Dec. 18 , 2006

Winsted baker has made her share of holiday cookies

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Alice Williams, Winsted resident, has done more than her share of baking over the years.

She is one of the cooks at Holy Trinity School in Winsted, where approximately 200 students a day are served.

Then, there is her family. She not only cooks for her husband, Leroy, who she has been married to for 45 years, but has 12 children, their spouses, and 21 grandchildren.

When Williams was first married, she had not done much cooking. Her mom worked outside of the home and spent little time in the kitchen.

Williams began cooking for her family by looking through cookbooks and picking out recipes for things she thought she would like. Also, her mother-in-law did a lot of cooking and baking and she got recipes from her.

Williams belonged to a cookie club for a number of years. That gave her experience with a lot of different cookie recipes. Each member would make their own cookies, then exchange with each other.

The club started meeting during the day, but ended up switching to nights. That way the husbands could play cards while the women would bake cookies.

When all of her children were in school, Williams decided she was ready to work outside the home. She started working in the kitchen at Holy Trinity, where there were two other cooks. Every third week, she was responsible for the baking.

Williams enjoys baking and prefers to make bars because they are quicker, but does make a lot of cookies for the different holidays.

The recipe she is sharing is called Alice’s Sugar Cookies and it uses cookie cutters once the dough is rolled out and then, each cookie is frosted.

“I do use this recipe a lot because of the different holidays. I don’t frost all of them. Some I sprinkle with sugar. I have a sister-in-law who liked them plain, so now I leave some plain,” Williams said.

Williams uses a turkey cutter for Thanksgiving cookies, a pumpkin for Halloween, a heart for Valentine’s Day, rabbits for Easter and lots of Christmas ones for this time of year.

“My favorite is the candle. They are putzy, but they are so pretty and I just love them so I make a lot of candles,” Williams said.

The frosting is Pillsbury or Betty Crocker Ready to Spread white frosting and she adds the color. Alice’s youngest daughter, Missy, usually does the frosting, and other kids will come home and help decorate, too.

When the cookies are done, she puts them in Tupperware, placing wax paper between the layers, and stores them in the freezer.


from Alice Williams of Winsted, in Herald Journal 12/18/06

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and butter with pastry blender as for pie crust. Beat eggs; add sugar and beat well. Blend eggs and sugar mixture into flour mixture. Chill dough for easier handling.

Roll out dough on floured pastry cloth to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until browned.

Decorate with frosting and cake decorating sugars.

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