12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Snicker-doodles with Gina Morando

For today’s post, I reached out to my oldest friend, Gina. When I first met Gina she was a 14 year old that didn’t have the slightest clue how to cook (she used to joke that she didn’t know you had to take the soup out of the can to cook it!), but she has blossomed into one of the finest I know! She bakes literally a dozen pies each Thanksgiving, just for people she loves! This past year, she has begun her own small business. I am so proud of her for taking this leap of faith, and if taste has anything to do with it, she’ll be a huge success! If you get a chance, check out her Instagram account, @BakedbyG, but be prepared to start drooling at the sight of her delicacies!

From Gina…

You guys, I can’t believe I get to write a guest post on Spread A Little Sunshine! This is awesome. Although, I am a little nervous because Emmy has always been the writer out of the two of us. It was actually really hard not to let her edit my Maid of Honor speech at her wedding (and I am 100% sure she proofread and corrected my comma usage before posting this).  I’m just so excited to be here, especially when Em asked me to write about one of my favorite things: COOKIES. Not just regular cookies, but Christmas cookies.

These snicker-doodle cookies bring back the best memories of being a little girl and baking in the kitchen with my Grandmother, or “Grammy” as my sister and I called her. I would stand on a stool so I could reach the counter and we would get out the big box of Bisquick and bake all afternoon. I just remember how magical the house looked with all the Christmas decorations, how warm it was from having the heater blasting and Grammy teaching me how to make these cookies. She let me make a mess of the kitchen and I would sneak tastes of the cinnamon sugar. When the cookies came out of the oven we would make a big batch of Ovaltine hot chocolate and sit in front of the Christmas tree under a blanket. This time of year and the smell of these cookies baking always bring me right back to her kitchen.

Even though I have jazzed up this recipe from the original Bisquick mix, I promise it takes the same amount of time and is just as easy.  These cookies are soft, buttery and it really is impossible to have just one. Trust me, I ate like 3 last night in bed. They are the perfect cookies to leave out for Santa or to enjoy year round!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of butter at room temperature

¾ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract (I usually add in a dash more)

1 egg + one yolk

1tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

2 ½ cups of flour

Cinnamon Sugar:

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray with cooking spray. If you have it on hand and want to get fancy you can line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Scrap the sides of the bowl and add in the egg, yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Then stir in baking soda, cream of tarter, salt and cinnamon, mix until combined and scrap down the sides of the bowl.

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Turn the mixer to low and add the flour. Mix for about 30 seconds, just until it is combined.

In a separate bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.

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With a cookie scoop or your hands roll dough into about 1-2Tbsp balls and roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

Place on cookie sheets and bake for 10 min. I like my cookies soft and slightly under baked; if you like a crispy cookie keep them in the oven for 2-3 more minutes.

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**Optional: make hot chocolate (add some peppermint schnapps), grab a blanket and watch Hallmark channel Christmas movies while eating these** I promise, it makes them even better! **

 

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