Candy Cane Snickerdoodles

The Snickerdoodle is the best "sugar" in the history of cookies. Great warm with a tall glass of cold milk.

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
12 crushed candy canes

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat and put in refrigerator to chill.

2. Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

4. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until the flour is blended.

5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

6. In the meantime, mix together the sugar and crushed candy canes in a small bowl.

7. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough and roll in the crushed candy canes to coat.

8. Place on chilled cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes.

9. Chill the dough and cookie sheets between batches.

10. Let cookies set on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Note: Kindly contributed by Beth, who adds: "These were a staple in the house growing up. Over the years I've adapted them to fit almost any holiday. Try pumpkin spice for holidays...Very yummy! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!"

Servings: 48
Country of Origin: Germany

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