Decorating sugar cookies after they come out of the oven can be a fun holiday activity, but I appreciate a cookie that bakes up all beautiful and ready to serve. And though I believe there is no sight more pleasing than an unadorned chocolate chip or magic cookie bar, this latter portion of December demands a certain amount of flair, and stained glass cookies bring just that.
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Decorating Christmas cookies is an activity I desperately want to enjoy, but my lack of fine motor skills and short attention span make it difficult. Filling—and then using—a piping bag is also pretty terrible. There is no hack for instilling artistic talent into these talentless hands, but a squeeze-able sauce bottle is much easier to fill and use than a pastry bag.
The holidays demand a certain amount of excess, both in terms of sugar and alcohol. To some people, this means something foul like an eggnog Jell-O shot, but we are not some people. Instead, I like to combine a mixture of crushed cookies, pulverised nuts, and any liquor I damn well please to make a decidedly retro confection known as the “boozy ball.”
At this very moment, seasonal bakers around the world are bookmarking cookie recipes, tracking down special ingredients, and panicking when they realise they forgot to leave the butter out to soften. Welcome to cookie swap season.
Baking with friends is one of my favourite holiday activities, but cooking in someone else's home can put me slightly out of sorts. Not only are other people distracting, but I don't quite trust the measuring cups of others. Luckily, there is an elegant solution: Pre-measure your ingredients beforehand in your kitchen.