And, no. No, Im not talking about J.K. ODonnells and the Guinness I had last night.
Intoxicating is the only way I can describe how the air smelled this morning as I ran past Headwaters Park.
The food and vendor carts are setting up shop as the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival prepares to get underway. Theres the fried cheese and the Sati Babi and the doughnut burgers (a disgrace to sweets, if you ask me).
Then, there is my favorite – the German roasted nuts. The smell of sugar and cinnamon does me in every time, and I have to resist getting the large bag to save some for later because as we all know I could never save them for later. By the way, did you know you can get those from a kiosk in the mall now?
The roasters must have been on full blast as I plodded up Clinton because I found myself taking bigger, deeper breaths from a half-mile away. And a half-mile of cinnamon-sugary goodness can do crazy things to me. And my thinking.
By the time I rounded Fourth Street, I was planning the Candied Snickerdoodle Cookies for todays special. And congratulating myself for lacing up my sneakers.
The recipe is pretty basic – just your favorite snickerdoodle cookie base with the roasted nuts (thanks, April, for getting those!) tossed in. If you want my recipe, well here it is. Just dont go opening up a shop next to me!
Candied Snickerdoodle Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugared-roasted pecans, finely chopped
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Beat together butter, shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
– Adapted from KraftRecipes.com and AllRecipes.com