Cookin’ for Christmas

By: Amber Gardner Media Manager

It’s our favorite time of year again: Christmas! We all love wearing cozy sweaters, giving and receiving gifts, spending time with our families, and putting the Christmas tree up, but most of all, we love to eat. From Christmas dinner to dessert, our favorite season brings us the greatest food.

A festive dessert for 2015 is eggnog cookies. According to www.food.com, you will need 1 1⁄4 cups white sugar, 3⁄4 cup softened butter , 1⁄2 cup eggnog, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Making eggnog cookies is an easy, fun way to make your holiday dessert table even better. First, you will need to preheat the oven to 300°F.  Next, you will need to combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, cream the sugar and butter until it has become light.  Next, add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks, and beat at medium speed with the mixer until it is smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat at a low speed until it is just combined. Be sure not to overmix! Drop by teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Finally, sprinkle each cookie lightly with nutmeg. Bake your cookies for 20 to 23 minutes until the bottoms become light brown.

The Squire interviewed Mrs. Alexander, the family and consumer science teacher, for her secrets to great Christmas cookies!

The Squire: What is your favorite Christmas cookie to make?

Lewann Alexander: Frosted sugar cookies!

TS: Why is that your favorite cookie?

LA: Because you can add zing and make them artistic, fun, colorful, and creative!

TS: Do you have any Christmas food traditions in your family?

LA: Yes, we make egg bake and eat it on Christmas morning!

TS: What’s your secret to the best Christmas cookie ever?

LA: USE REAL BUTTER!

There you have it, folks. Use real butter. For the perfect Christmas, a key element will always be the perfect cookies. Be sure to set out your cookies for Santa, and sprinkle the reindeer food. Have a great Christmas!

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