Sugar Krinkles – A Favorite Holiday Cookie

Sugar KrinklesSay “sugar krinkles” (krinkles rhymes with wrinkles) 3 times fast and tell me you can’t help but smile. The name of this cookie is the cutest ever which fits these cookies because they happen to be adorable and delicious. (Alright sidenote… whatever you do… do NOT google search ‘krinkles’ because a scary looking clown supposedly named ‘krinkles’ pops up who was a mascot for rice cereal back in the day; it is terrifying so don’t look it up and just remember that krinkles means something adorable and sweet like cookies) Anywho… this Christmas cookie is seriously the best. The holiday recipe comes from my grandma Pollei shared with lots of love.

To make these Christmas cookies start by creaming your sugars, shortening (I like to use Crisco), egg, milk, and flavoring together. Add your dry ingredients that have been previously combined and mix until well blended. Now your dough will feel pretty soft so stick your dough into the fridge to set up overnight.   Once your dough has set up, roll it into 1 inch size balls. A tip for creating cookies all the same size is to use an ice cream scoop to scoop up the batter. That way you get cookies of uniform size, works every time! Roll your dough in white sugar coating the entire piece of cookie dough. Then use your finger to press a divot into the center of your cookie. Kids love this part of making the cookies; it’s like playing with play doh! Cut your marchino cherries into fourths. Place a fourth of your cherry into the divot you made and place your cookies in the oven. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Your cookies will be very VERY light brown when they are done. Let your cookies cool so that they can set up. Now take a bite of your sugar krinkle and learn for yourself that they are as delicious as they look! Be sure to share this sweet recipe with your friends!  For more Christmas Cookie recipes check out my homemade oreos and nutmeg logs.

Sugar Krinkles

(Makes ~2 dozen)

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup shortening

1 egg

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp almond flavoring

2 cups flour

½ tsp soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugars, shortening, egg, milk, and almond flavoring. Mix flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture. Cover dough and chill overnight. Shape dough into 1 inch round balls and roll in sugar. Place dough on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Press finger in center of dough ball and place ¼ of a marchino cherry in each hole of the cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes until very light brown.

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