Sweet recipes to warm up your home


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It’s not only the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most delicious. On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots In Jamestown to make some sweet and savory treats for your holiday parties or as a gift for friends and family.

Ginger Snaps


  • ¾ C shortening
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ C molasses
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 C flour, sifted
  • ½ C sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream together shortening and 1 C sugar
  3. Add whole egg and molasses, beat until smooth.
  4. Sift all dry ingredients together and then add to mixture, beating until smooth
  5. Make into tsp. size balls
  6. Roll in sugar
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes

Sugar Cookies


  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 3 C flour, sifted
  • 1 C sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ C sour cream
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Beat butter until creamy, blend in sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add egg and sour cream and mix well.
  4. Sift all dry ingredients together, then add to beaten mixture and mix.
  5. Chill 2 hours.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface to ¼ inch.
  7. Use desired cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  8. Optional: sprinkle with sugar, colored sugar, or chopped nuts.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.



  • 2 lbs creamy peanut butter
  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 3 pounds powdered sugar
  • 24 ounces chocolate chips
  • ½ bar paraffin


  1. Mix peanut butter, butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Roll into small balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and wax in heavy saucepan.
  5. Using a toothpick, dip the cold balls into the chocolate until 2/3 of the ball is covered.
  6. Spoon drip chocolate on uncovered portion.

Cheese Wafers


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 stick of cold butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 16 ounces grated sharp cheddar
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Sift all dry ingredients and mix together, cut in butter, add the cheese and mix well.
  3. Thinly roll out and cut into desired shaped.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes

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