Holiday Sprinkles

As a kid returning home from college, I absolutely LOVED being greeted with a bar stocked with tins of various sizes, all loaded with different sweets. Therefore, I enjoy recreating this indulgence, as much for myself as for my own girls when they come home for the holidays. This year, my mom joined us to bake four varieties, narrowed down from a list of perennial favorites. 

Being originally from the South, I was a long-time subscriber of Southern Living magazine — the source for so many legendarily delicious things. Therefore, a non-negotiable recipe for the cookie bar is the seemingly long-lost, no-bake cookie called the Clungo. No idea what that name means, where it came from, or why it is so very addictive, but once you taste it, you will not care about any other details beyond the ingredients. The other fantastic part of this recipe is that little kids love to help, and they are perfectly suited to do so. Just roll into a ball, roll in powdered sugar, and *you are done*! They are the perfect compliment to a cup of coffee (feel free to interpret this as a breakfast or after dinner treat — no judgment).

Clungoes & coffee!


Another of our adopted favorites is a lemon sugar cookie. “Adopted,” because a neighbor was generous enough to share this treasure. Sugar cookies are fun to decorate, and really, you’re just not going down this path except at Christmas. But these are amped up with the addition of lemon, and you will actually want to eat them (unlike your basic sugar cookie).


In case you are wondering, the other recipes that we made were Pecan Shortbread (again, Southern) https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/pecan-shortbread-cookies-241212) and Peanut Butter Blossoms (https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/peanut-butter-blossoms.html). To be included in the rotation is good ol’ chocolate chip, because you just must. 

And although there are many things I love and miss about the South, I love living in Colorado more. One reason is that we frequently have wonderfully pleasant days, like today, even in winter, when we are allowed the delightful bonus of enjoying a glass of wine beside the fire pit. The view is pretty good, as well. 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. 

RECIPES:

Clungoes:

  • 1 Box (12 oz) crushed vanilla wafers
  • 6 oz orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients and chill several hours or overnight. Roll into 1” balls, roll in powdered sugar, and store in a cool location.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

CookiesC

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon half & half
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Cream the sugar and butter together, then add eggs one at a time, mixing just until the yellow disappears. Add lemon & vanilla extracts. In 3 batches, add the combined dry ingredients, mixing only until the dough comes together. Roll dough to 1/8 – 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, watching carefully. Combine all icing ingredients, and frost when cookies are cool.

2 thoughts on “Holiday Sprinkles”

  1. I hate that it’s January 18th and I’m JUST NOW reading this! This past holiday, I only got around to making Russian Tea Cakes and Candied Orange Peel. Those Lemon Sugar Cookies look wonderful! I’m going to make some on my next snow day here! I already have the snowflake cookie cutter.

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