Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Snickerdoodle cookies

For this holiday season, I made big batches of snickerdoodle cookies as presents (rather than buying separate presents). There's a lot of cost savings in there! Yes, it takes time, but that's the one thing I actually have now that we're on winter break.

Snickerdoodles are actually, ingredient-wise, very simple cookies. They don't even require any vanilla!

So here we go, creaming together butter and sugar (without a stand mixer, I have to do this creaming process by hand, which is probably the most difficult part of the whole thing), and then adding eggs, one at at time:

Add in sifted flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir until the dough comes together:

Make a cinnamon sugar mix (about 2 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon). Pull off small golf-ball sized chunks of dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar:

Place the dough balls on a baking sheet. I say to flatten them a little, too, because if you don't, I think the cookies come out a little too chunky. To each his own, however, so do as you like.

After the cookies come out of the oven:

Candy bags are cheap and available at any craft store, so I think it's worthwhile to buy them. It makes it much easier to wrap up and distribute whatever goodies you've got to give.

Happy holidays!

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