Like every warm-blooded person I love the holiday season. The decorations, the music, the atmosphere, even the weather; I love it all. Most of all though, I love the food. Holiday’s are a time of indulging in the most delicious of sweets.
Every December my house transforms into a bakery as mother begins her holiday baking. Long ago she decided that instead of buying tons of individual gifts, and spending way too much time figuring out what to get she decided to give something everybody loves, cookies. Every winter holiday about 40 lucky individuals receive the most beautiful and creative cookie package that I have ever seen. I honestly don’t know how she makes them look so professional, well actually I do – between her label maker, her bag sealer and her industrial sized cooling rack my mother has every gadget a baker could ever dream of. Her treats also taste as great as they look.
However I find that sometimes holiday desserts can get a little redundant. I mean honestly, how many versions of peppermint confections can you have before you start to crave something different? Regardless of this fact the holiday season is meant for baking, so I decided to try to make something that would be holiday orientated but stray away from the traditional holiday flavors.
I decided to experiment with basic sugar cookies, because honestly who they are so simple and delicious that you can’t go wrong bringing these to a holiday get together. In order to make them a little more festive though I bought some mini m&m’s to decorate with. They turned out great and are incredibly cute. The best part is that it allows you to be really creative with your designs! I had my last meeting of the semester for my literary magazine that I edit for so I decided to bring these in for everyone. I even spelled out Stork the name of the magazine on some of the cookies. They were a big hit. I would seriously recommend them because are delicious and versatile!
Traditional Sugar Cookies
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of softened unsalted butter
Preheat over to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl mix together sugars and lemon juice until combined. Add butter and mix until pale and fluffy. Add in eggs and combine one at a time. Slowly add in the flour mixture a little bit at a time and mix in between each addition.
Once the dough is formed scoop it out 2 inch balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten out the dough balls with a spoon. Place mini m&ms onto the cookies in whatever pattern you please!
Bake cookies for 12 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling. Enjoy!