Omah's Snickerdoodles

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Working in Human Resources means that I’ve had to organize my fair share of holiday pot luck luncheons. Those days are long gone, and I’m 100% against eating germy homemade cupcakes, but I wanted to share my favorite holiday cookie recipe. It’s much better than my bacon fudge recipe, although that one is pretty good.

OMAH’S SNICKERDOODLES

Sift together and set aside:

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, beat together until light and fluffy with an electric mixer:

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • Add 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Stir in flour mixture slowly.

Combine but keep separate:

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Roll dough between palms of hands, one tablespoon at a time into round balls (about an inch).
  2. Roll each ball in sugar mixture.
  3. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes until lightly browned. [Do not overbake.]
  5. Remove from pan to cool.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Things I’ve learned about this recipe:

  • Cream of Tartar doesn’t go bad. Buy a small jar and it will last for years. It’s a chemical, not a foodstuff.
  • Freshly ground nutmeg is best. Skip the crappy stuff in a jar.
  • I am unable to allow these cookies cool without eating ten of them.

Do you make anything really great for the holidays?

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