Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
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Dear Owner of House of Which I Placed a Box of Cookies On the Porch, Rang the Doorbell, and Then Ran:
You’ve been cookie-ninja-ed! It’s not every day one receives a box of cookies from a complete stranger, so I understand if you’re a little bit wary. Just know that I hope that these cookies made your day a little bit better, a little bit brighter, a little bit sweeter. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but that’s just part of the whole concept of the random acts of kindness.
It would be supremely awesome if you could return the favour and cookie-ninja one of your friends, or relatives, or coworkers, (or go the adventurous route and present a stranger with a box of cookies) just to let them know that there are kind people out there. It’s a crazy life and I feel like sometimes, we need a little reminder to do something thoughtful.
Because the world would turn just a little smoother if we all had more cookies.
Your friendly neighbourhood Cookie Ninja,
Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
Yield: 35 to 40 cookies
For the topping:
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the cookie dough:
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside. To make the cookie dough, stir together the dry ingredients.
In a bowl with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and continue to mix, then add the eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough 1 hour if it's sticky or difficult to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut, flatten into a disc shape, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Place on an un-greased sheet pan 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed up and the surface is slightly cracked. Let cool on the sheet pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Place in a cardboard box and present to the person of your choice as a random act of kindness.