Those who have spent part of their lives in a small, kitchen-less dorm can attest to the power of a plate of warm and gooey cookies.
Northwestern students, faculty and staff have warmed up their ovens to begin baking coveted holiday treats for this season, and they’ve shared some of their best secrets on making the perfect Christmas cookies:
“My mom and I always add a box of vanilla instant pudding mix to our dough. It gives the cookies an extra dash of sweetness and keeps them moist and melty.” from freshman Mica Graves
“I make a batch of frosting, divide it and give each bowl a unique color and flavor. Red is usually peppermint or cinnamon, green is spearmint and maple gives a nice subtlety to white.” from junior Linden Figgie
“Always assemble your ingredients beforehand. You don’t want to have to run to the store. And follow the recipe—if it says ‘cold butter,’ there’s a reason. Never use light margarine—it’s too watery, and you’ll need to add extra flour.” from Sodexo employee Kathy Mendeering