Festive Flavors

The classic sugar cookie is a treat that you can make with children, one that you can make for holiday parties or one that you can make to share with others. It’s a cookie that is easy to make and fun to decorate because it usually holds up to the icing that you use. Line Christmas trees on a pan with candy canes between them for a fun design. You can also add a small amount of peppermint extract in the cookie dough for a festive flavor. Add a small bit of baking soda so that the cookies will rise and stay soft in the center. Thumbprint cookies are an elegant holiday treat with a small amount of jam in the center. Use butter in the dough to achieve a flaky texture with a delightful taste. These cookies are ideal for a holiday morning tea or an afternoon treat with coffee.

Meltaway cookies can be made with a variety of ingredients. Eggnog, rum or bourbon are ingredients to use if you want a kick when you bite into the cookies. Powdered sugar on the outside of the cookies gives them a delightful texture that seems to melt in your mouth when you take that first bite. Combine a classic petit four with a cookie by making a Neapolitan square. Use at least two flavors of cake for this treat, but make the cake layers thin to represent a cookie. Add jam, chocolate or another kind of filling that you enjoy between the layers as you stack them. Ice the top of the treat with your favorite frosting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or a few holiday candies.