Olivia and I have long had a tradition at Christmas time of making Christmas baskets to give away to friends, co-workers and family members. In years past they have included cookies, candies, breads, and homemade soaps, candles, etc. If I remember correctly, one year we did over thirty baskets. It was quite the feat putting them together. Nowadays they aren't quite as big or as many, but we still make the effort to share favorite holiday recipes with others--especially people whom we know do not do holiday baking themselves because perhaps they can't or they are alone, or they have small children, etc. In previous year we have made a mix of old and new recipes.
This year Olivia's holiday baking included these delightful snickerdoodles. The snickerdoodle is a favorite. It is not a fancy cookie but good for its basic wholesome consistency and cinnamon goodness. We quite frankly adore them. It is a good bet that if you make them and give them away, the people you give them to will love them also. Take the time to make and enjoy these. This time of year can be busy and stressful but taking time to make something homemade and sharing it with others can be a gift to you and others as well. Enjoy!
1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
- Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.