Thursday, December 10, 2009

Operation: Christmas Cookie

*Week One*

This month all Cookie Monday cookies will be packaged, and randomly (and secretly!) distributed to front porches.

Our Mission: to spread Christmas cheer among family, friends, neighbors and strangers... to GIVE anonymously just for the joy of GIVING... to spend extra time in the kitchen together, getting our hands all sticky and sprinkly.

The Elves: we have three of the best trained, most jolly little elves on the job, but their identities must remain strictly confidential, for the sake of the Mission.

Flip on your Christmas lights and keep a close watch on your doorstep...
YOU may be next.

Week One: Sneaky Snickerdoodles

2 3/4 cups A.P. flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sanding sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer; incorporate eggs and vanilla until well blended.
3. Quickly add flour mixture to butter mixture, until barely blended.
4. Mix cinnamon & sanding sugar in a small bowl. Roll walnut-sized balls of dough in the mixture until coated.
5. Bake 12 minutes; cool on wire racks, before packaging for delivery.
{makes 20-24 cookies}


Totally Desperate Mom said...

Can't find an email for you. Not sure if you go to MOPS this week (or last). I am going this morning so look for me! Let's meet!

Danielle said...

Is Manteca too far? ;)

meg duerksen said...

very cute.

i included a gift for you in my package to it should be waiting for you when you get there. :)

have a super day!

Heather at All A Flutter said...

I love top secret missions! They're my favorite kind! Merry Christmas to you and your elves, and thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

Laura said...

I KNOW you will be in SoCAl this weekend, so my light will be ON...I will leave out a coffee for you in exchange for the cookies

Tanya said...

FAB idea!! I love it!!! Good for you...great mission :)

Tegan and Tage said...

You are hilarious. :)

Bethany said...

LOVE this idea! Super cute and festive!! :)

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Please bring these for our So Cal roadtrip! It will make your driver very happy! Snickerdoodles are my top 3 favorite cookies!

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Such a sweet idea!! And I'm with Mel - your fellow passenger loooves snickerdoodles!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

Come to Long Beach. I will invite you in and we can watch ELF and I will even sing a Christmas carol for you!

Denise said...

what a fun idea!
may have to join you, but have my elves hit some of our neighbors porches.

i don't live far from manteca, ca. (2 hrs) you can deliver here too! :-)

Jill said...

such a fun "surprise"!...and thanks for the recipe! sounds yummy! I think my elves and I just may surprise a few people too!

Lindsey said...

Y'all are so cute!

the monkey's mama said...

oh i love this! we make cookies every time a new neighbor moves in but i never thought about doing it just to be a Christmas blessing...i think i'll be baking a few dozen cookies this coming week!

PS feel free to come down to Atlanta...our front door stoop is very welcoming of traveling cookies :) HA!

Darlene said...

Oh how I want to make some goodies and be a good little elf. We're heading out of town and the Christmas schedule is just too busy. I bet I can squeeze in a couple batches of cookies and some fudge. Thanks for the motivation!