An Heirloom Cookie and Birds in a the Treetops

IMG_2783I love these Cinnamon and Sugar Cookies, because they are so pretty and so easy! Also, I just like cookies! They are made with a simple butter dough, rolled into balls, and stamped with the bottom of a glass, preferably, a cut glass tumbler or vase. Finally, you have a use for Aunt Maude’s cut glass flower vase! So that’s why I call these heirloom cookies–they are so special they may become a family heirloom recipe, and you can use an heirloom to make them! Here is the recipe:

Cinnamon and Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2-1/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
a pinch of salt

Combine 1 cup sugar and softened butter; beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level off. Stir in salt. Stir flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon into the butter mixture. Mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees, and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix well. Shape dough into 1-1/2″ balls; roll in cinnamon sugar mixture, covering thoroughly. Place two inches apart on baking sheet and using the bottom of a glass, flatten each ball of dough until about 1/4″ thick. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Remove from baking sheet.

Baking notes: One of the keys to a good butter cookie is the thorough beating together of the butter and sugar–the mixture should be smooth, even in texture and light, before you proceed with the rest of the recipe. I found that flattening these cookies to even a bit thinner than 1/4″ worked the best: they baked evenly and resulted in a crisp cookie. There is no need to butter the bottom of the glass–the dough will not stick if covered completely in the cinnamon sugar.

The original recipe came from Pillsbury Festive Holiday Baking.

I used the bottom of this little cut glass flower vase to stamp these cookies.
I used the bottom of this little cut glass flower vase to stamp these cookies.

IMG_2797 Of course, you can use a cut glass plate to display the cookies! IMG_2788 IMG_2799 You can find cut glass plates, glasses and vases at resale shops for a song. Not sure why–they are beautiful! IMG_2803Spring is so close, and the birds were out and about yesterday, singing. Here are some house sparrows at the top of a nearby tree.

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Spring may be close, but as this squirrel and I noticed this morning, it’s not quite here yet! Peace to you. Fran


4 thoughts on “An Heirloom Cookie and Birds in a the Treetops

  1. Those cookies look so good my mouth waters from across the country. I sure hope you warm up soon, you have had such a miserable winter. And out here near Seattle we have had an outlier in the opposite direction. It has been sunny and touching 60 the past few days. Nice to see the squirrel pix again, I love those little guys.

  2. I have never thought about stamping cookies like that. I have some items in my kitchen that I plan to give a try. Cool! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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