(photo by Elaine Beck)

photo by Elaine Beck

Sweet Tooth Temptations

Three Cookie Recipes for the Holiday Table

December 19, 2019

The feeling of walking into a crowded kitchen during the holiday season is indescribably amazing. As dinner is being prepared on one side, the cookie table continues to grow. My mouth begins to salivate simply at the sight of the table. My cousins and I can devour almost every cookie by the time we sit down for dinner.  

I can remember sitting under the dining room table on Christmas Day, hiding from my parents while I stuffed my face with Christmas cookies. According to them, I had reached my sugar limit, but my seven-year-old stomach disagreed.

As I have aged, my sweet tooth has lessened, but on Christmas there is no such thing as too many cookies. Here are some of my family’s favorites.

 

Sugar Cookies

photo by Hadley Haas

Sugar Cookies

Need: 6 tablespoons soft unsalted butter, ½ cup superfine sugar, 1 large egg, ½ tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½, tsp fine salt

Frosting: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted food coloring

photo by Hadley Haas

Preheat oven to 350*. Cream butter and sugar together, then beat in vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Combine the ingredients in both bowls and mix. Form dough into bowl, press into fat disc, wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 1 hour. Then, on a floured surface, roll dough out and cut into shapes. Bake for 8-12 minutes. 

For frosting, add hot water to a large bowl and sift confectioners’ sugar in and mix until a thick paste is formed. 

 

My cousins who refuse to eat anything too extravagant, will eat an entire plate of these cookies. These sugar cookies can please anyone. They are simple, delicious, and look wonderful with the holiday decor. 

Thumb Prints

photo by Elaine Beck

Thumb Prints

Need: 1 cup of butter, ½ cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups of flour, ½ tsp ,½ walnuts 

photo by Elaine Beck

Beat butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Add egg yolks, vanilla and flour. Join walnuts … bulk. Roll in ground nuts.Bake at 350* for about 8-10 min. After 5 min put thumb in middle of dough and add icing. 

In my family, thumbprints are a necessity. The cookies are the perfect chewy texture and the icing adds the satisfying sweetness needed in every holiday cookie. These are the most filling for sure, so I would wait until after dinner to indulge.

 

Holiday Wreaths

photo by Elaine Beck

Holiday Wreaths

Need: 40 large marshmallows and 1 stick of butter, 1tsp vanilla, 1tbsp green food coloring, 5 cups of corn flakes, redhots  

photo by Elaine Beck

Melt together in microwave: marshmallows and butter. Add vanilla and green food coloring. Mix until smooth. Add 5 cups of corn flakes and mix to coat. Drop or place in paper cups to form Holly or holly wreaths. Dot with 3 red hots to look like berries. 

Though they aren’t necessarily “cookies” these treats were my sugar downfall. If the average cookie does not satisfy, these festive wreaths are a very tasty option. Just be warned, your tongue will be green if too many are consumed…

 

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Reese Marsalis, Staff Writer

Reese Marsalis is a senior and excited to contribute to The Uproar for her first time. In her free time, Reese enjoys playing lacrosse, reading, exploring,...

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