... with a really stupid name. "Snickerdoodles." They sound like one of those horrible poodle hybrids that dog breeders are always making. Half poodle and half horrible teenage girl. But nope, they're actually a tasty cookie and REALLY easy.
I hesitate to say that they're a good Christmas cookie - I think of them as one, but I'm lazy. They're not decorative and you can't freeze them but they have a singularily pleasant buttery tenderness and a gentle cinnamon taste - just the thing with a cup of coffee.
To make the cookies:
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 350. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and then set it all aside. Cream together the butter and sugar (you'll need an electric mixer) until it's pale and fluffy and then add the eggs. Mix that all together and then add the flour mixture, GENTLY mixing together with the electric mixer on a nice sedate speed.
Now mix together 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar in a little bowl. Shape the dough into 20 balls and roll in the cinnamon-sugar. Place them on the cookie sheets, giving them enough space to spread out quite a bit.
Bake cookies, turning your sheets around half way. They're done when they have golden edges - about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the sheets and then remove. They don't KEEP well, so just eat them. (but if you have to, you can keep them in airtight containers for up to 3 days.)