If you love a soft cookie with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar, it’s pretty hard to compete with the classic Snickerdoodle. The traditional cookie is slightly crunchy on the outside and soft in the center. As if Snickerdoodles aren’t addicting enough, this variation makes them even more irresistible! The center in this recipe has a cheesecake filling that really puts them over the top. It’s not a large amount of filling, only a small dollop of a combination of cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. It’s just enough for you taste buds to say, “Well, well, well, what do we have here?” If you are a purist and just want a great traditional Snickerdoodle, this recipe is for you, minus the filling. On the other hand, I’m certain cheesecake lovers will appreciate the delicious surprise inside!
It’s just so sweet. Not as in sugary sweet, but as in adorable.
This recipe for Bundles of Joy is now a time-honored tradition created by my sister-in-law Nadine Tisdell, combining her joy of baking and her love of this past Christmas season. Here’s Nadine’s story.
“It was a few weeks before Christmas, and I had just finished putting up our holiday decorations. The tree was decorated, the stockings were hung, and I was arranging our nativity. I began to seriously contemplate what I was teaching my children about Christmas. I love tradition. We always set everything up the same way; we always bake the same cookies with the same recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. What was I passing on? What traditions will my children hold dear? I looked at the nativity and decided that the tradition I wanted to pass on to my children the most was the true meaning of Christmas. A few days later, I was going through some of my recipes and a thought came to me. That thought turned into a simple treat that has become a Christmas morning tradition and just a little reminder of why we are celebrating this holiday.”
Well, the holiday season has come and gone, but my family enjoys Nadine’s Bundles of Joy all year long, especially for breakfast, and I think you will too!
Watch my How To Video for Bundles of Joy here!
It’s one of the most colorful traditions we have, and it all starts on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Three Kings Cake, with its colorful adornment of beads, a plastic baby hidden inside and topped with a king’s crown also kicks off the Carnival season with Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras. With this treat, you’ll be feasting your eyes on fun!
Watch my How To Video here!