We went to church yesterday. While it's important to us to go to church every week, I would say there are places more "fun" to take small children. Children such as Little Carson David, age 22 months. I have included an account of a matter regarding Carson and church below the recipe, for those who would like to feel better about their own children.
I made these for the church class I teach-a group of 8 11-year-olds, who are super fun because they are at an age when they appreciate treats. We get along very well, since I highly enjoy making treats for appreciative people.
The cream cheese made these super soft with a melt in your mouth texture that I just love in a snickerdoodle.
Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles
Makes 2 dozen cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 package yellow cake mix
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
With electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Add the cake mix gradually.
In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
Form dough into 2 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet, (I placed mine on the sheet as balls, and they stayed pretty round-if you want flatter cookies, press them down a little now) and bake 8-10 minutes.
An Account of the Joys of Bringing My Son Carson to Church:
Carson is different than my other children in that he does not hesitate to defend himself-even from children much larger than himself. If a child larger than Dylan or Owen were to snatch a toy from them, they would look hurt for a second or two, then find another toy. Carson will not only snatch the toy back, he will proceed to use the toy to beat the offender-thereby teaching them an important lesson about snatching toys.
Carson is also the type of person who, upon seeing a baby with cute chunky cheeks-like many of us, gets the urge to just pinch those cheeks! And they're just so cute you want to eat them! Unfortunately, Carson takes these urges literally-with his fingernails and teeth.
These three behaviors are not "ideal" behaviors for Carson's church class-a nursery of small children ages 18 months to 3 years. Since I teach a class of 11 year old's, Josh is thrilled to have the opportunity to police Carson in the nursery for 2 hours. Luckily, there was a big celebrity awards show-his FAVORITE thing- on TV last night, so he was able to relax and enjoy all the fashion and completely natural cleverly scripted celebrity banter with me.