Snickerdoodle Croissant Cookies

The holiday classic gets an upgrade with an attention-grabbing new shape.

By The Editors

Better Homes & Gardens Very Merry Cookies

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Looking for a way to jazz up standard your standard Snickerdoodle? Try changing the presentation. In this version, from Better Homes & Gardens Very Merry Cookies, the cinnamon-and-sugar flavor of the holiday classic remains, but the dough is rolled into eye-catching croissants.

Ingredients:
1⁄2 cup butter, softened
2 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
Milk
1⁄2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, the vanilla, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface roll each dough portion into a 9-inch circle. Lightly brush each circle with milk. In a small bowl stir together nuts, the 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle nut mixture evenly over dough circles to within 1⁄2 inch of edges. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut each circle into 12 wedges. Starting from the wide end, roll up each wedge. Bend rolls to shape them into crescents. Place crescents 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

To Make Ahead and Store:
Layer plain cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Before serving, sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar.

Makes 36 cookies

Excerpted from Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies © 2011. Reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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