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cinnamon crackle cookies

merry christmas and happy chanukah from pete bakes! i hope you’re having a happy holiday, and if you’re not too cookied out yet, i hope you make your family some of these cinnamon crackle cookies. they go perfectly with a cup of cocoa or coffee after a long day of entertaining, and might just cause your guests to go back and reward you with a few more gifts.

i’m writing this post from my parent’s house in beautiful and freezing king of prussia, pennsylvania on christmas eve, and the house is bursting at the seams with cookies. my mom bakes 18 (seriously) different types of cookies every year. so yeah, i’ll be coming back with some new recipes.

the citrus and the cinammon work together perfectly, and although they literally crackle into a million pieces when you bite down, it’s nothing a quick dunk in a big mug of cocoa won’t fix. speaking of cookies, i hear some pitzels and pressed almond tuiles calling my name right now, so i’ll just say have a safe and delicious holiday!

cinnamon crackle cookies
makes about 6 dozen. from the Taste of Home Complete Guide to Baking [1].

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp salt
additional sugar for sprinkling

1. in a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. beat in egg and extracts. combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg, orange and lemon peel and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

2. shape into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. remove to wire racks to cool.