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.
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
- Roll dough between palms of hands, one tablespoon at a time into round balls (about an inch).
- Roll each ball in sugar mixture.
- Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes until lightly browned. [Do not overbake.]
- 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?