While there are several reasons why I married my husband (he's cute, he loves me, he puts up with the cat, etc.), I have a secret that I need to share with you. You know how that adage goes, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach?" I think my mother-in-law might have tweaked it to say "the way to get a daughter-in-law is to send home treats with her single son to woo potential suitors."
I'll be featuring her cinnamon popcorn at some point during this holiday season. (That's actually one of my most favorite things that she makes.) But this is my second favorite recipe of hers that started as a holiday treat and has now been tweaked to make a year-round appearance in her cookie jar.
I think the recipe originally came from a Taste of Home magazine. What's brilliant about it is that you can change the coffee creamer used to fit the holiday season. Gloria's used eggnog-flavored creamer in the winter months and uses French vanilla creamer at other times. You could also use some of the pumpkin-flavored creamers around Thanksgiving and Halloween, etc. These are also brilliant because they freeze brilliantly and a single batch makes about 100 cookies.
Holiday Snickerdoodle Cookies
½ c. butter-softened
½ c. shortening
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. rum
½ c. evaporated milk
½ c. refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer
5 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat in egg and extract. Add milk and creamer.
Stir in flour, salt and baking soda.
Shape dough into 1 in. balls and roll in mixture of 5 T. sugar and ½ t. ground nutmeg or cinnamon. (I used Penzey's Baking Spice.) Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let rest on the cookie sheet for about five to 10 minutes before removing to a rack to cool.