December is a month crammed with special programs and parties where we typically need to bring a couple dozen treats to share. I have fell back on this cinnamon cookie recipe a lot during the past few years. It's a great alternative to frosted sugar cookies and the always popular chocolate chip.
They go together fairly fast and easy- that makes it a win win for me! I doubled the batch and froze some of the sugared dough balls for later. I will take them out of the freezer and bake when I need them.
Here is what you will need to whip up a batch of these crisp cookies:
- 1 cup softened shortening
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 T. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 T. sugar
Here is what you do:
- Mix shortening, sugar, vanilla, and eggs together.
- Sift flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixed.
- Chill the dough.
- When ready to bake, roll the dough into small balls.
- Roll the dough balls into a cinnamon and sugar mixture. I use about 3 tablespoons of sugar to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
- Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. You may need to watch them. Occasionally, I have had to let them cook a little longer or shorter. It depends on your oven.