First, I would like to say MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!
Now, let's get down to business; the Santa cookie making business, that is. Tonight you will set out cookies for Santa; but these can't be just any cookies, these have to be cookies worthy of the big guy, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or better known as Santa Claus!
Below are 3 cookie recipes sure to wow Santa Claus and make sure he leave you plenty of amazing gifts!
1.Christmas Tree Cookies
10 oz (280g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg yolk
3 oz powdered sugar + 1 heaping tablespoon sugar (100g)
1/4 teaspoon salt
11 oz (310g) all-purpose flour
4 oz (110g) cornstarch
3 tablespoons milk powder, optional
2 tablespoons full cream milk/whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Cream the butter with sugar, egg yolk, salt and vanilla extract until fluffy. Mix in the milk powder, full milk.
2. Add the all-purpose flour and corn starch into the mix. Mix until the dough becomes soft and not stick to hands.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
8. Bake for about 13-14 minutes, or until cookies are completely cooked through inside or turn slightly brown. Cool on rack.
2. Candy Cane Cookies
Sugar or Vanilla cookie dough
10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
2 egg yolks*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups (190g) King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sprinkles of your choice
24 Candy Cane Hershey Kisses
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
6. Roll dough into balls, a little less than 1 Tablespoon of dough each. The dough may seem dry, but the warmth of your hands will allow it to come together in a ball.
1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
10 large marshmallows
Betty Crocker Cookie Icing (white and orange)
Wilton Decorating Icing Tubes in Black, Red, Green, Blue and Pink
1. Mix cookie mix according to directions, or prepare your favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe, then just grab a golf ball sized chunk and squish it down until it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
3. Once the cookies are cool, load them up with the cookie icing and spread it around with the back of a spoon, let some dribble over the edge for a “puddle” look.
4. Spray a microwave safe plate with cooking spray, and place marshmallows on the plate. Set the microwave for 30 seconds, but watch the marshmallows as they cook. Stop the microwave as soon as the marshmallows start to get puffy, do not let them double in size.
6. Then just decorate as you’d like with the Wilton frosting!
Julie is the new Communication Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. Before relocating to Baton Rouge, Julie lived in Haughton, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in public relations. She now attends LSU as a graduate student at the Manship School of Mass Communications. She loves reading, watching Law and Order, playing with her dog, traveling and exploring the amazing city of Baton Rouge. You can follow her on Instagram or on her personal blog.