Thursday, December 11, 2014

The perfect Christmas cookie

I’m in the kitchen again…I know, don’t pass out. It happens occasionally. ;) I’m hosting a Christmas party for girlfriends tonight (we had to do it on a weeknight because this time of year is so crazy!) and we’re doing a cookie exchange as well.

I begged my sister to come over to help make some with me (she’s the baker). She was too busy but passed on her favorite snickerdoodle recipes she found here – it’s a quick and easy one and I had most everything on hand.

If you can’t tell by now quick prep and easy ingredients are my staples when it comes to cooking. I don’t share many recipes on the blog but when I do you know it’s good and easy to make!

Here’s what you’ll need for these easy snickerdoodle cookies:

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs (room temp)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (which I forgot to add and they are still wonderful)

For topping:

2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

I used my mixer for this recipe but the comments say you’ll get an even fluffier cookie mixing by hand. I was doing this quick so didn’t want to mess with that – and they still came out plenty fluffy. :)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together the butter (1/2 c.), shortening (1/2 c.), sugar (1 1/2 c), two eggs and vanilla (2 teaspoons). Then blend in the flour (2 3/4 c.), cream of tartar (2 teaspoons), baking soda (1 teaspoon) and salt (1/4 teaspoon). Again, I forgot the salt so I don’t think it’s necessary.

The dough will be thick but easy to work with:

snickerdoodle cookies

I read after I was done that if you don’t have cream of tartar (which is one item I had to pick up) that you can substitute two teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar for one teaspoon of the tartar – good to know!

After mixed well, shape them into balls and them roll them in the cinnamon sugar topping:

snickerdoodle cookies

Pop them in the oven for eight to ten minutes and that’s it! I did eight minutes on the dot for each batch and then immediately put them on another tray to cool. They are PERFECT.

The recipe says this makes 48 cookies but I made mine bigger so I ended up with about 30. We now have about 26 left. Oops.

easy snickerdoodle cookies

I think snickerdoodles are the perfect Christmas cookie! I’ve never made them before now and was surprised with how easy they were to make. Maybe baking isn’t that hard? ;)

Can’t wait to see what the girls bring tonight. I’m hoping we have enough of these left by then. I had one for breakfast:

easy snickerdoodle recipe

Do you have an easy Christmas cookie recipe you love? Feel free to share it in the comments!

I’m off to clean my entire house, whoot!

10 comments:

  1. We make magic cookie bars every year. They are so easy, they make a whole pan, and they literally last one day around here! And listen, I don't even care for coconut that much, but these are my favorite cookie ever! http://www.eaglebrand.com/recipes/magic-cookie-bars-3934

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  2. They look so good and I love the plate they are on.

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  3. Please don't substitute for the cream of tarter. They never turn out as well with liquid substitutes. The other thing I do is use butter flavored crisco for the shortening which makes them even more buttery. Yum! One more comment (can you tell I love snickerdoodles?) is instead of cinnamon sugar, roll them in a mix of pumpkin pie spice and sugar. They are even better. This year I'm trying a mix of Chinese five spice powder and sugar, up it another notch I hope.
    As for my tastiest, easiest Christmas cookie ever, I suggest cherry dots. Butter, flour, sugar, candied cherries, a little milk and vanilla extract. Best of all, with no egg, I can eat all the cookie dough I want.

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  4. Snickerdoodles are my favorite too. I always keep cream of tartar around just because of that. :) They are really easy to make and oh so good!!! Enjoy!! hmmm.... will have to try the pumpkin pie spice/sugar instead of rolling in cinnamon/sugar. Another easy one is the peanut butter kiss cookies. Peanut butter cookies, but don't flatten them and then when they come out of the oven, put a hershey kiss in the middle. I have also done sugar cookies with Hershey's hugs, rolling the sugar cookies in colored sugar before baking. I make so many cookies at Christmas!! eek!

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  5. I'm so glad they turned out well! Glad you liked them! Hope your party is a hit. Love you!

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  6. Snickerdoodles rock. They've been one of my faves since childhood. You're gonna be popular. :)

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  7. I just made my snickerdoodles 2 nights ago, and we've already eaten 1/3 of them! Had to put them in the freezer before they're all gone...

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  8. I make the same snickerdoodle recipe but I use all butter instead of the shortening part. They are so good!

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  9. I just made those earlier this morning! They're my husbands favorite cookie, well, and I like them, too. Have fun at your party tonight, Sarah!

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  10. I love Snickerdoodles! I saw on pinterest that someone rolled them in colored sugar for the holidays. Can't wait to try it!

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