I decided to get a lot of my Christmas baking done today. I put on NSYNC Christmas and got started, just to discover after making each dough, that they all need to chill over night. I might just allow them to chill for the day. Below you will find two of the recipes that I made today.
I got this recipe in the 8th grade. I had a great Home Ec class! I make these almost every year, so you would think I would remember that the dough needs to be chilled. Ha ha. One of the better Snickerdoodle recipes I have come across.
1 cup margarine, softened (I use butter)
1- 1/2 cup sugar
2-3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
Cream margarine or butter. Slowly add 1-1/2 cup sugar, then eggs.
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture.
Chill dough overnight.
Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Shape dough into balls about the size of walnuts and roll in the cinnamon & sugar mixture.
Place 2 inches apart on an un-greased baking sheet.
Bake until golden, about 10 minutes at 350ºF.
Old- Fashioned Pepprakakor:
This is my Great Grandma Adcock's recipe. I hear she was a great baker. She taught my mom. I am thankful for that, because baking has always been a huge part of my life and I think I am quite good at it myself. (Not meaning to be tooting my own horn here.) So, it must be a family thing. My great grandma was in utero when her parents came to the states from Sweden. I never got to meet my great grandma, but I feel like through the recipes she left behind, I can see a bit of who she was. Enjoy this recipe! I made it for the first time today and the dough is delicious!
Makes 7-8 dozen
3-1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves, ground
1/4 teaspoon cardamom, ground
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
3/4 cup light molasses
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
Sift together flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
Cream butter and sugar together well. Add egg and molasses, and orange rind; mix well.
Stir in the dry ingredients gradually, mixing until well blended.
Cover and chill over night.
Roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time, on a well floured surface to 1/8-in thickness.
Cut out with cookie cutters.
Place on greased cookie sheets.
If desired, place a blanched almond half in the center of each cookie.
Bake at 375ºF for 8 to 10 minutes.
Eat them up! Please let me know if you try either of these recipes. Merry Christmas!!
(I'll post photos once the cookies are baked!)