You'll feel like a master host(ess) who can whip these up within ten minutes of your guests' impromptu arrival.

Snickerdoodles aren't the fanciest cookie, but they are among the tastiest and easiest. It's almost embarassing how many times I've invited over friends, realized I had no food, and thrown these together. If your guests are anything like mine, they'll be excited to help you roll the cookies in sugar and cinnamon and pop them in the oven.



1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt.

2.In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/3 cup of sugar until pale in color. Beat in egg and vanilla.

3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth and looks like cookie dough. Spoon 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon in a bowl.

4. With your hands, roll cookie dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll each in the cinnamon-sugar bowl. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Take out of oven ad leave to rest on baking sheet 1 minute before eating or placing on wire rack to cool.

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