Holidays are all about time honored traditions and there are few so revered as leaving a snack out for Santa and his reindeer! Homemade cookies and a hot cup of cocoa along with some carrot sticks are sure to refuel the jolly man in the red suit and his antlered team that flies through the sky. To add to the anticipation and imagination, involve children in the cookie baking. Frosty's Quick 'N Easy Cookies make this an easy to do project for even the littlest chefs! This shortbread type of cookie with red and green cherries offers the added benefit of being a make ahead that you roll in a log, freeze and slice and bake when time permits. They also make a great gift for children to make for neighbors or their school festivities.
1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 egg plus 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups self-rising flour 1/2 cup candied red or green cherries
1) Cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg, yolks and vanilla. Add flour; mix thoroughly. Stir in cherries.
2) Divide dough in half and place dough on sheets of waxed or parchment paper. Using waxed paper or parchment paper and your hands, carefully shape into two rolls, 1-inch by 12-inches.
3) Wrap in freezer wrap. Place rolls on cookie sheet and freeze until ready to bake. Peel paper off cookie rolls.
4) Slice cookies into ¼-inch slices and place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies in a preheated 350F oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yields about 3 dozen cookies
**May also add 1 cup chopped toasted nuts to dough if desired.