Orange-Molasses Snickerdoodles

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
35 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
24 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Coarse sugar, for decorating
Directions
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 400 degrees F. Whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, then the molasses and orange zest. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour mixture until just combined.

  • Combine the cinnamon and the remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, then roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Arrange 2 inches apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  • Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are just set around the edges but the centers are still soft, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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