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It doesn’t feel like Christmas until you smell cookies baking in the oven – and you have to make fresh cookies to leave for Santa, right? We’ve found some great holiday recipes for you to try this year with your family. And don’t forget to leave a few for Santa…
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Chocolate-Dipped Meringue Sandwich Cookies
INGREDIENTS 4 large egg whites 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup almond flour 2/3 cup sugar
GANACHE: 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon light corn syrup TOPPINGS: 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles 1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped and toasted 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, finely chopped and toasted DIRECTIONS Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk confectioners’ sugar and almond flour until blended. Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in confectioners’ sugar mixture. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert #805 round pastry tip. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 1-inch diameter cookies 1 inch apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Using a finger moistened with water, smooth tops of cookies. Bake 40-45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Turn oven off (do not open oven door); leave cookies in oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on baking sheets. For ganache, place semisweet and unsweetened chocolates in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, combine cream and corn syrup; bring just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Remove 1 cup ganache to another bowl; refrigerate 25-30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to pipe, stirring occasionally. Reserve remaining ganache for dipping; let stand, covered, at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert No. 802 round pastry tip. Fill bag with chilled ganache. Pipe onto bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. (Ganache may soften as it warms. If necessary, return ganache to refrigerator until firm enough to pipe.) Place toppings in separate shallow bowls. Dip each sandwich cookie halfway in room temperature ganache; allow excess to drip off. (If necessary, warm ganache in microwave for 10 seconds to thin slightly.) Dip in toppings as desired; place on waxed paper and let stand until set. Store in airtight containers at room temperature. Yield: 7 dozen.
INGREDIENTS 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup molasses 1/4 cup water 5 cups all-purpose flour 2-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt FROSTING: 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup water 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and water. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Transfer to a plastic bag. Cut a small hole in a corner of the bag; pipe frosting onto cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.
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Nannyâ€™s Fruitcake Cookies INGREDIENTS 1-2/3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts 1-1/3 cups golden raisins 1 cup pitted dried plums, chopped 2/3 cup dried apricots, finely chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup Triple Sec 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 large egg 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour DIRECTIONS Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with Triple Sec and toss to combine. Let stand, covered, overnight. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and nutmeg until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in fruit mixture. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12x3x1-inch rectangular log. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight or until firm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13-16 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 miniature) DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 2-inch rounds with the bottom of a glass. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not overbake). Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a microwave, melt white chocolate with 1 teaspoon oil; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Repeat with semisweet chocolate and remaining oil. Sprinkle tops with crushed candy canes; let stand until set. Yield: about 3 dozen.
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Empty Stocking Fund continues to bring holiday joy to local families For many local families in Effingham County, Christmas is not as joy-filled as it could be. For them, the cupboard is bare, and the space under the Christmas tree is empty. “It is hard to explain to a child why that special gift they have dreamed of all year was not waiting for them Christmas morning,” said Effingham County District 4 Commissioner Reggie Loper. This is where the Empty Stocking Fund comes into play. Loper chairs the fund, and has for at least a decade. The fund is a cooperative effort between the Exchange Club and the Effingham Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), and donations pour in from all over the county. Loper took the reins of the fundraising effort at the request of his wife, Sherry, who had served as president of the Exchange Club. Sherry said the club had raised as much as $10,000 for the fund during her tenure. Loper’s efforts have increased that amount, averaging somewhere between $18,000 and $22,000 annually. Each year, Loper and his cousin, Donnie Rahn begin right after Thanksgiving to “make the rounds,” according to Sherry. They can’t go any earlier. “People just aren’t in the right mindset for Christmas before then,” she said. She says there are people who give year after year, and they often have a check ready when he arrives, knowing that Loper will be coming around. That face to face interaction is key, Sherry said. “Everybody knows him,” she said of her husband. “This is where his family has been for eons. They know what kind of person he is, they know he’s honest. When they see him, they know the money is going for a good cause.” For those who benefit from the fund, the process begins with an application through DFCS, and then a letter of credit is issued. These letters may be used to shop at local businesses to help fill Christmas needs such as purchases of toys, clothing, medicine and food. None of the funds may be used to purchase tobacco or alcohol. Applicants may be seniors, or families with children, and don’t have to be a recipient of DFCS to qualify. The Lopers don’t pick the families who receive
the letters, and likely don’t even know them. Around 300 to 350 people are helped each year. They believe that allowing the families to shop for themselves is the best way to help them. “It gives the families a little more control and say-so,” said Sherry. “They know what they need more than anybody else. It’s nice when they can do their own thing without having it handed to them by somebody else.” She adds that the retailers in the area do a fantastic job helping with the program. She mentioned that Wal-Mart gets the bulk of the shoppers, since “they have everything there.” “The staff everywhere has been unbelievable in helping us with these individuals. And the staff at DFCS does an excellent job handling the applicants and getting the letters out,” she said. She also thanked those who give each year, mentioning Plant McIntosh in Rincon, specifically, which holds a baked goods auction each year, which provides a large donation. “They raise thousands of dollars there every year,” she said. This year, the company raised $14,500 in the auction, their highest amount yet. Loper stays involved with the fund because it makes a difference in people’s lives, and because it does so locally. “He remains involved with this and is so committed to it because it does so much good for so many people. This is close to his heart,” Sherry said. Anyone wishing to donate to the Empty Stocking Fund can make a contribution at any BB&T Bank and Renasant Bank in Effingham County. Individuals or families who would like to apply for help from the program should make application at the Effingham County Department of Family and Children Services.
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Dear Santa, I am trying to be good at school. Are you happy with me? How is Mrs. Claus doing? Are the reindeer ready for this year? May I please have a nice Christmas and Pokéman? Braylynn Moore
Dear Santa, How are the elves doing? Are they OK? Are you OK? Am I a good boy? Is my dady a good boy? Can I please have a nerf gun and nerf bullets. I love you so much. Joey Canady Dear Santa, How is Rudoplph doing Santa? Can I please have a Wubble bubble ball and a sparkly bow. How is Mrs. Clause doing Santa? Gracelyn Hounshell
Dear Santa, How are the deer doing? Do you have magic powers? We all love you Santa. How are you doing? What cookies do you like? Can you bring me a bear and a plush wolf? I hope you have a good Dear Santa, Christas. How are the reindeer and the elves Dakota Goodman Santa? How is Mrs. Claus? Is she sick? I will get cookies and milk. You are the Dear Santa, I wonder how your reindeer are doing? best Santa. May I have Wubble x and a I would like a Hatchimal and a Transformer pack of Pokemon cards? Have a nice Christmas. play set. Eamon Mayo Jadyn D’Annico Dear Santa, It’s one month away fro Christmas. May I have a toy Power Ranger, a green toy energem and a toy dinosaur. Patton Miller
Dear Santa, How are you and the elves? Has mommy and daddy call you yet? Please can I have a wobble bubble ball and American girl doll? Emma Yates
Dear Santa, Are your elves doing good? Can you Dear Santa, please bring me a toy car and a toy bear? I hope you have a great Christmas this year. Can I have a Energem and Colts Caleb Walton sheets. Branson Wright
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Dear Santa, How are your reindeer doing? I hope they are doig good. I wish you a happy Christmas Santa. I wish for a LOL doll and a balloon for Christmas. Jaycee Hayward Dear Santa, I am trying to be good as possible. Can you please tell me how Rudolph is doing, and the elves are too? Please for Christmas can I please have a PS4 and a PS4 minecraft version please. Hunter Roberts
Dear Santa, I think I saw you before? How are those elves doing? I hope they are doing good. Hav a good crismis and I would like a giant stuffed animal Pikachu and a stuffed animal manturae. Samuel Gecik Dear Santa, I hope youâ€™re having a good time? Can I please have a toy bear and a toy car. Brody Chasen
Dear Santa, How are you doing? Can I have a hichamal and two Desendents dolls called Evie and Dear Santa, How are you doing? Can you please give Mal for Christmas. me a cool maker and a wobble bubble Madelyn Dupont ball. Dear Santa, Kalynn Parmley I hope you are doing well today and I hope Msr. Claus is doing well too. I hope Dear Santa, How do the reindeer fly? Santa, can you I am not on the naughty list. May I have please give me a Build-a-bear, some a babby born and the drago sword that Hatchimals and a big Belle singing doll. zaps the castle? I hope you make it in time. Ava Thomson Ansley Thompson Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus doing? How are you Dear Santa, doing? Are the reindeer ready to fly for I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas this year? Santa can your elf Christmas I would like purple earrings, a please make me a real Energem made phone and a LOL doll. Thank you so from power and a toy Dino charge much. Bailey Cherry Power Ranger. Liam Walker
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Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. For Christmas I would like a Transformers, a Minecraft and Minecraft hover board. Peyton Stewart Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like a hatch animal, a Vtech and a tablet. Thank you so much. Sophia Collard Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. For Christmas I would like a toy bug and a toy rain bear. Thank you so much. Timber Miller Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I wold like a tolet trouble game and a cart that has black and wite s pots and a tablet and a rill ring. Thank you so much. Nova Collard Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I would like an Avencher Lego Set, a Minecraft and charger. Thank you so much. Connor Eason
Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like a horse and a black puppy, and a Hatchimals. Thank you so much. Clara Timmons Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would like a little dog, a Hatchimals, and phone. Thank you so much. Emma Dozier Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas can I ples have a baby brawn dog, a phone and charger. Thank you. Rain Beebe Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like a baby that drinks and throws up, a phone and a black and white kitten. Thank you so much. Riley Nesmith Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like I would a ring and earrings. Thank you so much. Skylan Montover
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Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like a cat, horse and American girl doll clothes. Thank you so much. Ava Baxter
Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I would want a babey cat that is blak and white and a tablet and a clay set and a phone. Kaydence Collins
Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I would like a little dog and video games and a minecraft hover board. Thank you so much. Kyle Worley
Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. For Christmas I want a Barbie dream house and a brown and wite puppy and picmemy pop. Thank you . Allie Pluxx
Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. For Christmas I would like big bike and a parrott. Thank you so much. Jake Collins
Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would like a phone. Ryleigh McNeely
Dear Santa, I love your elfe. I want four weeler. I Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. For want remote control truck. I love you. Christmas I would like a tablet and a vido Aiden Williams game. Thank you so much. Dear Santa, Mason Harris I hope that your rander are good. I whant a rmote cnchol hot well car. Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. For Johnny Hay Christmas I would like a toy car, guitar Dear Santa, and scooter. Thank you so much. Santa I hope you or good. I wont a ax Major Savage box. Colton
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Dear Santa, Santa how was your raindeers? Could I plees have a toy basliz and a pet red eye tree frous. Jackson
Dear Santa, How are you doeing? I hop I ben good. Pleas can I get a new iphone pleas. Cameron
Dear Santa, I will giv you cookes. I want a snake, Dear Santa, I well make you cookes. I wot a remote control and I want a spider remote control. uoonocoorn robot. Zayden Weickerson Saylor Dear Santa, Dear Santa, I like your rander. I won a esboxfor. I oso I bin good. I will cook some coockes. Santa I want a fiyor truck. I won rovox gams. Keywan Gabe Dear Santa, Dear Santa, How are your radeyrs? I want a skooter. How was your day? I will like a rowbot dog. Jalen Caydeen Dear Santa, Dear Santa, I want a pet horse for Crismis. How are your raindear? Pleas can I have Maysen Conley dart bord and a dec of cards? Otto Dear Santa, Santa, how is your elfs? Santa I want Dear Santa, Baman. I love your elfe. I want a ixBox for Joshua Chesnes. Edward Dear Santa, How are yr randers? I want a exbox and I want a batdbot. Javier
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Dear Santa, How are the ranters? How are the elfs? I wond a turtle and a rabbit and a doll for Christmas. Alyssa
Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Cluas doing? I love you Santa and Mrs. Cluas. I want a Barbie dol house and a new baby bunk bed. Victoria
Dear Santa, How is roudof dooing? Is he doing lots Dear Santa, How are your reindeer doing? How are of worck. Can you breg me a tuos? you doing? I want a dirt bike. Rosalie Dylan Dear Santa, How are you doing Santa, and how is Mrs Dear Santa, How are you and Mis Claus Doing? I love Claus? I would like a baby doll. you Santa. I like a Batman car. Addison Theodore Dear Santa, How are the elives doing? How are the Dear Santa, reindeer? I want a real life pig and dog. How are the reindeer doing? How is Rudolph today? I like Hatchamoles. Please Aniya bring me one. Brian Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Clas? How are the Dear Santa, reindeer? I like shopkins. How are you doing? I am doing great. Jâ€™aanah Can you bring me a real kitten and a real turtle? Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Claus doing? I Chloe love you Santa. I want Hatchamoles Dear Santa, please. How are you and Mrs. Claus doing? May Madison I please have a Prinscess scooter and a dinosaur. Gracie
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