Tuesday, July 28, 2009



These have been my favorite cookies since my mom taught me how to bake.  I always made them for everyone on my mission: members, investigators, Elders I secretly wanted to marry... Of course, they were the whatever-close-enough-ingredient-you-can-find-in-a-country-where-most-people-don't-have-ovens version of Snickerdoodles.  This recipe is much better.  I had to tweak it a bit to get it to work in the humidity of DC, but I think I've got it down.


Preheat oven to 375F.

Blend together:

1 cup butter (I use some shortening most of the time - it makes them puffier)

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla


2 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cream of tartar (This is the real secret to the flavor and the missing secret ingredient in Korea)

If the dough is soft and gooey, refrigerate for at least an hour.


3 tbsp white sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Monday, July 27, 2009


John and I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home.  We've spent a lot of time (and donated money) making our kitchen the heart of our new home.  This blog is a window into some of the goings-on in our kitchen.  Welcome!