A Christmas Cookie Story

A Christmas Cookie Story is a multimedia story centered around my favorite Christmas tradition, baking. Every year I spend the two or three days before Christmas baking and preparing care packages for family, friends, and neighbors. This year the time I have to spend at home before Christmas is limited due to finals, so I thought it would be fun to share some Christmas joy with students who are looking to recreate the Christmas spirit at school. Taking the time to bake is a great way to relieve stress, and is perfect for finals week when calories technically don’t count. Below I have a video that provides a survey of college aged women’s favorite Christmas cookies, followed up by an interview with one of close friends Emily who I think qualifies as an expert baker, and finally I put together a timeline that provides inspiration for a new cookie recipe each day leading up to Christmas. I know getting into the Christmas spirit can be difficult when all you can think about is studying for finals, but my hope is that your favorite Christmas cookie will make being away from home just a little bit more bearable!

Report on Favorite Cookies and Traditions 

This past week was my sorority’s holiday party. We got together and donned ugly Christmas sweaters to decorate homemade sugar cookies and glittery ornaments. This video is a survey about each girl’s family traditions and what type of cookie they like to bake the best around this time of year. Enjoy!

An Evening in the Kitchen with Emily: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Edition

25 Days of Christmas Cookies 

25 Days of Christmas Cookies Timeline

25 Days of Christmas Cookies Timeline

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe

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Peanut Butter Blossoms are a Christmas Cookie staple that every everyone should know how to make. While it is easy to just pick up a boxed mix at the store, I think it is important to know how to make basic cookie recipes from scratch. During the Christmas season there are always a variety of options for Hershey’s Kisses and other candies to top these cookies with. I personally thing traditional milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, hugs, chocolate stars, and peanut butter cups are all delicious.

Ingredients 

1 3/4 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 Cup Shortening

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons Milk

Additional Sugar

48 Unwrapped Candies

Directions 

Combine shortening, sugars, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter. Add dry ingredients and milk. Shape dough into small balls (about 1 Tablespoon) and roll in sugar. Place onto greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and place a candy in the middle of each cookie. Let cookies cool before serving or packing.

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-M

No Bake Cookies Recipe

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The season of Christmas baking is upon us! The temperature has steadily dropped here in Iowa, and I have enjoyed spending the last few days keeping my apartment warm with the heat from the oven while I’m baking away. These cookies are easy to whip up on the stovetop, and I’ve even placed the cookie sheet out in the snow on my deck to cool them down quickly. This recipe is just the beginning of a 25 Days of Cookies series so stay posted!

Ingredients

2 Cups Sugar

4 Tablespoons Cocoa

1 Stick Butter

1/2 Milk (I recommend at least 2 percent)

1 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

3 Cups Oatmeal

Wax Paper and Cookie Sheets

Directions

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for one minute then add peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal. On a wax paper lined cookie sheet, drop mixture by the spoonful. Wait until cookies are cooled and hardened to serve. Keep refrigerated.

– M