Amused for the holidays: Make cookies
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, dreams of sugarplums and cookies woke even the mouse.
Christmas break is a time to relax. Finals have just finished, and the absolute last thing you want to do is your homework. But, instead of wasting away in front of the television or succumbing to the commerciality of Christmas, why not spend some quality time making sugar cookies with your family and friends!
Every year, my family makes sugar cookies together. We visit about the past year, talk about our ambitions for the next one and enjoy one another’s company.
While the cookies may not be the prettiest, the time is always well-spent.
(Vegan adaptations included)
In an electric mixer, stir ½ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of safflower oil until creamy.
After mixture is thoroughly combined, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1½ cups of flour, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of milk (for vegan option, substitute with milk replacement).
After the dough has formed a ball, roll out until approximately 1/4 of an inch thick, then use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, dusting the rolling surface and rolling pen with flour to avoid sticking. I highly recommend Christmas trees and snowflakes, because they usually are the most recognizable when they come out of the oven.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon almond extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. The consistency should be thick, but spreadable.
Add food coloring (optional).
After cookies have completely cooled, decorate cookies. For Christmas trees, spherical sprinkles look like ornaments, adding a nice effect.
Elizabeth Walker is a senior at Capital High School. Contact her at email@example.com