Thursday, December 8, 2011

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 highly allergic. It's amazing - and scary - how many foods contain some form of peanuts.

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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 first in the "2011 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" series, and was originally posted on December 8, 2009. Slight modifications have been made this year.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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Kristin said...

my mother never made christmas cookies either. and i have a granddaughter highly allergic to peanuts and other nuts. perhaps i will make these this year.

Becky Wiseman said...

We always spent several weeks making cookies and candy. Everyone knew what to expect for Christmas from my Mother and me! Snickerdoodles are my favorites! Along with oatmeal-raisin.

Kathy Reed said...

I love snickerdoodles and oatmeal cookies. I also have a grandson that has a severe peanut allergy. For the life of us, we can't figure out why this is such a common problem when it never used to be.