Worth the Work


This represents only part of the cookie spread on Christmas Day - I put out a second tray of assorted cookies as well as a plate of frosted sugar cookies and 10 take-home cookie jars.

The sugar cookies with the terrible margarine frosting were, naturally, the first to go, but most of the cookies were a hit with the family. Surprisingly, the cinnamon and nutmeg-scented pizzelles turned out to be the stars this year. Not a one was left on the tray, and one of my brothers even asked if I had more somewhere.

I had enough cookies leftover to make a second tray for New Year's Eve and to send a box to out-of-town relatives, in addition to keeping a dish out for our own snacking post-Christmas. But by the time I left Erie for Seattle, there were no cookies left in the house.

If you too have relatives who love nothing more than a sugar rush, here's the recipe for frosting made famous by my mom, taken from her Betty Crocker cookbook. No time like the present for getting ready for next year!

Vanilla Frosting
Source: Betty Crocker
Yield: Enough to frost a two-layer cake

4 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup margarine or butter [Butter is better, but my family revolts if margarine is not involved.]
2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla
About 3 tbsp. milk

Beat sugar and butter, then add vanilla and milk.