Nothing says “Christmas Right Now!” like cookies covered in colored sugar! Alas, my favorite cookie spot for natural decorating sugars is fresh out of green and red in the summer – imagine that— so a crispy white will have to suffice! Imagine channeling ice and snow and crystals… Are u with me?

At our house we tend to want what we want at our holiday celebrations, but there came a day when we were overwhelmed by the “fatty mcfatterson” treats we were dishing up… Can u relate?

But nobody is willing to give up the festive goodies we love, and of all things sugar cookies are sacred ground – any tinkering of the recipe has to be done carefully and secretly… And because new versions of beloved recipes are best tried well BEFORE Christmas, several baking-crazed members of the household were happy to oblige. Can u guess who?

This recipe for Sugar Babies is one that has survived and endured our cookie experiments! We generally bake large batches of about 4 different cookies, and this one fills the “sugar cookie” category beautifully. They happen to be my personal favorite – they keep well, and with the addition of natural decorating sugars they score big with Ur Mom!

(Note: Find natural decorating sugars at India Tree.)

Gather Up:
1 ½ cups organic evaporated cane juice sugar
½ cup organic unsalted butter
1/3 cup organic expeller pressed canola oil
2 organic cage-free eggs
2 ¾ cups organic white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
All natural decorating sugars

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Measure flour into a large bowl. In small bowl combine cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Whisk dry ingredients together.

In a separate large bowl add sugar, butter, oil and eggs.

Mix wet ingredients thoroughly.

Add dry ingredients and fold in gently.

Mix until just combined.

Form dough into balls the size of a small walnut shell by rolling in your palms. Drop ball into small bowl of decorating sugar and roll to cover.

Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until centers are almost set.

Cool 1 minute on pan and then remove to wire rack to cool.

Tops will be gently cracked with a moist inside, which will firm as cookie cools.

Ahhh, Christmas right now…