Christmas seems to get more and more hectic each year when you have a family. Shopping, decorating, lists, baking, Christmas cards, wrapping, watching your budget, crafting, and all of the other little things we do to make the season special for our families.

While our kids and spouses get to sit back and enjoy the season, we rush and run around to create more magic, more, More..MORE!! ~laughs~ It gets a little harried, but I have one thing I do that I look forward to every year. Each year around this time, I start cookbook shopping. Not an ordinary book, but a big old thick cookbook with a nice hardback cover that I can really curl up with.

I really enjoy looking over my different options, reading reviews, pondering the pros of this one or that…and then I finally make my decision. I always order it by mail (Usually so that it arrives sealed up in a box. Here is the important part: I do not open that box! I wrap it the day it comes in and place it beneath the tree with my name on it.

The remaining weeks are spent with me casting longing glances beneath the tree and looking forward to Christmas morning where I unwrap my prize and spend the better part of that day curled up in the recliner leisurely flipping through pages, enjoying my new toy as my kids enjoy theirs.

For two of the past few years, those books have been from King Arthur Flour. I love cookbooks, but it takes a lot for me to get really excited over one. There are four cookbooks in print right now that I trust completely. I own two King Arthur Flour cookbooks, so they hold two of those places!

You know how you see a new recipe, want to take it to an event, but feel you need to “try it out” first to make sure it tastes good? My favorite cookbooks are the ones which I trust completely, they require no trials or testing. You can choose a recipe and make it for the very first time to take to a grand event and know it will be perfect and loved by all. That’s how King Arthur recipes are.

The two King Arthur books I have (and love) are The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook and the The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook. Ready for the exciting news?  

The incredibly kind folks at King Arthur flour are going to give one of my reader’s their very own Cookie Companion! All you have to do to enter is post in the comments your favorite Holiday memory or activity. It can be a one line post or a few paragraphs, whichever you prefer! In one week, I will choose a number at random and the poster of the corresponding comment will win this fabulous cookbook in time for holiday baking!

This cookbook is the essential guide on cookies. Just for sugar cookies alone there are 15 recipes and at least as many for our beloved chocolate chip! Each recipe features an introduction which describes the cookie texture and flavor..allowing you to choose exactly the type you are looking for with ease and confidence.

I still haven’t chosen my cookbook for this year. I need to pay another visit to King Arthur Flour’s site…

Now on to these delicious cookies…

My son has always loved the sugar cookies they sell in the malls. He calls them “sprinkle cookies” because they are covered in colorful sprinkles. I made these for the first time a few years back and he was elated when he came home from school. He actually thought I had been to the mall just to buy him cookies! They taste so wonderful and really beg to be dunked into a glass of milk. These are classic Santa cookies! You won’t believe the texture. When you pick them up, they feel like a regular cookie, but biting in reveals a tender chewiness unlike any other.

You’ll need: unsalted butter, sugar, brown sugar, light corn syrup, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, all purpose flour, and decorating sugars for coating.
The original recipe also calls for 1/4 tsp nutmeg or 1/4 tsp lemon oil and states that it is optional. I don’t know why I’ve never liked nutmeg, but I’ve always left it out whenever it was called for or substituted cinnamon. In this case, I just left it out. I don’t have lemon oil so I left that out as well. I tend to not buy anything that I don’t normally have on hand anyway. I just don’t like to buy things for one use because….well mainly because I am cheap. But then again y’all already know that by all of the great value brand items you see in the pic!
I want to apologize for not using King Arthur Flour in this! I always use King Arthur when making yeast breads and it has been proven to be a superior flour than others. I love King Arthur, but don’t always get to the store that sells a good selection to buy it! Hey, I DID buy real butter for this recipe though! (Don’t tell on me, but I usually just use margarine…shh!)
Place butter in bowl.
Now folks, from here on out you will be seeing me make a DOUBLE version of this recipe. However, the recipe at the bottom is for a single version. Y’all know me..if three dozen is good, six dozen is GREAT!

Add in white and brown sugar as well as light corn syrup.
~insert tangent here~
We always use Karo brand corn syrup. My daughter’s name is Katy Rose and that has become her nickname as well. I do get strange looks when I’m out and talking to my Karo though…
Hey, Southerners are known for nicknaming everyone they love. I think I’ve mentioned my nickname ages ago but for those of you who missed it…
My entire family calls me “Poochie”, and I even answer to it. My friend, Michael, has always called me that as well. (Michael says I do not talk about him enough on here…Michael Romine – teaches Marketing to high school students – in high school he was like 6’4″ and weighed about eighty pounds soaking wet. I called him string bean then :) Feeling the love now, Michael?)
Anyway, I got my nickname when my brother came to see me after I was born in the hospital. He took one look at me, spit on me, and said I was ugly and looked like a Poochie Dog. Only in the south would that moment offer up a nickname considered a term of endearment!

Add vanilla.
Add eggs…
Mix that up well.
Add in flour.
You should probably do this gradually but I have the patience of a gnat so I just dump it all in at once.
Mix that up well…until it looks like this!
If you don’t take a pinch of this to taste you aren’t living, this dough is heavenly!
Have one of your kids dump the entire bottle of red sprinkles into a bowl.
They’ll think this is cool. They think they don’t get to dump things out enough.
Add the green as well and stir. Or have them stir..I’m using my son for this because Karo is taking a nap.
Brady said to be sure and show y’all this and to tell you that it is a smiley face, just in case you couldn’t tell. :)
Preheat your oven to 375 and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Roll dough into one inch balls…or one inch-ish.
and then let your kidders roll them in the sugars.
like this. :)
Place about two inches or so apart on a cookie sheet.
Like this.
Bake for ten minutes and then remove.
Let cool on cookie sheet for five minutes and then remove to cooling racks (or platters) to continue cooling.
My grandmother’s best friend, Miss Millie, called my mother to tell her I had gotten my nails done and they looked “so pretty”! ~laughs~ Thanks, Millie! I decided to treat myself. Miss Millie is my second grandmother and she reads Southern Plate every day!
Y’all say “Hi” to Miss Millie in your comments!
Chewy Sugar Cookies
  • From Page 55 Of The The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook ¾ Cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg or ¼ tsp lemon oil (optional, your choice - I left both of these out)
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2½ cups unbleached, all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup coarse or granulated sugar, for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, granulated and brown sugars, corn syurup, vanilla, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and egg. Stir in flour.
  2. Place coarse sugar in shallow dish. Drop dough by tablespoonfull (a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here) into sugar, rolling the balls to coat them. Place on prepared baking sheets. (We just dig out hands in the dough, grab a bit, and roll it up in a ball - I've never owned a cookie scoop!)
  3. Bake cookies for ten minutes until the edges are just barely beginning to brown, they'll look soft. If you bake these cookies too long, they'll be crunch rather than chewy. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely.

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  1. Lynn Guthrie says

    Let’s see- living with a father who has a DRY sense of humor… how about the year my mom said she wanted a 14 carat necklace. She opened the box Christmas morning and Daddy had put rivets into 14 carats and strung them up for her. Of course, in the bottom of the box was a beautiful gold necklace…. or the year Daddy decided to fix Mom’s habit of “snooping” under the tree, and wrapped a bag of manure/fertilizer! Shall I go on?

  2. Beth Sherrill says

    My favorite memory is of my first Christmas with my Hubby. I decided I was going to make him real cut out cookies, the grandma who raised him only made drop cookies, so he had never had cut out cookies. I cut baked and decorated with a paint brush no less for like 6 hours! He did love it, but wow what a lot of work. :-) he bought me my very first teddy bear the same year, what a lovely holiday it was. Now, 33 years later he has become scrooge and grumps when I set up the tree! LOL oh well, one of these days I will make the cut out cookies for him again and maybe he will get his Christmas spirit back!

  3. Wanda Kozlowski says

    Yum, the cookies look so festive and you make them sound delicious! Some of my favorite Christmas memories are centered around baking and decorating cookies with family.
    Hi Miss Millie!

  4. says

    My fondest memories are of my mother in law and i makinf Kefflies. We put a very big bowl of them in the garage to keep them cool,and out of site out of mind.But when christmas came. the bowl was empty. Seems like the four of us,husband father and mother in law had been sneaking them. LOL. We had to make more for the rest of the family to enjoy. She has past away now,but I think of her everytime I make Keiflees.

  5. Lisa says

    My favorite memory is from the last Christmas my grandfather was alive. I was in 5th grade. My Nannie gave my sister and me huge boxes of doll clothes she had made. She even made booties from her own sweater. For some reason that seemed to me the ultimate sacrifice- to give up your sweater for a doll. Our family was all together that year. My next favorite Christmas was last year. My sister and her family came up from Georgia. It was a great because we had snow the whole time, and her kids have never had a white Christmas. We rarely do either, so it was fun for all of the cousins to get to play in the snow together.

  6. James says

    Hi, My favorite Christmas memories are of going Christmas tree shopping with my Dad. He always waited until Christmas eve to get the best deal, but it was mostly that we didn’t have much money and had to make it stretch. He used it as an opportunity to teach me how to negotiate. Dad would never pay full price and if the guy would not negotiate we would find another place that would. We would come home with our treasure and Mom would stat picking the tree apart saying it had a flat side. Dad wouldn’t miss a beat He would say he picked it like that so it would fit closer to the wall. I miss those days. I love your recipe and plan on making it. Best wishes, James


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