When we weren’t busy making delicious holiday treats you could find Megan and I posing like Vanna White, showing off our mom’s latest historic Williamsburg inspired Christmas wreath. I can remember growing up my mom, Aunt Susan, and grandmother (Daga) would always get together to make Christmas wreaths. Daga had a HUGE magnolia tree and boxwood bushes that lined her house. They were the perfect greenery for making wreaths.
It became tradition for our mom to enter the local house decorating contest every year. As you can see by the gorgeous wreath above………she won just about every year. I think they stopped doing the contest because they got sick of handing out first place ribbons to just her.
Last year I got the chance to gather greens at my grandmother’s house (before it was sold) with my Aunt Susan. I attempted to make my own Christmas wreath. While it’s no “Jane Floyd wreath”…….I think it came out pretty well….
****Just in case you were wondering what type of ferocious dog we keep in our apartment…….I attached a picture.
….And now back to the baking. It has finally arrived….our last day of five days of holiday treats! Treat #5 consists of a classic cookie that is perfect for any holiday party…..the Snickerdoodle.
What you’ll need for Snickerdoodles:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Begin by beating softened butter with an eletric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add the 1 cup of sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, making sure you scrape the sides of your bowl occasionally.
Next beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Gradually add in flour, beating in as much as you can. Continue to scrape sides as needed, until well mixed. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
While dough is chilling preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine the two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon in a small dish. Mix until well blended.
Once the dough is finished chilling, form into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the sugar mixture, completely coating them on all sides.
Place balls about two inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve cookies on a cute Christmas platter or basket.
We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do this holiday season! If you missed out….check out our other favorite treats!