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I can honestly say, I pretty much bake cookies one time a year. The reason? If they’re sitting here, none of us have restraint and in the matter of a few hours 3 dozen cookies are gone and no one knows who ate them. So, a few weeks before Christmas I break out my inner Martha Stewart and go to town.
First up since I wasn’t prepared for cookie day because it down poured all day and our plans got canceled was the boys’ favorite… Snickerdoodles. According to Madison, this is the one cookie everyone in the house will eat. We prefer a thicker Snickerdoodle, and I came across this recipe a few years ago and after a few alterations, I think I’ve gotten it narrowed down a bit.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine together 1/2c softened butter 1/2c shortening, 1 1/2c white sugar, 2 eggs, 2t vanilla. Next, put together 2 3/4c flour, 2t cream of tartar, 1t baking soda, 1/4t salt. Add that to the creamed mixture. Mix together 2T of sugar and 1 1/2t cinnamon to roll dough balls in before baking. Place on sheet and bake about 9 minutes. Cookies will still look a little wet, but go ahead and remove them and place on a cooling rack. Voila, you’re done!
Obviously, we like baking in our pajamas and Andrew totally called me out for wearing my tee for over 24 hours. But, it spoke to me and was super soft! 😉
Next up, we did drop sugar cookies and pudding chocolate chip cookies! I’m too lazy to tackle roll-out cookies, even though my Grandma’s recipe was always my favorite. [I’ll share it below.] We’re a fan of soft and thick [I’ll refrain from using the “M” word.] chocolate cookies, and I’ve learned the trick is adding in a package of instant vanilla pudding. Many recipes say to chill the dough, but I’ve never done it and they still turn out great!
It’s not much, but it still took us about 4 hours! I give so much credit to the phenomenal bakers that bust out over 10 different cookie types and about 6 dozen of each.
On the plus side, no cookies were needed to be thrown away due to being burnt or tasting bad. Even Dozer tried to snag a bite. 😉
Grandma’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
I think my favorite part of this recipe is that it’s written in my sisters handwriting when she was around the age of Madison or younger. She’s definitely inherited my Grandma’s love for cooking and baking instead of me. Here’s to hoping it at least hits a few of my kiddos since it skipped me.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our favorites in the Christmas cookie department, and hopefully you’re able to add a new favorite for Santa to test out. 😉