Monday, December 22, 2008

Baking Cookies

We made two of our Christmas favorites today: snickerdoodles and molasses cookies. Here they are cooling on the paper, in all their crinkly, sprinkly glory!

These recipes come from a church cookbook of one of our previous ministries. If you ever have the chance to purchase church cookbooks, do! They are always full of time-tested, frugal, and delicious recipes. We've had visiting missionaries request church cookbooks, so with that recommendation you can't go wrong.

So here are these two wonderful church cookbook recipes for you to enjoy...


1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Cream together first 4 ingredients, then mix in next 4. Shape dough into walnut sized balls. Roll tops of balls in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place balls about 2 inces apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Soft Molasses Cookies

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/4 c. dark molasses
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ginger

Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add vinegar and molasses. Mix in dry ingredients. Roll into walnut sized balls. Roll tops of balls in white sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Tomorrow I hope to make a couple more types of cookies and some Fruit Delight, all for Christmas Eve celebrations. I don't always enjoy cooking, but this time of year makes me want to warm up the oven and smell the spices. Mmmmmm....

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