My snickerdoodles recipe looks like a sugar cookie, because my three-year-old got the bright idea to roll them in green sugar sprinkles. It still tastes wonderful and gave him the opportunity to spend time with momma in the kitchen (I love that). I also love that it uses basic staple ingredients from the pantry. This makes this cookie frugal, yet simple and delicious.

We packaged three to four cookies in each clear cellophane bag and tied a ribbon around it. Voila’, an edible gift from my three-year-old. Wish you were here and I’d hand you a bag. We had nearly five dozen to give away to friends and teachers.

Slightly adapted from Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Using a 1-inch cookies scoop, drop in festive sugar (like green or red for Christmas ) or cinnamon/ sugar.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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What’s your favorite cookie to give away?

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