“Old Fashioned” Snickerdoodles


Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! While my family may not have celebrated St. Patty’s Day, despite being kind of Irish, April Fool’s Day was quite the occasion every year. My parents really got into it, and they usually outdid themselves.


I found my bed short-sheeted a few times of course, and one time there was Vaseline at the foot of my bed. Try sticking your bare feet in that stuff when you’re not expecting it. One time my mom put dried beans in my shoe; again, a freaky sensation when you’re not expecting it. I had quite a visceral reaction, kicked my shoe clear across the room and barely missed the mirror!


When my sister and I got older, we got in on the action a bit too. I remember one year Megan put a rubber band over the sink faucet, thus rewarding our unsuspecting father with a soaked shirt when he went to wash his hands. I know we threatened to saran wrap the toilet seat, but I’m not sure we ever followed through.


Food was definitely part of the action every April Fool’s Day, as well. Megan and I would usually find cat food in our cereal bowls, and every year we had AFD dinner. It consisted of oddities such as soup served on plates and food coloring in scrambled eggs, stuff like that. One time my mom sent me to school with homemade brownies in my lunch; I took a bite only to discover they’d been made with unsweetened baking chocolate and no sugar. And once, she sent me brownies when I was in college, brownies that strategically arrived on April 1st. I threw them straight into the garbage. I had a presentation in class that day and the last thing I needed was to risk a case of the runs. I asked her about it later and she swears there was no funny business, but I’m not so sure… 🙂


What about you? Did your family get into April Fool’s Day when you were growing up? How about now? And what’s the best AFD prank you ever pulled, or had pulled on you?

There’s no funny business with these cookies, only some dead serious deliciousness. They are made with a wink and a nudge to the Old Fashioned cocktail, thus the presence of bourbon and bitters, ingredients not typically seen in snickerdoodles. The alcohol flavor is very up front in the cookie dough (oh please, you know you’re going to eat some), but rather subtle and almost an after taste in the baked cookies. It’s very pleasant though, and everyone raved over these. Try them, and see what you think! And do let me know about your April Fool’s Days, I love hearing others’ stories!


Source: slightly adapted from The Boozy Baker by Lucy Baker

2 ¾ cups plus 2 tbs all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups plus 3 tbs sugar, divided
2 large eggs
2 tbs bourbon
4 to 5 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tbs ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and 1 ½ cups sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the bourbon and bitters; beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Combine the remaining 3 tbs sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and place them on the baking sheets, spaced about 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, flatten each ball into a disk. Yes, the dough occasionally sticks to the drinking glass, but I found it peels off quite nicely without much man-handling and didn’t hurt the integrity of the cookie.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown at the edges but still slightly soft in the center. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

6 responses to ““Old Fashioned” Snickerdoodles

  1. I LOVE this blog! This is one of my favorites. I read it out loud in the car, and both of your parents just cracked up. How well he remembered the rubber banded sprayer (and it got him TWICE), but he also reminded me of the water in the hair spray bottle (100% water – no hair spray!), and said he never figured out why his hair never cooperated that day – until he got home and you and Megan confessed.

    You mean you actually remember the vaseline, the beans, and the brownies?? I promise, PROMISE, the brownies were just out of the box – nothing else. But I made sure you had them on 4/1 just so you would wonder, and I guess my trick did work, although one good batch of brownies went into the trash. This is SO funny!! Thanks for the great memories. And now, I have no one to play tricks on. (Or do I?)

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks Mom!!! Yes I definitely remember all that. I so wish I’d remembered the water in the hairspray bottle though, that was so hysterical! Glad you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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