big trees which reduced the visibility even on a bright day.
Oh boy, that was probably the scariest walk of my entire life! Having a backpack, quite a heavy gym bag, and the phone in my hand to illuminate my way a little, I was basically running in the darkness (imagine the wooden sticks cracking and making spooky sounds!) occasionally looking back to check how many animals were following me (None).
I’m telling you – I was fast. Normally, this trail it takes around 18-20 min. That day somehow I did it for 14 minutes!
I know what you’re thinking, friends. There’re way too many animals in my life. Perhaps, I even make up all these stories. I see your point. I get it. Next time, if I meet another coyote, I’ll try taking a picture. Also, I’ll ask for an autograph. Something like that “To my dearest friend Ben with love and hugs from the Coyote” How does this sound?
And I certainly should have a few cookies in my pocket. I bet any coyote would like these Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies.
In fact, I’ve never baked Snickerdoodle cookies before. I thought these were just regular cinnamon sugar cookies. I was wrong! These Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies are fabulously delicious. Yes, the taste is predictable, but they have a lovely texture – soft, moist, and a little chewy. Although the cinnamon is the significant ingredient, I decided to mix it with cardamom, just because I like it.
My friends, these Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies are so addictive. I might have eaten most of them all by myself. And it doesn’t look I’m ready to stop – I am thinking of other flavors I can use here.
- 2 and 2/3 cups pastry flour
- 1,5 tsp. baking powder (or the combination of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar)
- a pinch of salt
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter, soften
- 1 cup granulate sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ground cardamom
- Preheat oven to about 170 degrees C (370 F). Line baking sheets with parchment.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at high medium speed until light in color, about 3 minutes.
- Beat the eggs and vanilla. Continue beating at low speed.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, beating the dough until smooth.
- To make the spiced sugar, in a small bowl combine the sugar with spices. Using a tablespoon, scoop out some dough and roll into walnut size balls.
- Toss the balls in the spiced sugar to coat. Place them on the prepared sheets, 2-3 cm apart. Slightly flatten the cookies.
- Bake the cookies for around 8-12 minutes or until the edges are set, crisp, and lightly browned, but the centers are still a bit soft.
- Remove from the oven and baking sheets and let completely cool.