when my sister pammie was born i was in 7th grade. she was a pudgy little thing, so squishy and precious. i think from birth tho, she's had a serious sweet tooth. of us four sisters, pammie has more cavities than the rest of us combined in all our lives. but in addition to her cavities, pammie is good natured. scold her one minute and giggle with her the next. i identify with her most because like me, she has a listlessness in her. she's away from home for the first time now. so for her i made a batch of cookies. simple sugar (altho i did cut back the amount) cookies with pieces of ginger chips.
adapted from Martha Stewart Living (Holiday Cookies 2005), Snickerdoodles
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cups of sugar (i only put in 1 cup)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup diced sugar'd ginger (in lieu of the cinnamon)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside. (actually, i cut back the temp to 350)
Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack.