Melania Trump’s Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe (And Other Ways She’s Celebrating the Holidays)

Melania Trump might be known for her various fashions, but apparently, the first lady also enjoys baking. It’s the holidays so like everyone else, Mrs. Trump is getting into the holiday spirit. For the second year, she’s overseen the Christmas decorations in the White House which includes selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. This year’s theme is crimson –which the first lady say represents the presidential seal signifying valor and bravery.  The official 2018 White House Christmas tree is a green Fraser which has been placed in the Blue Room at the White House and has 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each state and territory.

However, decorating the White House is not the only thing the first lady does to get into the holiday season. She also has a Christmas cookie recipe. Check out the festive recipe and other ways Melania Trump is celebrating the holiday season.

Melania Trump’s Christmas cookie recipe

The first lady’s star-shaped sugar cookies are apparently a hit in the White House. This recipe makes three dozen cookies, so you might want to taper it down if you don’t need that many.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 egg yolks
1 egg white
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine flour and baking soda. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar until blended. Add egg yolks, egg white, and sour cream. Beat until smooth. Beat in flour mixture until the dough just comes together. Heat oven to 350 F. Roll out one disk on floured wax paper with a floured rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a star cookie cutter, cut out star shapes and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the second disk. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Slide cookies onto a cooling rack and cool. Use colorful icing to make the stars your own.

When it comes to decorations, Mrs. Trump enjoys using icing to create white snowflakes and gold polka dots on her cookies.

Toys for Tots

In addition, to getting the White House in order for Christmas, the first lady is also heavily involved with Toys for Tots. Hosted by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Mrs. Trump and 100 children got together at the beginning of December to sort toys for needy children across the country. Along with Santa Clause, the first lady and the children sorted hundreds of toys into boxes for shipment. She will also donate 100 books to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program along with her “Be Best” tote bags which were filled with a coloring book and White House candies to all the children that will be helping out at the drive.

A Christmas tradition

Each year the Trumps head off to their Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. The Trump children, grandchildren and the first lady’s parents will all be attendance. Apparently, the president and the first lady always go to midnight mass. A source told Hollywood Life, “Donald and Melania always go to midnight mass, so they will definitely be doing it again this year, as Melania finds it the perfect start to Christmas and she is big on tradition. Melania has also worked hard with the kitchen staff to devise a healthy but tasty menu for dinner, and she is thrilled with the end result.”

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