Decorating Holiday Cookies with Garret & Emily

In which we sit down with Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol director Garret Storms and star Emily Scott Banks to muse upon holiday traditions, revisited roles, and cookies.
 

Recipes mentioned:

 

Garret’s Grandma’s Fudge

1 small can of evaporated milk
1 2/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2c chopped nuts
1 1/2 c small marshmallows
1 1/2 c chocolate or caramel chips
1 tsp vanilla
 
Mix milk, sugar, and salt in saucepan over low heat. Heat to boiling and then cook for 5min, stirring constantly. Remove from heat add nuts, marshmallows, chips, and vanilla. Stop 1-2 main or until marshmallows and chips are melted. Pour into buttered 9” square pan. Cool and cut into squares.
 

Grandma Dorie's Italian Ricotta Cookies

By Melissa Clark, Cooking.NYTimes.com
YIELD About 6 dozen                                    
TIME 1 hour, plus 2 hours’ chilling
 
INGREDIENTS
2 sticks (1 cup) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
425 grams sugar (about 2 cups)
1 3⁄4 cups ricotta cheese (15 ounces), preferably fresh
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
480 grams all­purpose flour (about 4 cups)
10 grams baking soda (2 teaspoons)
4 grams fine sea salt (about 3/4 teaspoon)
450 grams confectioners’ sugar (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1⁄4 cup to 1/2 cup milk, as needed
Adapted from Jessica Hulett
 
PREPARATION
Step 1
Using an electric mixer, cream 2 sticks butter with sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add ricotta, lemon zest and 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and beat well. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula, then beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours and up to a week.
Step 2
Heat oven to 350 degrees and line several cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick liners. Shape tablespoons of dough into balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake until pale golden on the bottom, about 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
Step 3
Melt remaining tablespoon butter. Whisk confectioners’ sugar to break up any large lumps, then whisk in melted butter, lemon juice, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and enough milk to make a spreadable icing. Spread icing on cooled cookies, then let set for at least 20 minutes before serving.
 

White Trash Christmas Cookies

makes 7dozen
 
2 sticks butter
2 sticks margarine
1 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/4 c white flour
1 1/2c Lay's potato chips, crushed
powdered sugar to dust cookies
 
Preheat oven to 325F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. Soften butter and margarine.
 
Cream butter, margarine, and sugar. Add in vanilla, beat again. Add flour gradually, beat. Add crushed potato chip, beat again. Spoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets  and bake at 325F for ~ 20 minutes or until brown.