Apparently Sharon Tyler Herbst’s mother, Kay, baked a delicious cookie for her children, a cookie that bore an unfortunate and boring name, and so she told her children that they were snickerdoodles. But they weren’t, something the author did not know until she was compiling recipes for this book. Her new name for the cookies? Kay’s “sneak”erdoodles.
Funny, but they taste an awful lot like ginger snaps. The recipe calls for a quarter cup of light molasses, and ample amounts of ground cloves, ginger and cinnamon. I had all of the latter three on hand, but only had dark molasses, and was a little over a tablespoon shy of a full quarter cup, so supplemented with Lyle’s golden syrup. They are lovely despite my worst efforts! The best part may have been my timing. I prepared the dough the day before I baked them, and baking day happened to be a drizzly cool day. The smell of cloves, ginger, cinnamon and molasses wafting from the oven warmed us all.