Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles

Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles Recipe


I like to sit in the sun on the beautiful stone slab benches across from the Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk in Hayes Valley here in San Francisco. It's just a short walk from my house in an alleyway, a not-so-secret spot, slightly off the main strip. I also love to have lazy breakfasts beneath the tall ceilings, light streaking through the massive windows, in their cafe at Mint Plaza. I've known there was a Blue Bottle Coffee book in the works, and each time I go, I find myself uttering the same nine words, usually with my mouth full - I really hope this recipe is in the book. In addition to their coffee, which I'm more than happy to brave a line for, I have a list of go-to favorites from their beautifully concise and inspired menu. My hope was that all would be in the book: these Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles, the Pickled Fennel Egg Salad, the Sesame Absinthe Cigars, and Catalan Eggs with Braised Greens. Check, check, check, and check! Every one is in the book. And like all things Blue Bottle, this is worth the wait.

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The book will be released October 9th, but I've been hassling Ten Speed to get me an early copy for months. In part because I wanted to bump up my coffee know-how, but (no surprise) I was particularly excited about the recipes - the Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles were first up. In contrast to traditional snickerdoodles, Caitlin describes them as having "an unusual butterscotch flavor from the combination of saffron, brown sugar and vanilla." Now, I know these cookies well, and this recipe delivered a version that is a dead-ringer of the original - buckle in the middle, kiss of saffron, a thin golden crust that gives way to a fudge-textured center. Thank you. I made a double batch for a family trip to Lake Tahoe last week - baking half for the drive there, freezing the remaining pre-scooped dough to bake at the cabin. Everyone loved them.

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I hope you like these as much as I do, make a double batch and freeze half of the pre-scooped dough for later baking. And be sure to measure the saffron carefully -it's easy to go too light/heavy. xo -h

 
 
 
 

Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles

HS note: As I mention up above, it's worth making a double batch here. Bake off what you need in the short-term, and save the rest to bake as needed. Also, rather than use a vanilla bean, you can double the vanilla extract.


about 30 threads of saffron (to yield 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron)
1/2 vanilla bean
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups (9.9 oz / 280 g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (4 oz / 113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3.5 oz / 100 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (3.8 oz / 109 g) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg (1.8 oz / 50 g), at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crush the saffron threads with a mortar and pestle until powdery or grind them in a clean spice grinder; alternatively, you can finely mince the saffron. The finer the powder, the more intense the saffron color and flavor in the cookies.

Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the pulp into a small saucepan. Add the vanilla pod, milk, and saffron and cook over very low heat, just until bubbles begin to form at the edges, between 180°F and 190°F (82°C and 88°C). Alternatively, combine the vanilla pulp, pod, milk, and saffron in a small microwavable bowl, and microwave just until the milk is hot, 20 to 30 seconds. Cover and let steep for about 10 minutes; the milk should have a sunny yellow color.

Sift the flour and baking soda into a medium bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on low speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove the vanilla pod from the milk, squeezing off any liquid or pulp clinging to it back into the milk. In a medium bowl, combine the milk mixture, egg, and vanilla extract and whisk vigorously until well blended. With the mixer on medium speed, add the egg mixture very slowly, in a steady stream, and mix until well-incorporated and very smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix on medium speed for 30 more seconds.Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the flour mixture. Mix on low speed just until uniform in texture. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the dough out into an airtight container or onto a piece of plastic wrap. Cover the container, or, if using plastic wrap, shape the dough into a rough disk, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 5 days.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Roll 1/4-cup (60 ml) portions of the dough into balls, and place them on the baking sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake for about 16 minutes, until golden but not too dark, rotating the pan midway through the baking time. Ideally, the baked cookies will be tall and slightly undercooked in the center, and will buckle shortly after coming out of the oven. If the cookies don't buckle, don't worry; they'll still be delicious. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes before removing. These cookies are best when eaten warm, shortly after they come out of the oven. However, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Alternatively, the dough can stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as needed and saving the rest of the dough to bake another day.

Makes 9 large cookies.

From
The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan.

Prep time: 20 min - Cook time: 20 min

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Christine @ fresh
September 19, 2012

Your description of Hayes Valley and Blue Bottle Coffee has me looking up tickets to San Francisco. These cookies sound so unique. Saffron in dessert?! I would have never thought of it!

 

Averie @ Averie Cooks
September 19, 2012

The cookies are beautiful! I can only imagine the vanilla bean, the saffron, the brown sugar - they look soft and tender and like I need a dozen, asap!

 

Nisrine
September 19, 2012

I would have never thought of making snickerdoodles with saffron. Must taste very exotic. I love the yellowish hue of these cookies.

 

Ina
September 19, 2012

Omg so excited! I cannot go to Blue Bottle without getting this cookie, and was just saying last weekend that I wish I knew the recipe. Baking them this weekendnfor sure!

 

Janae @ Bring-Joy
September 19, 2012

Stunning pictures, as always, Heidi.

I love how vanilla bean is added to a snickerdoodle recipe--what a way to snaz things up!

 

crystal
September 19, 2012

These sounds absolutely terrific. I have some saffron left over from making my family's traditional Spanish rice, so this is perfect timing! Thanks!

 

Leah
September 19, 2012

The sesame absinthe cigars caught my attention - silly question, but cigars as in the ones you smoke?!

I can't wait to make these cookies! I have real vanilla that my grandparent's brought me from Mexico so that's what I'll be using!

 

chika
September 19, 2012

hello heidi, i did know a blue bottle coffee book was coming up, but wasn't aware there would be food recipes in it.. as a matter of fact i don't remember eating anything on my few visit to some of their shop/kiosks (including the one at mint plaza!) quite a while ago. these cookies sound/look divine! now i am SUPER curious to check out the book... (and boy, this will make me miss san francisco so much..)

 

Lucent Imagery
September 19, 2012

Thank you for the journey to San Francisco daily life with your words. We visited in 2010 and enjoyed days of walking everywhere. Sounds like we missed out by not going to Blue Bottle! Looking forward to making these delicious sounding treats.

 

Emma Galloway
September 19, 2012

What a beautiful sounding combination of flavours for a cookie! Love the pics of the scooped dough too.

 

adam and Theresa
September 19, 2012

I've heard of that blue bottle coffee here in London a few times now. Word has certainly travelled; they must be good. Certainly, by your description sounds like a fantastic spot, now just to get over some time..

 

sparkly jules
September 19, 2012

Hi,

These look delish and I'm thinking of making them for my 50th birthday (a miracle!); but do they really only make 9 cookies? When you say large, how large?

I'd like a dozen or better....should I make them smaller? Thanks, Sparkly Jules

HS: Hi Jules, They make a substantial cookie smaller than the palm of my hand. I tend to cut them into quarters and plate them as reasonable size bites (and for people who don't want to commit to an entire cookie).

 

joy
September 19, 2012

This looks incredible. Super yummy. Hopefully the book will be out soon.

 

Era
September 20, 2012

I also love Blue Bottle, though I no longer live in SF, so thank you for the reminder! And I had no idea a book was coming, it sounds worth it for the egg recipes alone! Thanks for sharing... And I know you have an India trip upcoming, but remember if you ever want to come to Ireland, I'd love to set you up with some great cooks, pop-up hosts and so on... I've a feeling you'd really like it here, and down south in Cork (Cafe Paradiso, and so many other great places) in particular. And if you need further temptation, just think that Ireland has the best dairy in the world...! Ex

 

Mike
September 20, 2012

I love SF, it's one of my favorite cities in the US. I come there twice a year for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. People are always so friendly there and the atmosphere is magical.
Your description pictures it perfectly...I'm so looking forward to come back!

 

la domestique
September 20, 2012

I'm a huge fan of saffron in baked goods, and can't wait to try these cookies. I also look forward to checking out the Blue Bottle book when it comes out.

 

Sickereoodles and saffron!? Wow, my mind is blown. Sounds incredible.

 

Kathryn
September 20, 2012

Really beautiful pictures and I love the idea of the sunny saffron in these cookies.

 

Gemma Thompson
September 20, 2012

Hello,
Saffron is super expensive in South Africa. Is there any alternative flavour that would be great with the vanilla that's a little different? I thought perhaps Lavender might be quite nice?

 

Alicia
September 20, 2012

Snickerdoodles with a twist! What a great idea and they look so pretty!

 

DessertForTwo
September 20, 2012

Ohh I love when you share desserts! I had blue bottle on my last trip to SF and I died of happiness. It was the cup that I never wanted to end!

 

ileana
September 20, 2012

My best friend loves snickerdoodles, and it's usually what I make for her birthday. For the next one, I may step it up a notch with these. Thanks!

 

Noelle @ GreenLemonade
September 20, 2012

Heidi, these look fabulous. I have a gaggle of family coming to town and I think I'm going to make these for them!

 

Lynne
September 20, 2012

Can't wait to try this recipe! I also *adore* Blue Bottle coffee: Their Three Africans blend is possibly the most perfect coffee in the world. I commute between Vancouver and San Francisco for work and always find myself muling a few pounds back across the border :) I didn't know there was a book. Thanks for sharing!

 

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
September 20, 2012

Gosh, these look heavenly! I can't wait to try this recipe (and check out the cookbook).

You always make me want to get back to San Francisco for a long, leisurely visit. It's been too long.

 

greenthyme
September 20, 2012

I love an off beat cookie like this! Beautiful description and photos.

 

Amy Decker Henry
September 20, 2012

The photos don't indicate scale. I would swear the cookies in the pictures are not made from 1/4 cup of dough as the recipe indicates. If you made smaller cookies, for how long did you bake them?

Hi Amy: My ice cream scoop handles about 3 1/2 tablespoons (so, pretty close), if you're going smaller, just bake until the bottoms are a golden along the edges.

 

Jennie
September 20, 2012

These look fabulous, perfect for a crisp fall afternoon. I am curious - did you make them as large as the recipe calls for? And if yours are smaller, did you change the baking time?

 

Katie (A Fork in Hand)
September 20, 2012

Heidi, your posts so often bring up such bittersweet feelings for me! They bring up fond memories of my days in NorCal, yet they also make me feel a little homesick at the same time. Either way, I always enjoy the little glimpses you give us of your life in SF.

 

Pablo
September 20, 2012

Just a thought on the saffron: in Spain it´s often lightly toasted so it yields its flavors better and is easier to grind.

 

Eileen
September 20, 2012

I know exactly where that Blue Bottle is! Yay. :) These cookies sound like they'd be perfect with coffee.

 

Andrea
September 20, 2012

So happy to see that the arborio rice cake recipe is in there! I've been trying to recreate it for ages - some good cakes resulted but nothing quite like their one this far!

 

Sarah @ Two Blue Lemons
September 20, 2012

If only I could reach through and grab one to dunk in my coffee...sigh...

 

jackie @ main mama cooks
September 20, 2012

I ABSOUTELY am addicted to Blue bottle Coffee as well. Luckily there is a great café in Sausalito, called Cibo, which serves it up. They also have amazing fresh sandwiches, salads and pastries. You should check it out next time you’re in Marin. I have heard that there’s a huge line all the time at Blue bottle. I wish they would open more locations, especially over her in Marin! Speaking of amazing recipes, I’m making your garbanzo bean burgers for lunch today. So delish! I love and make those burgers all the time.

Have a great weekend!
Xoxo,
Jackie

 

@bluenotebacker
September 20, 2012

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie, and your post is so beautifully written that I can hardly stand to wait to make these and taste them! Thank you for sharing :)

 

Emily
September 20, 2012

These will go great with pistachio gelato!

 

michelle geil
September 20, 2012

Oh, Heidi! Thank you for reminding me that you live in Hayes Valley. Almost 20 years ago, I lived in SF and worked at Powells Place Soul Food, when the area was just turning "hip". Your posting brought back so many memories - and I look forward to trying your latest recipe, too!

 

Julie
September 20, 2012

Had I known you had these cookies with you, I would have stopped on my way past Meek's Bay last week!

 

emily
September 20, 2012

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies! I am so excited to give this recipe a whirl. I miss Blue Bottle! We used to live in Lower Haight & would frequent the Hayes Valley roll-up location. Whenever we were there without a line (pretty rare) it did feel like such a secret special spot!

 

Naomi
September 20, 2012

As an ex-Bay area resident, I too appreciate your beautiful description of a SF scene. I wanted to let others know that you can purchase Blue Bottle coffee by mail. I got my husband a 3-month "subscription" so we could enjoy their wonderful coffee here in the midwest!

 

Kelly Turnbull
September 20, 2012

Your posts always make me smile. Thank you! (These cookies look fabulous.)

 

Laura Dembowski
September 20, 2012

I love snickerdoodles, but have never infused them with vanilla and saffron. I've wanted an excuse to buy some saffron for the first time ever and now I found it :)

 

Jill @ 42potatoes
September 20, 2012

Thanks for the cookie recipe, and info about the upcoming book! Any good cookie deserves good coffee (or tea), and these sound great. Thank you!

 

Sneh | Cook Republic
September 20, 2012

I've only ever baked snickerdoodles once and the recipe called for an egg. They went soft within a few hours of baking and I wasn't all too thrilled. I love the sound of these. Time for second chances?

 

josephine
September 20, 2012

Excited to try this recipe! I'm addicted to their olive oil shortbread cookie. Last time I was in their Hayes Valley cafe, I ordered just the cookie and the guy behind the counter responded that I should get something else since I had been waiting a long time in line for just a single cookie. Funny, but it didn't seem like such a hassle. The cookie is that good!

 

Gail Gardner
September 20, 2012

Yum sound wonderful, saffron is soooo expensive in Australia, to buy around 8 tiny strands is about $12.00. Need to sauce where I can get it cheaper.

 

heather @ chiknpastry
September 20, 2012

Hmmm..... I'm going to Tahoe this weekend, so maybe I'll copy you and make a batch? Heading to the food trucks tonight with the in-laws who are in town, so we'll see if there's time to whip these up - thanks for the idea!

 

Mandy
September 20, 2012

I love their Olive Oil and Rosemary Shortbread. Check!

 

Allison Smith
September 20, 2012

Just a note for Gail Gardner regarding purchasing saffron in Australia, go to Indian grocers as they stock saffron and use it in alot of their cooking so they have it at a fair price also the Royal Nut Company in Brunswick Victoria (if you live in Victoria) I think these would also be delicious with the addition of cardomon as vanilla, saffron and cardomon make such a nice and tasty combination

 

Lisa
September 21, 2012

I don't have a stand-up mixer but made these last night with a hand mixer. If anyone is in the same position, don't let that deter you! They were delicious and the texture was definitely as Heidi describes.

 

MlleCapucine
September 21, 2012

I made the dough yesterday and baked them this morning! They are awesome :-) I used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar. I love SF but live very far, so I love the idea of a cookie from a SF cafe !! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

 

katy
September 21, 2012

These sound ridiculously good. I have two glass jars of saffron I picked up in Greece this summer and now I know what I'm going to be doing with at least one of them. Clearly, one jar is meant for sweet things and the other for savory! Thanks for the inspiration!

 

MlleCapucine
September 21, 2012

I made the dough yesterday and baked them this morning! They are awesome :-) I used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar. I love SF but live very far, so I love the idea of a cookie from a SF cafe !! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

 

yesenia
September 21, 2012

i'm working on something and i'm wondering, do you think the vanilla and saffron would go well with your recipe for rosewater plum compote?


HS: indeed!

 

Denise
September 21, 2012

Now I'm drooling . .. and planning a trip to San Fran . . .

 

Martine
September 21, 2012

These sound absolutely incredible. Snickerdoodles were one of my specialties when I was in high school, although this recipe sounds infinitely more sophisticated that the Mrs. Field's recipe I used back then!

 

Pam
September 21, 2012

Yum. The recipe sounded so appealing I made them today. There really is a "butterscotch-like" flavor. Creative use of saffron! Thanks for sharing.

 

Katie@Cozydelicious
September 21, 2012

I love the idea of saffron in a simple cookie. I am sure these have a wonderful, subtle flavor. I just bought a little jar of saffron, so I'll have to make these!

 

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
September 21, 2012

These look fabulous! Yum!

 

Kari Zazzara
September 21, 2012

Oh how I remember those days of standing in line at the ferry plaza when James used to work every Saturday remembering everyone's name. I also fell in love with the Linden and Mint locations. 5 years later I still love his coffee and now must try these cookies. Thank you Heidi.

 

Melissa
September 21, 2012

My first trip to Blue Bottle was actually in Brooklyn, NY. I went there every morning I was in New York for the coffee and for the saffron snickerdoodles and have been dreaming of duplicating the recipe ever since.

I live in Portland, OR, so San Francisco is much closer than Brooklyn. Hmm... road trip!

 

miri
September 21, 2012

The snickerdoodles I ate growing up were always rolled in cinnamon sugar, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. What do you think, would that kill the taste?

No worries, I'm going to make them in any case - just wondering :)

 

Tracey
September 21, 2012

Just returned from San Francisco with my daughter where we made our way through many of the places on your list (thanks for that!) but we didn't make it to Blue Bottle. I'm trying not to regret it too much though since we'll be returning in May when she starts school there. :)

 

Crystal
September 22, 2012

Snickerdoodles are one of my very favorite cookies. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

 

celiathepoet
September 22, 2012

Do you let the dough warm up at all before you bake? I baked from cold dough and they stayed in the stiff scooped shape. Still delicious, but more like shortbread.

 

Michelle
September 22, 2012

Made these tonight. Delightful even without saffron (I hope it's not a complete blasphemy that I did not use saffron) but rolled them in sugar/cinnamon prior to baking. Soft and yummy. I promise to use saffron next time. There will most certainly be a next time! Love, love your books (I have two) and this site!

 

Christina
September 22, 2012

Mine didn't buckle!

Nevertheless, delicious! Crisp on the outside, such complex flavours within. And yes she's spot on, a beautiful unusual butterscotch flavor. Is buckling caused by leaving on warm pan, undercooking a little or what?

Look forward to visiting Blue Buckle when we trip down from the Arctic for Christmas.

 

Ozlem's Turkish Table
September 23, 2012

Loved reading about Blue Bottle and SF; so wished to visit there now! And your cookies are in my menu for next week, thank you!

 

emily
September 23, 2012

Yum I made these today! SO delicious and different.

 

Caitlin Freeman
September 24, 2012

This post and all of you wonderful people make me so happy! A quick bit of info about the buckling (which I have as a note in the book); in the recipe testing process, I discovered that they only truly buckle in an electric oven. If using gas, you have to watch closely, because they cook more slowly and evenly (usually a great thing), and don't leave the slightly undercooked center that buckles out of the oven. Still great, just different.


HS: Thank you Caitlin (and thanks for such a special recipe!). Hope to see you soon around the neighborhood. Best of luck with the book - it's beautiful, and the recipes are clearly written with a lot of care and attention to detail. xo

 

annieD
September 24, 2012

Oh, what I would do to get Blue Bottle in Chicago. Love. I just made a batch of these, and while I'm usually an if-it's-not-chocolate-it's-not-worth-it person, I'm hooked!

 

Kim Fisher
September 24, 2012

Oh my my, these sound amazing. I love snickerdoodles, and would never have thought to add saffron. Can't wait to try!

 

Julia {The Roasted Root}
September 24, 2012

I adore snickerdoodles and have never baked using saffron! I love your use of spices and herbs, always creating unique and fresh flavors. I can't wait to try these cookies!

 

Deborah@delicioushappens.com
September 24, 2012

I've been making snickerdoodles forever. They're my son's favorite!! Love the twist to these.!! Can't wait to make them. Thanks Heidi for sharing the recipe!

 

patricia
September 24, 2012

ooh, I've never ordered this at Blue Bottle. I usually don't care for a snickerdoodle, but made these after reading your description. yum!

 

nini
September 24, 2012

I love saffron so it did not matter that the cookies were overloaded with it. The 30 carefully counted out strands did not equal 1/8 teaspoon ground. So....I ground saffron till I got that 1/8 teaspoon. perhaps the measurement is off? or am i suffering saffron delirium?

 

Bryan
September 25, 2012

Hi Heidi!
I was immediately drawn to these.

Referring to the bean post, I used the whole half-bean of vanilla here. It's perfect really. The pod adds a floral/vegetal essence which matches the saffron.

I tested rolling some dough in cinnamon-, cardamom-, or semolina-sugar. All worked, but I also liked the unadorned too.
They were baked in a convection and even though I scooped out Tbsp minis with not a lot of surface area per cookie, they each had some nice looking dimples.
Taking them out before they're fully cooked is crucial-- they fall like little soufflé cakes.

 

Bryan
September 25, 2012

Hi Heidi!
I was immediately drawn to these.

Referring to the bean post, I used the whole half-bean of vanilla here. It's perfect really. The pod adds a floral/vegetal essence which matches the saffron.

I tested rolling some dough in cinnamon-, cardamom-, or semolina-sugar. All worked, but I also liked the unadorned too.
They were baked in a convection and even though I scooped out Tbsp minis with not a lot of surface area per cookie, they each had some nice looking dimples.
Taking them out before they're fully cooked is crucial-- they fall like little soufflé cakes.

 

Fork and Whisk
September 25, 2012

Vanilla and saffron together, sounds great.

 

Ann
September 25, 2012

It's 8:30 AM and I've just made cookies. My whole house is filled with the flavors of saffron and vanilla, and I'm smiling over my morning cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe!

 

Ashlinn
September 26, 2012

I just baked these, and they are delicious. Not too sweet, soft, and the flavor is amazing. Wish I had a vanilla bean on hand, I just used a good amount of extract. I did add a wee bit of cinnamon and cardamom in with the flour mixture. Thank you for this recipe!

 

jane
September 26, 2012

oh Heidi,
for the coffee info alone, i love you.

 

Ana
September 26, 2012

These sound amazing! Never used saffron in anything sweet but is very intriguing and I should definitely give them a try.
Also you are so lucky to be living so close to such a kiosk!

 

Johannah
September 27, 2012

I can't wait to make these cookies, they look so tender and lovely! Just a quick question: did you weigh the flour in this recipe or did you use a cup measure? Allrecipes.com lists 1 cup of AP flour as 128 grams, where as your cup of flour is listed as 140 grams. Since I normally use allrecipes.com's conversion chart when I bake, I'm wondering whether I've been using the wrong amounts... Thank you in advance for your help! I love your site and can't wait to get my hands on the Blue Bottle book.
All the best from Copenhagen,
Jo.

 

tunie
September 27, 2012

I think we always rolled our snickerdoodles in cinnamon sugar - it's how I knew what they were. These look good too!

 

Lindsey
September 29, 2012

I am making these right now with buckwheat and sorghum flour. Will let you know how they turn out!


HS: Please let us know Lindsey!

 

Katrina
September 29, 2012

Made a batch tonight and absolutely loved them. I used 1/2 the salt called for, which was plenty for my taste. I also used whole wheat white flour, which worked fine, but regular white would have been better. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

 

I've never been a big saffron fan but these look so good. I guess I'll just have to give it a shot... :)

 

Anonymous
October 4, 2012

these are so delicious! Any ideas for a sprinkle of something interesting on top, to finish them or give them a little color?

 

Kristy
October 4, 2012

I made these a few nights ago and I added too much saffron. I thought more of a good thing would be better, but no. So sad. They are really tender and sweet otherwise. I love your blog, Heidi, and your recipes are so wonderful!

 

Lina
October 5, 2012

Just tried this recipe but it was a bit tricky without a mixer :) Unfortunately they didn't become 'flat'. What did I do wrong?
I like how they remind me of typical Swedish cookies and as a swede abroad, that's quite comforting :)
Thank you /Lina

 

Emily
October 5, 2012

I loved the texture of these, very fudgy-centered which is something you don't often get from a snickerdoodle. I rolled mine in cinnamon sugar and it did not overpower the saffron. And I put some pistachio gelato on top. Very sophisticated flavor but with a cozy-familiar cookie texture.

 

Jennifer Lo
October 6, 2012

i just made the batter and it's sitting in the fridge. can't wait to bake a batch to start my Sunday morning with a cup of coffee! i'll let you know how they turn out! thanks!

 

Anonymous
October 7, 2012

About the buckwheat/sorghum flour: I should have realized that the buckwheat would change the color - they were not very pretty to look at! :) the cookies had a nice texture, and the taste was very reminiscent of a graham cracker. All in all, they were good but next time I think I'll use a different blend of flours to get a better idea of what the cookies should taste like.

 

Jennifer Lo
October 8, 2012

i made the cookies and they were delicious! i shared with friends and co-workers and everyone loved them! thanks and i can't wait to get my blue bottle book tomorrow for some more baking - i got the shipping confirmation from amazon this afternoon :)

 

Linda NYC
October 10, 2012

I love this-and the saffron and vanilla sound like a great base for ice cream. Love the new Blue Bottle and Heath factory over in the Mission. Sip your coffee out of one of their mugs while looking in on the works!

Regards,
Linda

 

Katie H.
October 11, 2012

These are so. beautiful! I can almost taste them. Can't wait to try them for real this fall.

 

Ola
October 18, 2012

I just baked them and are delicious! by mistake I added too much sugar (1 cup of each) so finished making double batch. For sure will make them again.

 

Li @ Words and Cake
October 19, 2012

Hi! I just wanted to let you know I made these cookies a few days ago and they were amazing! I will definitely be making them again. They came out looking gorgeous, if you have time check them out here: http://wordsandcake.blogspot.com/2012/10/saffron-vanilla-snickerdoodles.html

 

Dorothy
November 11, 2012

Heidi, I'm a long time time reader but first time commenter. These are amazing! I can't have gluten so made them with GF all purpose flour + xantham gum. I live overseas and on a rainy day like today the comforting smell of these in the oven reminds me of home :) I love your posts.. Keep them coming!