MIDDLEPORT — Humor, good-natured banter, and delicious cookies marked the fourth installment of “The Art of Baking,” a cooking demonstration presented by the Riverbend Arts Council.
Rick Werner and Jessica Wolf presented five cookie recipes, all of which were found in the recipe boxes of their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. Holiday baking is an enduring legacy in many families, and the recipes shared showcased the wide range of flavors that hallmark this festive time of year.
Werner and Wolf explained each step of the cookie-making process, from creaming the sugar and butter or shortening to only stirring the flour into the dough just until incorporated to prevent gluten from forming and causing the cookies to be tough. The recipes shared were Cherry Winks, Raspberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, Apricot Bars, and the Christmas favorite, Sugar Cookies. After the demonstration, the cookies were available for sampling and prize drawings were held. Items in the drawing included a cookie jar, platter, a King Arthur Flour rolling mat, and a rolling pin.
The Riverbend Arts Council is located in Middleport, Ohio, and has events throughout the year. Upcoming events are the Riverbend Talent Revue on Nov. 24, the Middleport Community Association’s Christmas Market on Dec. 2, and the Riverbend Arts Council Christmas Dance on Dec. 16. For more information, visit the Riverbend Arts Council Facebook page.
Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.