Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Day 8 - Christmas Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies
Photo of Snickerdoodles by Flickr user Evening

My mother wasn't much of a baker. In fact, I'm fairly certain that she didn't like to cook at all. That being said, if she ever baked Christmas cookies, I don't remember her doing it.

When I got older, I started doing some baking on my own. Each Christmas, I would make fudge, rum balls, and various quick breads (banana, date, pumpkin) to give as gifts or to help pack on the calories at home. I would also bake one of my favorite cookie recipes: Snickerdoodles. While not specifically for Christmas, they do taste wonderful, and with a few red and green sprinkles tossed on before baking, they look very festive on your holiday table. Plus, there are no peanuts (or nuts of any kind), to which my daughter is allergic.

This year, I'm hoping to start a cookie-baking tradition with my 4.5 year-old daughter. She's fascinated by watching me work in the kitchen, so this seems like as good a time as any to get her involved. I'm thinking of making up some sugar cookies and letting her "help" decorate them, but if you have any suggestions for fun cookies (or other baking projects) that a little one can help make, please let me know!

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3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsps sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375⁰. Grease a cookie sheet. Stir together flour, soda, cream of tartar, and 1/2 tsp salt. Beat butter for 30 seconds; add the 2 cups sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, beating until well combined. Form dough into 1-inch balls; roll in a misture of the 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon (and sprinkles, if desired). Place balls 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet; flatten slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake in a 375⁰ oven about 8 minutes or until light golden. Makes about 66.

(From the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, Ninth Edition, 1981, p. 162.)

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This post is the eighth in the "2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" series, and was originally posted on December 8, 2009. Slight modifications have been made.

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Nolichucky Roots said...

You've probably already discovered this, but Chocolate Crinkles are a blast to make with kids - powdered sugar EVERYWHERE!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I've heard of them, but have never made them. They do look delicious! And gosh, who can resist powdered sugar all over the place (cuz my house isn't already a big enough mess!)! ;-)

Thanks for sharing, NR. We'll give 'em a try. Need to promote our southern heritage!

Homestead Mommy said...

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorites to! I make them every year for Christmas.

Deb said...

My daughter loves Snickerdoodles! Thanks for your recipe, will be trying them out on the family.

hummer said...

Love SnickerDoodles. Love the cinnamony taste. I have stayed away from baking this year. I snack too much.