Recipes & Tips: Cookies fit for under a tree

Impress Old Saint Nick with these easy and festive sugar cookies.

Supplies and Ingredients:

  • Pre-made, frozen sugar cookie dough
  • Star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Flour for rolling out the dough
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Small pairing knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Store-bought royal icing
  • Piping bags and tips
  • Any other decorations (sprinkles, candy snowflakes, etc)


  1. Start by preheating the oven to the desired temperature. Grease the cookie trays.
  2. Roll out the dough on a wooden cutting board lightly covered in flour.  Start cutting out the stars with the cookie cutter. Take the small pairing knife and cut out stars slightly larger and smaller than the cookie cutter. To make the cookies even more uniform, cut out stars out of paper and use the knife to cut around them. Some pre-made cookie doughs get greasy with lots of use, so use flour liberally to cut out shapes quickly. Cookies with four plus layers look best.cookie cutters
  3. Place the cookies on the cookie tray and bake according to package instructions. Once done, place them on a cooling rack to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, fill the piping back with desired tip. Add green food coloring to the icing and mix it until the color is uniform all the way through. Place in bag and start piping. For best results, after the cookies are cooled, make a large dot of icing in the center of a cookie and use a toothpick to spread to the edges. Let harden. IMG_0662 copy
  5. Once almost hardened, place the cookies on top of each other, with the tips of the stars layering so they are staggered. Start to add any desired decorations.
  6. Place under the tree with a glass of milk for Santa Claus to enjoy!tree cookie

West High: Foods III Cupcake Wars Results

This past Thursday students in Foods III hosted and participated in their own version of “Cupcake Wars.” Three class periods competed and teachers got to be the judge for who would receive the prestigious title of the class champion for the most creative and delicious cupcake. I got the opportunity to judge the batches in third period (and take pictures of their beautiful creations!) and I will say, I was quite impressed by the intricacy and innovation displayed. The results are as follows:Second Period:

First place: “Snickerdoodle” by Adam Goodman.

Second place: “Mint” by Lizzie Donze and Tazkira Haque

Third place: “Gummi worms” by Tyrek Allen

Third Period: 

First place: “Churro” by Jordin Robles-Quintero and Jaron Lamp

Second place: “Milk Chocolate and Bacon” by Callie Linebarger, Evan Wilson and Ben Sommers

Third place: “Strawberry Shortcake” by Jordan Stern, Sam Stalkfleet and Trevor Peterson”

Third place: “Lemon Meringue” by Jacob Sanderson, Olivia Bristow, Kadeem Leach and Quincy Jones

Fourth Period:

First place: “Snickers” by Camille Anderson and Josh Nichols

Second place: “Cookie Dough” by Anye Bell and Stacey German

Third place: “Dirt” by Alex Aller, Blake Moser, Maurice Yarbrough and Logan Stevens

Overall Teacher Favorites: 

“Milk Chocolate and Bacon” and “Strawberry Shortcake”