Holiday Cooking with Reading Arizona, Part 7

December Cooking Blog


This holiday season, why not try something different and have an authentic Southwestern holiday dinner with the family? This year Reading Arizona is sharing authentic Southwestern recipes for the holidays that have been used throughout Arizona since 1911. We hope you enjoyed these authentic recipes and thank you for joining us. From all of us at the Digital Arizona Library (DAZL) and Arizona State Library, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Cinnamon tarts

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, one egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Blanched almonds or seeded raisins.

Method – Sugar to remove lumps, before measuring. Cream the butter; add the sugar, thoroughly beaten eggs and the baking powder sifted with the flour. Roll thin as possible, cut in diamond shapes with a thin knife, brush top with beaten white of egg, sprinkle little cinnamon and sugar and place on butter sheet and bake eight minutes in a slow oven. A sheet is better than a pan; the latter retains too much heat.

For more Arizona-inspired holiday and non-holiday recipes visit and explore the many cookbooks that feature Arizona cuisine.

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