In my continuing obsession with all those holiday magazines, these cookies come to you courtesty of Paula Deen’s Christmas. This time of year, one of the most important considerations when baking cookies is how they look. Most holiday cookies are to be given away, so they should at least look nice, right? With the cinnamon swirl in these sugar cookies, these are just begging to live on a cookie tray.
These are not quick cookies to whip up. They’re not difficult, but they have to be refrigerated before being baked. Because of that, they do lend themselves to being good make-ahead cookies. I actually made the dough for these late one night and then sliced and baked them the next morning for my co-workers. I should mention here that they were quickly devoured, and I was told more than asked to make more.
One of my least favorite things in baking is rolling out dough. I’m not good at it, never seeming to be able to make anything remotely resembling an actual rectangle. I’m not blessed with patience, so I’m sure that doesn’t help. That being said, I still liked these cookies and would make them again. Be sure to give them plenty of room on the baking sheet, because they do spread quite a bit. They’ll be much more holiday-worthy if they don’t run all over each other.