Snowflake cut out cookies
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SHS staff members share their favorite holiday cookie flavors and holiday traditions

December 20, 2017

Holiday cookies come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, and they come from all different cultures. Although these cookies have a variety of differences, people enjoy them the same, along with their traditions. It is common for people to celebrate the holidays by eating together and exchanging gifts, but there are also some really quirky traditions practiced over the holidays.

Benne Wafer cookies are a great way to celebrate Kwanzaa( December 26- January 1st). Brought from East Africa through West Africa, this cookie has become very popular in the south of the United States. Benne (the Bantu- word for sesame) is a sesame based cookie that is then mixed with butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and more. This combination makes for a great tasting cookie.

This are the Benne (meaning sesame) wafer cookies.

Another cookie made around this time of year is gingerbread.Ai?? Some people actually make gingerbread men. According to, the gingerbread men started with Queen Elizabeth I. It is said that she would host banquets and ask her bakers to create gingerbread men that would represent foreign dignitaries and the people in her court. Ai??

History teacher Mr. Anthony Lanfrank said his favorite cookie is an Italian Anisette cookie.

Mr. Lanfrank’s favorite cookie is the Anisette cookie.

ai??? I still love them even though I canai??i??t eat themai??? said Lanfrank. This cookie is a little “ball-shaped”cookie topped with icing and sprinkles. As for his daughter, she isn’t as pickyAi?? she enjoys all holiday cookies.

MathAi?? teacher Ms. Monica Calemmoai??i??s favorite is sugar cookies –Ai?? but only if made from scratch. She bakes them with her two children. Christmas is her kids favorite holiday because all three of them love to help set up the decorations, especially the little town she sets up outside her house.

ai??? The kids’ favorite cookie would have to be the peanut butter ones with the Hershey Kiss in the middle,” said Calemmo.

Here is principal Mr. Jeffrey Sodl’s favorite holiday cookie.

ai??? My favorite cookie is the peanut butter ones with the hershey kiss in the middleai??? said principal Mr. Jeffrey Sodl. He also shared a tradition in his neighborhood.Ai?? The week before Christmas, a group of neighborhood women gather and hold a cookie bake — and the make a boatload for everyone to enjoy.

One of the most popular cookies baked for Hanukkah(December 12-20) is the Zalabia, according to This is a Jewish dessert that consists of batter that is then poured into hot oil in a thin spiral motion. This creation is then covered with honey or syrup. They are often compared to mini Amish funnel cakes.

SHS assistant principals also shared their favorite cookies and traditions.

ai??? My favorite cookie is chocolate chipai??? said Mr. GeorgeAi??Angelopoulos. While his cookie choice might be the predictable classic cookie, Angelopoulos and his family celebrate the holidays in a variety of interesting ways, from playing Elf on the shelf to watching Christmas Vacation to driving around town and admiring all of the decorations.

Our assistant principals’ family favorite movie.

ai??? As old as my kids are, they still love the cut out cookiesai???, said assistant principal Mr. Tom Burke. His favorite cookie though is definitely Magic Bar cookies. These contain a mix of graham crackers, flaked coconut, nuts, and semisweet chocolate. Burke celebrates Christmas Eve at his in-laws, and he spend Christmas at home in sweatpants and a t-shirt.Ai?? He mentioned that he is also a fan of the film Christmas Vacation, which he watches everything Thanksgiving as a way to kick off the holiday season.

Mr. Burke’s favorite holiday cookie the Magic Bar cookie.

Below are two links related to this story. One is more information on Benne Wafer cookies and the other is the Food Networkai??i??s top holiday cookies.



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    Brielle KaysNov 14, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    These cookies all look delicious and I would love the chance to try each and every one. I have to agree with Mr. Lanfrank, those cookies are really good. So good choice Franlank. My favorite cookies personally are these homemade sugar cookies my grandmother makes and the roasted coconut cookies, kind of like a macaroon. I can not wait for the holidays and for my grandma to make all her amazing homemade cookies.

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    Elvis cidMar 29, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    All these cookies look really good I want to try all of them. My favorite cookies are the girl scout cookies that they sell. They are called caramel delites my little sister gets them for me all the time. She is part of the girl scouts so I buy a bunch of boxes from her to help her out. I cant wait for her next shipment of cookies to come in.