Homemade Snickerdoodles, Oreos and Jam Thumbprint Cookies


For Christmas, I asked Gina, best friend extraordinaire, what she wanted for the holidays and she replied (quite quickly, mind you), “cookies in a christmas tin!” And cookies in a Christmas tin she got!

Now for those of you who don’t know, Gina is one of my best friends. We met at Emerson (too late in our school years sadly) and quickly discovered we got along great! She is from a nearby town in Maryland (which we bonded over) and also pursing a career in TV Production. Our television production/work friendship through the Emerson Channel morphed into a full on best friend friendship with sleepovers and Sunday morning brunches. She introduced me to Law and Order: SVU (the best and worst TV show to binge on) and I showed her the angsty world of Pretty Little Liars (the best show to binge on… unless you are Gina and hate two of the main characters). And she always indulges my cooking/baking ideas – cosmos while watching a VHS NSYNC concert… yes please; spontaneous pecan pie with cool whip…. why not?

She is out in L.A. right now (though I would like to dream/imagine/wish I am wearing her down about moving back East) and I miss her terribly. She is really the best friend anyone could ask for – supportive, enthusiastic….. really she has such a great personality that she could make you feel amazing… even if she just told you, you had some incurable disease or something (this is not a proven example mind you, but I do believe it to be true). In another life she would have been a life coach or professional side line cheerer.

Anyway, I decided on snickerdoodles, oreos and thumbprint cookies. I figured Gina deserved a classy tin of cookies! Also check out this tin I got her! (the girl loves penguins so this was obligatory). (We actually had a long discussion on size/color of X-mas appropriate tins).

This oreo and the snickerdoodle recipes are from The Flour Bakery Cookbook (an awesome bakery/cafe in Boston). I figured this would be a nice taste of Boston and plus, everybody LOVES oreos.

Homemade Oreos Recipe

This recipe is a little involved, but totally worth it! It’s quite easy to split up the steps though – I made the dough one night and refrigerated it; then, a few days later I baked the dough off and finally made the frosting and assembled.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Oreos

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Oreos


Onto to the snickerdoodles… Now I must confess, I once made snickerdoodles with a childhood friend and I had to leave her house before they finished baking. I have had store bought snickerdoodles ever since and I have been bitter for fifteen years. I just want to make snickerdoodles goddammit.

Fun Fact: The name may come from the “corruption of the German word ‘Schneckennudeln'” or it is possibly just a nonsense word “originating from a New England tradition of a whimsical cookie name.”

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Snickerdoodles

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Snickerdoodles

Finally, I chose to make thumbprint cookies to bring a little British class to the tin. *This cookies are easy to make, but weren’t like any dough I’ve made before – it wasn’t as wet as normal and was a bit unsettling (I had to double check the recipe multiple times).
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Jam Thumbprint Cookies
And there you have it, cookies in a christmas tin!
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Oreos and Jam Thumbprint Cookies
P.S. If you like these, check out homemade Milanos and Palmier Cookies!

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