Pinwheel Or Formed


Snickerdoodles, the first cookie made by my children. This certainly is telling. Quick, easy, delicious! Believe in Santa? A tradition of baking these for Santa is perfect!


Makes 2-2 1/2 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

1 1/3 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon soda
1 Teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 Teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter-room temperature
1 Egg-room temperature

Cinnamon sugar for Pinwheels

2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon melted butter for basting the dough

Cinnamon sugar for Formed Cookies

1/4 Cup sugar
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
Leave plain or roll in decorative sugar


Measure and whisk the first four ingredients together. Set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

For Pinwheels: Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, approximately 12 inches by 8 inches. Baste the top with melted butter sparingly then sprinkle with the mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Roll from the longest edge toward the longest, so your log is 12 inches long. If the dough seems to be too soft to slice wrap the log in waxed paper and place into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. Slice across, getting about 2 1/2 slices per inch or so. Place dough on parchment paper covered cookie sheet, cut side down and bake for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges. You may need to turn the cookie sheet around, front to back-back to front, during the baking to assure even browning. The back of your oven is always the hottest. After baking cool a bit before removing.

For Formed: The dough is formed into little balls a little over an inch in size. Roll in the mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until edges are golden brown. You may need to turn the cookie sheet around during the baking to assure even browning. After baking let cool a bit before removing. Cookies may be puffy when removed. They will flatten when cooled.

Drizzle a bit of icing across the top for a special presentation.

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