The Doodle Family: Basic DNA


Every September in the Berkeley Ward, we hold a New Member Dinner / Men's Cookoff. The cookoff is a surprisingly intense competition and all the families who've moved in during the last twelvemonth make a poster about themselves to help us get to know them.

This year I entered the dessert competition with the Doodle Family.

Today I'll share with you basic Doodle genetics and through the rest of the week I'll introduce you to the four Doodle brothers, using the same basic materials I used in making a fake new-family poster to advertise the goods.

I used this recipe for Mrs. Sigg's from allrecipes.com because it had over 2500 ratings averaging nearly five and over 30,000 had saved the recipe. These looked like good signs. Also, interesting fact, this is the first time I've used shortening in my entire adult life.

The recipe [my alterations]:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract [but splosh in more than this to the sound of about another t]
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Step one: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
[Actually, given our oven, I set it at 350.]

Step two: Cream together butter, shortening, cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla.

Step three: Blend together the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt; then add to the creamed stuff.

[Step four: Fridgerate it for a few days, tempting wife and children.]

Step five: Shape dough into [little] balls.

[Step six: (see the individual brothers)]

Step seven: Bake [6] minutes.

Come back tomorrow to meet the most famous of the Doodle brothers, Snicker!

Coming Soon!
Doodle Family DNA
Snicker Doodle
Skorcher Doodle
Porker Doodle
Pucker Doodle


  1. I LOVE this recipe. I've been making Mrs. Sigg's for years. Yum.

  2. .

    It was very good.

    But do you have a Google Alert set for Mrs. Sigg's or something? This hasn't been published three minutes!

  3. Your cookies were very well baked and had just the right texture. I was sad I didn't get to try the normal kind (pucker was my favorite out of the other 3).

  4. .

    That seems pretty universal. At this moment, next to the keyboard upon which I type these words, sits the bag of leftover Puckers.

  5. Did I know before this that you are in Berkeley ward???? Maybe I did but I forgot. Anyway, the coolest people pass through there.

    Just wanted to say how much I loved "17 Facts About Angels." It had me sobbing. And the other judges reported the same! We are tough, cynical judges and not easily brought to tears. Gives me shivers just remembering it. Thank you for writing it.

  6. OK, so I just read the older posts and see that the other judges already told you you made them cry as well. Triumph for you!

  7. .

    Triumph is definitely the right word. It's a good feeling.

  8. .

    I'm thinking about a sesame doodle. Sesame seeds on the outside.... Maybe some sesame oil rolled into the dough?