Sunday, December 14, 2008

holiday cookies

hi there! i've been busy trying to get our house in order for holiday guests and stoking our new wood stove - which was finished just in time for our first winter snow! the kids had a ball playing in the cold yesterday, and came inside for mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallows. add in a teething baby and i've had no time for any crafty fun.

i did, however, finish my swap package for sew liberated's holiday traditions exchange! i want to share it with all of you too. the rules are to include a handmade ornament, a favorite holiday recipe, and a tradition "tutorial" plus any extras you'd like. we haven't established any family traditions so far, the kids are so young and we've been in transition for the last couple of years. but one tradition i have kept for several years is attending my friend's cookie exchange.

cinnamon crackles are my go-to recipe. i first tried them in a taste of home cookbook probably 7 years ago. so, here's a "tute" on making them.

cinnamon crackles

bake: 10-15 minutes
oven: 350*
makes: about 6 dozen

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 1/2 c. flour
1 Tb. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 c. sugar for rolling cookies - i use vanilla scented sugar

in a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugars. add egg & extracts; mix well.

at this point, i had made biscuits in the preheated oven, spread with pumpkin butter and placed on a santa tray for the littles to sample. this helped curb the begging to help. and gave me something to snack on while waiting for hot cookies!

combine the next eight ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

shape into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar. place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. i like to use parchment to make it easy to clean up.

bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. cool on racks.

for my partner, i made a cookie apron, which i sent along with a felt gingerbread ornament, this tutorial, and some vanilla scented sugar and fresh baked crackles. i'm hoping she will enjoy them as much as i do, and maybe make them part of her own holiday tradition.


Miriam W said...

I got to wear my beautiful new apron to bake some cookies tonight! So much fun. Can't wait to actually bake the Cinnamon Crackles.

essaypro discount said...

These look so tasty and such an easy recipe too! Can't wait to get my hands dirty in preparing these beauties!! Great post!!! Keep up the good work!


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