It seems as if the holidays is the time to break out the big guns….the most extravagant main dishes, the most time-consuming sides, the richest desserts. I’m all for that for sure, but there’s something undeniably Christmas-y about a simple, understated sweet treat. It kind of takes you back to being a kid at Christmas, when all you had to do was sit back, relax, and enjoy everything going on around you, instead of all the fussing and stressing that comes with the holidays as an adult. These cookies are just a sweet, simple pleasure…a nice change of pace for the busy holiday season.
These little babies are really simple to make, but totally pack a sweet, spicy punch. The outside is a bit crunchy from being rolled in cinnamon sugar, but the inside is tender and buttery with just the right amount of chew. They look like sinckerdoodles, but don’t be fooled…the taste is completely different and absolutely wonderful! I brought these to my in-laws house for the holidays and everyone loved them. These are a keeper for Christmas or anytime!
CINNAMON SUGAR BUTTER COOKIES (Recipe Source: Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever!)
- 3 tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 tbs. ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsps. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon for topping. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside.
- In a large bowl blend sugars with an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add the butter and mix to form a grainy paste. Scrape sides of bowl, then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in cinnamon-sugar topping.
- Place onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool, flat surface.