12 Days of Christmas – Day 5: Snickerdoodle Christmas Cookies Recipe

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Snickerdoodle Christmas Cookies!  These easy to make Christmas Cookies are soft and chewy and they turn out perfectly every time!

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When making Snickerdoodles, cream of tartar is key.  It is what makes the cookies so chewy and perfect.  Also, when making these cookies be sure to properly measure your flour.  If you just scoop from the bag, the cookies will be dry and the dough won’t hold together well.  Instead of scooping from the bag, spoon flour into a dry measuring cup on a flat surface, and level off with the back of a butter knife.  It takes a few extra minutes to measure this way, but it rally does make all the difference in your baking.  I have a hard time with this, which is why you should do as I say not as I do!

To make the Snickerdoodle Cookies Christmassy, skip the traditional white sugar, and get some colored sugar from the cake decorating section of the baking aisle at the grocery store, and mix the colored sugar with the cinnamon.  If you can’t find the sugar, use a couple drops of food coloring.  To do this, mix 1 cup sugar with 2 drops of the food coloring color of your choice in a mason jar.  Vigorously shake it, or have the kids shake it up.  Use the sugar in place of plain white sugar in recipes.

The Snickerdoodle Cookies make the best cookies for any Christmas Cookie Exchange, or giving to friends and family.

[lt_recipe name=”Snickerdoodle Cookies” print=”yes” ingredients=”1 cup butter, room temperature;3/4 cup granulated sugar;1/2 cup light brown sugar;1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk;1 tablespoon vanilla;1 teaspoon baking soda;1 teaspoon cream of tartar;1/2 teaspoon kosher salt;1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon;2 3/4 cup flour;;1/2 cup white sugar;2 tbsp cinnamon” ]Preheat oven to 325°F. ;Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.;In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. ;Add in the egg, the yolk, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon and mix for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.;Turn mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined.;In a separate small bowl make your Cinnamon Sugar by mixing together cinnamon and sugar, stirring until evenly combined.;Using a cookie scoop or a spoon portion out 2 tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Then roll each cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.;Place on prepared baking sheet about 2″ apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning cookie sheet halfway through baking.;Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.[/lt_recipe]

Head over to Starbucks and get yourself a snickerdoodle hot chocolate to drink along with your Snickerdoodle Christmas Cookies for the perfect Christmas dessert!

Tomorrow:  12 Days of Christmas – Day 6:  Christmas Puppy Chow

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