The holiday season is special for our family. We usually spend the week deep in family togetherness. I love our Christmas week. We don’t do the normal traditions. Sure, we have a tree and a few presents, but we don’t do a big meal. It’s not about the food without family, but more about the fun. We moved into our new house last year so our Christmas was abbreviated. This year, we’re happy to be focused fully on the fun part of our tradition. I’m planning on making red velvet cake, but no red food coloring. We’ll also be making a few cookies to share with other families in our neighborhood.
Our favorite Christmas cookie is snickerdoodles. I know, those aren’t the usual Christmas cookies, but they are for us.
1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons cream of tartar
1-teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you have parchment paper, line the cookie sheets with parchment paper, otherwise use lightly buttered foil.
Make the topping and set aside.
Put dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until later.
In a large bowl, add butter, sugar, and mix well until blended and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing well. Once all the dry ingredients are added, start having fun making the balls. Use enough dough to make 1-inch balls. Roll balls in topping and place on cookie sheet. Space at least two to three inches apart. Do not flatten the balls. Bake cookies for about ten minutes. You want the cookie to be spongy but not hard.