05 December 2008


I finished a very crappy paper on the radiative feedback effects of the first stars on local star formation at about 3:00 PM yesterday and that meant that I was done. It sort of made me eternally grateful that I'm not a theorist. That looked like that was no fun to do and even summarizing a paper was a little bit terrible. After having been grilled at my talk (seriously, I don't think anyone else in that class knew what a truncated isothermal sphere was either and the Cosmology kids had a homework assignment on it!) I just wanted the day to be done and it was. I finished some meager tasks (like cleaning my desk) and got a ride home. I went home and promptly passed out at about 6:00 with minor interruptions from Colby. I awoke at 1:00 AM to find that a) I was really ridiculously sick and b) Colby had eaten all of the chocolate chips (GRR!) and so now I had to make some other type of cookie for the office birthday party. I ended up with snickerdoodles

1 3/4c sugar
1 stick butter, softened (or not softened if you have, say, a kitchenaid standmixer)
1/2 c shortening (I used 1/2 a stick of crisco, which works out 1/2 shortening, 1/2 butter)
2 large eggs
2 1/2c flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs cinnamon

preheat oven to 375. whisk together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda. mix together 1/4 c sugar + cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside. cream 1 1/2c sugar + butter + shortening until light and fluffy. add in two eggs and try not to spill the egg white down the side of the mixer and onto the floor. (oops). add in the eggs, one at a time, and then turn the mixer setting to low and gently add in the flour mixture. roll the dough into walnut-ish sized pieces and then coat them in the cinnamon+sugar mix. place onto parchment-lined paper for 10-12 minutes and enjoy!

I'm not sure how these turned out because I've never had *real* snickerdoodles. They've always been store bought, but as a cookie, they're pretty tasty. The next step is to try making fuckerdoodles... you know, snickerdoodles dipped in fudge. :) (also, that was totally not my idea, that's Chris' idea.)

1 comment:

Johnny Banana said...

Everyone's a theorist. When you get to section 4-6 of the paper you're writing, and need to come up with a reason that anyone should care, all you can do is fall back on making up theory stuff.