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Dec 24

Zac Efron’s favorite snickerdoodles

Zac Efron's favorite snickerdoodles!

Here at The Tribune, we are really big fans of Zac Efron. Because what’s not to love? He sings, he dances, he tousles his hair just so. And most importantly, he grew up right here in our county, and now he’s famous! Which makes us famous by extension! Sort of.

So you can imagine how excited I was to make Zac’s favorite snickerdoodles. He gave us the recipe last Christmas for a feature we did about local families’ holiday traditions. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the perfect opportunity to bake them ever since.

Cooking blog = perfect opportunity.

I ended up having to tweak Zac’s recipe a little, because I failed to read all the way through the recipe before I started, and as a result wasn’t adequately prepared. Actually, I didn’t read the recipe at all. (I like surprises.) So, it wasn’t until I had went and plastered my kitchen with Zac’s face and turned on some mood music that I realized I didn’t have any shortening. Well, I did, but it had expired in 2006, and I didn’t think using old crusty Crisco would be fair to Zac’s snickerdoodles. I did, however, have plenty of butter, so I just used that.

Also, I ran out of all-purpose flour. I know, stupid, right? I thought I had more in the cupboard. But what I had was bread flour and self-rising flour. Which apparently are different? I don’t know. I had enough all-purpose flour for 2½ cups, so I randomly decided to use self-rising flour for the last ¼ cup.

And then part of Zac’s recipe confused me a little. It calls for “1 teaspoon soda.” Kind of vague, Zac, don’t you think? So I stood in my kitchen for a little while with a box of baking soda in one hand and a 2-liter of root beer in the other, carefully considering which one to use. (I’m not going to tell you which one I picked. It’s a surprise!)

I'm so confused. What kind of soda, Zac? WHAT KIND?!

Despite these little problems, the cookies turned out pretty delicious. Zac, you did good.

Just mixing up the butter, sugar and eggs.Make sure to get all the ingredients hiding at the bottom of the bowl!Rolling little balls of sticky dough in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Cinnamon-sugar-covered balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet!First batch of snickerdoodles, in the oven!Snickerdoodles, out of the oven and cooling on a wire rack.

Recipe: Zac Efron’s favorite snickerdoodles

Adapted from his family’s recipe, as told to The Tribune

  • 1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Mix shortening, 1½ cups sugar, and eggs thoroughly.
  3. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Blend flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir in.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. These cookies puff up at first, then flatten out.

Zac Efron has excellent taste.

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  1. jason

    zac efron is a pretty boy punk who can barely act his way out of a one star teen comedy. Teens in America have been brainwashed to such extents that they are no longer able to formulate even the simplest cognitive thought. And you monkeys in the media aren’t helping one bit. Celebrity worship is just one more nail in the coffin of the human race. You should all be ashamed. Please, for the sake of our children, pull your heads out of your asses and use your soap box for something good. Or maybe your brain is just to small to get past how pretty Zac is. Either way, i hope you all get cancer. KTHX BAI!

  2. Chrissy

    But Jason, have you tried the snickerdoodles? They’re really tasty!

  3. Dylan

    Merry Christmas Jason!!

  4. Sarah

    I love how you managed to work Zac Efron’s handsome mug into nearly every picture. I’ll be dreaming of him as I nibble these delicious snickerdoodles.

  5. michelle

    holy schnikey’s!!! Jason needs to be loved on…..he wrote that stuff on Christmas DAY of all days. Lord bless him and keep him…..AMEN

  6. michelle

    PS Tribune….

    Since this is the first time I’ve posted….I see that all comments get ‘moderated’ before being published. Next time, please oh please omit the foul language from people like Jason. You don’t gotta omit his message….just the nasty language. Seriously, little kids could be on here printing the recipe (which is the reason I came here).

    Just a thought……

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