|2½ cup||Pillsbury's Best All Purpose Flour*, sifted|
|1 teaspoon||French's Cream of Tartar|
|1½ cup||Confectioners' sugar; sifted|
|1 teaspoon||French's Vanilla|
|Candied cherry half or Funsten's Walnut Ha|
BAKE at 400 degrees. MAKES 5 to 6 dozen. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Cream butter. Gradually add sugar, creaming well.
Blend in egg and vanilla; beat well. Add the dry ingredients gradually; mix well. Drop by half teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Top with candied cherry half or walnut half. (Or shape as directed in following variations, using ungreased baking sheets.) *For use with Pillsbury's Best Self-Rising Flour, omit soda, cream of tartar and salt. VARIATIONS: For snowballs: Stir in 1½ cups Funsten's Walnuts, chopped or ground. Chill dough. Shape by teaspoonfuls into balls. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool, roll again in sugar. For Butter Fingers: Stir in 1 cup Funsten's Nuts, chopped, ½ cup chopped well-drained maraschino or candied cherries. Chill dough. Shape by teaspoonfuls into oblong finger cookies. Bake 8 to 12 minutes. Roll warm cookies in sugar. Cool, roll again in sugar. For Jewel Clusters: Blend in 1 teaspoon grated orange rind, 2 teaspoons orange juice, ½ cup mixed candied fruit and 1 cup Funsten's Nuts, chopped. Drop by half teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. For Cinnamon Balls: Chill dough. Shape by teaspoonfuls into balls, then roll in mixture of ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons French's Cinnamon. For Butter Crispies (rolled cookie): Chill dough. Roll out on well-floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cutters. Bake 5 to 8 minutes. For Butter Thinsies (refrigerator cookie): Chill dough. Shape into rolls, 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper; chill at least 2 hours. Cut into ⅛-inch slices. If desired, sprinkle with chopped coconut or Funsten's Nuts. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. For Chocolate Mint Creams: Stir in 2 squares (2 ounces) melted unsweetened chocolate. Chill dough. Shape into rolls, 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper; chill at least 2 hours.
Cut int ⅛-inch slices. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool. Spread half of cookies with Peppermint Frosting. Top with remaining cookies. For Molasses Spice Crisps: Stir in ¼ cup molasses, 2 teaspoons French's Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon French's Ginger and ½ teaspoon French's Nutmeg. Chill dough. Roll out on well-floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Bake 6 to 8 minutes.
NOTES : "Developed by Ann Pillsbury" Recipe by: Best Loved Foods of Christmas, Pillsbury, undated booklet Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #849 by NGavlak@... on Oct 16, 1997
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