Well, $135 later, 9 friends and loved ones will be the (lucky!) recipients of all of the delicious baked goods I made! But what an event. When I walked into the UPS store, it was chaotic…totally chaotic in its Christmas season madness. UPS, you’re welcome for being your best customer of the day. And to Adam, the kind UPS man who helped me, thank you for your 45 minutes of patience and understanding. All for the love of loved ones and cookies!
But there is ONE cookie that impressed: The Maple Snickerdoodle.
Now, get this. I had NEVER had a snickerdoodle until I made them this year. I know, catch your breath from disbelief. I feel like my Grannie and mother have failed me. As I’ve come to learn, the snickerdoodle is a Christmas CLASSIC…the ultimate Christmas cookie, if you will. And yet, I lived 25 years without the snickerdoodle experience. Truly shocking given the life-changing powers of this cookie.
Do I have your attention yet? Bottom line: make these cookies. Even if you’re a chocolate person, or a peanut butter person, or whatever other genre of cookie person there is…MAKE THESE COOKIES!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick)
margarine butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar, divided*
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp real maple syrup, divided*
Preheat oven to 350° F. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the
margarine butter and 1 cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until just mixed. In a small dish, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be crackly on top and look wet in the middle. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 79 calories; 2.6 g. fat; 6 mg. cholesterol; 30 mg. sodium; 13.5 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 0.8 g. protein.
*1/2 of the sugar/maple syrup was used to roll onto the cookies, so the nutrition information reflects the ingredients used
Result: I think I’ve gushed enough already — make these cookies! 😀 I was going to save the best for last, but I want to ensure ample time for people to add these to their baking plans! Plus, the nutrition stats aren’t shabby! 😀 Enjoy!
Question: What’s one cookie/treat that makes your holiday season complete?