I know everyone already loves snickerdoodles, but these are my new favorite cookies. They're simple and perfect and equally great for kids and newly middle-aged women who just want a lightly sweet, totally frank cookie if you don't mind. Would make up to 48 cookies if you didn't eat any of the batter, but come on.
cups all-purpose flour
teaspoons cream of tartar
teaspoon baking soda
cup butter, softened
cups granulated sugar
tablespoons granulated sugar
teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400°F with a rack in the center.
Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, mix the butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, about three minutes. (Start on low speed and increase to medium.)
On low speed, beat in flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Chill dough for 10 minutes.
For the coating, stir together sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Using your hands, roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in coating to cover completely.
Place cookies 2-3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake for about 8 minutes, until set but still soft. Cool slightly on pan before removing to a cooling rack.