In response to my 2010 call for Christmas cookie recipes, faithful reader Mike N. sent me the Columbus Dispatch 2010 Holiday Cookies recipe guide. A number of the recipes look interesting. I tried the recipe below because it looked tasty, traditional, simple, and fun to make — how often do you get to roll cookie dough into ropes, anyway? — and it was.
Ingredients: 1/2 pound butter (not margarine); 1/2 cup sugar; 2 egg yolks; 2 1/2 cups flour; 1/4 cup cinnamon; 1/2 cup sugar.
Mix cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup sugar on plate. Roll cookie dough into ropes. Cut each rope into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Roll pieces in cinnamon-sugar mix, being sure to coat ends.
Arrange cookies on baking sheets, and bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until firm to touch.