Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Baking

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

2             eggs

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!)

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