Indulge in the Sugar Cookie Spirit

Megan Lupo

Megan Lupo, Video Editor

Why should the holiday festivities and activities end on Christmas Day? The joy and happiness of the season should be spread throughout the winter. And the best way to spread the cheerful spirit is by baking sugar cookies.

Sugar cookies originated in the mid 1700s in Nazareth Pennsylvania by German Protestant settlers. Because the sugar cookie is easy to make, it became wildly popular. In the 1930s, it became a tradition for children to leave sugar cookies out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The “Nazareth Sugar Cookie” became Pennsylvania’s official cookie on September 5th, 2001.

The ingredients for this sugar cookie recipe are ½ cup of softened butter, ½ cup of shortening, 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 and ¼ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and additional sugar.

Senior Kathryn Fallah first preheats the oven to 350 degrees. Then, she mixes the butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl. “It is important to get the mix airy and fluffy,” Kathryn remarks. Then, she mixes in the egg and vanilla. Then, she adds flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a separate bowl. She slowly mixes in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. “The best part of this recipe is that you don’t have to chill the dough, which would take about an hour or so in any other recipe,” Kathryn notes. After the ingredients are combined, she starts to shape the dough into one-inch balls. Then, she rolls each ball in sugar before she places each one on a greased baking sheet. After all the balls are placed, Kathryn flattens the balls with a glass before she puts the sheet in the oven. Kathryn says, “The cookies should bake for 10 to 12 minutes.” After the cookies are done baking, Kathryn sets the sheet on a wire rack to cool off completely. “Not only does this recipe take under an hour, but it creates 30 servings”, Kathryn states. “It’s a qualitative and quantitative recipe; it’s the best of both worlds! Perfect for a snowy day!”