Not Your Mother's Snickerdoodles

It "mayo" not be easy to improve on snickerdoodles, but this mayonnaise-infused recipe does it. I recommend making it with the candy tucked inside (see note at the bottom).

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Not Your Mother's Snickerdoodles
Doreen McCallister/NPR

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cinnamon sugar, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, vanilla extract, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and baking soda. Shape into 24 balls and roll into cinnamon sugar.

Place 12 on a greased baking sheet, spaced evenly. They will spread out. Bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly brown.

Once out of the oven, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the baked cookies. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before placing on a wire rack.

Kick-It-Up-A-Notch version: In the center of each dough ball, put a Hershey Kiss or macadamia nut. Make sure the dough surrounds the candy or nut. The cookie will flatten as it bakes, but the surprise stays hidden inside.

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