Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snickerdoodles!

One cannot leave out the Snickerdoodle cookie at Christmas! This is my daughter's favorite, so of course we will be making it! Alot of ingredients but a wonderful tasting cookie with a wonderful taste of cinnamon!

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease cookie sheets. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. In a small bowl beat together the eggs and vanilla, then mix into the butter mixture. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, two teaspoons cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir in the oats. Drop by the teaspoonful onto the prepared sheets. In a small bowl mix together the two teaspoons sugar with the teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the cookies.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Store in airtight containers or freeze.

Enjoy this old fashioned recipe! Merry Christmas and enjoy!
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Peanut Butter Cookies

Now whats the smell of Christmas cookies without chocolate, the decadent smell of chocolate can also definitely lift the Christmas spirit to sky rocket levels! Of course me being a chocoholic, I know I will be making a couple or three cookie recipes with chocolate! Besides chocolate cookies are wonderful for Stressed out Mom's! Just fix a cup of hot tea and curl up with a warm mouthwatering chocolate cookie and you can practically feel the stress leaving your body!

This is another quick easy cookie recipe you can make for that last minute cookie swap you may have forgotten about or a school, neighbor get together or church function. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!





1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
36 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Directions
Prepare cookie mix according to package directions. Roll the dough into 1-in. balls. Place in greased miniature muffin cups. Press dough evenly onto bottom and up sides of each cup.
Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until set. Immediately place a peanut butter cup in each cup; press down gently. Cool for 10 minutes; carefully remove from pans. Yield: 3 dozen.
Note: 2-1/4 cups peanut butter cookie dough of your choice can be substituted for the mix.
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Cookies Cookies Cookies Everywhere!

Christmas cookies can make anyone's Christmas spirt rise to the highest levels! Especially if you cook Candy Cane Cookies! Just the shape alone gets you in the spirit!
While thumbing through my latest Taste of Home magazine, I came upon a great Candy Cane cookie recipe! Also they have a wonderful candy recipe, but enough of talk lets get down to cookie making!


Candy Cane Cookies

This recipe will make about 3 dozen and takes about 10 minutes to cook, ahhh I can smell the faint smell of peppermint drifting through the house as I type!

1 cup butter softened

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 egg

1 -1 /2 tsp almond extract

2 -1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

Red food coloring

1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

1/2 cup sugar


In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in egg and extract

Combine flour and salt, gradually add to creamed mix and mix well


Divide dough in half, add 6-7 drops of food coloring to one half.

Shape tablespoons of each color of dough into 4 in ropes

Place ropes side by side, lightly press ends together and twist

Place on ungreased baking sheets, curve to canes

Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes until lightly brown. Combine crushed candy canes and sugar immediately sprinkle over cookies. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from panes to wire racks to cool.
Now if you don't have that much time, then try the second easy quick version of the same cookie!
Second Version of Peppermint candy cane cookies
Ingredients

1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and extract until smooth. Divide dough in half; mix food coloring into one portion.
Shape 1 teaspoon of white dough into a 6-in. rope. Shape 1 teaspoon of red dough into a 6-in. rope. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet; curve top of cookie to form handle of cane. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 in. apart on baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy!

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