Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Oodles and oodles
Biscuits are my nemesis.....

Having had mixed results in the biscuit department recently I thought I'd turn to Nigella for a fail-safe win and to get my confidence back. They are from her second book, How to be a Domestic Goddess, which I highly recommend (of course!). She describes them as like "oven baked doughnuts - small, cinnamony, with a drier crumb" which I'd say was fairly accurate. She also suggests pairing them with stewed fruit and creme fraiche but I am not sure they're even going to make it to the tin. Finally she says makes around 32, but clearly my walnuts are a whole lot bigger than hers, as I got 21 out of them. Of which there are 16 left oops!

The Recipe:

250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
125g butter, at room temperature
100g caster sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4

Put the flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl cream together the butter and 100g of the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat. Then stir in the dry ingredients until you get a dough that hold together (takes a strong arm).

Roll the pieces out into walnut sized balls. Combine the cinnamon and the rest of the sugar on a plate and roll each ball in the mixture. Place on a lined baking sheet (or two) and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Take out the oven and leave to cool for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

The Verdict:

Well, they are a lot tastier than any other biscuits I have made recently, even if they aren't going to win me any prizes. They were really simple to make (I used the KitchenAid and it took about 10 minutes) and I don't think they'd be that easy to overcook. They are a little dry maybe but Nigella suggests they are a great dunking biscuit, or as mentioned earlier great with a dessert, maybe even some ice-cream, which is handy as it's next up on the How to Eat challenge!

By the way, does anyone know why they are called Snickerdoodles?!


LiSa said...

Hello! I love Snickerdoodles! They are my favorite cookie ever. I've made Nigella's before and they are a bit different then others I've had. Still delicious! But you're right a little dry. I've heard it's just a made up word with a play to a German word that means 'snail noodles' ??

Katharine Balyuzi said...

Hi Lisa, ah that's really good to know, in that case I might seek out a more 'authentic' recipe! A lot of pictures I've seen of them they are definitely flatter, like regular cookies. I don't know how I feel about snail noodles :)

LiSa said...

Not snail noodles as in noodles made out of snails.... But noodles all rolled up like when a child draws a snail would be fun! But a very weird description for a cookie/biscuit! :0)

Katharine Balyuzi said...

:) Ignore me, I just have an aversion to anything mollusk! It really is an odd description, but I like it!