To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Kitty’s Favorite Snickerdoodles

The first recipe Lara Jean Covey makes in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a soft, chewy batch of snickerdoodles for her little sister, Kitty. Worried that she’s offended Kitty, Lara Jean says, “I’m sorry” in her signature way: with baked goods! She says,

“My plan is to put the snickerdoodles on a plate right next to her pillow so she wakes up to the smell of fresh-baked cookies.”

Every time I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, my mouth waters as Lara Jean whips up recipe after recipe in the Covey kitchen. I always think, “You know what? I think I’m going to pull out my apron and start baking, too!” But then I get lost in a Netflix series or another book or some mundane household chore, and the cookies go unbaked! This time is different! This time, I’m going to make Kitty’s Favorite Snickerdoodles and once and for all, see how Lara Jean’s cookies taste!

It starts with the right ingredients (and measurements!)

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

I made sure to use the exact ingredients the recipe in the back of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before called for, not exchanging anything. I wanted to, at least the first time around, make the cookies precisely how Lara Jean would.

First, after preheating the oven to 400 degrees, using an electric mixer, I beat the butter, shortening, 1 ½ cups of sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, I mixed the all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

Then, I combined the wet and dry ingredients, mixing until the consistency was dough-like.

“Absently, I scoop up a mound of cookie dough and pop it in my mouth. ‘You shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough,’ Margot says.”

Finally, I shaped the dough into rounded balls, about 1 ½ inch thick. Then, I rounded them in the cinnamon mixture and placed them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

I baked at 400 degrees 8 minutes until they were set but not too hard.

I transferred them to a wire cooling rack so they wouldn’t further cook on the hot cookie sheet.

“I wave a spoonful of cookie dough under Margot’s nose, and she hesitates and then opens her mouth. I feed it to her like a baby. ‘Wait and see, you and Josh will be back together in a day, maybe two.’”

Kitty’s Favorite Snickerdoodles

The first recipe Lara Jean Covey makes in ToAll the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a soft, chewy batch of snickerdoodles for her little sister, Kitty.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 96kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Electric Mixer
  • 2 Mixing Bowl
  • 2 Cookie Sheet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shorting
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Either by hand or by an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening, 1 ½ cups of sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until consistency is dough-like. Shape dough into rounded balls, about1 ½ inch thick.
  • Mix the ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll the balls of dough in the mixture to coat. Place on ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets with a spatula to cool on a rack so the cookies don’t continue to cook. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. (For longer storage, freeze).

These cookies turned out fabulously! It connected me to the book in a way that was fresh and tangible! I felt like I was right there in the Covey kitchen using Lara Jean’s mixing bowls and trying to talk Margot out of dumping Josh.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did (and don’t forget to have fun during the baking process, being mindful of the basic joys of creating something from scratch!) and remember to leave a comment and let me know how yours turned out!

Comments

  1. L.A. Wehner

    Baking is a bit of a workout. I guess I could consider it cardio with all the measuring, picture-taking (in this case), and clean-up. But I will say, it felt really exciting making a recipe that a favorite book character of mine made. That was a first! Thanks for commenting!

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