“An All-Star Christmas,” Friend, December 2018
Every star is different, and every one of these ornaments will be unique too!
Color craft sticks with markers or paint.
Glue the craft sticks together to make a star shape.
Decorate with beads, string, glitter, etc.
Tie or glue a ribbon or string to the top of the star to hang your ornament.
Peel an orange, keeping as much of the peel in one piece as possible. (Save the fruit for the drinks on the next page.)
Use a star cookie cutter to cut stars out of the peel.
Make a small hole in the top of each star using a pin.
Tie a loop of thread or twine through the hole to hang.
Over time, the peels will dry and curl a little, but they’ll still smell good!
Use a blender to mix 2 cups orange juice, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon flour. Empty into a saucepan and whisk over low heat. Add 1/4 cup sugar and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Use a blender to mix 1 1/2 cups orange juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 1/2 cups ice.
This is a version of a Christmas cookie from Finland called Joulutorttu. Traditionally it’s made with prune jam and ricotta cheese, but any flavor jam will do.
puff pastry dough (or premade crescent roll dough)
one raw egg, beaten
Cut puff pastry dough into 3-inch (7.5-cm) squares.
In each square, make a short diagonal cut from each corner toward the middle of the square.
Put a spoonful of jam into the middle of each square. Fold every other corner of the pastry to the middle, on the jam.
Brush the corners and tops of the cookies with the egg.
Bake for 10–12 minutes at 425ºF (220ºC). Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before serving.