[Lape Island, Vava'u Group, Kingdom of Tonga 18 42.98'S/174 05.16' W]

In the Linkkila household Christmas cookies were as much a part of Christmas as the tree and the presents from Santa.  While cruising, we rarely make cookies, primarily because making them makes the galley hot which is not desirable in the tropics.  Then there's the problem that we'd just eat them all ourselves.  At Christmas 2009. we decided to make an exception and dredged up the recipe for the first cookie Leslie ever baked  (and an American classic) - Snickerdoodles.   They are rich butter cookies coated in sugar and cinnamon and are a sure crowd pleaser.

Makes: 6 dozen

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4  teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and eggs thoroughly.   In separate bowl, blend flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt; stir
in butter mixture.  Refrigerate dough (optional).  Shape  dough in 1 inch balls and roll balls in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.

Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 F for 8 to 10 minutes.   Cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out.


Adapted from the Cooky Book circa 1963