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Baking Memories During The Holiday

Posted by Dakota Stanley on


As a child, Christmas was always a big deal in our household. We had many traditions but this post is about the memories we had with Aunt Ann. Ann is our great Aunt who lived with us in our Grandmother’s home. Aunt Ann had no children, so all the young children in the family were like her own. Aunt Ann has many artistic abilities and is one of the most creative and talented people I know. She did everything from art to sewing, but she was at her best when baking and making Mickey Mouse cupcakes if you asked us, kids.

Aunt Ann’s creative abilities held no boundaries, she was even great at Christmas tree decorating. My cousins and I were super excited to help her decorate even though she only let us help with the ornament placement because she was a perfectionist. As we got older we also realized that it was her that was perfectly wrapping our gifts, not Santa Claus. You always knew exactly what gift she gave you because it was either a coloring book & crayons or a puzzle with what seemed to have a million pieces. She always ensured we expressed our inner creativity!

Then there was Christmas Eve which was the day that we’d bake cookies for Santa Claus. Aunt Ann would pull out the recipes she kept in a ziplock bag, and we went to work.  She would have a table full of kids either cracking eggs, coloring sugar, or cutting out the dough. Oh, how we loved the sweetness of the sugar cookies or using the fork to make the design on the peanut butter cookies. But my all time favorite was when she made the snickerdoodle cookies, they were always a special treat.

In fact, Aunt Ann gave me permission to share her delicious snickerdoodle recipe with you. I hope it brings you as much joy as it did for my family and I.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (do not use imitation vanilla)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonful into balls.
  3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

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